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Novembers Gone By

Ric surveys 2005 storm damage

Here are a few quick looks at Novembers through the years at our mission — and within the pages (print and online) of our newsletter, The Nome Static.

Five years ago, in 2010, the Static happily reported the arrival of first year volunteer Matthew Smith, who was then serving as a public affairs director (pictured). After two successful years as a volunteer and time working in Anchorage in TV journalism, Matt returned as KNOM’s permanent news director in 2014.

Volunteer Matthew Smith, circa 2010

That same November ’10 Static also recalled the November of 1980, when longtime US senator Ted Stevens was photographed by the Associated Press talking to the media in Washington, D.C. — while holding a KNOM coffee mug.

Ted Stevens holds KNOM mug

Ten years ago, meanwhile, the 90-mph winds of a “once in 30 years” storm in our region ripped a large portion of siding from the station building’s western exterior (easily dwarfing general manager Ric Schmidt, pictured above). Then, as now, KNOM news went above and beyond to keep listeners informed on the storm’s progress and how best to stay safe while waiting it out. Some within our listening area lost power for 5 ½ days during the storm; in Nome, a “little generator that could” helped keep the station on the air.

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