On July 14, 2021, KNOM will celebrate 50 years of broadcasting. The last half century has been a story of service and a story of a good host: a gracious audience that has welcomed the radio signal into their homes. When anniversaries approach it is easy to look back and feel satisfied with past accomplishments,…

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Young boy sitting in classroom reading a book.

In the latest episode of Restorative Remarks, students from Elim’s Aniguiin School voiced literary pieces titled “Where I’m From”, inspired by life in their village. The students’ reflections on subsistence activities, family gatherings, and personal triumphs express the joys of growing up in Western Alaska. The feature show adapts inspirational pieces written by Western Alaskans,…

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A photo of a weathered home in the village of Savoonga.

January The US Census starts in Western Alaska, as Toksook Bay is the first community to be counted in the nation. The census’ tribal partnership specialist and local leaders discuss the importance of being counted. They hope the count will shine a light on the pervasive lack of housing in the Western Alaska, where nearly…

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Did you know KNOM has a big day coming up? July 14, 2021, marks 50 years of broadcasting in Western Alaska. What better way to celebrate five decades of being a radio friend and companion than to give KNOM away? KNOM has received a number of phone calls from village listeners asking for radios for…

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KNOM’s spending aligned with budget totals in fiscal year 2020 (July 1-June 30), 3.5% less than total projected ordinary expenses. Income, on the other hand was 27.4% more than expected, mainly due to several large one-time gifts to KNOM. One expense KNOM does not bear is the labor cost of full-time volunteer fellows. Their collective…

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KNOM’s announcers are trained to talk with, not to, the listener. Engaging the Listener, the fourth line of the station’s mission statement, represents a mutual radio friendship. For many local families, the relationship reaches back decades. Listeners tune in for live events, submit special ‘hotline’ messages to friends and family, or call in with song…

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This Advent season, episodes of Sharing the Word in Western Alaska feature the Sunday gospel reading and a radio-friendly homily. Pat (Patrick) Tam gave voice to the episodes. Tam is a Catholic parish worker who lives in Emmonak. He arrived in the village as a Jesuit volunteer in 1981 and has devoted his life to…

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“We’ve just been Iñupiaqizing it, indigenizing it, Alaskanizing it,” teacher and administrator Kiminaq Maddy Alvanna-Stimpfle told the Nome School Board. Many eyes have been on Nome’s Iñupiaq immersion program, which opened this fall. Alvanna-Stimpfle has created culturally relevant worksheets and materials for students and welcomes elders in the classroom. Almost every day, elders in the…

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