May 28, 2008

RSU Radio Presents New Osage History Segments

RSU Radio is presenting new installments of the "Osage Moments in History" series June through September as the station completes its first year of broadcasting with the Osage Nation.

RSU Radio is operated by students, faculty and staff at Rogers State University, and offers a wide variety of programming.

Each 30-second Osage history segment was written and produced by Cathy Coomer, RSU Radio general manager, and Steve Doyle, RSU Radio operations manager, in conjunction with the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center in Pawhuska, Okla.

"This project is part of our efforts to focus on the history of the region we serve," said Coomer. "Many people are not aware of the history of the Oklahoma's Indian tribes. This is one way to help preserve and communicate that rich heritage."

The new spots include narration by Kathryn Redcorn, Osage Nation Museum director and Minerals Council member; Cherokee Cheshewalla, Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center director; Addie Thomas, Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center finger weaving instructor and Harrison Shackelford, maintenance director.

The spots feature selected moments in Osage history including the passing of the 1936 Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act, and the 1802 journey of 500 Osage, who travelled to their new homeland, a 25-acre mount near the Verdigris River, now known as Claremore.

RSU Radio airs the spots on a five-day rotating schedule Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:45a.m., 11:45 a.m., 5:15 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.

RSU Radio also is working with other Oklahoma tribes to present history and information about the tribes to listeners.

The spots can be heard by tuning into RSU Radio FM 91.3, or online at

For more information about the station, call (918) 343-7913.