Twelve years ago, Jim Hallum had a dream - bring a local radio station to the Santee area catering specifically to Native Americans. For the last 3 years KZYK in Santee has been doing just that.
In a studio nestled in the rear of the Nebraska Indian Community College, KZYK can be located at 88.9 on your FM dial. It broadcasts from 8 am to 8 pm daily.
Hallum, the Tribal Extension Project Director at the college, started the radio station in a trailer. The station has gone through many DJs since its inception, as well as different organizations that have been in charge. The station is currently funded by a grant and the college.
Eugene Saul Sr., the morning DJ, plays a variety of programming during his shift. LIsteners can tune in to hear country, native and blues music. Other programming includes tributes to our vets, bird notes, the Dakotah language and PSAs dealing with issues such as meth prevention. A favorite feature is the "Today in Native History" program.
When speaking to Hallum, it is obvious he has a great passion for his culture and helping them remember thieir past. He also wants to facilitate the strengthening and encouraging of Native families. KZYK is a powerful tool to achieve these ends.