Dear Friend… (August 2021)

One stormy night, a listener called KNOM to make sure someone was at the radio station monitoring the weather situation. “Now that I know you’re there, I’ll go to bed and try to sleep,” said the caller. “I’m here with you.” “Let’s enjoy the day together.” “Your heritage is a strong and beautiful treasure.” “God…

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Giving Away Radios and Cupcakes

KNOM’s 50th anniversary represented the kick-off for the mission’s radio giveaway. While celebrating with free cupcakes, the first five radios – and, five build-your-own transistor radio kits – were given away. The assembly kits were given to teachers and home educators while the radios and boosters went to visitors who knew the answer to KNOM…

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Remarking on 50 Transformative Years

Anniversary festivities were intentionally kept small due to concerns over Covid-19. Still, several distinguished guests and “KNOM icons” from decades past booked a flight to Nome to celebrate. When radio people gather, the chatter is inevitable. Still, after many formal and informal remarks, one clear message crystalized: for community members, friends, listeners, benefactors, and former…

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Milk and Cookies: Honoring KNOM’s Longest-Running Volunteer

Les Brown says he first heard about KNOM in a radio broadcasters’ magazine, which stated a Catholic radio station in Nome, Alaska needed help. When he asked his wife, Paula, in jest whether she thought they should go, her one-word answer changed everything: “When?” Les and Paula first arrived in Nome in July 1972, when…

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