Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

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Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (KBC) is a nonprofit media center which provides Native radio programming through Alaska Native governance and operation.[1] KBC’s national radio programming consists of National Native News, Native America Calling and Earthsongs. In addition, KBC owns and operates KNBA (90.3 FM), located in Anchorage, Alaska,[2] the first Native radio station in an urban market.[2]


Cook Inlet Region, Inc., a corporation created under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, was instrumental in developing KBC.[3] KBC was founded in 1996 and is located in Anchorage, Alaska, with a satellite office in Albuquerque, N.M.[2][2] The word "koahnic" is of Athabascan origin and was chosen for the name of the corporation due to its meaning "live air." [2] KBC is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.[4][5] On June 28, 2010, KBC aired its first international broadcast broadcasting the 11th Inuit Circumpolar Council's General Assembly from Greenland to North America.[6]

Mission statement[edit]

The primary mission of KBC is to bring Native voices to Alaska and the nation with its core purpose being to broadcast the Native voice.[2]


  • National Native News (NNN) is a radio show which airs news relating to Native issues on 137 radio stations.[7] This show began in 1987 with a distribution to 30 stations[8] and is the “only daily news and information program produced from a Native perspective”.[7] NNN is a five-minute program that is distributed by Native Voice One (NV1).[9] This show is produced in Albuquerque, NM.[7]
  • Native America Calling (NAC) is a live radio show that allows listeners to call in and discuss issues that are relevant to native communities.[10] NAC is distributed via Native Voice One (NV1)[9] to 52 stations and on the internet.[10]
  • Earthsongs is a radio show that features Native music.[11] Earthsongs is produced by KBC[11] and distributed by Native Voice One (NV1).[9]
  • Stories of our People is a radio show that is edited from 50 hours of taped interviews and narratives told by Native Americans.[12]
  • Native Word of the Day is a radio program that delivers a Native American word of the day.[2]

National Training Center[edit]

KBC's National Training Center, once known as the Indigenous Broadcast Center[4] and founded in 1992, provides training opportunities for Alaska Natives and Native Americans interested in a broadcasting career.[4] The center provides on-site workshops, The Alaska Native Youth Media Institute since 1992 and an internship program.[13]

Board of directors[edit]

  • Kathy Mayo, (Chair) CAO for Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Lisa Nason, (Vice Chair)
  • Rod Worl, (Secretary) Chief Executive Officer, The Eyak Corporation
  • Ricardo Lopez, (Treasurer) Program Officer, Alaska Community Foundation
  • Ethan Schutt, Sr. Vice President-Land and Energy, CIRI
  • Cindy Bailey, Director Regional Government & Community Affairs at BP
  • Geri Storer, Vice President, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Debra Call, Tyonek Native Corporation
  • Amber McDonald, President, Evolution Strategies

Community Advisory Board[edit]

  • Inez Webb (Chair)
  • Dennis McMillan
  • Russel Pounds
  • Glen Olson
  • David Callahan
  • Jason Evans


  • Beatty, Shyanne - Native Voice One Network Manager, Former Producer/Host of Earthsongs, Former KNBA On Air Host
  • Cleland, Larry - Director of Corporate Support
  • Daves Moses, Nola - Native Voice One Distribution Director
  • Dixon, Loren - Director of Programming and Operations
  • Gatewood, Tara - NAC Host & Producer
  • Gonzales, Antonia - Producer & Anchor of National Native News
  • Lawton, Thea - Senior Resource Development Specialist
  • Moore, Mike - Acting Chief Financial Officer
  • Preston, Danny - KNBA On Air Host / Music Director
  • Sallee, Alexis - Earthsongs Producer/Host,
  • Sallee, Jaclyn - President/CEO[2]
  • Sather, Charles - Chief Engineer
  • Schatz, Carol - Chief Operating Officer


  1. ^ Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (2010). Retrieved from http://www.koahnicbroadcast.org/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "CIRI Spotlight: Jaclyn Sallee". Cook Inlet Region, Inc. – CIRI. September 1, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ Stricker, J. (2002, March 1). Cook Inlet Region Inc.: This Alaska Native regional corporation is a modern-day success story. Retrieved from http://www.allbusiness.com/accounting-reporting/record-keeping/134806-1.html
  4. ^ a b c "Advisory Council". Native Public Media. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Press Release: CPB Awards Radio Production Grant for "Native America Calling"". CPB. April 10, 2001. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  6. ^ "2010 Inuit Nipaat Radio: 11th ICC General Assembly by Koahnic Broadcast Corporation". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c National Native News (2010). Retrieved from http://www.nativenews.net/
  8. ^ Keith, M. (1994). Signals in the air: Native Broadcasting in America. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  9. ^ a b c "About Native America Calling". Native America Calling. Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "About Native Voice One". Native Voice One. Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "About Earthsongs". Earthsongs. Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Stories of Our People". Alaskool: Audio-Visual Library. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  13. ^ "KBC Training Center: The Alaska Native Youth Media Institute (ANYMI)". KNBA. Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 

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