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“Dear Friend…” (April 2021)

Speaking about something that is difficult to share and being taken seriously by others is deeply healing. Sharing teaches us we are not alone. When KNOM’s reporters – often new to Western Alaska – request an interview, it requires courage and trust to say yes. That is especially true when sharing personal stories dear to […]

First Double Amputee Finishes 2,600 Mile Iron Dog Snowmachine Race

In a historic feat, brothers Joseph and Israel Hale are the first-ever snowmachine team with a disability to finish the 2,600-mile Iron Dog race in the pro-class. Although the team was last at the finish line, they were the first to the Nome halfway checkpoint. “We were coming into Nome, and I hadn’t done a […]

St. Joseph Novenas

Bishop Chad recorded daily novena prayers in preparation for the feast of St. Joseph. 2021 is the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. Also, a special series of spots explains the significance of each day of Holy Week.

‘Thank You’ From Climate Specialist After Storm Data Nearly Lost

The Nome Airport’s weather equipment failed for five days in early March, right before a record-setting winter storm. Rick Thoman, from the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, has more: “Now, that’s the bad news. The good news is, KNOM Radio, in their role as National Weather Service co-operative observers, recorded 14 inches of […]

Seeking Protection, Wanting Justice

Several years ago, a group of women in Nome began meeting around the dinner table. Week after week, they began to share experiences of sexual assault. They concluded there was a pattern of neglect by the justice system. The women, several of them respected leaders, have compelled the community to push through awkward conversations and […]

Dog Teams Dominate the Radio Airwaves

“The year is 1985, and this is Tom Busch with a KNOM Iditarod Moment. Teller’s Libby Riddles led into Eagle Island, two thirds into the race… Only west-coast Alaskans had any notion what Riddles could do… In the statewide press she was hardly mentioned…” Iditarod coverage is a team sport. In a longstanding radio tradition, […]