By day Kay Ensing Oxendine is a mild-mannered employee of UNC Pembroke's Printing Center, but one night a week, she is transformed into the host of her own public radio program.
Kay is the voice of "Native Voices," a news, music and information program on Native Americans that airs on 100,000-watt WFSS-FM (91.9). The show runs Tuesday nights, 7-10 p.m. on the public radio station that is operated by Fayetteville State University.
"I am very excited about doing this show because it allows me to share pieces of my culture with the listening audience," she said.
Kay has been around the entertainment scene for many years, managing and performing in Native American drum groups and doing casting work for several high profile movies, including"Broken Chains," "Richie Rich," "The Chamber" and co-producer of "Pocohantas: The Documentary."
Her passion for all things Native American and the entertainment business was nourished by her role in making movies.
"Making the movie 'Broken Chains' changed my life," Kay said. "This was the first time I was able to see Native Americans from across the U.S. and Canada come together for such a worthwhile project."
"It gave us hope that we can do anything that we put our hearts and minds to," she said.
Kay has published many articles on Native American issues for newspapers and other periodicals. This is her second radio program. Kay has recently begun singing with Kau-ta-noh, Jrs., a local Native American drum group. They just signed a five-year record deal with Sunshine Records of Canada.
A Haliwa-Saponi Tribe member and raised in Richmond, Va., Kay comes to Pembroke via marriage to John Oxendine. They have two children, Jonathan, two, and Rachel Ann, 12.
For the future, she plans to take classes at the university and keeping an eye on the entertainment industry.