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.