Radio

KELK, "Basque Program", Elko, Nevada

The Basque Radio Show from Elko, Nevada, was created in 1968 at KELK Radio, under the auspices of Jesus (Jess) Lopetegui and Chris Gardener, who was the owner of the station. Chris proposed to Lopetegui that he create a one-hour radio program on Sundays for the benefit of the many Basque sheepherders who were in the hills during those years.

KBBS "Basque Hour", Buffalo, Wyoming

The Wyoming Basque Radio program, known as the “Basque Hour” was on the air from 1956-2000, on the Buffalo-based KBBS Radio Station. The program was sponsored by local Wyoming Basques.

KBOI Basque Radio Program, Boise, Idaho

Espe Alegria, speaker of the Radio Program during 30 years.

Isolation, both in language and distance, was one of the biggest issues that the Basque immigrants found when they reached America. To solve this problem, some Basque communities took the initiative to create radio programs in their cities to help to overcome this isolation.

Julian Lachiondo

Julian Lachiondo was born in Ibarrangelu, Bizkaia, in 1915. He immigrated to the United States in 1930 to join his father, Manuel, who was working as a sheepherder in Riverton, Wyoming. In 1938 he moved to Idaho where he began working for Pedro Gandiaga in his sheep business.  It was there he met his wife, Lydia Gandiaga, Pedro’s daughter and they were married in 1945 after Julian returned from serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

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