ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) Two men from the Navajo Nation
made history at Saturdays Rio Grande Rivalry game, with a
first-of-its-kind radio broadcast in Albuquerque. For the first
time ever, two men from the Navajo Nation announced a D-1 college
football game in the Navajo Language.
This is the first time that the Lobos and Aggies football
game here in Albuquerque is the first time its been broadcast,
said Cuyler Frank with KCZY 107.3 FM. Glen and I are the first
to do it. So this is going to be the first time its going
to be on a radio station on the Navajo Nation from Albuquerque.
Frank was the play-by-play commentator for Saturdays Rio
Grande Rivalry game, alongside his color commentator, Glen King.
Both are from the KCZY 107.3 radio station located in Crownpoint,
New Mexico which broadcasts throughout the eastern part of the Navajo
They said this is the first time theres been a duo in the
sports broadcast booth to announce a game in Diné. Back in
September 2005, Frank was the first person to announce an NCAA D-1
football game in the language. Following his broadcast, he continued
to announce NMSU football and basketball games for nine seasons
before becoming the station manager for KCZY.
Meanwhile, King has been a Navajo language radio host for more
than 20 years. Both men said with their broadcast, theyre
trying to appeal to the younger generation and find ways to help
keep the Navajo language alive.
Encourage the Navajo language to be spoken in homes, in schools,
and also you know, in general, because its important to us
and this is what were doing to our part and try to help and
make the Navajo language survive.
Frank said he knows people in both the UNM and NMSU athletics departments
and thats how they were able to broadcast Saturdays
The two broadcasters dont have any other games scheduled
to broadcast this football season. But hopefully, theyll be
able to broadcast another football game soon, or even basketball.