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Playing the Music You Want to Hear

NCN Achimowin Communications, operating as NCN CREE FM 98.1 in Nelson House, Manitoba is a community-owned radio station serving the 2,600 Citizens of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation living in Nelson House and through the internet to another nearly 3,000 NCN Citizens and a growing audience of world-wide listeners.

Our broadcast studio and 500-watt transmitter is located at 9 Bayrod Drive in the heart of Nelson House. The station has a broadcast radius of about 90 kilometres or 50 miles.

Our commitment is to keep NCN members informed and up to date on local news, events and issues, and to deliver a range of music programming to meet the broad entertainment interests of our listeners.

We are a multi-format radio station playing everything from Country to Rock, R & B to Dance to Hip Hop. We play the hits from every era that have had an impact on the global music scene. At NCN CREE FM 98.1 we believe in satisfying all age groups every hour with a mix of music that will keep listeners tuned in every day.

Russell Bonner


Russell Bonner Broadcaster and On-air Host

Russell J. Bonner, a Member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, recently started working at the NCN Achimowin Radio Station again, after a brief absence to pursue other interests. He began working at the radio station in the fall of 2004, and later attended the Academy of Broadcasting Corporation in Winnipeg to take formal training as a broadcaster.

“Working in the radio/broadcasting industry has given me the confidence I needed to overcome one of my long time phobias of public speaking,” explained Russell.

After completing the training, Russell finished his practicum with NCI-FM, working out of their Thompson studio doing the Northern News Report (later nicknamed “The Bonner Report”). After completing his practicum, Bonner worked at the radio station from 2006 until the spring of 2009.

Mr. Bonner recalls, “One of the first interviews I ever did was interviewing former Chief, Jerry Primrose after the community referendum to approve the Wuskwatim project. Having since worked at various positions outside of broadcasting, I realized that I missed the daily interaction and there is a definite feeling of satisfaction that comes with being an on-air personality. There is never a dull moment with taking requests from listeners. Some of the callers can be real comedians with the songs they wish to hear, or send out to their family and friends. As far as most jobs go, working in radio is by far the most fun job you can ever hope to have, next to being a clown or comedian, which I don’t have the skills for anyway. So, if anyone out there has ever considered pursuing a career in broadcasting, whether it’s on the frontline as a radio/TV host, or working in one of the other positions available, I encourage you to look into the many possibilities that exist in the wonderful world of broadcasting.”

Other On-Air Hosts

  • Nina Linklater
  • Maggie Linklater
  • Shelby Wood
  • Justin Linklater
  • Brendan Beardy

Nora Thomas with Staff


Nora Thomas, Station Manager

NCN Member, Nora Thomas was hired to be the radio station manager in 2014 and started her career working for NCN in 1985 for the welfare department. She went on to work for the Trust Office and most recently worked with Child and Family Services out of Thompson.

“Music has always been a part of my life, but I was also interested in the radio position to be closer to family and to get back in touch with my friends and NCN Citizens. Radio and the streaming internet is a great way to connect with people and our audience and tell the stories or play the music people want to hear. Of course spending more time in Nelson House will also be a big help to my husband with the gardening – even if I’m sometimes getting in the way,” said Nora.

Nora is a proud parent of three children and beams with pride when asked about her four grandchildren, whom she adores.

Other Staff

  • Nancy Spence, Administration
  • Sylvia Linklater, Administration

Are you looking for an exciting job in broadcast and do you have what it takes to be a part of a fun, enjoyable and interesting role with the radio station? NCN radio would be happy to see what you’re made of and to know if you are a natural fit for radio.

Send us your resume or contact us and we will keep your information on file.

Currently we are not hiring for a specific position but please check back regularly and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.