780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

KNOM Radio Mission, 2013: Twelve Snapshots

Sister Alice Sullivan
In June 2013, expert "birder" Sister Alice Sullivan talks ornithology with volunteer Lucus Keppel on the “Birding Report,” a new segment for the Morning Show. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.


Janice Homekingkeo

The KNOM newsroom has an extra “newsie” for a few days: Janice Homekingkeo, a college student whose hometown, Koyuk (COY-uck), Alaska, is within KNOM’s listening range. Janice shadows news director Laureli Kinneen, learning about the daily duties of a busy radio newsroom; she records daytime weather reports and, on her last day, anchors a newscast.


KNOM volunteer alumnus Ben Matheson

Construction crews work through Nome’s deep-winter temperatures to build the floor of our digital studios annex. Meanwhile, KNOM volunteer alumnus Ben Matheson is back in the station for a week. With our volunteer crew, all of whom are in their first year of service, Ben helps report on the Norton Sound 450 sled dog race.


Paul and Ric, on air during an Iditarod Update

Former news director and current board member Paul Korchin volunteers many hours to help us with the hectic March “race season” in Western Alaska: the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine (or Snowmobile) Race and the world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Also this month, work continues on our digital studios; a roof now sits above the nascent structure.


NAB Crystal Heritage Award

KNOM receives the coveted Crystal Heritage Award – a special distinction recognizing “long-term commitment to community service” – from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In a ceremony at the annual NAB Show, general manager Ric Schmidt shares this great honor with all the members of our KNOM family and Western Alaska community.


Little Diomede, Alaska

Bob Froehle – deacon at Nome’s St. Joseph Catholic Church and secretary of KNOM’s board of directors – is waylaid in remote Little Diomede, Alaska for several days. Deacon Bob travels to the Bering Strait community to preside at a funeral; harsh weather prevents his immediate return. (Travel delays like this are common in rural Alaska, even in late spring.)


Sister Alice Sullivan

On select days this month, Sister Alice Sullivan – part of the community of nuns at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Nome – joins the KNOM Morning Show to talk about ornithology. Sr. Alice is an expert birder, and her special tips are very timely, since Nome, one of the best sights for bird-watching in the world, sees its bird migrations peak in early summer.


Dayneé and Lucus with Communicator Awards

Volunteer producers and Morning Show hosts Lucus Keppel and Dayneé Rosales receive four Communicator Awards from the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA). The awards honor their radio “spots,” or PSAs, as well as a recurring nutrition segment on the Morning Show and a Christmastime radio drama that the two created from scratch.


Margaret DeMaioribus

It’s a busy season of departures and arrivals for our volunteers. After finishing their service years, 2012-2013 volunteers Josh Cunningham, Eva DeLappe, and Margaret DeMaioribus (pictured) depart for the Lower 48. Meanwhile, we welcome 2013-2014 volunteers Zachariah Hughes, Emily Bieniek, Anna Rose MacArthur, and Tara Cicatello.


Marian Braun paints transmitter building

Supporters Tom and Marian Braun (pictured) spend two weeks at KNOM to help with renovation projects. Labor continues, also, on our studio annex, which is now ready for interior work. Volunteer Lucus Keppel departs at the end of his service term. In the Static, we report on a fruitful volunteer trip to Gambell, Alaska and a rare killer whale sighting in Nome.


FCC renewal paperwork

KNOM launches a re-designed, mobile-device-friendly version of its website, knom.org. In the Static, we report on the pending completion of the application for our FCC broadcast license renewal; it’s required once every eight years. We also report on volunteers Emily Bieniek and Dayneé Rosales traveling to the village of Wales for a music festival.


Laureli and others in Anadyr, Chukotka, Russia

Our newsletter this month showcases the incredible trip to Chukotka – a far-eastern region of Russia – taken by news director Laureli Kinneen. Her travels allow Laureli to send reports back to KNOM’s listeners on the Beringia Days International Conference, a gathering that brings together cultural representatives from both sides of the Bering Strait.


Ric Schmidt and Father Armand Nigro

In the Static, we report that Father Armand Nigro, SJ is now our Spiritual Advisor Emeritus; pictured is general manager Ric Schmidt, presenting Fr. Armand with a plaque recognizing his service and new title. (Our mission will have a new spiritual advisor, Father Mark Hoelsken, SJ, as of 2014.) On Christmas Day, KNOM broadcasts Mass to thousands of listeners.

Share this story


Recent Posts

Goldbug Fire Grows to Over 4,500 Acres

The Goldbug Fire, located about 25 miles south of Deering, has rapidly expanded to 4,633 acres as of the morning of June 15. Alaska Fire Service has mobilized a crew of six smoke jumpers to provide protection to a mining site just one quarter mile from the fire’s edge. At

Read More »

KNOM Radio to Host First-Ever Music Fest

KNOM Radio Mission will host its first-ever Music Fest Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. The event, hosted at KNOM’s Back Yard, will be a great opportunity for the Bering Strait region to gather and celebrate the start of summer. Admission to the event is free.  The two-day Music Fest will feature

Read More »

June 13: Rick Thoman’s Climate Highlight for Western Alaska

The following is a transcript from Rick Thoman’s weekly “Climate Highlight for Western Alaska” provided to KNOM Radio. Thoman is a Climate Specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Sea ice has not completely melted out of the Bering Sea, there

Read More »

Teller Man Arrested for Terroristic Threatening

A Teller man has been arrested and transported to Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center following allegations of threatening to burn down a house, according to an affidavit from Alaska State Troopers. The affidavit reports that Chester Topkok, 26, was reported by his niece, Belinda Smith, who called Troopers on June

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

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.