Solar Powered Tribal Community Radio – First in California

Location of KIDE

KIDE is located in the Hoopa Valley Shopping Center next to the post office in downtown Hoopa. Regular business hours are Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm.

PO Box 1220
Hoopa CA 95546
(530) 625-4245

Community of KIDE

Located in the isolated areas of Northern California.  The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation lies between two mountain ranges that create a beautiful valley. It is 12 miles long and five miles across at the greatest expanse with the emerald green Trinity River that flows north through the community.

To reach Hoopa Valley from the west you must drive east on State Highway 299 to the community of Willow Creek. This is the Native area of the Tsnugwe people along the Trinity River. Here you turn north on State Highway 96 and travel 14 miles along a two-lane highway that hugs a mountain range 300-600 feet above the Trinity River to the valley floor. Hoopa is the western gateway to other tribes of the region, the Yurok and the Karuk. They are nestled along the Klamath River. Their towns are named Pecwan, Weitchpec, Orleans and Happy Camp. These are the Native territories of KIDE, Hoopa Tribal Radio.

KIDE was the first Native American owned and operated Non-Commercial FM full power radio station in California.  There are four others now.  Two are Full Power, and two are Low Power FM stations.

KIDE is the first Solar Powered Radio station in California.

KIDE broadcast is 24/7 and streams Live on the internet. You can find our internet stream also on Radio.Garden

History of the KIDE Call Letters

K’ide is a word in the Hupa language. It is an antler taken off the deer and used as a tool or it is decorated.

We needed a four letter word that started with “K” to be used for the radio station Call Letters. The Call Letters of this radio station were chosen by a Fourth Grade Hupa Language class in 1977.

KIDE has been a tool for the community since December 16, 1980.

Click here to read a short KIDE History and Future article by Joseph R. Orozco.

Staff Members

Michael Heminger: Station/Operations Manager, Satellite/DAD Coordinator; DJ of Groove Cycles, the 90’s; and KIDE After Dark; and Safe Harbor; and the Live broadcast of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Open Sessions; and the Producer of the Friday Edition:

Coty Yarbrough: Office Manager, Email:

Joseph Orozco: KIDE Website Content Coordinator:

Maurice Yarbrough: On-Air PSA / Website PSA Coordinator:

Sport Casters:

Our usual Sports announcers are Manuel Warrior Sanchez and Robert “The Walrus” Kinney. They are on hand for most all Hoopa High School Football and/or Basketball home and away games. We try to extend our Sports coverage to the Hoopa High School Lady Warriors Softball games as best we can.  There is always more room for more sports coverage, we are open to your interests.

Local Programs:

Hoopa Valley Tribal Council meetings: Produced/engineered by Michael Heminger. This is a live gavel-to-gavel production from the Tribal Council Chambers.

Office of Emergency Service/COVID-19 Update: Greg Moon, Host, Co-host/engineer Michael Heminger.  This program also carries updates on current wildfire conditions that may affect Hoopa Valley.

Rez Rock on the Riv with Rodney, “Hotrod” Donahue

Groove Cycle, Safe Harbor, After Hours, with Michael Anthony (He does not use his real name on the air)

The Friday Edition, Produced by Michael Heminger. These may be edited studio interviews or edited live meeting recordings.

The Walrus Show with The Walrus (He does not use his real name on the air.)

Live coverage of tribal/community events, by KIDE Staff and volunteers.