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Name: Southeast Native Radio

Historical Note: Southeast Native Radio (SNR) was a radio program operated by KTOO FM radio from Juneau, Alaska, which was founded by Arlene Dangeli in 1985. During the early 1980s the idea of SNR was conceived by Arlene Dangeli, who realized few outlets existed for Alaska Natives to learn about their heritage. As result, she set about creating a program that would address cultural issues and help all Native Alaskans take pride in their heritage. Dangeli garnished the support of KTOO to begin the program, and organized a staff interested in Alaska Native issues, and began broadcasting. SNR debuted in 1985 and ran until 2001 as hour long segments which generally aired in the evenings. In regards to the SNR programs aired by KTOO, the producers of SNR would generally interview speakers live in studio, or introduce speakers or musicians whose interviews had been prerecorded. SNR covered a wide variety of issues of concern to Alaska Natives from Southeast Alaska, primarily with a focus on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. Some of the issues address on SNR consisted of subsistence lifestyles, cultural revitalization, land claims, political issues of the day, to more light-hearted topics such as performances by native music groups. Overall, SNR was a strong and public voice for Alaska Native issues from 1985 to 2001.

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