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‘Name That Tune’ Returns

A photo of Andrew McDonnell and Tom Busch in the studio.

‘Name That Tune’ is a half-hour long radio show featuring Alaska Native music. Listeners are encouraged to call with any information they may have about the recording. Where did it originate? Who composed it? How do you pronounce the name of the song? What story does it tell?

Over the years, many of KNOM’s recordings from dance festivals and potlucks around Western Alaska were either not cataloged, or the information lost. ‘Name That Tune’ returns to the airwaves to help archive these precious pieces for the benefit of listeners in Western Alaska.

The show is part of an hour-long block highlighting indigenous knowledge, immediately following “Elder Voices” on Wednesdays.

Photo: Former KNOM volunteer Andrew McDonnell and the late General Manager, Tom Busch, on the air during a “Name That Tune” segment in 2000. Over the decades, the show has helped KNOM identify numerous Alaska Native music recordings

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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.