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The Southern Ute Tribe was one of Indian radio's earliest pioneers. One of only eight tribal radio stations in the country, KSUT went on the air for the first time on June 14, 1976 as a communications service for the tribal membership. The programming line-up offered Ute language and cultural programming, personal messages, traditional Native American and popular music and community news.
A growing demand for public radio in the region presented an opportunity for KSUT. In 1984 its board of directors moved to expand its broadcast area and become a National Public Radio and American Public Radio affiliate, offering programming that would attract local listener and business support outside of the reservation.
While the station's success as a regional public radio service was apparent, its original goal had lost its emphasis. In June of 1998, KSUT returned to its roots by starting Southern Ute Tribal Radio, a second radio operation that better reflected its original mission. Southern Ute Tribal Radio currently operates simultaneously with the Four Corners signal, 5 days a week on 91.3 FM in Southwest Colorado and 89.7 FM in Northwest New Mexico, with additional broadcast hours to cover special meetings, Ignacio High School sports and other special events.
Four Corners Public Radio serves 14 different communities including, Durango, Silverton, Cortez and Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington, New Mexico; Bluff, Utah; a large portion of Northeast Arizona and all the areas and communities in-between. The station provides national, local and international news, an eclectic music mix and cultural programming - plus public radio staples such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, Fresh Air, This American Life and A Prairie Home Companion.
Individual membership contributions and underwriting dollars from the local business community provide over two-thirds of KSUT's budget.
KSUT Public Radio - Connecting People Creating Community
The KSUT Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of every month at 5:30 PM in the Craft Room of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. These meetings are open to the public unless prior notice is given as being closed to conduct confidential station business.