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1.) What is "Youth Radio Connecticut"?

Youth Radio Connecticut is a program that promotes youth self-expression and learning through the broadcast medium of radio, both live and pre-recorded.

2.) What are the High School and Middle School Radio Road Shows?

The High School and Middle School Radio Road Shows provide in-school residencies of varying lengths that offer students unique opportunities for creative self-expression, reflection and assessment as they learn about independent media, brainstorm about radio show content, experiment with script writing and reading, perfect interview techniques and develop skill and confidence in relating their personal narratives.
Both these programs are structured to produce a finished student-generated 30-minute radio show for pod-cast, archiving and distribution to your learning community.

3.) Who moderates, coordinates, produces and provides instruction?

Richard Hill hosts Youth Radio CT “LIVE” and coordinates and instructs the Radio Road Shows.
Click here to learn more about Richard Hill.

4.) What are some of the activities you use to generate youth media content?

- A series of exercises and activities designed to increase dramatic and vocal range of the participants.
- Activities that encourage group interaction and cooperation.
- Practicing and assessing interview techniques.
- Experimenting with personal narrative and story telling. 
- Learning about mainstream media consolidation.
- Sampling examples of alternative media. (e.g., The American Life, All Things Considered, BBC, other youth radio outlets)
- Listening to and assessing previous youth radio segments.
- Interviewing professional artists, poets, independent journalists and community organizers.
- Viewing age-appropriate films on selected cultural and political issues.

5.) Are there interdisciplinary skills that are part of the course objectives? Please elaborate.

Both Radio Road Show programs support the CT State standards in reading, writing, speech, theater and social studies.  Radio Class students are encouraged to build public speaking and communication skills that develop vocabulary, diction, articulation, phrasing and projection.

Students are exposed to new research and interview techniques to assist them in efficient and effective data collection.

The Radio Class promotes a process of assessment and reflection as students review peer music, creative writing, memoirs and narratives. Moreover, they develop critical judgement as they review their finished radio magazine for broadcast.

Ultimately, students are given the opportunity to create, perform and respond in a safe environment that encourages meaningful learning.

6.) Are the Radio Road Shows an "After School" program?

Both High School and Middle School Radio Road Shows can be offered as either an after-school or a curriculum-based program.  Richard Hill works closely with the teaching staff to tailor the Radio Road Show to the specific needs of your student population.  Radio Show focus and content are generated through an interactive process between Richard Hill, teaching staff and students.

7.) Do you have a course outline for the middle and high school road shows you could share?

Yes, a course outline will be provided upon request.

8.) How often do you meet with students?

Richard Hill meets with students for one or two class periods per week (or for 60-minute sessions in the case of an after school program).  The length of the residency is tailored to your school's schedule and need.

9.) Do the students require any special training prior to participating in a youth radio course?

There are no pre-requisites for student participation in the Radio Show class

10.) Are there and special equipment requirements needed to bring the youth radio course to our school?

Your school would need to supply a computer with an internet connection and the use of the school copy machine. Richard Hill brings all other necessary equipment (microphones, recorders, stands, teaching materials etc.).

11.) How can I bring a youth radio to my school / community?

Simply fill out the contact form and Youth Radio CT will get back to you promptly.

12.) Is funding available?

Grant funding is available through the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism ( http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/taxonomy/taxonomy.asp?DLN=43584&cctNav=|43584|&cctPNavCtr=|#49563 ) and through local community organizations such as your PTA.

In addition, Richard Hill is a  CCT Teaching Artist (
http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/cwp/view.asp?A=2079&Q=275074) and is therefore eligible for CCT support.

13.)  Are there opportunities for high school students to volunteer and train at local radio stations?

Yes. WPKN is currently developing a youth intern program that offers experience and training to any high school or college student with a strong interest in community radio. 
Interns will learn:

-- how to operate on-air equipment
-- how to record and edit
-- procedures and protocols of community broadcast radio.

If you are interested in becoming a WPKN intern/volunteer, please contact
Richard Hill.