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Gila River Indian Community of Arizona

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A children's radio station on the Gila River Indian Community recently began broadcasting locally and worldwide over the Internet. It is the second KidStar Radio Station in the nation to be located on an American Indian reservation. KTAO AM 590 was dedicated and blessed recently at Sacaton Middle School. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students from grades six through eight research, write, interview and announce for the station. When student programming is not on the air, the five most popular genres of music in the community are played. The network was designed to be a "gang buster," said Perry Damone, founder of the KidStar Radio Network. Its 27 kid-run radio stations fight drugs and gangs by allowing students to turn their hobbies into radio shows, he said. Tribal Lt. Gov. Richard Narcia said during the blessing that the station will be hard work for the kids, but will help them build confidence and self-esteem.