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Louis Cook (2nd row, center) with NCPR staff in the late 1980s.
Louis Cook (2nd row, center) with NCPR staff in the late 1980s.

NCPR jazz host and producer Louis Cook dies

A prominent voice from the early days of North Country Public Radio has died. Louis T.K. Cook, of Akwesasne, was the late night host of "Jazz Waves" in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Cook also educated listeners - and producers at this radio station - about native political and cultural issues with his series, "You Are On Indian Land". Cook is remembered here at the station as full of life and was known as a wild guy.

His cousin, Ray Cook, who is now Op/Ed editor at Indian Country Today Media Network, says he owes his career in media to Louie Cook. He describes Cook as a natural teacher. "He was an artist in the traditional form," says Ray Cook. "He believed in the power of music and how it can soothe the soul and he always treasured the stories that he recorded and the people he talked to when he was in the production mode."

Louis T.K. Cook died Monday from injuries he suffered in a car crash last week on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. He had been working with a not-for-profit there that helps families on the reservation build and maintain gardens.  Go to full article

A partnership to promote the future of regional public media

At North Country Public Radio's annual meeting last night in Old Forge, the Adirondack Community Trust announced a partnership with NCPR to help create the next generation of public media professionals. ACT and NCPR will share a $300,000 challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to invest in the future of NCPR's ability to expand regional broadcast and digital news and information services. Martha Foley talks with NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco and ACT Executive Director Cali Brooks about the grant announcement.  Go to full article
Brian Mann on the home waters of Lake Champlain.
Brian Mann on the home waters of Lake Champlain.

NCPR's Brian Mann reports back from the Gulf

NCPR Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann is on assignment for National Public Radio for two weeks, pitching in on the network's broad coverage of the BP oil spill and its impacts. (You can find his latest stories for NPR below and on our front page.)

This morning, he told Martha Foley he's met people he first got to know while he was covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill over 20 years ago in Prince William Sound, Alaska. And he's met people from closer to home in Franklin County, New York.  Go to full article

NCPR manager on pubradio finances

The economic downturn is affecting the public radio system across the country, but differently at each local station, and at National Public Radio in Washington. As member of NPR's Board of Directors, NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco has the view from the top, and from the grass roots. She joined Martha Foley this morning to talk about finances.  Go to full article
Runners take their marks
Runners take their marks

Celebrating 40 years of NCPR with a ramble at the Paul Smiths VIC

North Country Public Radio is celebrating 40 years on the air. Over the weekend, more than fifty runners and walkers gathered for a 40k/20k race at the Paul Smiths VIC north of Saranac Lake. Brian Mann signed on for what he calls his "20k speed-mosey" and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

NCPR, gospel station in talks over Lake Placid frequency

North Country Public Radio and a gospel broadcaster based in Rennselaer County may be close to settling an ongoing dispute over a Lake Placid radio frequency. The two stations had filed applications for the same Lake Placid frequency, 91.7 fm, during a rare window the Federal Communications Commission opened last fall for non-commercial broadcasters. NCPR has been broadcasting on 91.7 fm with a lower-power translator for more than 20 years. But it was the only possible frequency the FCC made available in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, Northeast Gospel Broadcasting and North Country Public Radio are trying to meet a deadline imposed by the FCC.  Go to full article
The new NCPR broadcast tower (left) goes up alongside the old.
The new NCPR broadcast tower (left) goes up alongside the old.

Heard Up North: A Southern winch operator helps NCPR

Yesterday you probably heard NCPR a little differently, or not at all. We're putting up a brand new antenna tower, so we had to lower the power on the old one while the ironworkers did their work. It's fascinating and a little scaryto watch. A winch lifts 20-foot tower pieces into the air and ironworkers bolt them on top. Then they climb up another 20 feet and do it again. The new tower is 320 feet tall. The conversation is pretty good, too. David Sommerstein hung around with the winch operator for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Check out that flying dirt!
Check out that flying dirt!

Heard Up North: It's a blast with Radio Bob!

As you may have heard on the air, North Country Public Radio is replacing our main tower and antenna in Canton for the first time since 1964. Yesterday was a big day in that process. Workers blasted into the bedrock of Waterman Hill for the new tower's foundation. David Sommerstein joined our engineer, Radio Bob Sauter, 75 feet away from the blast, for a Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Congress Considers Cuts to Public Broadcasting

A key House subcommittee is recommending deep cutbacks in federal funding for public television and radio.  Go to full article
Brian Mann will be absent from the trails of the Adirondacks for a few weeks.
Brian Mann will be absent from the trails of the Adirondacks for a few weeks.

Brian Mann in the Big Apple

Over the next six weeks, you may hear a familiar voice coming from a different place. Brian Mann, our Adirondack reporter and bureau chief, is doing a stint at National Public Radio's New York City bureau. David Sommerstein spoke with him earlier this morning as he was waiting at Penn Station to head off for his first assignment.  Go to full article

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