Native American Music Radio Programming
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WRPI, 91.5 FM; Troy NY
CKRZ 100.3 FM; Six Nations
KBOO FM 90.7; Portland, OR
CKCU 93.1 FM, Ottawa, Ontario
KTNN AM 660; Window Rock, AZ
KCIE 90.5 FM in Dulce, NM
KANW FM, 89.1, Albuquerque, NM
KUCR 88.3 FM; Riverside, CA
KWSO 91.9 FM; Warm Springs, OR
KOTZ AM; Kotzbue, Alaska
KAOS 89.3 FM; Olympia, WA
KPNC 101.1 FM; Ponca City, OK
CHSR FM 97.9; Univ/New Brunswick
CFNT 104.5 FM Radio, Perth Andover, New Brunswick
WRMU 91.1 FM; Alliance, OH
CKWE 105.9 FM; Mohawk Territory
KZFR, 90.1, Chico, CA
CKON Mohawk Radio Ahkwesasne, NY
WOJB,  Hayward, WI
KRCL 91 FM; Salt Lake City, UT
WKY 930 AM; Oklahoma City, OK
WMPG; 90.9FM & 104.1FM Portland, ME
CKLN 88.1 FM; Toronto, Ontario
KNBA 90.3 FM; Anchorage, AK
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Live Native American Radio has been a major influence in the lives of the People for several decades. As a young boy, living with my grandparents herding sheep in the summertime, there was no TV. What we had for entertainment were the Navajo DJ's of the local radio station, KGAK AM in Gallup NM. The DJ's mainly were there to translate the English ads to Navajo and the programming was pretty standard faire. Later when we moved to the northern part of the reservation, a station in Farmington, NM. KWYK AM, took the bold move of not only having Navajo DJ's but adding Native American music and Navajo community oriented programming to their airtime. In that part of the reservation not many birthday parties, weddings, or funerals took place without being announced on that station. Every home, pickup, gas station, and cafe on the rez seemed to listen to KWYK, whose format was pretty much C&W with some Native American music thrown in.

Today Native Radio is alive and booming!! Many, many, First Nations now host excellent stations owned and operated by the local tribe or band. A radio host in Canada told me that they have over 200 there alone. If you live near a reservation, call the tribal office which is always in the phone book under US Government, Dept. of the Interior and ask if they have a tribally-owned radio station.

My tribe, the Navajo Nation, today owns one of the most powerful radio stations in North America, KTNN AM 660. Other tribes with broadcasts put Native Music and news programming within easy reach of tribal and local community members. Many today feature excellent DJ's and Native Music Programming.

Another current move is for stations to feature Native Music programming as a part of their regular weekly schedule. Here in the Portland Metro Area there are two such programs, both at a local Oregon Public Radio station. Many Native Programs had their birth on the Public Radio Network, since they could do what was considered "alternative" programming. Today, many commercial radio stations are featuring or actively considering adding a Native American show to their programming lists. I just received an email today from a Native program in Alaska which is going to allow rebroadcast of their show ANYWHERE in the world! Are you a radio programmer in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and would like to feature this show? Look for details in the following text.

This page is dedicated to the efforts of these stations to put Native Music on the air. Tune in to these local stations and hear some fine Native music and programming. Hey all you native DJ's, send me an email and the dates and times of your Native Music programming and you can be on this list!! Anyone else with this info for your local station, email it to me for inclusion.

Worldwide Online Native Radio!!! American Indian Radio on Satellite/AIROS 

24 hour Native Radio programming, 7 days a week, via RealAudio netcasts! They feature several quality Native Music programs with both traditional and contemporary Native musicians, as well as news and issues oriented programming of the day.  NO station in your area? You can hear the cutting edge of the Native Music scene here online.  Once it was cool to open the pickup door and sit in the shade drinking pepsi and listening to Native radio... now it's even more KEWL to logon and listen to AIROS on the net, sipping latte's...

Check it out!  It's a winner in the Native use of technology category.  Also at the site is a listing of local radio stations that also carry AIROS programming.

The world is tuning in...  and they like it!!

