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New Voices, New Roles

Three young people stand smiling in front of a sign that reads "KNOM Radio Mission."
The volunteer fellow class of 2019-2020: JoJo Phillips, Katie Kazmierski, and Joe Coleman. Photo: KNOM.

In recent months, Nome high school graduate Ethan Ahkvaluk has been helping KNOM with air shifts, voicing new inspirational spots, and other work.

Ethan’s service at KNOM is temporary, as he’s off to college in the fall, but he’s been a great help to the team. He “pops in the station regularly to help with whatever he can,” says general manager Margaret DeMaioribus; “he is a very eager volunteer and happy to help.”

New full-time volunteer fellows Joe Coleman and JoJo Phillips are already producing, announcing, and writing news after arrivals earlier this summer. Joe hails from the Los Angeles area, JoJo from Connecticut. Katie Kazmierski has renewed her service term for a second year at KNOM.

Emily Hofstaedter will also be staying at KNOM; as of this month, she’s just transitioned to a staff role as KNOM’s lead reporter.

Images above and below: the volunteer fellow class of 2019-2020: JoJo Phillips, Katie Kazmierski, and Joe Coleman; volunteer Ethan Ahkvaluk, on-air in Studio A. Photos: KNOM.

Young man in grey t-shirt smiles while standing behind a radio microphone
Volunteer Ethan Ahkvaluk, on-air in Studio A. Photo: KNOM.

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