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For over five years, Mighty Writers has been teaching Philadelphia kids how to foster clarity of thought by confidently expressing themselves through the act and art of writing. Now, they’re adding an additional, less familiar medium to the mix: radio.
“Being on the air will provide kids with an outlet to express themselves,” said Executive Director Tim Whitaker. “We’ll be live streaming content in specific time blocks and streaming music when not producing our own content.”
Whitaker said Mighty Writers will help kids create podcasts and SoundCloud pieces that will be distributed on “various platforms.” They’re calling it Mighty Radio. The content mix will be steered by the kids themselves and vary according to their personal interests.
“We have one kid who wants to do a gospel music show, another who wants to do a talk show, and we’re making plans to broadcast the Anderson Monarch baseball games in the summer,” Whitaker said. “We’ll take our cues from the kids.”
Creating a radio program is one more avenue for Mighty Writers to bolster its mission of giving kids the skills and guidance they need to be able to think clearly and efficiently. When you’re behind a live mic, Whitaker said, you need to be able to communicate your thoughts with clarity.
“It’s one more way to teach kids to express themselves confidently. Kids will learn how to tell a story on the air, write ads, improvise, read copy,” Whitaker said. “It’s an initiative that fits perfectly with our Mighty Writers model.”-30-
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