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.”

 

 

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!

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6:07am May 28, 2019
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E-Sports: More Than Just A Game

There are a few different ways you could make a hundred thousand dollars in just a couple of hours: Most of them we don't recommend. Or you could get really lucky and win the lottery. Or, perhaps you could play a popular video game to earn that cash.

Playing video games at competitive levels has become increasingly popular all around the world. And for young kids, making a living doing so is extremely appealing. But how feasible is this really? Student Gabe Tappe looked into it for this edition of Radio 101.

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10:32pm May 12, 2019
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Everything Was Different But He Was The Same

There are some universal truths when you are a kid: Horsing around is fun, you can stay up late with no consequences, and candy ... well, candy is king. But for kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the story is different. They need to pay attention to what they eat and what they do because the wrong choice could be fatal. Radio 101 student, Zach Dunn, looks into how this disease changed his relationship with his best friend.

4:31pm Apr 26, 2019
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A Very Real Life Market For Fictional Items

You'd probably be pretty upset if you get your credit card statement and realize that your child has spent hundreds of dollars on clothing without your knowledge...

Now, what if I told you that those clothes and accessories aren't even for them but instead they're for fictional characters from video games? Yeah, that's happening. To find out more we went to the source - Radio 101 student Mack Hanna talked with middle schoolers about their in-game spending habits.

Samiya Arrington
1:58pm Mar 15, 2019
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A Fatherless Void

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four children under the age of 18 are being raised by single mothers.

For younger kids, understanding why their family structure is different than their classmates or friends can be particularly challenging.

Radio 101 student Samiya Arrington shares her experience growing up without her father.

 

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.

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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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