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Indian Times: Oklahoma's Native Broadcasters (Aug 17, 2012)

The Cherokee Phoenix newspaper has been making an effort to get the Cherokee news out to Cherokees in every way possible and that includes the radio waves.  Jami Custer, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is a reporter for the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper.  She grew up in Locust Grove, not far from Tahlequah, and got her Bachelors in Communications from Northeastern State.  She worked her way from part time to full time reporter, and was privy to the early planning stages for a broadcast. 

Custer explains how Cherokee Phoenix Editor Bryan Pollard called her in to his office and asked what she thought about doing a radio show, and it went from there - to putting together mock shows until they felt they could produce a legitimate show.  Ms. Custer talks about writing for radio and why she feels Native Americans need to have their own news sources.  The radio show, simply called Cherokee Phoenix Radio, airs on Sundays at 9am on Lakes Country Radio in Tahlequah 102.1fm and at 6:15am on OKIE Country Radio in Muskogee at 101.7.   Or you can go to their website to listen or download the podcast from itunes.

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