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Our Pledge to Benefactors

In its fiftieth year, the mission is re-stating its commitment to you – our steadfast supporters and friends. KNOM’s philosophy of stewardship sets it apart from many other charities. If you donate, this is KNOM’s commitment to you: Your personal information has never, and will never, be traded, sold, or otherwise shared with anyone. Your […]

After Hours-Effort Saves Christmas Day Play

This year, KNOM will ring in Christmas Day with the old and the new! Due to staff shortages, the traditional volunteer-led project of writing an original Christmas play was canceled. However, in a moment of clarity, KNOM volunteers knew that they had to step in and save the play. Les Brown dreamed up KNOM’s first […]

Dear Friend… (November 2021)

Life in Western Alaska is labor intensive, and often challenging and uncomfortable. On the surface, it is a sacrifice. However, a simple life is an intentional choice. Life does not have to be easy to have dignity and goodness. Yet, smalltown life offers the gift of being seen for who you truly are. It is […]

Shishmaref Elders Cut the Ribbon for New Clinic

“There was just limited room in that old clinic,” Howard Weyiouanna, mayor of Shishmaref, told listeners. At 5,400 square feet, the new clinic is about three times bigger. “With more exam rooms, you can just offer more appointment slots,” said Angie Gorn, the CEO of Norton Sound Health Corporation. At the ribbon cutting ceremony in […]

Last Hometown Letters Transmit Local Love

The spot series “Love Letters to Home”, which has been broadcast this late summer and fall, is now completed. The last two spots in the series both feature youth from the Bering Strait region. In one, Nome’s Katie Smith takes the opportunity to thank her town for building community spirit around her generation. She thanks […]

Life-Affirming Activities To Prevent Depression in Youth

A recent training session, hosted by the local Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, trained participants on new research in suicide prevention. The data speaks to whole communities coming together to create a positive atmosphere. “The goal, as one Elder from Alakanuk said, isn’t just, ‘we don’t […]

We Asked: Western Alaskans Say They’re Still Radio-Active

Although the birthday date has passed, KNOM’s 50th year vision to “give back KNOM” by making local voices a deeper part of the mission continues. The station’s staff recently finished analyzing a the results of a survey that was mailed out to all households in the listening area. Respondents would be entered to win a […]

Dear Friend… (October 2021)

Kindness is contagious. Actions that show consistent care for others can spread grace and goodwill as far as remote Western Alaska. This month, Pope Francis asks us to pray for lives that are “available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavor of the Gospel”. In St. Luke’s gospel, Christ […]