KAAD-LP is strongly committed to the creation of a Youth Radio as a vital part of its Community Radio mission. In an increasingly technological world, confronting ever more complex communications challenges, we consider it extremely important that opportunities to develop essential verbal and technical skills be made available. Such skills provide the basis for a range of allied technologies, recording arts, and commercial as well as personal applications.
IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS THE WORD
The spoken word provides the foundation on which assorted audio technologies rest. Beginning with the capabilities inherent in the voice, it is our purpose to provide comprehensive instruction in vocal dynamics and variety as applied to the range of interpretive and informational communication.
Simultaneously, we will present high school students with an overview of broadcast equipment, its use and maintenance as well as a comprehensive review of pertinent FCC regulations and relevant KAAD-LP station rules.
In parallel with vocal development and variety, we will provide a succession of laboratory experiences encompassing a range of practical, supervised activities in selecting, developing and broadcasting local news and feature material. Youth broadcasters will participate in hosting, interviewing, and presenting, in addition to developing skills as disc jockeys, narrators, writers, and audio actors. Students will select, rehearse and perform dramas, tell stories, read poetry and short stories on air and, in addition, be assigned laboratory development and presentation of a short program of their own making.
The initial instructional experience will be taught under the auspices of the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance, to be presented and supervised by KAAD-LP staff and guest professionals. The 12-hour combination lecture/laboratory seminar is a mandatory prerequisite for all student radio personnel as well as adult community broadcasters.
RADIO OPERATOR CERTIFICATION
Options for further study exist through the auspices of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. The SBE Radio Operator Certification Program offers a Handbook which provides the basis for testing and ultimate certification for those desiring to participate.
RESIDENT YOUTH RADIO
Recognizing that a Youth Radio is dependent on a cadre of trained students in order to succeed, we anticipate the KAAD-LP Youth Radio, as an independent entity, on-air by Fall, 2017. At that point, we look forward to its development as a comprehensive resident Youth Radio providing regular programming opportunities.
SCOPE AND STRUCTURE
The KAAD-LP Youth Radio will choose its own Board of Student Directors who will establish policies, by-laws, and will elect its student Station Manager, division editors, and technical support.
Youth Radio students will also engage in conceiving and implementing various fundraising and campaign models. Under coordination with business staff, students will team to develop and apply strategies for local memberships, sponsorships, underwriting, and Social Media solicitation of community support.
As a further educational component, KAAD-LP intends to develop individual radio participation from within interested elementary and middle schools throughout the County. Incorporating the mentorship of KAAD-LP staff, students will have the opportunity of participating in local school-wide broadcasts and to train under their resident teachers toward the ultimate goal of periodic broadcasts on KAAD-LP.