Economics May 27th

Tonight on Blunt we talked about youth in the economy.  We listened to a few selected features from the Blunt Youth Radio Archives, a Vox Pop about Money from Blunt producer Robert at Long Creek Youth Development Center, and a piece called “Fired” by Jesse Chanin. We also played a segment from a Vox Pop from Youth Radio in Oakland, CA about the ways the recession was affecting their lives. 01 2013-5-27 Youth in the Economy

Long Creek Youth Development Center Show May 20th 2013

This week on Blunt, teens incarcerated at the Long Creek Youth Development Center and Blunt members discuss life on the inside. Featured on the show as guests will be Judge Keith A. Powers, Assistant District Attorney Christine Thibeault, and Defense Attorney Ned Chester. Features include pieces on tattoo removal, life after Long Creek, and going through the Maine Legal system. Hosts will be Iris SanGiovanni and Jake Lichter, with Long Creek residents Cory and Salman.

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Culture of Humor Monday May 13th, 2013


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Blunt Youth Radio will be tackling “the Culture of Humor” this Monday, May 13th from 7:30-8:30! Tune in as Hosts Trenton Johnson and Gaby Ferrell have many laughs and tell really bad jokes! Even if you might not be too impressed with our stale sense of humor, listen as we interview comedy teacher, Tim Ferrell, and Co-owner of the Portland Comedy Co-op, Will Green! Amuse us with your comedic talents and call in to have your voice on air!

Blunt Youth Radio Open House, Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 pm!

Makenzie and Leo engineering Felix and Jake on the mics

Award-winning Blunt Youth Radio Project is recruiting new members!

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Program seeks high school-aged teens to receive FREE training in radio journalism and broadcasting.

Nationally award-winning Blunt Youth Radio is holding an Open House to recruit new high school aged volunteers. The event takes place on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at WMPG, Southern Maine Community Radio, 92 Bedford Street, on the USM Portland Campus. The Open House happens during Blunt’s regular live Monday night broadcast. Visitors will have the chance to see the live show, be interviewed on-air and enjoy some free pizza and root beer!

Since 1994, Blunt Youth Radio Project has brought together teenagers from a variety of schools to produce a weekly, call-in, public affairs radio show on WMPG-FM, 90.9 and 104.1, the non-profit, community radio station of the University of Southern Maine. The hour-long show features two teen hosts who interview guests on topical issues, interspersed with public radio-style feature reports, produced by the team’s reporters.

At Blunt (think: “straightforward,” “to the point,” “frank,” or “no holds barred”), our young members handle all aspects of show production: reporting, on-air hosting, choosing topics and locating guests, studio production, and broadcast engineering. Work by members of Blunt has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Maine Public Radio, This American Life, the BBC and other shows. Find out more about Blunt at our website: http://u

Blunt Youth Radio equips teens with the tools and training that give them a voice in electronic media. Members develop critical thinking skills and a civic-minded outlook. Our members cover important issues in their communities ranging from elections to college costs. Blunt combats Maine’s “brain drain” problem by helping young people take an active role in community life right here and right now!

Who should join Blunt Youth Radio Project? We are open to any high-school aged student. Our program is low-barrier, and the only qualification is an open mind and a commitment to show up. We encourage young people to join as early in high school as possible. Most of our members remain in the program for two years or more. Current and alumni members are available for interviews this week. Training begins soon, so we are eager to find teens to join our program.

Again, we are holding an Open House at WMPG on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:30  to 8:30 pm.

Contact me for more info or just come on down!

Claire Holman, Director

Blunt Youth Radio Project

Portland: Behind the Scenes

Portland: Behind the Scenes

Sarah Gale and Ava Zwolinski discuss what goes on behind the scenes in the city of Portland. From Music, to Mail, to Lobster and Diners with guests Chris Busby from the Bollard, McCrae Hathaway from the State Theater and Carly Milkowski from the Wayside Soup Kitchen. Tune in as we investigate the inner workings of our city! Special thanks to Junichi Shioya for making this whole blog happen, y’all.