About KWLP 100.9 FM
"The local radio station of the Hualapai Nation,” KWLP, 100.9 FM broadcasts “All Kinds of Music for All of Peach Springs!” live from the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The Reservation encompasses a million acres along 108 miles of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon in the northwest corner of Arizona, U.S.A. The Hwal`bay call this middle river corridor "Hakataya" or"the backbone of the river". The broadcast eminates from the Hualapai community’s primary residential center, Peach Springs, Arizona. The FM signal range covers an approximately 30-35 mile range surrounding Peach Springs, potentially reaching 65,000 listeners.
The Hualapai Tribe envisioned a community radio station as part of its long term plan as early as 1995. Its internet radio station, EPCH, originated in early 2010 as part of a research project called “Each One, Reach One.” The research project’s goal was to determine whether youth could influence the community, through radio programming, to engage in healthier lifestyle choices; including increasing physical activity, making different food choices and reducing alcohol use. This research project was primarily funded by a grant from a funding coalition of the Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH,) the National Health Institute (NIH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) beginning in 2009. The research project was implemented by the Hualapai Tribe Health, Education and Wellness Department, in conjunction with the University of Arizona, School of Public Health. Additional grant funding was later provided by VISTA, the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Association (NARBHA) and the Department of Commerce. The Hualapai Tribe NARCH research project and its outcome are summarized in a public health journal article published in February 2016. <Article Link>
Initially the internet station was operated as an affiliate of KIDSTAR, Inc., with technical assistance provided by Ruth Woody of 977 Media now Shout Broadcasting, Inc, solely to facilitate meeting objectives of the research grant. All broadcasters were initially Hualapai community youth. Later in 2011, the Tribe expanded the purpose of the radio station beyond the research project and made the radio station a separate program within its Health, Education and Wellness Department. The station then began including content of interest to the greater community and utilizing adult volunteers. The station staff was charged by Tribal Council with planning and developing a terrestrial station for the community. This included collecting data from the community regarding its interests and needs regarding radio. In 2012, EPCH became an affiliate of Native Voice One and began rebroadcasting nationally produced Native American programs. A community radio station advisory committee was also established according to the requirements of a planning and development grant the station received from the Public Telecommunications and Facilities Program (PTFP) of the United States Department of Commerce. The station is currently 100% Tribe owned and funded.
Effective April 15, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) granted a Tribal Priority commercial FM frequency allotment to the Hualapai Tribe. In June of 2014, The Hualapai Tribe became the first Tribe in the nation to receive from the F.C.C. a permit to construct a Tribal Priority commercial FM radio station. Then, on January 5th, 2016 the Hualapai Tribe was the first in the nation to be granted a commercial Tribal priority licenseto operate a Class A FM radio station. This was accomplished through the collaborative efforts of many Tribal departments and programs and with the assistance of local community volunteers, as well as the station’s consulting engineer, Fred Hannel, of Hannel and Associates, Phoenix, Arizona.
Although it is licensed as a commercial station, the station operates as a local community station. The emphasis in programming is local events and services, education, culture and language and providing music and entertainment content to meet the varied interests of the community members. The station does this in accordance with the it's mission statement. The station’s goal is to eventually become self-sustaining through advertising sales and events. (The station’s media kit may be found in the Station Information section of this site. It contains information about how you may advertise with the station or hire staff for your events.)
Both the Hopi and Navajo radio stations, KUYI and KTNN have been very helpful and supportive, as well as Native Public Media and Native Voice One. Our appreciation goes out to them, as well as Ruth Woody of Shout Broadcasting Inc and our engineer, Fred Hannel, of Hannel and Associates in Phoenix, Arizona and of course, all of our Hualapai volunteers and Community listeners!
On January 1, 2022, the Hualapai Tribe made the Radio Station a separate Department of the Tribe.