Blunt Youth Radio Project

Blunt Youth Radio Project WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio Project brings together Maine teenagers to produce audio stories and interviews on topics that matter to them. Finished work is aired on WMPG or made available in podcast format.
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The Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in talk show that airs Monday nights from 7:30-8:30 on WMPG, Greater Portland Community Radio. High school age youth from the Portland area, both free and incarcerated, staff the show. Blunt members are trained in all areas of radio production: interviewing, hosting, reporting, editing, and engineering. The show has won several Gold and Silver Reel Awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and a number of First Place Radio News Awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Operating as usual

04/17/2021

Producer Idey Adbi, a senior at Lewiston High School, focused on how climate change can disproportionately affect BIPOC and disadvantaged communities for her audio feature which was produced as part of our Climate Activism workshop. You can listen to all of the finished audio from the workshop this coming Tuesday April 20th at 7:30pm on WMPG FM 90.9

04/17/2021

Here's another sneak preview for our upcoming show this Tuesday April 20th, at 7:30pm WMPG FM 90.9 produced by youth activist Ella Nigro. Ella interviewed people within the food waste sector including Kelly Davis, coordinator for Merrymeeting Gleaners for her final audio piece that was part of our recent Climate Activism workshop.

04/16/2021

We are excited to announce that we will be airing the final audio pieces from our climate activism workshop this coming Tuesday April 20th starting at 7:30pm WMPG 90.9 FM. We hope you'll join us!! Here's a sneak peak from audio producer Anna Ravis, who chose to create her final project on the meat and dairy industry. This preview features interviews with Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck chef Tony DiPhillipo, and Monique Mikhail, a Senior Strategist for the Greenpeace International Food for Life campaign. Thank you to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this program.

The interviews are happening for our members in the Climate workshop! Today, Quinn, a freshman audio producer, just fini...
03/11/2021

The interviews are happening for our members in the Climate workshop! Today, Quinn, a freshman audio producer, just finished an interview with The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean founder Rachael Zoe Miller who Zoomed in from New Zealand. Rachael operates the 60-foot sailboat, American Promise, in Maine waters most summers leading expeditions that are focused on doing marine debris cleanups and acting as educators and ocean advocates. It was a great conversation where Rachael shared about how she was inspired to start her organization, how to stay hopeful in her line of work, and gave advice for young climate advocates. We will share the final audio piece once it has been edited! Thanks as always to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this climate workshop!

The interviews are happening for our members in the Climate workshop! Today, Quinn, a freshman audio producer, just finished an interview with The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean founder Rachael Zoe Miller who Zoomed in from New Zealand. Rachael operates the 60-foot sailboat, American Promise, in Maine waters most summers leading expeditions that are focused on doing marine debris cleanups and acting as educators and ocean advocates. It was a great conversation where Rachael shared about how she was inspired to start her organization, how to stay hopeful in her line of work, and gave advice for young climate advocates. We will share the final audio piece once it has been edited! Thanks as always to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this climate workshop!

We just had a fantastic meeting with Julianna Bradley, one of the producers of the Inherited Podcast. Inherited is a "po...
02/25/2021

We just had a fantastic meeting with Julianna Bradley, one of the producers of the Inherited Podcast. Inherited is a "podcast by, for, and about the youth climate movement. We explore what the next generation plans to do with their inheritance," and Julianna was so generous with her time-- sharing about her process producing audio stories, answering questions from the group, and talking about how she's looking forward to experimenting more with her podcast and audio into the future. Here's just a snapshot of her behind-the-scenes story boarding for an episode of Inherited. We'll share some snippets from our discussion later, so stay tuned! Thanks as always to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for sponsoring this program!

We just had a fantastic meeting with Julianna Bradley, one of the producers of the Inherited Podcast. Inherited is a "podcast by, for, and about the youth climate movement. We explore what the next generation plans to do with their inheritance," and Julianna was so generous with her time-- sharing about her process producing audio stories, answering questions from the group, and talking about how she's looking forward to experimenting more with her podcast and audio into the future. Here's just a snapshot of her behind-the-scenes story boarding for an episode of Inherited. We'll share some snippets from our discussion later, so stay tuned! Thanks as always to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for sponsoring this program!

02/21/2021
Why I'm A Climate Activist

Audio Producers Idey Abdi, Anja Bower, Ella Nigro, and Anna Ravis weigh in on what drives them as youth climate activists. This piece was produced as part of Blunt Youth Radio's Climate Activism Workshop, with support from The Nature Conservancy in Maine

It's always good to take some time and go through the journalistic code of ethics before everyone dives into interviewin...
02/20/2021

It's always good to take some time and go through the journalistic code of ethics before everyone dives into interviewing for their individual audio projects! We've got some great topics we're working for the Climate Activism Workshop including composting and food waste, fast fashion, marine pollution, and how climate change impacts BIPOC and low-income communities. Thanks again to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this workshop. If you want to peruse the SPJ code of ethics, you can access the document here >> https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

It's always good to take some time and go through the journalistic code of ethics before everyone dives into interviewing for their individual audio projects! We've got some great topics we're working for the Climate Activism Workshop including composting and food waste, fast fashion, marine pollution, and how climate change impacts BIPOC and low-income communities. Thanks again to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this workshop. If you want to peruse the SPJ code of ethics, you can access the document here >> https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

We just finished our third meeting for Blunt's Climate Activist Workshop, and are learning how to import audio clips int...
02/09/2021

We just finished our third meeting for Blunt's Climate Activist Workshop, and are learning how to import audio clips into Hindenburg and get a sense of the editing tools and layout of this DAW. Next everyone is going to edit together their own audio piece and then share each interpretation of the same source files. We'll also be sharing finished audio pieces as we produce them. Thanks again to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this program.

