Find Your Voice, Explore Your World.

The symbol of a Hive dates all the way back to Ancient Rome. The idea behind it is simple: the bees represent the workers, and the hive the industry. At WFDD, Hive means much more than that. Our education program aims to provide students from ages 10 to 65+ the tools to change the world through storytelling. Yes, it sounds like an impossible task, but is it? Think about it for a second. Think of that one story that made you rethink a preconception that you had, or that made you understand a point of view you had not considered before. We believe that there’s no such thing as ONE world. There are over 7 billion interpretations of it and if you change just one person’s life, you’ve changed everything.

Every one of our programs builds on each other to achieve this goal just like the cells in a hive. Every student comes in with a question they want to explore, we provide them with the tools and they go out into the world to find the information needed before they return and transform that into a story. We could go on and on drawing parallels between a beehive and our programs, but like we tell our students: “In radio, it’s better to show than to tell.”



The challenge was a simple one: For you to express how you've been impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 through sound. Whether this took the shape of a news story, a poem, an essay, a song, or something we were not thinking about, that was up to you! The more creative, the better! Our only requirement was that it was original, it was sound-based and was between three and four minutes.

And the results are in. Check out the winner of the 2020 Student Podcast Challenge here.

Teenage years are rough. There’s so much going on inside of our heads and bodies that we don’t understand. Through this program, students explore what it means to be a teenager through stories. From personal reflections that allow them to have conversations about difficult topics with family and friends, to stories about topics that are important to them: school, friendship, their neighborhood, music, games, etc. . . . the sky's the limit. The only requirement is dedication to find, and tell, the best possible version of any story.

Radio 101 works with local high schools to provide this experience in the classroom, as a for-credit class at Reynolds High School and as part of English classes at Paisley IB Magnet Middle School. Are you interested in hosting Radio 101 in your school? Get in touch with us!

More Stories
Sam and his mom
Samuel Woo
7:46pm Feb 21, 2020
Human Interest Human Interest

A New Me

The concept of mortality can be hard to grasp for children, especially young ones. On this Radio 101 story, student Samuel Woo explores how to move on with his life after a major loss rocks his world.

4:04pm Feb 07, 2020
Race Race Youth Education

School, Interrupted Part 4: What It's Like For Us Every Day

Our special Radio 101 series, "School, Interrupted," brings you stories about what gets in the way of a good learning environment. We finish the series addressing one of the biggest issues schools face everywhere: racial inequality.

7:16pm Jan 26, 2020
Youth Youth Education Gender

School, Interrupted Part 3: 'Til It Happens To You

Talking about sexual assault at schools is uncomfortable. It can be much more so for teenagers. However, not talking about it, doesn’t make it go away. Just in 2018, there were 70 incidents reported in North Carolina alone.

On the third episode of our Radio 101 series, School, Interrupted, youth reporters Leah Fisher, Ian Doss and Trey Shore look into the culture that allows acts of sexual misconduct to go unchecked in our schools.


If your high school doesn’t offer the Radio 101 class, you still can take advantage of it! Every semester, a new after-school program meets in the WFDD studios to explore audio as a medium to tell stories. If you want to be part of the next class, you can sign up here.

Join our After School Program

This is not your typical summer camp. During this one-week program, middle-school students learn the basics of audio storytelling and editing, they conduct interviews, and they write their own radio story. That story later airs on 88.5 WFDD for our entire audience to hear! So, if you sign up for Radio Camp, get ready to sign some autographs.

For students who have gone through Radio Camp in the past, we also offer an Advanced Radio Camp where students are challenged to pitch, write, and produce a story in just a week.

More Stories
Salem Neff
8:30am Feb 20, 2021
Human Interest Human Interest

Nature As A Teacher

A silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic: children being able to spend more time outside enjoying nature and just... well, being kids.

Margaret Sizemore
8:35am Feb 13, 2021
Human Interest Human Interest

An American Dream

In 1931 the historian James Truslow Adams defined "The American Dream" for the first time as "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every m

Cheraton Love
8:30am Feb 06, 2021
Human Interest Human Interest

Learning To Be A Parent

A Google search of “how to be a good parent” gives you around 662 million results. And yet, the best answer to that question continues to be: actually having a child.

9:51am Feb 01, 2021
Education Education

Radio Camp For Grown-Ups Is Coming Back!

Listen to your radio enough and you’ll start to notice “patterns” in your favorite shows. Even when there is just one topic dominating all of our conversations (I’m talking to you Mrs.

8:30am Dec 12, 2020
Race Race Youth

A Fight That Goes Back 60 Years

During the summer of 2020, as part of Virtual Radio Camp, Raine Myers interviewed Barbara Morris about her experience participating in the Civil Rights movement.

7:00am Nov 13, 2020
Human Interest Human Interest

"She Was Wearing A Peach Dress..."

As a participant of Radio Camp for Grown-ups 2020, Yvonne Truhon interviewed her father in-law about his life.


Registration for Radio Camp usually opens around February, but spots fill up fast! If you want to be the first to know when registration opens for this upcoming summer,

Sign up here


Thanks to the generosity of parents and past campers we are now able to offer a needs-based scholarship for two students each summer. If you love what your child learned in Radio Camp, or if you want to make sure that any kid has the option to participate, you can make your donation to the Scholarship fund here.

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