Tribal Radio: Approved by the FCC

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A new flavor of radio will be hitting the FM dial thanks to the Federal Communications Commission — Native American Radio — brought to the airwaves by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Appearing at 105.9 on the FM dial the as-yet-unnamed station will be a 7.3 kilowatt broadcast, and is expected to go live later in 2009.  The Seneca Nation is investing over $250,000 in construction and other startup costs. Initially, live broadcasts will be limited to a few hours a day, but the long-term plan is the 24/7 programming. If all goes according to plan the signal should cover the area stretching from western New York to northern Pennsylvania. The physical location of the station is yet to be determined.

The content is slated to be a mix of Seneca-pertinent programming, music, and non-Seneca-specific newscasts. There will be both local and satellite-fed announcers.  In addition, there is an interesting note: this will be a commercial radio station. The Seneca Nation is already planing on selling ads in order to offset some of the operational expenses.

Via BizJournals:

“This broadcasting asset will be a tremendous asset to the nation in terms of outreach to neighboring communities,” said Barry Snyder, Seneca Nation president. “This will establish a strong and positive voice for the Seneca Nation.”

Richard Nephew, Seneca Nation council chair, said developing a station has been in the tribe’s pipeline for more than 20 years. […]

The station is owned by Seneca Broadcasting LLC, a 100 percent, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

I, for one, and looking forward to checking out their programming later this year.

Image courtesy of striatic, used under its Creative Commons license.

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2 Responses to “Tribal Radio: Approved by the FCC”

  1. Kit Says:

    count me in

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Standing by my radio… I am here to listen!

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