We just finished our third meeting for Blunt's Climate Activist Workshop, and are learning how to import audio clips into Hindenburg and get a sense of the editing tools and layout of this DAW. Next everyone is going to edit together their own audio piece and then share each interpretation of the same source files. We'll also be sharing finished audio pieces as we produce them. Thanks again to The Nature Conservancy in Maine for supporting this program.

We've got a new audio workshop to announce! If you're high school aged and interested in climate activism, we've got jus...
01/14/2021

We've got a new audio workshop to announce! If you're high school aged and interested in climate activism, we've got just the 6-week audio workshop for you! Email [email protected] with questions or if you want to be part of it!

12/09/2020
High Schools Under Covid-19

Blunt Youth Radio Producers Audrey Leavitt, Audrey Orenstein, Gilon Backlund, Lilliana Frantz, and Phoenix Ren reached out to their peers across several Maine schools to get their perspective on Covid-19 and its impact in their school lives.

09/27/2019
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Want to know WHY you should join Blunt Youth Radio? Here are current members talking about how Blunt has impacted their lives: https://youtu.be/OkYk_z_5IaU

Curious? Come to our OPEN HOUSE this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1!

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08/29/2019

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11/27/2018
11/19/2018

OPEN HOUSE! This Tuesday night at WMPG FM, for everyone thinking of joining Blunt Youth Radio. Snow or clear skies, we will be there at 7:30pm onward, eating pizza, giving tours and broadcasting a lie radio show. Come see what we do and sign-up for more information and training sessions.

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11/11/2018

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09/26/2018

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Coming right up: Begathon! Your chance to support youth-driven media. Support Blunt Youth Radio's audio home, WMPG! www....
09/26/2018

Coming right up: Begathon! Your chance to support youth-driven media. Support Blunt Youth Radio's audio home, WMPG! www.wmpg.org. Say that Blunt sent you!

Blunt Youth Radio wants you to support youth-driven media! Donate to WMPG's fall 2018 Begathon and support Blunt's radio...
09/25/2018

Blunt Youth Radio wants you to support youth-driven media! Donate to WMPG's fall 2018 Begathon and support Blunt's radio home. On Tuesday, October 3rd, please call 207-874-3000 -- during our showtime, 7:30-8:30 p.m. if you can! Or donate anytime online at wmpg.org -- be sure to indicate that Blunt sent you (final PayPal step - "Message to Merchant" is the place.)

Next week, we're doing things differently: We will start airing on WMPG FM on TUESDAY nights for the first time in 24 ye...
08/03/2018

Next week, we're doing things differently: We will start airing on WMPG FM on TUESDAY nights for the first time in 24 years. We're looking into the future, and reflecting on the past, with a show that asks WHAT IF...? Tune in live at 7:30pm EST and support your local teen broadcaster with a donation today: https://www.wmpg.org/support-wmpg/listener-donations/

A week from today, we're making a big move on WMPG FM—to Tuesday night! We will still be on from 7:30 to 8:30 pm EST and...
07/31/2018

A week from today, we're making a big move on WMPG FM—to Tuesday night! We will still be on from 7:30 to 8:30 pm EST and we will still be a live call-in, public affairs talk show entirely produced by teens.

Guess what? After 24 years, almost to the day, Blunt Youth Radio is moving to TUESDAY NIGHTS, same time: 7:30 to 8:30 pm...
07/30/2018

Guess what? After 24 years, almost to the day, Blunt Youth Radio is moving to TUESDAY NIGHTS, same time: 7:30 to 8:30 pm, same place: WMPG FM. It's really great for us because we will have a workday before the show to plan. Tonight we're listening to an archive from 2014 about Masculinity but nest week we go live with a look into the future asking WHAT IF...? Here's one to get you started: what if... teenagers had a regular voice in the mainstream media?

Good advice in here! (Call them.)
07/11/2018

Good advice in here! (Call them.)

Blunt Youth Radio's open house is coming right up:
06/03/2018

Blunt Youth Radio's open house is coming right up:

Tonight's show: Marvel Cinematic Universe! Hosted by Suzanna Sylvain and Zack Hager, we will be celebrating the 10 year ...
05/21/2018

Tonight's show: Marvel Cinematic Universe! Hosted by Suzanna Sylvain and Zack Hager, we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joining us will be AV Club writer Dennis Perkins and lecturer/pop culture expert Arnold T. Blumberg. Join us tonight as we explore all the Marvel movie franchise has to offer.

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92 Bedford St.
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Monday 19:30 - 20:30
Tuesday 15:30 - 18:30

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(207) 650-5835

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Check out our show on teenage drug use! Excellent guests, good conversation, and a great time! As always on Blunt Youth Radio!