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April 17, 2012
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LAS VEGAS -- KNOM-AM Nome, AK today was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters' Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.

Ten winners were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored at today's NAB Show Radio Luncheon.

KNOM-AM provided this description of its accomplishments in 2011:

"For 40+ years, KNOM has battled blizzards, 70 below temperatures, gale force winds and fuel shortages to bring community service programming to isolated listeners throughout 100,000 square miles of remote Western Alaska. Nearly 80% listen to KNOM throughout a signal area roughly the size of Colorado. KNOM listeners are so isolated, that only a snowmobile, dog team, or expensive airplane flights can reach a city. Along with over 36,000 PSAs per year of free airtime, KNOM airs critical on-air community service programs, like "Sounding Board" and "Elder Voices." KNOM news staff members travel hundreds of miles by plane to outlying villages, reporting on communities and personal stories of hardship and celebration. KNOM serves one of the poorest areas in the United States, severely limiting fundraising. However, KNOM's Cancer Awareness Garage Sale strategy garnered 2011 "Relay for Life" Gold status. With limited resources, KNOM appealed for food, clothing and volunteers to help those in need. KNOM staff donated over 8,000 hours to community outreach including radio community service, EMT/ambulance duties, food bank and e-waste collections and volunteering at a variety of community events. Overcoming violent weather and extreme conditions, KNOM is devoted to serving the people of Western Alaska."

For more information on KNOM-AM's accomplishments, contact Ric Schmidt at

Today's NAB Show Radio Luncheon also featured a presentation of the NAB Crystal Heritage Award to KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA and a keynote address from entertainer Donny Osmond. Major League Baseball radio broadcaster Bob Uecker was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The luncheon was sponsored by ASCAP.

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