Radio Station Gives Voice To Yakama Nation

Friday, Sep 23, 2016

They call him the morning man, this familiar radio personality who greets them early every weekday. They know him as Nockawlee, his name in Ichishkíin, the native language of the Yakama Nation.

“Good morning. Getting ready for this morning we call Wednesday. It’s the 31st day of the eighth month. My name is Nockawlee,” Roy Dick said in his clear, easygoing voice, every word in Ichishkíin.

There are no obnoxious laugh tracks or outrageous stunts on KYNR-AM, no foul language or crude banter, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. He’s alone in the small building for a few hours, occasionally more. But at the same time, he’s not.

As one of the three-person paid staff of the station at 1490 on the dial, Dick works for the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, which owns KYNR. As such, he makes official announcements and provides other pertinent information to every enrolled member across the 1.2 million-acre reservation.

But the 1,000-watt KYNR, which is licensed through the FCC as a noncommercial radio station since joining the airwaves in November 2000, is valuable to its entire broadcast area for the many ways it serves all of its listeners.


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