Listening to: Open Orchard Productions

October 22, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

OOP_TopFeatureThough it only launched last year, Open Orchards Productions – a southern California youth radio group based at Palos Verdes High School – is making waves in the youth radio world and was recently awarded a Transom Donor Grant. Covering topics as wide ranging as addiction, loss and chocolate, the group stands out for its willingness to keep pushing its own creative boundaries.  

One example: A vox pop that asks the same question of 5-18 year olds. If you could have anything besides money, what would it be?

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

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick, Stylish & Mobile: The New Signal

June 4, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

SignalScreenShotIt's here! Signal, the Generation PRX newsletter, is now in a format that's just right for reading on the go. Signal is your source for all the latest in the world of youth-produced radio: from opportunities, to tools and tips, to stories we love.

This month: Stories of student debt from Columbia College Chicago, tips on getting studio quality sound without the studio, and playlists to enjoy (and add to!).

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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!).