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Our 42nd birthday!

Bishop Robert Whelan at KNOM's first broadcast

Did you know? KNOM turns 42 this month.

It was on July 14, 1971 that KNOM-AM first went on the air, with a broadcast initiated by Bishop Robert Whelan, pictured. We’ve been on the air ever since, with the support of so many volunteers, staffers, community members, and of course, kind donors like you. This year, thanks to you, our mission completes its 42nd year of service – and makes preparations for the next 42 years and beyond.

KNOM’s mission is actually a bit older than 42 years; the first volunteers and other workers began laying the groundwork for KNOM in the late 1960s and early 70s. You’ll find lots more history here.


This article is part of the July 2013 edition of our newsletter, The Nome Static.

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.

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