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In the Hall of Fame!

Smiling group of family and friends surrounds KNOM general manager emeritus Ric Schmidt, holding an award.

Longtime KNOM general manager Ric Schmidt was inducted on November 9 into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He’s the 64th inductee into the ABA’s storied roster of broadcasting leaders.

Ric first served in Nome as a KNOM volunteer in 1984, then returned in 1995 as staff program director. Promoted to general manager in 2005, Ric remained on full-time staff through 2017, when he retired after an incredible career in broadcasting.

Ric received his ABA honors in a ceremony with his family, including wife and current KNOM business manager Lynette Schmidt. He shared the 2018 Hall of Fame distinction with the late John Active, who was a pioneer Alaska Native broadcaster at KYUK Radio in Bethel.

Image at top: A Nod from ABA — KNOM general manager emeritus Ric Schmidt was inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in November. He’s pictured during the ceremony, surrounded by family and friends.

Laureli Ivanoff stands on the beach in Unalakleet.
Laureli Ivanoff pictured near her hometown of Unalakleet, on the shore of the Norton Sound. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM.

A Nod from the Governor — This month, in Juneau, writer (and KNOM news director emerita) Laureli Ivanoff is slated to receive the prestigious Governor’s Arts and Humanities Award from the State of Alaska, a recognition of her vivid, autobiographical writings that offer insights into the contemporary Alaska Native experience.

One of Laureli’s essays was published last fall in The New York Times.

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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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