New Tribal Radio Signal on Ute Mountain Connects Two Sister Tribes

The new 100.9 FM Tribal Radio transmitter is located on Hermano Peak on Ute Mountain (the image of the knees), with this view of the toes and the canyon country below.

After three years of preparation, KSUT has realized its dream of connecting the two sister tribes of Southwest Colorado: the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute, through Tribal Radio. A new FM signal broadcasting from Hermano Peak on Ute Mountain in Towaoc went live on Thursday, May 14 at 100.9 FM.

"Sincere thanks to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe for their cooperation and support in allowing KSUT Tribal Radio to broadcast from Hermano Peak, said Sheila Nanaeto, Tribal Radio Station Manager. "We're excited to provide unique programming to our sister tribe and appreciate their support with this endeavor. We hope this additional communication service addresses a need for those who don't have direct access to other kinds of media."

In June 2017, KSUT became aware of an opportunity to acquire two donated FM licenses, intended for non-commercial radio stations serving Native American populations, according to Tami Graham, KSUT Executive Director. A proposal was submitted and KSUT was selected to receive two of the 10 available. Planning began immediately, with engineering studies to assess what frequencies would work from Ute Mountain without interfering with other local signals. FCC applications were approved, including permission to temporarily broadcast at the existing site for the license in Reserve, NM, while the new broadcast site was being prepared on Ute Mountain. This included receipt of a construction permit to move the license to Towaoc in 2019.