Iditarod 39 Honorary Musher is Selected
(WASILLA, ALASKA)- The Iditarod Trail Committee is pleased to announce that the IDITAROD XXXIX Honorary Musher is KNOM Radio founder Tom Busch and his legacy with KNOM Radio, Nome Alaska.
Tom covered the very first Iditarod in 1973 and typed the standings into the Associated Press teletype wire. Those postings became the world's very first glimpse of what today is referred to as "The Last Great Race on Earth." Tom served as the General Manager of KNOM for 30 years. He also served on the Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors from 1989 through 1991.
KNOM has covered every Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and has interviewed thousands of mushers in Anchorage, along the trail and at the finish line in Nome. KNOM's commitment to sharing the stories of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has provided Iditarod enthusiasts around the world a portal to the race and its special bond between the human and canine.
Tom Busch passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on November 1st, 2010. On March 5th 2011, Tom's wife, Florence, will take the traditional journey from 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage Alaska in the sled designated for the Honorary Musher, wearing bib # 1.