Man wearing hooded sweatshirt sits next to window on carpeted staircase
Steve Woyte sits on a stairway inside KNOM Studios in Nome, Alaska. Photo: KJ McElwee, KNOM.

Steve Woyte is a self-described “Alaska-grown” guy.

As the son of a member of the Alaska Army National Guard, Steve grew up in a variety of Alaska places, depending on where his father was stationed, including Fairbanks, Nome, and Anchorage, where he currently lives. His connection to KNOM is a family affair, too: his mother, Robyn, worked for the Nome office in its development and fundraising department. In Anchorage, Steve is following in his mother’s footsteps, assisting with day-to-day interactions with donors and their generous contributions to the KNOM mission. With this background, Steve says deciding to work at KNOM “was an easy decision.” “Being a second generation ‘KNOMer’ is something I plan to carry on for as long as possible,” he adds, not least since his work with the station will likely “enrich the connection I have to my home state… and its people.”

Steve’s work at KNOM is also the latest step in a budding career of service. During his schooling at Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage, he took part in a variety of community service projects: “mostly benefiting community outreach programs,” he describes, “such as the Bean’s Cafe soup kitchen and Brother Francis Homeless Shelter.” Steve is also an alumnus of the Boy Scouts (Troop 229 out of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where he is still a parishioner) and reached the highest rank: Eagle. It’s “been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” he says of his tenure with the Scouts, which has “not only taken me on great adventures within the state, but around the world,” such as the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan, and the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, a campground beloved among the Boy Scouts.

Into his adult life, Steve is continuing his service work not only with KNOM but also with the Alaska Air National Guard: a profession that, like KNOM, he says will “connect” him in a deeper way with the state he loves. He describes his interest in aviation as “intense”; down the road, his goal is to become an airline pilot, a calling that’s right at home in a state where air travel is so essential.

In the meantime, when he’s not up in the air, Steve is excited to be supporting KNOM’s work on the air — especially, he says, its ministry to the people of the Great Land: “engaging the listener” and “being a friend and companion.”