RADcast is a podcast series designed to engage youth with RAD assets.
RADcast is a podcast series designed to deeply engage youth with RAD assets and transform these youth and their peers into the assets' advocates, audiences, and supporters of the future. The podcast will be a fast-paced, weekly 15-minute podcast featuring three different assets, and all undertaken by teen reporters.
Because RADcast is designed to expose students to assets through direct visits, the full program was delayed until Summer 2022.
The project was introduced to 12 teens in 2021 as part of a virtual podcasting camp. In addition, RADcaster Grace Boyle (The Ellis School) completed a 5-minute feature on Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The piece includes interviews with CLP President and Director Mary Frances Cooper, as well as library patrons. RADcaster Lance Wilhelm (Fox Chapel Area High School) developed a feature based on his phone interview of Meryl Hellring of Tickets for Kids. RADcasters P.J. Squire (Shaler High School), Janarah Price (Propel Braddock Hills), and Kamaria Matudador (Shaler Area High School) created commentaries on three different CSA productions at the New Hazlett Theater.
The full launch of RADcast began in June 2022. A group of 22 Allegheny County teenagers became RADcasters, starting production on 43 audio segments on dozens of regional assets by researching, visiting, and interviewing leaders. The students also created 21 personal reflections, documenting their own thoughts on the region's arts and culture entities.
On August 25, 2022, the RADcasters' families joined them at the SLB Youth Media Center to listen to the progress on their RADcast stories. SLB awarded 22 certificates of achievement and more than $3,600 in stipends for their work.
The core team of students -- as well as additional teenagers in the cohort -- will continue to produce stories through 2022, after which weekly podcast episodes will be produced for release.
KDKA/Kidsburgh - July 19, 2022