Abel Charles

Cree Broadcaster/Producer
Missinipi Achimowin Show weekdays
La Ronge, SK

Abel was born in a trapper’s cabin deep in the wilderness of northern Saskatchewan. For the first nine years this was where he was exposed to his Cree language and Culture. The family at this time lived the trapping lifestyle. This includes trapping, hunting, fishing and other gathering activities. A close connection to the land was in the works. Abel continues to enjoy time in the wilderness.

In the fall of 1968, Abel hopped into a de Havilland beaver and flew into La Ronge en route to the Prince Albert Indian Residential School. For the next seven years this is where he received his western education. At this school he became involved in many sports teams giving him opportunities to travel and play at the provincial level. Air cadets took him to other parts of the country. He was active in the student representative council and overall his stay at residential school was a positive and beneficial experience.

Aside from residential school, Abel has always been surrounded by a rich cultural environment. He has taken on various jobs throughout the La Ronge area. A side job he still enjoys doing in the summer is guiding southerners looking for monster pike and walleye. He has a wide variety of educational experiences including university.

A member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Abel considers the community of Grandmother’s Bay home. Abel has six children, 2 girls and 4 boys.

Willie Billette

Dene Broadcaster
Dene Honi Show Weekdays
La Ronge, SK

 

Ken Landers

Prince Albert, SK

Ken is a veteran radio broadcaster from Prince Albert. His career began in 1979 while attending high school in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He has worked at radio stations in BC, AB, MB and SK. He is a former board member of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, where he served one term as President of the provincial board. Ken has always been very active in and around Northern Saskatchewan, working with non-profit organizations like Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Prince Albert Women’s Shelter. He enjoys all genres of music and connecting with the listeners of MBC

Chris Knight

Regina, SK

Chris is a 15 year radio veteran who has spent his career here in Saskatchewan at various stations through the province. When he’s not fixing things on his homestead, he’s probably fixing things on his “Uncle Buck” car that is in a constant state of disrepair.
Three things you probably didn’t know about Chris:
1) He used to drive dogsleds for a living.
2) He has never broken a bone.
3) He thinks hot wings should be an official food group.

 

Samantha Hilliard

Prince Albert, SK.

Samantha Hilliard has been on the air since her days where it all began at the Western Academy Broadcasting College in Saskatoon. Since then, she has worked at many stations throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Samantha has also dabbled in consulting work with different communities, helping them start up their own community radio stations. She has trained many employees, summer students and has even had the opportunity to teach her own class in broadcasting. Employed with MBC first in 2003, she made a comeback for the summer of 2020 with Mona Charles and the SaMona show. She says, “My love for music has brought me into a life of radio and I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all Music is Life, that’s why our hearts have beats”.

Don Barkman

La Ronge. SK

Don Barkman has over 24 years of broadcast experience in Northern Manitoba and Northern B.C.

 

David Smith

Morning News Anchor
La Ronge, SK.

David is a veteran news anchor and reporter in Saskatchewan. You can hear the latest news with David weekday mornings beginning at 6:30 a.m.

 

Dan Jones

Director of News

Michael Joel-Hansen

Reporter/Anchor
Prince Albert, SK

Michael is a graduate of the University of Regina’s master of arts in journalism program. He also holds an undergraduate degree in history from the U of R. Prior to joining MBC’s news team, he worked as a reporter for The Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Maple Creek News-Times and most recently the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Prince Albert. Michael also interned with Rawlco Radio in Regina and worked as a sports assistant with The Regina Leader Post while still in university.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders, reading about political history, and is a big fan of the 1990’s television show Frasier.

Joel Willick

Reporter
Saskatoon, Sk

Joel has been covering news in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan since 2013, with the majority of that time spent with MBC. He is a proud Metis person who grew up on a farm in the Spiritwood area, but has spent the past fifteen years living in Saskatoon.
Joel has a wide range of hobbies that include enjoying a good story in any format, fantasy football, his wife, his kids, writing, and the outdoors.

Jenna Smith

Reporter/Anchor
Prince Albert, SK

Jenna is a recent graduate of SAIT’s Radio Broadcasting program, starting her journey in the radio world here at MBC! She’s a member of Enoch Cree Nation but lived in Calgary for most of her life, she has family in Saskatchewan and is now happy to call this province home. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, watching reality TV, finding new music, and spending time with family and friends!