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Every weekday morning, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) presents Kids Commute, an interactive exploration of classical music centered around weekly themes (such as mermaids, opera and elephants) that are designed to educate and entertain the youngest listeners. Kids Commute also explores ballets, their stories, and the music that goes along with them. This interactive radio experience delivers strategies for early childhood artistic development that can be easily replicated in a variety of genres.
Over 10 weeks, students gained an understanding of the fundamentals of podcasting, production skills and marketing tips, and they walked away with a resource list for the future. WFAE believes in the power of podcasting to amplify diverse voices, remove barriers to storytelling and to build and connect communities.
Resettled is a six-part podcast series that explores the complex resettlement process through the perspectives of refugees. The podcast team included two former journalists from Afghanistan and a poet and social entrepreneur from Iraq who had experienced resettlement themselves and offered valuable insight. Working with local nonprofits, VPM held a series of storytelling workshops in the community and recorded at booths during international festivals around the state.
Uncuffed is a podcast and radio series made by people incarcerated in California prisons. KALW producers teach them how to record and edit powerful audio stories about life on the inside. Uncuffed seeks to create emotional, human stories to shift the narrative around incarcerated people and change the criminal justice system.
The RadioWest Book Club brings listeners together to read and talk about books and has proven to be a great way to reach new audiences, engage with librarians, scholars and other community partners and create an enduring podcast of the monthly club discussions.
“Get Lit with All Of It” is a virtual book club in partnership with the New York Public Library (NYPL) that has become a source of culture, connection and community for New Yorkers even as we remain apart. Participants access each month’s book for free using the NYPL app (with thousands of extra e-copies made available for a free 3-week download) and each month, Alison Stewart hosts a livestream book club event with the featured author, special musical guests and experts who put the themes of the books in a cultural context. “Get Lit” has helped “All of It” reach a larger audience than ever before, and of the top 10 checkouts from the NYPL from March-August 2020, three are are “Get Lit” books.
BUZZ is an inspiring TV show that profiles nonprofit organizations and the marketing pros that help them do MORE, do BETTER, by creating MORE BUZZ.
Each Thursday morning at 10 a.m., kids and grown-ups across Alaska’s Southern Kenai Peninsula join local Homer librarian Claudia Haines for an hour of stories, music and movement on the radio. Storytime offers young families a no-cost program to grow early literacy skills, access to high quality books and media and connect with other families while staying safe at home during the pandemic.
Everyone has a story, and this year those stories will be told in a big way at Downtown Film, with a full schedule of festival award-winning documentaries, interesting talk-backs, engaging workshops with filmmakers, local contests and more. As the sun goes down, the festival takes cinema under the stars for an after-dark film walkabout, with the top local videos from the American Portrait video categories projected onto the sides of Cookeville’s landmark west side buildings.
Classical IPR’s Kids Commute
Our mission is to inspire love and appreciation for classical music among young people by providing history, context, and insights into composers and their work. Every week, we ask our young listeners a trivia question related to the current theme. Those who answer correctly receive a Kids Commute Prize Pack. We also encourage them to participate in the Kids Commute Story Challenge to create artwork or a story inspired by a specific piece of music. We then pick our favorites and bring them to life in a dramatic reading voiced by Interlochen Arts Academy theatre students.
Kids Commute educates and inspires our audience by not only connecting them to the mainstays of classical music, but also introducing them to what’s new and relevant in classical music. Our “Pop! Goes the Classical Week” highlighted classical arrangements of pop songs by modern classical ensembles and interviews with renowned musicians and composers.
Many of our young listeners are learning to play a musical instrument themselves, and we encourage them to record their version of our show’s theme song and send it in. To date, dozens of students have submitted their greetings, artwork, and stories, and the program features them regularly. Through these efforts, we are creating a generation of listeners who have the capacity to appreciate music and hear with a more sophisticated ear.
In addition to its weekly broadcast, Kids Commute has hosted popular live concerts in cooperation with Interlochen Arts Academy faculty. For example, the Circus Extravaganza concert featured students from the IAA Theatre Department who, in collaboration with the IAA Wind Ensemble’s performances, depicted clowns portraying how various emotions can be expressed musically.
Kids Commute educates and inspires our audience by connecting them to not only the mainstays of classical music but also introduces them to what's new and relevant in classical music. Many within our audience are learning a musical instrument themselves, and we encourage them to record their version of our show‚ a simple theme song on their instrument. To date, dozens of students have submitted their greetings, artwork and stories, and they are used regularly on the program. Each week kids eagerly await the opportunity to respond to our trivia or Story Challenge. Through these efforts, we are creating a generation of listeners who have the capacity to listen to music with a more sophisticated ear.
Kids Commute Live concerts, regularly engage over 300 kids and parents during each annual public performance. Through these live public performances, we ignite a lifelong passion for the arts through excellence in educational, artistic, and cultural programs that enhance their quality of life through the universal language of the arts.
Kids Commute continues to inspire listener support during our annual fund drives. Kids Commute receives underwriting support from local and national businesses who have identified the Kids Commute audience as a desirable, influential, and active demographic. Underwriting examples include Go-Go Squeeze, the regional network of seven Chase banks, and The Traverse Symphony Orchestra, which are all enhancing their brand and reaching new audiences through the power of Kids Commute.