5 Tools to Build Your Radio chops

October 2, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Radio education bonanza! Here are five excellent tools for building your audio chops:

1. Online tutorials from American Student Radio. ASR has been doing lots of exciting work since its launch just last year. Among their many accomplishments: a fleet of online video tutorials and .pdfs covering everything from using Audition software, to recording with your iPhone to making your first vox pop


 2. Transom Online Workshops. Transom, that great source for online tools and in-person workshops, is piloting an exciting MOOC-Style Online Workshop. Currently testing, you can follow the progress of the current workshop, volunteer to beta test, or sit on your hands excitedly until the official launch.

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3. And speaking of Transom,  radio teacher guru Rob Rosenthal talks you through recording via iPhone using the free TASCAM PCM app. Producers with smart phones who claim radio inertia due to lack of equipment? The gig is up!

4. Those of you near the Bay Area can check out veteran teacher Claire Schoen's excellent Soup-to-Nuts seminar. The $250, 2-day intensive on documentary radio production takes places on October 27th & 28th. Learn more at www.claireschoenmedia.com

5. Look no further! One of the best ways to improve your radio skills is to LISTEN. The Youth Editorial Board makes sure the GPRX blog is constantly updated with the latest greatest work in the youth radio world.






The Best Youth-Made Radio of 2012

January 15, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel


Wolf image via Shutterstock.

From heartbreak, to ice cream to immigration, over 450 new youth-produced stories were added to the PRX catalog in 2012. This year also brought some of the best youth radio stories we've heard, which made creating our Best Youth-Made Radio Stories of 2012 Playlist more difficult (and fun) than ever.

Photo: Trenton Good, City High Radio

Hear this remarkable collection of honest, well-produced, and original storiesBig ups to the youth radio groups on the playlist!:

  • Louder Than A Bomb 2012, Chicago, IL
  • RadioActive, Seattle, WA
  • Philly Youth Radio, PA
  • Deep in the Heart, a Project of Texas Folklife Center, Austin, TX
  • City High Radio, Tucson, AZ
  • Alaska Teen Media Institute, Anchorage, AK
  • Zumix Radio, Boston, MA
  • Youth Media Project, Santa Fe, NM
  • Outloud Radio, San Francisco, CA
  • Youth Radio, Oakland, CA
  • Blunt Youth Radio Project, Portland, ME
  • Radio Rookies, New York, NY
  • Open Orchard Productions, Los Angeles, CA
  • Terrascope Youth Radio, Cambridge, MA
  • Youth Spin, Austin, TX
  • Free Spirit Youth Media, Chicago, IL

Radio Rookies DIY Vox Pop Video

December 10, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Everything you needed to know about how to make a well-produced vox pop in 3 fun minutes. Thanks Radio Rookies!

Transom Gear Guide, Hooray!

October 30, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

A great big thank you to our friends at Transom.org for answering the question every producer asks: What gear do I need? Yes, we'll need to tackle the nuances of storytelling, the ethics of the interview etc. etc. But to get any of that down? We need gear.

As usual, Transom has a thorough review of equipment with an eye to the size of our pocketbooks (small, medium or large), and weigh ins from some of the pros. Producers can decide just what to buy and where to put their cash (hint: headphones!).

2012 NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival

October 23, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Throwing down at the Multimedia Slam

Dozens of youth media producers gathered last weekend in New York for the second annual Digital Waves Youth Media Festival – a day-long extravaganza of workshops, hands-on activities, and talks – all capped off with a multimedia slam and (what else?) a music party/performance/live beat boxing happening.

GPRX Director Jones Franzel offered "Telling A Good Story: How To Get from Idea, to Pitch, to Public," to help youth producers come up with story ideas, a framework to hold it all together and a plan for bringing the work to the world.  Couldn't make it?  Check out Jones' presentation online to help walk you through, and download this handy .pdf worksheet to bring it all together.

Not that there was any doubt, but youth producers are doing some *amazing* work.