WKMS Youth Radio Project

The WKMS Youth Radio Project seeks to build a relationship with area kids who have an interest in radio. This project includes youth reporting, like Patrick Jones' interview with Murray State Basketball Coach Steve Prohm, or sound collages of local youth events like a behind-the-scenes scoop of Playhouse in the Park's summer camp production of Disney's Cinderella Kids. You'll find book reviews, commentaries, and other things created by kids, featuring their thoughts and voices. Our hope is to create a virtual community for kids that would be an online showcase of what they're doing in school, in the arts, and beyond in a way that is educational and enlightening.

This project is destined to grow! If your child is interested in participating, or if you are an educator and have great sound you'd like to share, please send an email to msu.wkms@murraystate.edu.

Here's a fun tutorial by Radio Rookies, from New York Public Radio:

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Poetry Minutes 2012: Journey Stories

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Arts
12:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Youth Report: Conversations with Artists at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival

Kayla Eicholtz recording VOs in the studio

WKMS Youth Reporter Kayla Eicholtz gets to know some of the artists at the 2013 LowerTown Arts & Music Festival. In this extended version of her Sounds Good feature, she speaks with artists Marti McGinnis, Bob McGill, and David Barlow at their LowerTown booths on Saturday, May 18th. Click here to see more about the festival and the artists that attended

See more about the WKMS Youth Radio Project.

Environment
7:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Youth Report: Not So Fast, All About LBL's Turtle Derby

Earlier this month, over 16 million viewers tuned in to watch the 139th annual Kentucky Derby. To celebrate the event, the Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes held their own, much slower race: the Kentucky Turtle Derby. WKMS Youth Reporter Aaron Sikkel covered the event and sat down with Naturalist Aviva Yasgur to learn about how turtles contribute to the region's ecosystem. This article features the full version of the interview.

Special thanks to Aaron's mom, Claire Fuller, for coordinating the interview and taking photos. If you are interested in getting involved in the WKMS Youth Radio Project, check out our page with more info, here.

Good Reads Kids
4:13 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Good Read: The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna

We continue our occasional series previewing good reads for young adults from Katherine Farmer, Coordinator of the Racers Children's Preview Collection at Murray State University. This week's recommended read is The White Bicycle, by Beverly Brenna, a 2013 Printz Honor coming-of-age adventure told from the perspective of Taylor Jane, a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. Booklist calls this story, for ages 14 to 17, a "finespun gem" that would be "a shame" to miss. 

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Good Reads Kids
2:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Good Read: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

We continue our occasional series previewing good reads for young adults from Katherine Farmer, Coordinator of the Racers Children's Preview Collection at Murray State University. This week's recommended read is Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, a 2013 Printz Honor recipient for young adults that The New York Times describes as "a masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer... that will delight you."

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Education
5:37 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Teaching Poetry to Kids and Recording for Radio

Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute’s Constance Alexander brings poetry to the studio on Sounds Good today. She’s produced Poetry Minutes for WKMS over the past several years. In the conversation, she reads some of the poems written by area school kids for the project, and talks about teaching poetry to kids, how to interpret something like a photo or painting using carefully constructed words.

Click here to listen to this year's Poetry Minutes.

Bonus: Here's last year's Poetry Minutes!

Good Read Kids
3:58 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Good Read: The One and Only Ivan

We continue our occasional series previewing good reads for young adults from Katherine Farmer, Coordinator of the Racers Children's Preview Collection at Murray State University. This week's recommended read is The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, a Newberry Winning book for ages 8 and up that School Library Journal describes as a must-have, that the characters will capture readers' hearts and never let go.

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Poetry Minutes
10:54 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Poetry Minutes 2013: Picturing America

"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," Grant Wood
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Hear Poetry Minutes every weekday in April at 7:19 AM, 11:40 AM, and 4:19 PM

In honor of National Poetry Month, WKMS and Murray State University's Teacher Quality Institute have teamed up again for a special project during April, bringing short poems by students in western Kentucky public schools, that air at 7:19 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. weekdays through Tuesday, April 30.

Poems About Picturing America, influenced by William Carlos Williams

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Education
2:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Lone Oak High School Senior Competes in Poetry Out Loud Championship

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Jazmyne Lilly, Senior from Lone Oak High School, competes in the state Poetry Out Loud Championship in Frankfort Tuesday, March 12.  She is one of three seniors from our region among seventeen finalists for the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth in national competition.  She previews her recitation of a Carl Sandburg poem for us.

Education
12:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Childrens Author Lin Oliver Comes to Madisonville

Lin Oliver Interview
Theo Baker Interview

Lin Oliver is the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series, and the co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the bestselling Hank Zipzer series. She is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. The co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons. On Sounds Good, we learned more about the event in Madisonville with Lin and fellow writer Theo Baker. Visit her at linoliver.com.

Good Reads Kids
3:34 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Good Read: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

We continue our occasional series previewing good reads for young adults from Katherine Farmer, Coordinator of the Racers Children's Preview Collection at Murray State University. This week's recommended read is Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, a Newberry Honor Winner that School Library Journal describes as a hilarious modern day mystery, that leaves the readers hoping for sequels.

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