Teens host radio show to make a difference in the community
PORTLAND (WGME) -- There's a lot to talk about on "talk radio" these days, but the voices you hear are usually adults.
Well, not on Monday nights at a Portland radio station.
Take a listen to "Blunt Youth Radio,” where teens are making a difference in our community.
It's almost "air time" at WMPG radio. It's the college radio station for USM, but the hosts are a bit younger than that.
Every Monday night, the voices of high school students are heard on "Blunt Youth Radio," an hour long call in-program started by Claire Holman in 1994.
"Young people don't often have a voice or a situation in which their voice can be taken seriously," Holman said.
When she started the program, Holman had no idea it would last this long. Now, she has alumni, like Molly Adams, back on board.
"I have now been involved with Blunt Radio more than half my life, cause I'm thirty years old,” Adams said. “I started when I was 14, that speaks to what an institution Blunt is."
Adams went on to study communications in college and worked in radio and TV. in Chicago, before just recently returning to Maine.
She couldn't wait to support the next generation of teen voices.
"They have a very strong sense of what is fair and not fair, and I think listening to young people, first, you're gonna learn something, cause they're paying attention to totally different issues than you're paying attention to, but have very clear reasons for why something should happen," Adams said.
At Blunt, the teens not only come up with the weekly topics, they do the research, produce pre-recorded segments, set up the guests, and engineer the shows.
It's much more than radio "101,” it's about developing lifetime skills.
The program airs on Monday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on WMPG. They're always looking for more volunteers, there's an open house coming up on November 14th.
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