Different Drums;

Different Drums, which went on the air in the spring of 1996, is one of the three longest-running AIROS programs, along with Native America Calling and AlterNative Voices. The show format varies, from hour-long feature shows spotlighting one particular artist or issues, to variety shows offering music from all around Indian country, plus occasional programs featuring live recordings from events such as the South Dakota concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.

Different Drums has drawn the attention of mainstream media to the value of Native American music and thought by winning seven state and national awards during its first 3 1/2 years on the air. The Different Drums website, offers weekly notes about artists and sources for music included on each show, plus links to sources for information relating to current issues in Indian country.

Earthsongs Modern Music From Native America -- a weekly national program distributed by AIROS. Gregg McVicar, Host/ProducerEarthsongs,

Different Drums and all the other shows produced by American Indian Radio on Satellite/AIROS are easily accessible to your local public radio station by satellite. If they aren't aired in your area, let your local station's program director know that there are listeners who would eagerly tune in to Native American programming. Public input is how program decisions are made!

WRPI, 91.5 FM; Troy NY

Native Circle; Mondays 8:30 to 9:30 pm.

Located in the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people on the eastern bank of the Mahicanituk (Hudson River), near the site of Paanpaack, the Mohican village previous to the present city of Troy, New York, Native Circle is the only radio program in the Capital District dedicated exclusively to presenting the works of Native Americans. It features native music, poetry, prose, history, news, calendar of events, and other items that will interest the listening public.

Visit their web site at;

CKRZ 100.3 FM; Six Nations, Oshwekon

Here is a great example of Native programming. At CKRZ at Six Nations (Oshwekon) the all-Native station averages between 35-40% of the music played each week, being either contemporary or traditional native music.

CKRZ is a non-profit Native Community owned radio station that first went on air in 1987, and is located in the Iroquois Village Centre in Ohsweken. Ohsweken is a village on the Six Nations of the Grand River. CKRZ serves both Six Nations of the Grand River (Iroquois or Ongwehon:weh) and the Mississaugas of the New Credit (Ojibwe or Anishinabec) communities. CKRZ recently began to record Iroquois Social Songs, with future plans to make these recordings available for sale to the public. In an effort to increase language retention, they sponsor Cayuga language classes, a daily Native thanksgiving address, and station ID's in 15 different languages from Native American to Hawaiian. CKRZ is one of the founding members of A.I.R. (Association of Indigenous Radio). A group of 12 different native radio stations in Southern Ontario in various stages of development. Over the past year, CKRZ has been developing its Music Library to the point where it now has over 650 different titles by First Nations People. Have a demo? Send it to them!

Contact; Kyle Martin,

KBOO 90.7 FM; Portland, Oregon
92.7 Columbia Gorge 100.7 Corvallis/Albany, OR


Alternate Thursdays 12:30 PM: INDIAN WORLD

A wide range of Native activities and interests in North & South America. A lively mix of music, news, interviews, legends, poetry and a calendar of events. John Talley is your host.

Alternate Thursdays 12:30 PM: N-CHI-WANA OYATE-KI

N-Chi-Wana Oyate-Ki, which means People of the River, reaches out to the Native American community with both spiritual and political topics and interviews. Plus a variety of musical talents: traditional, jazz, blues and contemporary, as the People are involved in all areas of music and the arts. A-ho mitakye oyasin.

CKCU 93.1 FM; Ottawa, Ontario, Algonguin territory

Two shows called the "49" (Tuesday am 10 - 12) and Spirit Voice (Thursday pm 8:30 - 9:30).

You can send inquiries to Michael Patterson, 3-137 Columbus Ave., Aboriginal VOICES magazine, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1K 1P9, fax and phone (613)748-1636, or email him at;

KTNN 660 AM; Window Rock, Arizona (Navajo Nation)

A show called Navajo Nights is aired on Sunday evenings hosted by Laurie Lee. They feature a Native artist or group every week and most are live. Native music is interspersed throughout the day and night. Huge footprint!! I could get them when I lived in Los Angeles and even on a good night here in Portland, Oregon.

KCIE 90.5 FM; Dulce, New Mexico

A Native Drum Show hosted by Bernadette Howland (you'll have to contact them for times).

