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Tom Busch: Radio Visionary

November 1, 2020, was the 10th anniversary of the passing of KNOM legend Tom Busch.

General manager of KNOM for nearly three decades, Tom was a warm voice on a cold day and a bright presence on the air during the darkest months. He loved Western Alaska.

Because of Tom’s dedication, his influence lives on in the mission. Tom’s dream was to convert KNOM’s analog audio system to digital. It would cost less to run, be easier to fix, cut production time, and allow for greater variety in the finished product.

Ten years later, Tom’s vision has become a reality. His dedication to young talent means incoming volunteers now learn production in KNOM’s new digital studios.

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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.