About The Show...
After an interview on the morning show of a commercial radio station in Buffalo, New York back in 2010; The Program Director caught me on the way out and offered me airtime if I was interested in doing my own show. So in the Summer of 2010, "Let's Talk Native…with John Kane" was born. The show would feature guests and commentary as well as history, culture and the contemporary issues facing Native peoples and territories.
I took LTN to a much larger station in 2011 and began broadcasting at 50,000 watts, reaching as far as Connecticut and the Poconos. I would expanded the one-hour weekly show to two hours in 2012. Matt Hill would become a regular on the show and provide technical assistance and another important voice to the conversations.
In 2014, I was named the Interim Host of First Voices Radio on WBAI in New York City. I also received the Community Leader Award for Media from the National Federation for Just Communities in Buffalo that year.
In 2015, I was given my own show in New York and the two hour live talk-back show, "Let's Talk with John Kane" debuted on WBAI to start the year. Now with shows in Buffalo and New York, my voice and perspective was covering the State and beginning to have a strong internet presence. By year's end I would build my own audio studio on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation.
At the start of 2016 the LTN Radio Network would begin broadcasting "Let's Talk Native…" on the internet through our own servers and carried by several other internet radio networks and the TuneIn app. Our show would be picked by CKWE in Tyendinega, Ontario for simulcasts and rebroadcasts. We would also build out our production facility with a video studio complimenting our audio studio.
In 2017, I broke up the two-hour format for "Let's Talk Native…" into two one-hour shows per week. Airing on Monday and Friday, LTN provided bookends to our broadcast week with "Let's Talk" on WBAI airing live on Thursdays. Jake Proud would join the production team in 2017 and add a much needed audio and video skill set to our organization. We also began streaming our shows on Facebook live and purchased a Mevo live streaming camera to improve our video streaming quality. Both the shows from Seneca territory and the show from NYC would begin streaming on Facebook live. 2017 saw the launch of our YouTube Channel, "Let's Talk Native TV" which would post videos of our LTN shows and shorter one-topic videos produced on our video sets.
2018 sees "Let's Talk Native…" entering its 9th year of broadcasts and five years of weekly trips to New York for shows on WBAI. We added podcasts for LTN shows and our new website.
So sit back and enjoy our programs live or on-demand; with or without video and offer your comments on our Facebook group page or on our YouTube videos. And be sure to rate our podcasts.
"While I don't recommend getting into a physical altercation with police officers... On January 11, 2012, at the height of the "idle No More" movement I demonstrated how to utilize physical resistance and diplomacy to change the minds of the police officers intent on shutting down our peaceful flash-mob round dance at the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga (Buffalo), NY" - John Kane