Robert Satiacum examines the important topics in Indian Country, from local to national issues, each week on his new talk radio show. The Puyallup Tribal member launched “Tribal Talk” in late August. It airs every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. on KLAY 1180 AM.
Throughout his life people have told Robert Satiacum he had a good voice for radio. He decided to give it a try after being interviewed on KLAY back in May regarding Day of a Thousand Drums – Rally for the Restoration of Ancestral Names. He organized this rally to generate support for restoring the name of Mount Rainier to its traditional Native name.
Bob McCluskey, general manager of KLAY, told Robert Satiacum that he had been interested in getting a show about Native issues on the station.
Robert Satiacum said he would consider it after the Canoe Journey this summer. The station contacted him in August and told him the Thursday noon time slot was available, and he agreed to go on the air.
One famous guest was rapper/actor Litefoot. “He is a great actor with a great message,” Robert Satiacum said. Others include boxing legend Joe Hipp and up-and-coming boxer Chauncy Welliver. He has interviewed a number of leaders from tribes around the Northwest. Puyallup Tribal members who have been on the show include artist Shaun Peterson, Tribal Councilmember David Bean and James Myles, who served a term on council and has held administrative positions in the tribal government.
His wife Elizabeth Satiacum sometimes appears on the show as a co-host and helps him line up guests.
He has delved into some controversial topics, such as the fatal shooting of John T. Williams by a Seattle police officer in August. A member of a British Columbia tribe, John T. Williams was a well-known wood carver whose death has put considerable pressure on Seattle Police Department. Robert Satiacum recently had lunch with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell to discuss the incident. He has Bruce Harrell lined up as a guest for his Nov. 18 show.
He also plans to dedicate a show to fishing rights and wants to line up a guest to represent sport fishermen and Billy Frank, Jr., chairman of Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, to represent tribal interests.
Robert Satiacum has not been a regular listener to talk radio, preferring rock stations or playing CDs. Doing a talk show is a learning experience, he admits. He is getting the hang of making guests stay focused on making a point and knowing when to wrap up dialogue in time for commercial breaks. “I am learning a bit each and every show.”
The show is streamed over the Internet, which has allowed listeners from Alaska down to the Four Corners area in the Southwest to tune in.
Robert Satiacum brings his spiritual beliefs into planning for radio program.
“Each show I offer a message of healing,” he said. “If we can communicate with each other, we can solve problems. I want to showcase my message of love.”
People who want to call in to the show may reach the studio at (253) 584-1480. For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.tribaltalkradio.com” http://www.tribaltalkradio.com