A youth-oriented online radio stream, Rising Indigenous Voices Radio (RIVR) mixes cultural and educational content with music that appeals to teens and young adults. The RIVR is a program of CIRI-founded Koahnic Broadcast Corp. (KBC), a nonprofit, Alaska Native-owned and operated media center based in Anchorage. In 2017, KBC/the RIVR was one of four youth and education charities chosen as a recipient of funds from the CIRI Golf Classic.
James Dommek Jr., KBC’s webstream producer, describes the RIVR as a “cross between an urban rhythmic commercial station and a Native public radio station.” In addition to Top 40 hits, the program incorporates modern Native American artists and cultural and educational content.
Listeners can stream the content at www.therivr.net, but for ease of listening, Dommek recommends the free smartphone app. Simply type “RIVR” in your app store’s search bar, hit “Get” or “Install,” and the app will be downloaded to your smartphone or device.