KANW 89.1 FM; Albuquerque, NM

Native Music Hours; 930pm-1200am, Thursday nights

A great show with a broad spectrum of past traditional sounds to modern contemporary. Your host is Beulah Sunrise, Navajo/Santo Domingo.

KUCR 88.3 FM; Riverside, California

A surfer sent an email stating, "I live in Riverside, California and there is a great program called 'Indian Time' on Radio station KUCR 88.3 on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30. They play Pow-Wow songs and also have discussions about various topics concerning Native Americans." Thanks for the addition, Gregg!

KWSO 91.9 FM; Warm Springs, Oregon

KWSO is owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Central Oregon. The station plays a mix of Native Music from 6:00 AM till 12 Midnight. Tribal members serve as DJ's.

KOTZ AM; Kotzbue, Alaska

A Native owned and operated public radio station that has been on the air since 1973. Located 30 miles above the Arctic Circle, 550 air miles north of Anchorage, 200 miles east of the Soviet Far East. They have no roads in and all travel is by boat, plane, or snowmachine. The area they serve is the size of the state of Illinois and a poplulation of approximately 6500 people, mostly Native Alaskan (90% or so). They have been playing traditional and contemporary Native Music since their inception. Contact person is Pierre A. Lonewolf.

KAOS 89.3 FM; Olympia, Washington

My friend, GraceAnn writes, "Hey Arlie! What's up with Washington being left off the native radio list? I believe KAOS radio station, out of Evergreen State College plays Native American Music!!" OK, Ok, Grace--geez! Here it is.

Monday evenings 6 to 8pm KAOS "View from the Shore" program, highlights traditional and contemporary Native Music. The host, Gary Galbreath has been hosting this show for the last ten years. Also on Wednesdays from noon to 2:30 there is some music during the "Exposing the Apologetic Predator" program with host Tiokasin Veaux.

KPNC 101.1 FM; Ponca City, Oklahoma

Tony Arkeketa of the Red Land Singers, White Eagle, OK, hosts a weekly fifteen minute broadcast with a foot-print covering the following tribes in north central Oklahoma; Osage, Ponca, Otoe-Missouria, Tonkawa, Kaw and Pawnee. It airs each Sunday morning @ 7:30 to 9:45a.m., called the "American Indian News" segment. It features; local community Indian news, a calendar of events and various tribal music each week. Thanks to KPNC station owner, Bill Coleman for his sensitiveness to American Indian community needs in the area. Questions or information may be emailed to:

CHSR 97.9 FM; University of New Brunswick

And from the far Northeast!! CHSR FM is the campus radio station and has Native Music programming. They have 3 Native reserves in their listening area which they say is quite unique for a radio station in Canada. Dipeitro Santo Thomas is one of two Native DJ's and hosts a show devoted to Native drumming and singing.

CFNT 104.5 FM Radio; Perth Andover, New Brunswick

CFNT is an aboriginal First Nation Radio station featuring an aboriginal music program which promotes and profiles aboriginal artists, our show is called Powwow Power Hour. We are interested in promoting all aboriginal music artists. We request promotional packages from aboriginal artists with CD's and literature so that we may profile them on our show. Our listener base is approximately 6000. We would promote you and guide our listener base to purchase your material.

Our mailing address is: CFNT Radio P.O Box 3240 Perth Andover , New Brunswick Canada, E7H-5K3 Phone (506) 273-4307 Fax (506) 273-9697, email

WRMU 91.1 FM; Mt. Union College, Alliance, OH

"Native Waves", 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, EST.  It is a small college campus radio station, they have been on the air since Oct. 6, 1997. They feature a different native artist each week, and put out info on area powwows. "We just try to put the music out there. the station is small, but it's kinda cool, cause anyone with internet access can "tune in" and hear the program."

The internet address is:
Contact; joyce nieschwitz or Rex Ferguson.

