Teen radio show hits airwaves Sunday

January 09, 1998


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A radio show for teens, by teens and about teens called "The Truth" is airing for the first time from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday on Greencastle-based radio station WCBG 1590 AM.

The first of the weekly teen talk and talent radio program, which is produced, marketed, managed and run by high school students from Franklin and Fulton counties, will feature a roundtable discussion among teens about stereotyping.

"For some of the people, it was a hot topic," said Alicia Rice, a junior at Waynesboro Senior High School who has worked on the radio program from the start because she wants to pursue television or radio broadcasting as a career.


The show's basic format will feature a discussion on a topic that's relevant to teens. In some cases, doctors, social workers or other professionals will be invited to participate.

Shows in the future will highlight topics like drug and alcohol use, racism, depression, eating disorders and religion.

But it wouldn't be a radio show without music. Teen disc jockeys also will be spinning their favorite tunes and playing songs from local teen bands.

"We've put so much time and effort into it. Now we just want to see how it turns out," said Leah Traver, a junior at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa.

To round out the hour-long program, teens also created advertisements to air on the show.

Behind the scenes, the students also assist adult advisers in marketing and selling ads, producing public service announcements, getting sponsors, planning contests, developing a newsletter and brochures and conducting interviews.

This week, the radio teens are reminding their schoolmates to tune in to the AM radio station on Sunday by handing out pamphlets at their schools announcing the program's debut.

"I think it would be good if they listened. It might open some eyes. It might open some minds," Traver said.

While the actual taping of the radio program is left to the high school students, younger teens are encouraged to become involved in the other aspects of the show and learn how it all works.

"We need the kids to get involved. The more involvement from the youth, the better the program will be," said Marcia D. Hoffman, Franklin County program developer and chairwoman of the youth involvement and marketing committee.

The idea of producing a teen radio show came from a survey conducted by Franklin and Fulton counties in which the public identified three major areas of health concerns or problems locally. One of those areas was high-risk behavior among teenagers.

In response to the survey, Healthy Communities Partnerships was formed, which is made up of volunteers from both counties. Members include school districts, administrators, physicians, counseling/social workers, clergy and teachers, among others.

After meeting for a year, the group decided that a teen radio program would reach the greatest number of youth.

The teens meet and tape a show at the radio station, 10960 John Wayne Drive, at 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Any teen from any school district, public or private, who is interested in participating can just show up at the radio station.

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