by Rachel Ratner
I have about 54 podcasts waiting to be listened to on my computer. I love podcasts because they enable me to learn about new things when it’s convenient for me. Before I began making my own podcasts here at KEXP, I didn’t realize how much work went into their creation. Podcasting not only takes a vast knowledge of music, but the technical skills to record the podcast, and a ton of time dedicated to securing the legal rights that are necessary to podcast the songs.
One of KEXP’s missions is to facilitate music discovery, and as such, we were very excited to have the opportunity to host our first ever Youth Podcasting Workshops! These workshops, hosted in a partnership with the Vera Project, were an intensive, hands-on, 8-week series geared towards young adults in the Seattle area. The goal of these workshops was to engage young people in our community, champion youth-led and youth-focused programming, and offer increased training opportunities. Workshop participants learned how to create a podcast, from song selection, to securing music rights, to recording, editing and hosting the final podcast.
The classes took place over a series of 8 weeks in October and Novermber 2008. The class was made up of 9 students, ranging from 15-25 years of age. Each class was taught by a different KEXP employee, including KEXP DJs Cheryl Waters, Shani Jayant, Shannon Sauter, and Sharlese Metcalf, as well as KEXP’s Online Content Coordinator (aka, dude who organizes our own podcasting), Jim Beckmann. The results were phenomenal! Each podcast ended up being around an hour long and features songs from up-and-coming artists from the all ages scenes throughout the country.
Don’t take my word for it; listen to the results yourself! We have just launched the first of three podcasts to come out of the Fall workshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think!
Youth Podcast, Vol. 1 – Reese, Bryn and Jessica
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1. Coco Coca – Uniform
2. Champagne Champagne – Molly Ringwald
3. Man Plus – The Hungarian Suicide Song
4. Library Science – Do It To It
5. Teens In Heat – Farside Wayside
6. The Dead Science – Throne of Blood (The Jump Off)
7. Fabi Reyna – Track 1
8. Black Eyes & Neckties – Night After Night
9. Jason Clackley – Deafening Sound
10. Kusikia – Trouble
11. Yarn Owl – Yarn Blues
12. Stres – Gated Community
13. Lake of Falcons – A Bus For Runners
14. The Bismark – Curt Flood
15. The Histrionics – Death of Venus
The next series of classes is scheduled to start in March, email email@example.com to learn more and for information on how to apply.