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Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Anchorage, Alaska

http://knba.org/

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History

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation was created as a non-profit media corporation in 1992 by Alaska Native leaders to preserve culture and languages, combat widespread misconceptions and prejudices against Alaska Natives, and create cross-cultural bridges. Since our creation, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation has been a national leader in Native American radio broadcasting, media production, and training.

Koahnic operates KNBA 90.3 FM in Anchorage, Alaska, the first urban Native radio station, which signed on in October 1996. KNBA broadcasts news, public affairs and contemporary music to Anchorage and surrounding areas, and streams its signal online. KNBA also produces special programming, such as annual broadcast coverage of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention that is carried by stations across the state.

Koahnic is the nation’s primary producer and distributor of Native public radio programming. Koahnic’s award-winning national radio programs include: Native America Calling, a weekday one-hour live moderated call-in program; National Native News, a weekday 5-minute news feature that has been recognized repeatedly by the Native American Journalists Association; and Earthsongs, a dynamic weekly feature spotlighting contemporary Native music.

Starting in 2006, Koahnic has operated Native Voice One (NV1), the national Native radio program distribution service. Through NV1 distribution, Native radio programs reach the majority of the Alaska Native population and the American Indian reservation audience through carriage by most of the country’s 55 Native-owned stations. NV1 programs are also heard on public radio stations serving urban areas including Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, and Sacramento, as well as smaller cities like Duluth, Minnesota; Bloomington, Indiana; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Asheville, North Carolina.

NV1 station affiliation includes 400 public radio stations and repeaters, including 50 Native stations in rural communities. Many more listeners access the NV1 and KNBA webstreams on mobile devices to hear these shows that are engaging Native America.

Productions

National Native News (NNN) - a daily five-minute newscast, has been the leading daily news service focused on Native issues for 27 years. NNN is the only news program of this kind produced and anchored entirely by a Native staff. Broadcast Monday through Friday on more than 300 U.S. and Canadian radio stations and their translators, NNN is anchored and produced by Antonia Gonzales (Navajo), with reporters contributing stories from across the country.

Native America Calling (NAC) - broadcast live nationwide, is an intense and stimulating one-hour call-in radio talk show. NAC is produced by Koahnic five days a week and broadcast via NV1 to stations across the country. There is no other national forum in any medium for this kind of exchange on Native issues. Native and non-Native leaders in government, business and the arts recognize this and take advantage of the opportunity to participate in NAC’s talking circle. Both members of rural and reservation Native communities and Native people listening from urban areas may call in and speak directly to people closest to Native issues. Since 1995 NAC has provided links between Native and non-Native people, enabling callers to speak out on a variety of subjects that educate and enlighten their communities and other public radio audiences. Hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta), the program is broadcast on nearly 100 Native and public radio stations and translators.

Earthsongs - a weekly public radio program produced in Alaska and distributed nationally via NV1. Since 1999, Earthsongs has been the primary showcase for contemporary Native American and Indigenous music and culture. Hosted and produced by Alexis Sallee (Iñupiaq and Mexican-American), the hour-long program is carried by nearly 100 public radio stations across 16 states, and streamed online. Each hour of Earthsongs features exclusive artist interviews, and a carefully curated mix of music by both emerging and established Native musicians.

The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any Native peoples. Each year, the AFN Convention draws between 4,000–5,000 attendees. Policy guidelines and advocacy statements are set by the dozens of resolutions passed by voting delegates at the Convention. Since 1996, KNBA has produced and broadcast statewide, gavel-to-gavel coverage of this important three-day event. The broadcasts are aired on KNBA, streamed online, and made available to stations across the state. In the last decade, KNBA has added additional coverage from the event, including daily five-minute newscasts both in English and in Native languages including Iñupiaq, Athabascan, Tlingit and Yup’ik, and a special hour-long discussion program, “Alaska’s Native Voice.” KNBA’s live, statewide broadcasts from the AFN Convention provide an important service to Alaskans, enabling listeners to stay in touch with important discussions and debates.

2010 Inuit Nipaat Radio - Koahnic Broadcast Corporation was the invited United States media provider for the 2010 General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) in Nuuk, Greenland. “Nipaat” is a Greenlandic and Iñupiaq word meaning “Sound,” and the broadcast’s title was chosen to reflect the concept that this special coverage had a distinct “Inuit Sound” or “Inuit Voice” to speak to Native people throughout the circumpolar region. Koahnic provided context, detail and analysis throughout the four-day proceedings with daily broadcasts. As part of the broadcasts, Koahnic produced five-minute recaps of each day's proceedings in English, Iñupiaq, Yup'ik and Greenlandic. The program was aired not only by KNBA in Anchorage, but by rural stations serving communities throughout Alaska including in Dillingham, Nome, Bethel, Chevak, Kotzebue, Barrow and Sand Point.