OSI Funds Generation PRX for Two Additional Years

Contact: Jones Franzel, jones@prx.org, (617) 230-7311 http://generation.prx.org

July 20th, 2005

Cambridge, MA. Generation PRX, a program of the Public Radio Exchange that distributes and promotes youth-produced radio stories, today announced it has received a two-year grant from the Open Society Institute for $150,000.

With this support, Generation PRX will continue to strengthen and amplify the voices of young radio producers. Through the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), Generation PRX connects youth radio groups, provides an online space for training and support, and brings stations to PRX to listen and broadcast youth-produced audio.

“PRX is at the cutting edge of radio distribution and emerging Internet media and we are excited that youth radio is a vital component of those efforts from the outset,” said Erlin Ibreck, Director of Youth Initiatives at the Open Society Institute.

The grant will also support training and discussion materials for youth producers that will be available on the Generation PRX homepage, as well as the Generation PRX Youth Editorial Board, a rotating group of three young people responsible for writing reviews of audio pieces produced by youth.

“Getting youth involved in radio is a great idea. I think it’s important because it empowers us as youth and makes us feel like our voices are being heard,” said Generation PRX Youth Editorial Board member Andre Rosario of WAMU Youth Voices. “Programs like this are creating the journalists of the future, me being one of them. This youth revolution is going to change the face of radio as we know it.”

The Open Society Institute supported the launching of Generation PRX with an initial one-year grant of $75,000. Their support was matched with additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In the coming year, Generation PRX will develop new channels for distributing youth-produced radio such as podcasting, continue to collaborate with youth producers and youth radio leaders, and create opportunities for youth leadership and training.

“The momentum of Generation PRX is really growing. Youth producers and adult leaders are leading the way by uploading, reviewing and sharing ideas,” said Generation PRX project coordinator Jones Franzel. Stations are responding.

“Because of Generation PRX, youth-produced pieces have already been licensed by stations over 40 times. Tens of thousands of people are listening to youth voices and youth perspectives,” Jones added. “It’s thrilling.”

To learn more, visit Generation PRX at http://generation.prx.org or the Public Radio Exchange at http://prx.org

Generation PRX connects youth radio producers and leaders, works with stations to broadcast more youth radio and provides an online space for peer review and feedback. Generation PRX promotes youth voices and youth-produced radio to help listeners discover the next generation of sound.

Sasha joins Generation PRX

Generation PRX welcomes Sasha Smith, a junior at Fenway High School in Boston. Sasha joined PRX last week as the first Generation PRX intern. “Every person has a voice, and to every voice there’s an opinion that could change the world,” says Sasha. “We as people all have this innate ability, but we as teens should never hesitate to use it. Radio is getting teen voices out. I’m excited to be a part of Generation PRX.”

Sasha is a poetry-writing, Japanese-speaking, Museum-of-Science-volunteering superstar. She’s already making changes to the Generation PRX page and sharing new ideas for how Generation PRX can support youth-produced radio. We’re thrilled she’s here.

We had fun. GenPRX at the NFCB.

Jake dubbed this past weekend at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters the Generation PRX coming out party, and, well, it kind of was. No balloons or ball gowns, but all kinds of party favors: posters and stickers, brochures and t-shirts. People visited, signed up, uploaded audio, asked questions. Best of all was getting to meet 200 youth producers, who, it should be said up front, rock.

Past and present members of the Generation PRX editorial board were out in force: Alla Pekareva (who announced Generation PRX at the opening plenary with the compelling, “Are you cool? Raise your hand if you’re cool. If you’re cool, you should sign up with Generation PRX!”), Emily LaFond, Dulce Maria Mora and Russell Wright. We met youth producers from Alaska, Oregon, Indiana, Michigan, Maine, New York, and New Mexico, to name a few. We met groups based at high schools, radio stations, community rec centers. We met groups that have been around for years and others that don’t even exist yet.

And they are making great radio. All weekend I heard murmurs: did you hear the piece about the guy trying to find a date for the prom? The vox pop on love? The poetry? Some of these pieces are up on PRX, others will be soon.

Check back often, generation.prx.org, to see where radio is going and how great it can sound. You can also drop Jones a line (jones(at)prx(dot)org) if you’re interested in getting Generation PRX party favors for yourself.


Members of Radio Revolution (Jeffersonville, NY) check out PRX

Generation PRX Website: Launched

Yes, Generation PRX has arrived. The Generation PRX website launched this week and rings in a new era of youth-produced radio distribution. Aw yeah.

It痴 been long in the coming. We worked with youth producers, designers and radio leaders. We distributed a bilingual poll on Survey Monkey. We discovered that what we needed was an intuitive, youth-focused portal to PRX, and that痴 what we致e got. Here痴 what you値l find on Generation PRX:

  • Immediate listening access to youth-produced features chosen by the youth editorial board
  • A searchable and growing catalogue of youth-made radio – the first and only resource dedicated to youth radio distribution
  • Resources for youth producers and leaders: information on who else is out there, events and calls for programming, teaching guides
  • Email list for discussion, news and ideas
  • Information on the all-star youth editorial board
  • Everything you need to know about Generation PRX: what we’re doing, where we’re going, who痴 on board, and how you can be a part, too

Please check the site often to see (and hear) the latest from youth producers around the country. Let Generation PRX coordinator Jones Franzel know what you think by sending an email to jones(at)prx(dot)org.

Blunt Youth Radio

PRX Generation PRX coordinator Jones Franzel has a soft spot in her heart for the Blunt Youth Radio Project in Portland, Maine. Here are two from Blunt; “My Life as a Criminal” chronicles one man’s struggle with, well, being a criminal. Youth editorial board member alla pekareva says the piece 廃ulls you in right away with its rawness.” It does. Then, for something completely different, we’re bringing you “18 and voting,” a super short piece that also feels important and hopeful.

Two From Blunt

Blunt Youth Radio Project, 6:29

Introducing the Youth Editorial Board

Why do men resort to “man hugs,” which do their best to avoid any real closeness? Steven’s description of the man hug gave me a good laugh. In my mind flashed movie scenes of hugs between men – and most of them, sadly, were “man hugs.”

–Alla Pekareva, outLoud Radio, Youth Editorial Board member

Generation PRX moved into mach 2 in January with the launching of the Youth Editorial Board (EB). Pilot members Alla Pekareva of outLoud Radio and Emily LaFond of Blunt Youth Radio have gotten the youth EB off to a terrific start with reviews that are insightful and just plain fun to read.

“Being a member of the Youth EB is an amazing experience,” explains Alla. “Youth-produced radio has a very fresh and unique perspective, but unfortunately, it often gets ignored. I hope that the youth EB will show people what’s it’s really like and encourage them to listen to it.”

The youth EB is a rotating group of three young producers — each from a different radio group — who specialize in writing reviews of youth-produced pieces. Youth EB members receive training before they get started, support along the way, and a stipend each month. In addition to review-writing, they choose one piece a month to feature on the Generation PRX homepage, launching in early March. “Working on the editorial board is very empowering,” writes Emily. “It feels great to know you’re listened to.”

The youth EB encourages young producers to offer feedback on each others’ work, and gives them incentive to get their own work up on PRX. The more youth-produced radio on PRX, the more opportunities there are for stations to broadcast youth work, and for listeners to discover the next generation of radio.

If you’re interested in learning more about the youth EB, or if you’re interested in becoming a youth EB member contact Generation PRX Coordinator Jones Franzel at jones (at) prx (dot) org.