June 1981: The KNOM Marching Band

June 20, 1981

The “KNOM Marching Band” captures second place in Nome’s Midnight Sun Festival parade, organized by Mary Yanikoski.

In pouring rain, a group of kids walk down Front Street, wearing KNOM 10th anniversary t-shirts. Each child carries a portable radio blaring the KNOM signal, which is playing march music over the air. It’s an idea borrowed from former KNOM volunteer Peter Van Nort of KIAK in Fairbanks, who dreamed up the stunt the previous year for KIAK’s entry in that town’s Golden Days parade.