KCIE Radio Youth Program Grows Its Own Management

DULCE, NM – In the 1980s, as Nations in Indian Country began to find footing in the media space, the time also gave rise to a growing number of radio stations including Jicarilla Apache Nation’s KCIE Radio.

Today, KCIE operates strongly with a team of individuals, each having their own story of how they found their way to public radio. This includes the experience of new General Manager Mariah Elote, whose time with the station began as a student employee. KCIE Radio, broadcasting over the miles of mountains and forest, offers summer youth employment through the Tribe. Elote spent her summers during high school and college working at the station.

“To my surprise, it led me to a career in public radio,” reflects Elote over her start with KCIE. “As a youth employe