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Radio Waves Reach Farthest Corners Of Native Communities

Paul Atkinson/KJZZ
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A Hopi farm. The Tribe is surrounded by the Navajo Nation.

Listening to radio is often a community experience, the place where people turn for the latest news, conversation and deeply personal stories.

That stretches to all varieties of communities in the U.S. As part of that, the Valley is hosting a Tribal Radio Summit as a way to get Native Americans and people who live in tribal communities involved in owning and managing radio outlets.

To learn more, we spoke with Loris Taylor, president and CEO of Native Public Media, who is from Hopi reservation.

Taylor said radio is the medium of choice in communities that may not have electricity or running water, let alone a broadband internet connection.

"Radio is a medium that reaches every household," Taylor said.

She said Native Public Media focuses on access, control and ownership.

"If you don't tell your own story, somebody else will," Taylor said.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.