February 02, 2011

Navajo DJ on Station of the Year

Radio host breaking the stereotypes

By David BurgerThere are some ugly stereotypes about members of the Navajo tribe. For one, that they are silent pushovers, said Courtney Begaye, who is Navajo.

But every weekday morning, on local hip-hop radio station U92, Begaye—the brash, vocal, Oakland Raider-loving host—is changing the stereotype.

Better known to his listeners as Poetik C, he hosts “The Navajo on the Radio” show from 6 to 10 a.m., waking up nearly 150,000 people from Provo to Ogden to Tooele.

Begaye, who has hosted the morning show for six years, has helped make U92 one of the area’s most listened-to stations. The 34-year-old is one of the reasons U92 was recently named Rhythmic Station of the Year by the respected national trade publication FMQB. In previous years, the award was bestowed on New York City and Los Angeles stations in New York City and Los Angeles.
Comment:  For more on Native radio, see Rockwired Radio Seeks Native Artists and "Tribal Priority" for Radio Stations.

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