Pawling Public Radio sponsored a week-long workshop February 28th – Mach 4th in their Pawling Village studio, thanks to a generous grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council.
Ryan Sullivan, from The Children’s Media Project, facilitated the workshop. Eight high school students participated from Pawling High School and Trinity Pawling. The goal of the workshop was to create an hour-long production of the participant’s choice – both the subject and the music. Each day, the participants were given tasks to learn techniques about interviewing, writing for radio, production ideas, simple story structure and “how to use your voice” exercises.
They recorded themselves and listened to the playbacks – they didn’t even recognize their own voices! Also, on the second day, they were sent out of the studio to conduct “man on the street” interviews equipped with headphones and professional recorders. They canvassed the streets to test their interviewing skills and were surprised at the cooperation from the people.
The third day was the first session where they started to actually record for their final piece. They grew more and more comfortable and confident as the week progressed; both with the sound of their voices and each others. The rest of the week was dedicated to the creation of their masterpiece.
Their enthusiasm was infectious and it seemed as if they were surprised by how much they were actually learning and enjoying themselves. They truly accomplished so much in a week’s time.
Mr. Sullivan’s expert tutelage kept them focused and working in the right direction. The final product will be published on both the websites of The Children’s Media Project and Pawling Public Radio.
Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers who helped make this project possible, and to both The Dutchess County Arts Council and The Children’s Media Project for their generous funding and time.
This article is sponsored by a generous donation from M&S of Pawling. http://www.mandsofpawling.com/