CKWE 105.9 FM; Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Onkwe-Con; Saturdays 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Onkwe-Con is the abbreviation for Onkwehonwe (Human beings) Content (aka - Native Music). Tyendinaga is situated on the shores of the Bay of Quinte in Ontario, Canada and is reknown as the birth place of the "Peace Maker" - a prophet who united five warring Native North American Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca) in the Great Peace which has lasted for at least two thousand years now. "Onkwe-Con" is a show which promotes all styles of Native Music - Contemporary including Country, Rock, Rap, Blues, Jazz and Traditonal Music including Water-drum (Iroquios Social Songs) and Pow Wow (Big-drum singing). Onkwe-Con also promotes Mohawk Language, Native Histories, Native News, Legends and a Calendar of Events.

Visit their web site at; They have a limited number of realaudio streams at that site.

Anataras (Alan Brant), Host and Producer,

KWE Radio
General Delivery,
Deseronto, Ontario, Canada K0K 1X0


Phone: 613-967-0463
Fax: Same as above

KZFR, 90.1, Chico, CA
6:00 AM to 8:00 AM on Fridays.

Hello, I'm glad you're out there. Just wanted to let you know there's a great program called "Pow Wow Highways"A large variety of Native American music, humor, and information is aired by two Native American guys that do a fine job.

Robert McKee

CKON Mohawk Nation Radio Ahkwesasne, NY

Inglande writes, "These folks are my ancestors, and they have a great radio station.  They even have a daily Mohawk language lesson that can't be beat!  I first heard Murray Porter of 6 Nations (on First Nations label) on this station."

Thanks for your time, submitted by Inglande

WOJB, Hayward, WI?

Anybody have more info on this station? Tribal radio for Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa

KRCL 91 FM; Salt Lake City, UT

Living the Circle of Life, is a Sunday morning Native American program from 7am-10am which features traditional and contemporary music, interviews, calendar of events, and live announcements. DJs are Max Packineau and Carolyn Benallison. Awesome station, it keeps you up on the urban "skins." Thank you.

WKY 930 AM; Oklahoma City, OK

Sundays at 10:00 am : THE NATIVE BEAT is the only radio program in the Oklahoma City metro area for those interested in past or present American Indian lifestyles, politics, history, religion, arts, and music. The format consists of a powwow and events calendar, Indian-related news, guest interviews, audience call-ins, and a segment of contemporary Indian music. This is YOUR arena to DISCUSS current social or political issues that affect our people. The Native Beat airs each Sunday for a full hour on Talk Radio 930 WKY in Oklahoma City. The program is produced and hosted by Cinda Hughes (Kiowa) with Jim Compton (Otoe-Missouria) as co-host. Please send us your powwow, community, and public service announcements through FAX (405) 840-1315 or email CALL IN during broadcasts with questions, commentary, or show suggestions to (405) 858-1446!

WMPG; 90.9FM & 104.1FM; Portland, ME 

"Echoes in the Wind" features Native music, stories, news and much more! You can listen live with RealAudio on Mondays, 11:30am-1:00pm EST at

Check out their website at

More info, email

CKLN 88.1 FM; Toronto, Ontario 

"Renegade Radio" Toronto's longest running syndicated First Nations music and issues program, specializing in the cutting edge of the underground and beyond. Mondays 8-10 PM EST. Website, contains, articles, top-10s, playlists, program description, etc. Thanks, Brian Wright-McLeod.

"A voice of dissent in a world of compromise." Toronto Sun "A valuable resource." CBC Radio "Worth taping" CSIS

KNBA 90.3 FM; Anchorage, AK

KNBA: Alaska's Native Voice - Anchorage ( -- A fresh mix of Adult Alternative (AAA) and Contemporary Native sounds.

KNBA is the country's first urban, Native radio station and has been repeatedly voted the best station in Anchorage. KNBA's programming, a diverse schedule of commercial-free music, news, cultural, Native and local programming, is testament to public radio's unique ability to entertain, inform and serve a diverse community.

Gregg McVicar; Host;

Thanks for all the new additions to my pages! Keep those emails coming... Special thanks to; Debra Winchell, WRPI, 91.5 FM, Troy NY; Tricia King, Different Drums, Homer, Alaska; and Michael Patterson, CKCU 93.1 FM, Ottawa, Ontario, for their information which made the beginning of this page possible.

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