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KNOM Radio to Host First-Ever Music Fest

KNOM Radio Mission will host its first-ever Music Fest Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. The event, hosted at KNOM’s Back Yard, will be a great opportunity for the Bering Strait region to gather and celebrate the start of summer. Admission to the event is free. 

The two-day Music Fest will feature a diverse lineup of local talent, community DJs, and vendor tables with local goods. A livestream will also be available on our website (Listen Here button at the top), Facebook Live, and on radio at 780 AM. 

The Music Fest will begin Friday at 5:00 p.m. with a blessing by Jack Brown followed by a performance from the Saint Lawrence Island Dance Group. Martin Paul will wrap up the first  day with a performance starting at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m. with a blessing by Bertha Koweluk. The King Island Dance Group will lead off the performances Saturday. Byron Nicholai will close out the set at 4:00 p.m. and a community open mic opportunity will follow after. 

Attendees are welcome to participate in a cake walk fundraiser and enter to win door prizes between performances. Food will be available for purchase. 

Miranda Musich, General Manager of KNOM, expressed her excitement for this inaugural event.

“KNOM has shifted recently from an out-of-state volunteer based organization, to a local hire and community based organization, so we wanted to find a way to connect directly with listeners, show that we are part of the community, and have the opportunity to educate the community about how we need their buy-in and support to be here for another 50+ years.”

KNOM’s transformation is more than just structural. The radio station, founded in 1971, has also embraced a renewed focus on engagement and innovation.

"Starting with last year's American Idol auditions, the staff have been dedicated to launching a new, fresh, and updated KNOM. We aim to continue being a vital source of inspiration, news, and faith for Western Alaska and beyond."

As an independent nonprofit, KNOM relies on donations, underwriting, and sponsorships. According to Musich, events like the Music Fest are crucial for securing the resources needed to maintain operations, support staff, and stay on the air.
“I’m honored to be at the helm during these exciting times at KNOM, but I couldn’t do it without the amazing and dedicated staff that work hard and want to see KNOM be successful,” she said. “We are grateful to the community members who see our vision and support us by being community DJs and hosts, and through donations to KNOM for fundraising events like our music festival.”

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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.