V Three Studios Designs New Facility for The Voice of the Navajo Nation


Upgrades for radio broadcast studio KTNN 660 AM reach beyond reservation

Native Broadcast Enterprise, “The Voice of the Navajo Nation”, KTNN 660 AM and “Capital Country”, KWRK 96.1 FM radio stations in St. Michaels, Ariz., recently moved its operations to a new state-of-the-art, 7,352-square-foot facility designed by V Three Studios, a nationally-renowned architectural firm known for their media and communications  design work. The new facility features eight studios supporting AM/FM radio and digital broadcast capabilities reaching listeners beyond reservation lines, providing Navajo people across the country, and even overseas, with a connection to home.

V Three worked with Native Broadcast Enterprise to create a facility that celebrates the Navajo culture and reflects the station’s mission of educating, informing and entertaining the Navajo people, many of whom rely on the station as the only source of news and entertainment. Navajo-owned design/build firm LAM Corporation developed the building shell and site work.

“It was a privilege to work on a project with such a strong connection to the community it serves,” said Kurt Kerns, principal and founder of V Three Studios, LLC. “The design of the new facility not only showcases the beauty and tradition of the Navajo culture, it allows for the station to operate and grow in the 21st century.”

As a community-driven operation, user-friendly technology was installed in order for both older and newer generations of the tribe to be able to use it intuitively. Indigenous wood ceiling elements and textiles were selected by V Three and used in new and interesting ways to maintain visual connectivity to the Navajo culture. Glass is incorporated throughout the media center in order to create an open space and direct interface with its listeners.

“Our old broadcast facility was more than 40 years old and did not have the sophisticated equipment or capabilities we needed to reach the entire reservation,” said Troy Little, general manager of Native Broadcast Enterprise. “We have listeners that don’t have running water or electricity and their only source of communication and updates beyond their homestead is by radio. V Three Studios was instrumental in helping get this project off the ground so we can continue to entertain the Navajo people and broader audience.”

After several attempts to get the new facility off the ground, Native Broadcast Enterprise turned to V Three for its two decades of radio broadcasting design experience to guide the project to completion.

About V Three Studios, LLC
V Three Studios LLC is a nationally-renowned architecture firm with design studios specializing in media, higher education, museums and breweries. Long-term national clients include CBS, Learfield Sports and Thirsty Planet Brewing.  Regional clients include Washington University, Webster University, St. Louis Art Museum and the National Blues Museum, named one of the 52 places to go in 2016 by The New York Times. Based in St. Louis, Mo., V Three Studios is licensed and authorized to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia and Tennessee. For more information, visit www.vthreestudios.com or call 888-895-2842.

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