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City of license Nome, Alaska
Broadcast area Western Alaska
Branding KNOM
Slogan Alaska Radio Mission
Frequency AM 780 (kHz)
FM 96.1 (MHz)
First air date AM: 1971
FM: 1993
Format News, Regional, Country, Pop, Inspirational
Power AM: 25,000 watts day
14,000 watts night
ERP FM: 1,000 watts
HAAT -42 meters
Class A (Both AM and FM)
Callsign meaning K-NOM(e)
Affiliations ABC Radio
AP Radio
Owner Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks
Website KNOM Online

KNOM is a non-commercial Catholic radio station in Nome, Alaska, broadcasting at 780 AM and 96.1 FM. The station owner and licensee is the KNOM Radio Mission, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit entity with seven board members. The FM signal is 1000 watts and covers the city of Nome and immediately surrounding environs. The AM signal is 25 kilowatts daytime and can be heard as far north as Barter Island and as far south as the Alaska Peninsula, with regular coverage of approximately 100,000 square miles (260,000 km2). Its signal penetrates deep into the Russian Far East.

In addition to its local, religious and Catholic programming, KNOM broadcasts a wide range of music in various formats. It also broadcasts national news from ABC Radio, plus some syndicated programming, such as the Christian 20 The Countdown Magazine and the secular American Top 40: The 70s.

Its regional news and public affairs department is the largest of any Alaska radio station.


KNOM is the oldest Catholic radio station in the United States, and has been broadcasting in Western Alaska for four decades. KNOM was founded by James Poole, S.J.

April 2005, 30+ year General Manager, Tom Busch (who started as a KNOM volunteer and chief engineer in 1970) became development director and part-time engineer, and long time Program Director, and former volunteer Ric Schmidt became General Manager. Both are past two-term presidents of the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Busch died on his 63rd birthday in November, 2010 at his home in Anchorage, Alaska.

Currently KNOM AM and FM is staffed by six full-time and one part-time paid staff and four full-time and eight part-time volunteers. People who are interested in public service, or professional broadcast training (especially college-age students and senior citizens), are encouraged to apply.


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Coordinates: 64°29′16″N 165°17′58″W / 64.48778°N 165.29944°W / 64.48778; -165.29944