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New CdA Tribe radio station starts broadcasting

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s new radio station, KWIS 88.3 FM, has begun broadcasting.

The radio station’s signal is broadcast to 8,000 households on the reservation from a tower 10 miles east of Plummer. People within a 20-mile radius can pick up the signal.

“KWIS will be a great way for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to strengthen and preserve our culture by sharing our stories, language and music with thousands of people across the reservation, both tribal and nontribal members,” said Sarah Carrillo Freeburg, station manager.

The station will also provide local news, such as community announcements about winter driving conditions or summer wildfires and information about tribal council meetings. A grant from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program helped purchase the station equipment.

The station is recruiting volunteer DJs and will be conducting training sessions shortly. For more information, call Freeburg at (208) 686-0246.

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