Our Team

Abel Charles

Cree Broadcaster/Producer
Missinipi Achimowin
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.


 

Charly Durocher

Cree / Michif Broadcaster
Missinipi Achimowin
La Ronge, SK


 

Willie Billette

Dene Broadcaster
Missinipi Dene Honi
La Ronge, SK


Ken Landers

Mornings
Prince Albert, SK

Ken is a veteran radio broadcaster from Prince Albert. His career began in 1979  as a part time announcer while attending high school in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He has worked at radio stations in BC, AB, MB and SK. He is a current 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


 

Riley Novakoski

Afternoons
La Ronge, SK

Riley was born and raised in Saskatoon where he completed his broadcast training at Western Academy Broadcasting College.

Riley played hockey and baseball as a youngster but went the music route and quit sports at a young age. He started playing music and dancing at a young age, and became interested in the entertainment business. Riley was a member of the metal band  “Tombstone Diaries”. At the peak of the band’s success, they played at the Taste of Chaos in Saskatoon, which Riley considers a major highlight of life. He has played many venues around Saskatchewan, playing bass guitar and singing as a hobby in his spare time. Riley also enjoys listening to all different styles of music.

Riley was raised in a hockey family so the love of the game has always been there. His favourite NHL team is the Edmonton Oilers, and favourite WHL team is Saskatoon Blades. Riley is also a diehard fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the game of football in general.


 

Don Barkman

Weeknights
La Ronge. SK

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


 

Mona Charles

Friday Night / Saturday

Born and raised in La Ronge. I trained to be an on-air announcer in 1999 at the La Ronge MBC Studio, receiving training, advice, and guidance from co-workers at that time and continued to be a radio host until 2005. At which time I made a commitment to start my own family and moved away from La Ronge.
Placing roots in Prince Albert and having each of my daughters born and raising them here has been very rewarding. My husband of 10 years and I have been dedicated long-time (over 11 years) employees of each respectful workplace. Prince Albert is our home.
Since moving and growing as a family, I have learnt more about the Cree Culture and Traditions of our people, we attend various ceremonies and my oldest daughter is a Fancy Shawl dancer.
It has been a pleasure to be given another opportunity to go on air with Samantha Hilliard on Friday and Saturdays. Although, the radio equipment is a little more technically advanced, our voices and  natural connection and vibe with each other has not changed.


 

Samantha Hilliard

Friday Nights / Saturday

Hey, my name is Samantha Hilliard, currently cohosting with Mona Charles on MBC Friday’s & Saturday’s, & at CIWL in Waterhen Monday’s through Thursday’s. It’s been over 20 years since graduating broadcasting school at The Western Academy Broadcasting College. This gave me the opportunity to sit in front of a Mic at Key 83 in Wainwright AB, CFDM 105.7 FM in Flying Dust, Sk, MBC 89.9 FM in La Ronge, Sk, CHGL 94.9 FM in Green Lake, Sk, CIWL 97.7FM in Waterhen Lake, Sk & now 10 years later, back to the MBC airwaves.
I’ve trained and got to work with many summer students and employee’s over the years. With 5 years of Radio Consulting under my belt, I helped communities such as Flying Dust, Ministikwan & Waterhen get their community radio stations operational.
I’ve been honoured to MC concerts for the likes of Tom Jackson, Wide Mouth Mason, New Horizon & Just The Boyz to name a few. It’s also given me the opportunity to attend many Community Events, Grand Openings, Do Live on locations, work and meet with many Politicians, Chief & Council’s, business owners, community member’s, and some fans, all the while making many friends in the radio/music industry


 

Braden Malsbury

Sports Broadcaster/Ice Wolves Play-by-Play
MBC Sports
La Ronge, SK

Braden was born in Red Deer, AB and has been involved in broadcasting since 2007. He graduated with honours from the Broadcast News Program at SAIT in 2010. Braden has covered junior hockey in Alberta and Saskatchewan over the past few seasons. Braden started with MBC Radio in La Ronge in January 2014 as the official voice of your La Ronge Ice Wolves.


 

David Smith

News Anchor/Reporter
MBC News
La Ronge, SK

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


 

Fraser Needham

Assistant News Director / Anchor
Prince Albert, SK


 

Dan Jones

 Legislative Reporter
Regina, SK