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Matt Nylund, Community DJ

Man in green shirt stands behind radio microphone and sound board, smiling at camera.
Matt Nylund in KNOM’s Studio A. Photo: Margaret A. DeMaioribus, KNOM.

It’s probably no surprise that Matt Nylund wound up in Nome. “I have been blessed to travel around the world almost twice,” he says, and “Alaska is one of my favorite spots.”

Matt backpacked solo through the Great Land in 1987-88 and left eager to return. When an opportunity in Nome presented itself during a search for health and physical education jobs, the move to the sub-Arctic felt natural.

Matt Nylund grew up in Littleton, Colorado. He graduated from Metropolitan State College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology (with a K-12 education license) and a minor in health. He received a master’s degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado–Greeley.

Matt taught physical education and health for 30 years: 29 of them in Colorado, and one in Melbourne, Australia, for a teacher’s exchange program in 2011. He’s coached for 33 years: mostly baseball and football.

Arriving in Nome has offered Matt the opportunity to do something he’s craved since high school: becoming a radio deejay! He was “thrilled” at the chance, he says. You can hear Matt on Tuesday nights, 7–9pm, hosting “‘70s at 7” and “‘80s at 8.”

When not working or deejaying, Matt enjoys hunting, a pursuit for which there are myriad opportunities in the Nome area, and one that’s taken him all around the world. His interest in traveling has been philanthropic, too: in early 2018, he bicycled across the continental U.S. to raise money and awareness for diabetes.

We’re thrilled to have Matt’s generous and energetic spirit as part of KNOM’s weekly schedule!