After two and a half decades of faithfully sharing jobs in the region during KNOM’s weekly Job Files show, Vickie Erickson retired last year. Dan Fishel, who took over the regular Job Files hour, is trying something new in addition to the usual show: an employer showcase.
Fishel found himself trying to explain to people who visit the job center the reasons why certain local businesses are good places to work. “I had the thought: Who better to advertise a business, than the business themselves?” he said.
He estimated that out of a total population of 3,700, Nome has more than 500 jobs open. He hopes to bridge that gap and help employers market their positions meaningfully.
Fishel’s first episode highlighted ways employers are attuned to the way of life in rural Alaska. In an interview with representatives from the Bering Strait Regional Housing Authority, they described ways their employees are supported, such as extensive paid time off for subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, and harvesting.
Image at top: Dan Fishel records his show in Studio C. His revamped format showcases local companies and organizations. Photo by KJ McElwee, KNOM (2023).