Radio 101 - After School

WFDD Event
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:00pm

It's a different kind of after-school program.

A little bit of technology, a little bit of storytelling, a little bit of writing, and A LOT of fun.

Radio 101 is a semester-long, after-school program for high school students (and some eager middle-schoolers) interested in technology, journalism, and the world of radio!

You will learn how to use the equipment professional journalists use, how to tell stories that captivate your audience (and potential college board admissions and/or employers), and you will get to hear yourself on the air! Yeah, that’s right. The best stories will be broadcast on 88.5 WFDD. And if they are really, really good (which we know they will be), we’ll pitch them to NPR, on which more than 30 million people will listen to your voice telling a story…pretty cool, huh?

While the after-school program is free and open to high school students from all over the area, we do require a certain level of commitment in order to participate:

  • The program meets every Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm through Zoom.
  • We will begin on September 17th and we will finish on December 10th. And missing one week is like missing a whole month of school. A LOT happens in just one week.

In this program you will:

  • Get access to all the recording equipment modern radio journalists use
  • Record your story.
  • Improve your writing skills (wait…I thought this was an audio thing…well, you wouldn’t believe how much writing is involved in good audio)
  • Learn about storytelling and how to tell a story just by using sounds
  • Take the story you produce with you
  • Produce one story (but you are encouraged to do as many as you feel comfortable with)
  • Hear your story on air -- we’ll let you know when, so you can tell all your friends (and frenemies) to listen!

What you need in order to participate:

  • A love for storytelling and public radio (I mean…you’ll be spending a lot of time in a radio studio…do you really want to do that if you don’t really like the radio?)
  • You should be a junior or senior in high school (Not mandatory but strongly suggested) and show that you know how to write (like, not a novel, but you should be able to come up with a coherent 500 word essay fairly easily).
  • A note from your parents saying that they acknowledge you will be dealing with pretty expensive equipment and if you break it, you pay for it (we'll give you the waiver for your parents to sign).



We are really excited to start this program and we are looking forward to hearing the stories you have to share with us. If you want to participate, fill out the sign-up form before September 16th. We have limited seats and they will go fast, so don’t wait!!

Sign up Now!


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