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acknowledge that regardless of who writes the story, at some level it still has to pass

through the institution of the CBC before it can be broadcast. Kelley Jo Burke, as a radio

producer, is thus part of that institutional voice. Burke, however, takes seriously her role

in providing opportunities for many cultural voices on the radio. In a recent interview,

Burke said:

The public broadcaster has a responsibility to represent the community, as opposed to simply the arts community. So, when I came into the job, I said, “Well, for starters, we ain’t gonna be so white while I’m here because it’s inappropriate.” ... The aboriginal voice is the most important and burgeoning voice in the province and on the province’s airwaves.

The CBC, as long as it is the only outlet for radio drama in Saskatchewan, will always be

considered, rightly or wrongly, as an institutional voice that has ultimate control over the

creative process. Until such a time as another broadcaster airs audio drama in

Saskatchewan, or new technologies such as satellite radio and pod-casting75 make room

for more productions outside of CBC, the CBC is the institution from which all radio

drama and related audio art will flow.

The arc of Native Voice on CBC Saskatchewan is a fascinating topic that

deserves further study. One possible perspective could be to track the journey from the

institutional voice -- A.K.A. white-guys-from-the-CBC gathering and producing stories --

to more examples of aboriginal writers telling stories through the CBC. Landmarks

along this trail could include such works as Rex Deverell’s And Did the Dog See This?

which appeared as part of Arts à la Carte's Festival '80; the audio art piece Buffalo

Graveyard by Glen Sorestad (1981); 1985’s The Riel Commission and the surrounding

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Sheila Ann Manuel Coggins of about.com defines podcasting as, “an audio file in MP3 format and delivered online via RSS feed (webfeed) subscriptions. Podcast subscribers can listen to the show at his or her own leisure, which is the main attraction of this medium. As unlike Internet radio, there is no schedule to follow.”

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