The Mizzentop Day School First and Second Graders, along with their teachers Kathleen Green, Cheryl Wiley and Librarian Dori Mitzi, paid a visit to the PPR studio last week and everyone (including PPR staff) had a great time.
If you saw the children marching two-by-two down East Main Street toward the studio, then you probably also saw all their happy little faces, too. Those of us working that day were happily awed by the wave of bright pink, navy blue, seasonal red and green and the occasional nutty brown winter puffery that entered our door at26 East Main St.
All nineteen smiling faces became immediately engaged in exploring the goody bags prepared for them by our Education Committee. Each were instructed to pull out the Pawling Public Radio coloring book along with the box of crayons, and pick a favorite picture to color, which was then prominently displayed on our big white empty wall that they all agreed needed some happy artwork.
While Susan Stone, Education Committee Chair, took the second graders into the recording studio with Second Grade teacher Kathleen Green, Mike Shustak, Program Committee Chair, spoke to the First Graders about why Community Radio is important. He then showed them the broadcast computer and explained how it worked. Then the groups switched places.
PPR Engineer Andrew Nathans recorded a promo with each class (now heard during the children’s programming time slot Saturday mornings and throughout the day on 101.7 FM in the village and streaming on this web site.) Andrew also showed the children what their voices looked like on the recording, as sound waves interpreted their speech into splotches with peaks and valleys on the computer screen. He then performed magic by adding echo and changing the frequency so that it sounded like we had a studio full of Disney mice. The children were, of course, both fascinated and delighted!
As our young visitors ended their tour, they put their colorful puffy jackets back on and spilled onto the East Main Street sidewalk, with their PPR goody bags held tightly in their fists. We, in the studio, were charmed by each and every one of them!