by Rachel Ratner
All of my favorite new music these days seems to come from mix tapes my friends make me. There’s something special about knowing they put a song on there, in a certain order, especially for me. It gives the song extras weight… I spend more time listening to them, than I would a regular CD. Nowadays, what better way to send mix tapes to those you care about than via podcasts. Each week KEXP sends handfuls of podcasts out to our friends. A lot of time, energy and loves goes into making them. And that’s why we were so excited to have the opportunity to teach the art of the podcasting mixtape to members of our community!
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 second 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. 2 – Trevor, Sean, and Rory
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1. Rainbow Arabia – I Know I See I Love I Go
2. Health – Triceratops (Acid Girls Remix A)
3. Chicha Libre – Sonido Amazonico
4. Hecuba – Miles Away
5. April March – Chick Habit
6. Siberian – Belgian Beer and Catholic Girl
7. Daniel G. Harmann and The Trouble Starters – I’ve Turned to a Life of Crime
8. The Georgetown Orbits – Shoe Suede Blues
9. Car Crash Kids – Devision Revision
10. Deer City – Bankside
11. A Pack of Wolves – Best Defense
12. Fighter X – Maybe Mx Remix
13. KRGA – Time Lapse Grain Swarm
The next series of classes is scheduled to start in March, find more information here.