Station Manager Sheila Nanaeto on-air broadcast from the KSUT
Tribal Radio Station in Ignacio. KSUT Tribal radio broadcasts
on 91.3 FM and online at www.KSUT.org
(photo by Damon Toledo - The Southern Ute Drum
When listening to mainstream radio, ever wonder about the stations
history? Have you ever thought the same about tribal radio? The
history of communication is timeless; communicating through the
vast airwaves hasnt really been around that long. Take a guess
how long tribal radio has been in existence.
Wikipedia states: Many people were involved in the invention
of radio in its current form. Experimental work on the connection
between electricity and magnetism began around 1820.
Tribal radio has not been around that long, considering radio
communications has been in existence since the late 1800s.
Southern Ute Tribal Radio came into existence in 1976, KSUT
being one of the first native stations.
We do a lot with limited resources, Station Manager
for KSUT Tribal Radio, Sheila Nanaeto said.
Considering KSUT started with a 10-watt transmitter, the Southern
Ute Indian Tribe had the foresight to see the benefits of a tribal
radio station. Without the tribes foresight, the tribe
thought KSUT was something good in the future, Nanaeto said.
Tribal members and community residents tune in to hear
the instant news, community bulletins and meetings notices,
Nanaeto continued. They tune in to the station, as we provide
direct communication to the [tribal] membership.
KSUT now plans to spearhead the research and development of
the A History of Native American Public Radio, utilizing
the $15,000 grant KSUT received from Native Maker Media.
KSUT has a three-person advisory board overseeing the specifics
of the documentary, gathering information from all 53-radio stations
in Indian Country to tell the history of native public radio.
Federal funding comes to KSUT through the Corporation for Public
This new grant will assist KSUT in the future.
How long we have been here, what we provide and what we
will continue to provide, Nanaeto stated. We want to
shed the successes of tribal radio in Indian Country.
We will be able to tell our version of the story. People
will watch the documentary and hopefully say I never knew
that, we want to educate through outreach to the people, giving
them the experience of a true tribal, native radio station.
KSUTs advisory committee on the documentary will have
exclusive control over what will be created. Scriptwriter and editor
for the documentary will be Deni Luna from Seattle, WA.
She has generously donated $5000 worth of her time, through
an in-kind donation, to help us with the documentary, Nanaeto
said. Not only will she be assisting us with writing and editing,
she has agreed to help train Lorena Richards and myself to learn
the different aspects of creating a documentary. Richards
is the Music Director for KSUT Tribal Radio.
The documentary will be a four-part series, of the history of
tribal radio stations and will contain archive photos, audio clips
and samples, as well as call letters of the 53 radio stations in
Vision Maker Media agreements are underwritten by the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting and intended for public television distribution.
PBS will maintain exclusive rights for four years after the completion
of the film.
KSUT Tribal radio is located on your local radio dial at 91.3
FM in Ignacio, and on KUUT 89.7 FM in Farmington and the Four Corners.
KSUT is also broadcast, streaming live at www.KSUT.org.