October update

Wow! Great news today: Educational Center for the Arts (the home of Road Kill Radio) was awarded the Creative Collaboration Grant that we applied for to support our student radio project. Special thanks to the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism and to the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency) for their support of youth media in New Haven.

And speaking of ECA's Road Kill Radio show: last week a team of RKR producers visited the Collaborative Writing elective to record a short piece of fiction and interview some of the authors.

And another team hit the streets to ask people what they are thinking about the ever-evolving
"swine flu" pandemic.

Listen for these segements (and more) in our next RKR broadcast on WPKN in November.
The new show will, of course, be archived here at www.youthradioct.org.

Flash: the Middle School Radio Road Show is heading for Lincoln MS in Meriden!
On November 16, I'll begin helping a group of fifteen middle school students to create their own radio show for broadcast and podcasting. The program is sponsored by the Meriden
REACH program and I am really looking forward to once again working with Lincoln MS principal Leo Lavallee (who you may remember was the far-sighted administrator who first green-lignted the radio project at ECA).

Talk to you later...
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Off and running!

We had a great Youth Radio CT "Live" show on Sept. 18 with six students from the Ansonia HS Human Relations Club, including the club's advisor, Nick Collicelli.  Somehow we all managed to shoe-horn into the WPKN FM booth, clustered around 4 broadcast microphones.  The discussion focused on issues of tolerance and diversity and the extensive programs developed by these Ansonia HS students. 
 
Check this out:   these high school students teach a tolerance and anti-bullying course to middle and elementary school students in Ansonia.  They also have an inter-generational program where the Human Relations Club students meet with senior citizens for meals and informal discussions.  Apparently, these sessions are hugely popular with both generations and go a long way toward dispelling age-related stereotypes.
 
Meanwhile, over at ECA, the Radio Class Elective is off and running.   These students from five different Arts majors are coming up with some great stuff for their first show (to be aired on WPKN in November -- stay tuned for exact time and date}. 
 
 We have already recorded an original song, performed live in our studio by Caroline Salant (ECA music major).  Also on the drawing board:  a 'collaborative writing' piece from students in the Writing Elective taught by Ian Ganassi; an interview with Hartford-based Latin Jazz pianist Damian Curtis; street interviews and a film review.
 
We've listened to some stories and segments from This American Life (www.thisamericanlife.org)  and from previous Road Kill Radio shows which are sparking a lot of heated discussion and inspiring new ideas for future segments.  I'm delighted to say that students have been using this web site as a portal for sampling RKR as well as other youth and independent media.
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Welcome to the Youth Radio Connecticut blog page.

Welcome to the first Youth Radio CT blog post!
(In fact, this is my first blog post anywhere, ever!)

First off, a huge shout out to Geno Heiter who made all this possible by building the Youth Radio CT site brick by user-friendly brick. Geno: I promise I won't drive you nuts with continual embarrassing displays of gratitude (hereafter: EDGs). Just let it be said once and for all: You Are the Man!

OK, with Labor Day rapidly receding in my rear view mirror, I will attempt to re-focus my mind from countless swims in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers and ponds and to some great youth radio projects coming this fall:

Road Kill Radio - A new roster of 14 ECA students from various artistic disciplines have signed up for the Radio Class and are ready to learn about independent media and make their own radio show. Watch for their first production coming in early November. It'll be aired on WPKN and archived on this site.

Youth Radio CT "LIVE" is ready to re-launch on WPKN with a new day and time (3rd Friday from 6 to 7 PM). The first show (Sept. 18 at 6 PM) will feature students from the Ansonia HS Human Relations Club who will talk about their upcoming tolerance and diversity projects. Listener call-ins welcome.

There's more youth radio on WPKN (alternate Fridays from 6 to 7 PM) by students from Staples HS. Check the WPKN listings for exact dates.

Finally, keep in touch by sending an email (youthradioct@aol.com ), posting a comment on this blog or using the contact form. Send along any thoughts on past shows and your ideas for future programs.

Talk to you soon,
Richard

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