780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

Story49: “What Happens When Two People Meet Each Other”

Collaborators Ryan Conarro, Gary Beaver, and Justin Perkins before the Nome premier of Alaxsxa | Alaska.
Collaborators Ryan Conarro, Gary Beaver, and Justin Perkins before the Nome premier of Alaxsxa | Alaska. Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM.

“Alaxsxa | Alaska” is an ambitious new production that combines storytelling, dance, and puppetry to explore the complicated history of cross-cultural encounters in the 49th state, but its creators say what it comes down to is “what happens when two people meet each other.”

This month on Story49, we go behind the scenes with Gary Beaver and Ryan Conarro, two of the show’s collaborators and performers, who crafted stories from their respective experiences as a Yup’ik drummer and dancer who grew up in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and a white man who moved to Alaska as an adult.

Gary Beaver raises a hand to his mouth as if to call out while performing a Yup'ik dance at the Nome Elementary School.
Gary Beaver performs a Yup’ik dance at the Nome Elementary School before the Nome premiere of “Alaxsxa | Alaska.” Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM.

Listen here or tune in on KNOM (780 AM, 96.1 FM) on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 6 pm and again on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 3 pm.

If you or someone you know has a story to share, contact KNOM at 443-5221 or by email at story49@knom.org.

Story49: Sharing your story, your voice, your Alaska.

Image at top: Collaborators Ryan Conarro, Gary Beaver, and Justin Perkins before the Nome premiere of “Alaxsxa | Alaska.” Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM. You can explore more of the stories Ryan collected around the state about cross-cultural encounters here.

Share this story


Recent Posts

A long table with a gavel resting on it. American flag in background.

City of Nome Finalizes $17.9 Million Budget for 2025

The Nome Common Council finalized the city’s fiscal year 2025 budget during its meeting on Monday, June 10. The approved General Municipal Fund Budget stands at $17,948,567.33, reflecting a slight decrease from the 2024 fiscal year’s amended budget. A $2,390,600.97 deficit is expected and will be financed through appropriations. Revenues

Read More »

Wednesday Night in Nome: Miss ANB Pageant Returns

The Miss ANB Pageant will be held at 7:00 p.m. June 12 at the Mini Convention Center in Nome. Organized by Janet Tobuk and her daughter Marsha Tobuk, the event highlights the traditions and cultural knowledge of contestants from the Bering Strait region.  This year all contestants are first-time participants,

Read More »

UAF NW Campus Director Barbara Amarok Resigns

Barbara Amarok, Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus (UAF NW), resigned from her position on Friday, May 31. Amarok served as Director of the Nome-based campus since June 2019.  Amarok is an Inupiaq Alaska Native from Nome. After earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education she returned

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.