The absence of a grocery store has been felt in Diomede since 2020, when the old building had to be demolished. When other food sources were scarce or fluctuated, such as during poor fishing and hunting seasons, locals decided something needed to be done. For months, Diomede residents stocked groceries at the local Catholic church…

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“It’s been quite a week!,” says engineeer Les Brown. He was supposed to arrive in Nome on Sunday August 7 for routine maintenance, but the only workable bus and airline schedule was for Wednesday August 4. Five hours after his arrival, the KNOM-AM transmitter started acting strangely. Power dropped and the remote control became erratic.…

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One stormy night, a listener called KNOM to make sure someone was at the radio station monitoring the weather situation. “Now that I know you’re there, I’ll go to bed and try to sleep,” said the caller. “I’m here with you.” “Let’s enjoy the day together.” “Your heritage is a strong and beautiful treasure.” “God…

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KNOM’s 50th anniversary represented the kick-off for the mission’s radio giveaway. While celebrating with free cupcakes, the first five radios – and, five build-your-own transistor radio kits – were given away. The assembly kits were given to teachers and home educators while the radios and boosters went to visitors who knew the answer to KNOM…

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Anniversary festivities were intentionally kept small due to concerns over Covid-19. Still, several distinguished guests and “KNOM icons” from decades past booked a flight to Nome to celebrate. When radio people gather, the chatter is inevitable. Still, after many formal and informal remarks, one clear message crystalized: for community members, friends, listeners, benefactors, and former…

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Les Brown says he first heard about KNOM in a radio broadcasters’ magazine, which stated a Catholic radio station in Nome, Alaska needed help. When he asked his wife, Paula, in jest whether she thought they should go, her one-word answer changed everything: “When?” Les and Paula first arrived in Nome in July 1972, when…

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Summertime in Nome is always a special time, but this year there is hope in the air. As vaccination rates in the region are high, and the number of coronavirus cases remain low in the state, locals are once again congregating with their friends and neighbors. It is a great sigh of relief to be…

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