People’s Stories: strangers, friends, family

images-7It’s pretty amazing how much stories can influence us, even the stories of strangers, and even more so, the stories about our families and friends. Tonight on Blunt, hosts Violet Sulka/Hewes and Aidan Mitchell weave together personal experience and recent research to look at how stories influence us. For example, do you know your DYK (Do You Know) score? Take the test that our hosts and their family members took:

Studying Abroad: January 6th, 2014

This week on Blunt we are talking about “Studying Abroad”. We will be taking a look at studying abroad, an experience that runs deeper than just learning how to say “hello” in another language. We’ll be talking with Faith Morse who has experience as a host family, Isabella Fredrick a senior at south Portland high school, Jennifer Morrissey from the Northeast Regional Director.

Youth in Taiwan and Maine Talk About Bullying and Teenage Life


Some may think that with the Internet, young people in the world are so connected, but usually young and old alike just use the Internet to connect with people they already know. But on Monday, June 10, 2013, some youth from the Dada School in ZhongLi, Taiwan are getting the chance to connect with a couple of Blunt Youth Radio members.

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!

Openhouse Flier-Spring2013

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.

Juvenile Detention [Long Creek]


Incarcerated Blunt Youth Radio Members from Long Creek Youth Development Center  to Broadcast Live from WMPG Community Radio

WMPG Apr 22, 2013 Monday Long Creek

Portland, ME– On Monday, April 22nd, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, Incarcerated youth from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine tell stories of life behind bars and host a live show on WMPG Community radio. The students will air feature pieces they have been producing as members of the Blunt Youth Radio Project. They will also take on-air calls from the community, and talk about their experiences as incarcerated youth.

Stories from this series air regularly on Blunt, a weekly youth public affairs program on WMPG, Portland, Maine’s community radio station. Blunt hosts bi-weekly radio instruction at South Portland’s Long Creek Youth Development Center (LCYDC). Student’s learn interviewing, hosting, reporting, engineering, and studio production.

Their award-winning, unfiltered stories provide an intimate look at the experiences of incarcerated teens.