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Last update: February, 2013

Audio of note:

In the summer of 2012, BCRC arranged for an equipment loan to WYPR producer Matt Purdy to create audio about youth in Baltimore living with HIV. You can read about the project and hear some of the audio on the Maryland Morning site.

Volunteer Scott Goldberg worked with “The Intersection” (a Baltimore group teaching community organizing to young people) to prepare an audio exhibit for an April, 2012, “community conversation” about the physical state of the city's schools. With equipment loaned via BCRC, students made an 8-minute program that you can hear at http://soundcloud.com/the-intersection

Historian Taylor Branch on democratic governance, non-violence, and regaining a civil society

Click here to listen to New York Times magazine editor Paul Tough talk about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children's Zone

Literacy initiative to build reading, writing and listening skills for children 8-12, What Happens Next?

Audio from Remington Youth Radio Project.

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Click here for “Recordings from Baltimore” from our archives.

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The Baltimore Community Radio Coalition (BCRC) is a collaborative project of faculty at Goucher College, Loyola College, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and members of the Baltimore community. We are also a 501c3 non-profit.

Children, youth and young adults in many Baltimore neighborhoods face daunting challenges to their emotional well-being, education and safety. Public health interventions target these challenges on many levels: they seek to reduce the challenges themselves, and increase the capacity of individuals and communities to overcome them. However, communities need means of communication to act cohesively. Modern media -- newspapers, television, radio, even the Internet -- are increasingly targeted at a regional or national level.  Information that originates and is received locally is needed to disseminate accurate information, provide a sense of ownership and build support for common causes. In that sense, community radio is an infrastructure intervention – it seeks to provide a means by which communities can organize formally and informally to improve living conditions.

At the same time, children and  youth need opportunities for intellectually engaging activities that build on their strengths, teach them new skills and provide them with the potential to to play active roles in their communities. The skills involved in community radio -- developing story lines and focused arguments, learning interviewing and speaking skills -- are associated with academic success and with developing a positive image of  youth in the community. Thus, community radio complements other interventions aimed at youth literacy, violence prevention, school-retention, appropriate use of health care resources, and career development.

We have been working with youth media projects since 2000, initially with funding from the Open Society Institute. Some of the audio programs produced by students in our "Uniquely Spoken" project have been posted on the public radio web site, PRX (the Public Radio Exchange) and have been used by public radio stations from across the country. Another Uniquely Spoken collaboration was with the “Theatre for a New Generation: Encounter Program” sponsored by Baltimore's Center Stage. Uniquely Spoken recorded the Encounter Program's Poetic Convergence: Baltimore Youth Poetry Festival, March 4, 2002.

In 2010 BCRC helped sponsor the MEGAPOLIS “do it yourself audio” festival in Baltimore (other sponsors included the Goethe Institute, the Maryland State Arts Council, WYPR, and The Transom).

Also in 2010, we began partnering with the drama program at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore to help students write and produce their own radio plays. The partnership is now in its third year.

In addition to collaboration with The Intersection (see the link at the top of the page), in 2012 we also collaborated with WYPR to loan equipment for a radio project with Baltimore youth living with HIV (see the link at the top of the page).

BCRC member Dr. Sylvia Park, as part of her work at Baltimore Healthcare Access, developed a radio show on WLOY, Loyola College's internet student radio station. “Both Feet In” tells stories about Baltimore's homeless population. Click here to listen to her first program. One of the show's episodes won a “best podcast” at the 2011 National Student Media Convention. Both Feet In won another best podcast award at the 2012 College Broadcasters, Inc. meeting. BCRC's youth literacy program, What Happens Next?, also won a 2011 Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Award at the 2011 National Student Media Convention. Read about the awards and the programs on the WLOY website.

BCRC's youth-generated material is featured on The Community Radio Hour on WLOY. 

Contact us: via Larry Wissow, Lwissow at jhsph.edu

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Photo by Harvey Nelson