Navajo Technical University Radio Station broadcasts local high school basketball games

NTU’s high school basketball broadcast team of Cuyler Frank, front, Malcolm McKerry, back, and Christine Reidhead, back, pose for a photo at a recent high school basketball tournament in Farmington, NM. Student volunteer Antawne Temple, back, handles the program’s sound engineering responsibilities.

Published January 30, 2018

CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO – As the high school basketball season heads into district play, Navajo Technical University’s radio station, 107.3 FM KCZY, will broadcast the games covering regional teams each week leading to the state championships. The university also plans to stream each game on its website in order to extend the broadcast’s reach nationwide.

“KCZY is a community radio station and we are always seeking new and creative ways to improve the station,” said Malcolm McKerry, General Manager of NTU’s FM radio station. “High school basketball on the radio is one of them. We are broadcasting high school basketball games to support our communities and present something new to our listeners who tune in daily.”

KCZY has been in operation since October 2015 and has been primarily supported by McKerry and student and community volunteers. While the university has done several remote broadcasts of community events, like airing the Crownpoint Chapter’s Treaty Day Celebration in June, it only recently begun broadcasting community sports this month. To help with the play-by-play, the station recruited NTU staff members Christine Reidhead and Cuyler Frank to assist with announcing the basketball games.

“I’m happy to be given the opportunity to broadcast the games play-by-play,” said Reidhead, who works as a faculty member in NTU’s Associate of Applied Science Accounting program. “It’s a great way to bring together the students and the community with NTU. Not everyone can attend the games, and family members of the team are always interested to know the outcome. We do our best to deliver the excitement.”

As a former college basketball player, Reidhead brings much experience and knowledge about the game to the KCZY airwaves.  She was a point guard and shooting guard for the Aztecs at Pima Community College and at Eastern Arizona College. She is joined by NTU’s Communications Specialist Cuyler Frank who also announced play-by-play in Navajo at New Mexico State University for seven years and has been involved with radio broadcasting for 12 years.

NTU’s non-profit radio station was developed as a means for community members and the university to share and receive information. McKerry has made it the radio station’s priority to consistently invite students, staff, and faculty members to be a part of the programming and share their stories and experiences. The radio station currently offers a variety of music with different genre’s airing according to the day of the week. Monday is scheduled for Native Music, Tuesday is Country Classics, Wednesday is 80s music, Thursday is 50s Doo-Wop, and Friday is Classic Rock.

The 6,000-watt university radio station is on the FM airwaves at 107.3 FM or online at http://kczy.navajotech.edu/stream/. The coverage of the radio station reaches a majority of the eastern agency of the Navajo Nation, offering a variety of music for its listeners.  For more information about KCZY, contact Malcolm McKerry at mmckerry@navajotech.edu.

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