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KOJB, 'The Eagle,' going live Monday

KOJB, the noncommercial educational radio station at 90.1 FM, will go live on the air at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

The studios are located at the intersection of Little Wolf Road and Bingo Palace and Resort Area Drive of Cass Lake. The transmitter site and 500-foot tower is located in Bena. From Bena, KOJB FM is able to put a signal over the entire Leech Lake Reservation.

KOJB Radio is called "The Eagle," and programming will feature national Native American programming from Native Voice 1, local public affairs programs and music. The educational mission of KOJB 90.1 FM will be to enhance the history, language, and lifeway (culture) of the Anishinabe.

Marie Rock is the program manager and is the host of the "Rez Morning Show" heard Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Veronica Veaux is the business manager and is in charge of underwriting sales to business and membership recruitment from the general public. Brad Walhof is the general manager and will oversee the operation along with sports broadcasting and news reporting.

The first day of broadcasting will feature special guests live on the "Rez Morning Show" and a live broadcast from the Facility Center, a Leech Lake Reservation building that houses various Leech Lake divisions and Tribal Court. It will also be the debut of national Native Programs for Native Voice 1. A national live call-in show, "Native America," will premier at noon. Powwow and drum music will be heard from 3-6 p.m. daily, featuring local and national drum groups.

Frank Reese, division director of Leech Lake MIS, has been working on the radio project since its inception more than five years ago.

"This is an exciting time for the people of the Leech Lake Reservation," Reese said. "It is wonderful to get news, weather, information and culture programming to the entire area. History will be made on Oct. 24. It is a proud day for the reservation."