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Jim Billie Radio Show Wins National Award

HOMER, Alaska - Different Drums - Chief Jim Billie, an hour-long radio program featuring music and interview segments from the Seminole Tribal Chairman, has been honored withthe Crystal Award of Distinction in the 1999 Communicator Awards Competition.

The Communicator Awards is a national awards organization that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. The Award of Distinction honors projects that exceed industry standards in production or communication skills.

The program featuring Chief Billie was created by producer Tricia King at public radio station KBBI in Homer, Alaska, as part of her weekly Different Drums series, which features a variety of Native American musicians and issues. The Different Drums program is uplinked to public radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as broadcast over the Internet, by the American Indian Radio on Satellite Network.

"I want to thank Chief Billie for the wonderfully engaging interview and good music that made this such a compelling program," said King who recently visited Seminole Country to explore the possibility of establishing a Tribal radio station at Big Cypress.

"I got a lot of response from listeners about that particular show, commenting on what an interesting man and good musician he is.

"Hopefully at some time in the future, the Seminole people will also be able to listen to Tribally relevant radio programming specifically featuring Indian music and issues, especially local shows produced right there in Big Cypress. It will be a great opportunity for people in the community, especially the youth, to learn the interesting art of radio production."

And through the American Indian Radio on Satellite network, a great variety of Native American shows coming from many other regions of the country will be available to fill out the programming each day, including Native America Calling, a dynamic daily nationwide call-in talk show.

Anyone with a computer who wants to a preview of what sorts of programs are available through AIROS is invited to listen to their program stream in Real Audio, available 24 hours a day, at http://www.airos.org.

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