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Youth Voice Raleigh Gives Teens Chance To Express Themselves

Posted May 23, 2001

— Don Imus, John Boy and Billy, and Howard Stern are just a few of the voices that you have probably heard on the radio. However, there are some whose names you might not recognize. Some talkative Triangle teens are taking to the airwaves, and making waves.

In a small studio at Shaw University, the teens take on some pretty big issues.

"We do get into politics, we're not afraid of that," says Irene Redmond.

"I was like wow they give high school kids free reign on the radio, that's pretty cool," John Tirpac says.

Youth Voice Raleigh is a bi-weekly teen talk show. This week, they are discussing the pros and cons of the Boy Scouts.

Youth Voice Raleigh does not just give teens an opportunity to voice their opinions, it also gives them a chance to learn the ins and outs of broadcasting.

"Radio, FCC regulations, all sorts of craziness. Public Service Announcements, computers. I've learned a lot," says Tirpac

They have been on the air less than two years and already, interest has spiked.

"I've even answered calls and people say there's got to be an adult there, (and they ask) where's the adult in the organization, but I'm proud to say we're all kids," Redmond says.

"If an outlet like this didn't exist,young kids would get heard in other ways thay might be detrimental, and (that) would be extremely detrimental," says Kevin Novelle.

Youth Voice Raleigh is giving teens the chance to be heard--and a chance to empower themselves by giving them something to talk about.

About 40 teens from five different high schools are part of Youth Voice Raleigh. Right now, Shaw University lets them use their facilities for free, but the group hopes to raise enough money to build their own studio.


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