Vegas online radio show helps children cope with bullying
Posted March 13
LAS VEGAS — An online radio show hosted and run by children in Las Vegas is trying to help boys and girls handle instances of bullying.
The Bully Busters 702 radio show on WBKE Radio offers children and teenagers a place to call in and discuss their problems, the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/2mjDRNj ) reported. Children are responsible for organizing the show's recorded tracks, interviewing guests and talking about bullying with their peers.
"We've been through it before, so if anybody does call in, we do know what to say," said 14-year-old Teshi Thomas, who has also been working with the show since its beginning.
The two-hour show, which airs at noon Sundays, is funded by donations and online advertisements. The show is part of the anti-bullying efforts of a group that offers resources to children in the Las Vegas Valley.
Keith Bowen, who runs the group, said it's important for the young hosts to express naturally, which is why none of them read from a script. He said about 80 children have participated in the studio since the show began.
Zachariah Waller remembers a bullying incident in elementary school in which a laptop was thrown at his head. Now, at 13, he hosts portions of the show. His mother, Kiva Natt, said the show and the people that participate in it have become an important support system for Waller.
"This helps them because it's like a family and they can turn to each other," she said.