Young broadcasters take to airwaves in Carbondale |

Young broadcasters take to airwaves in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Area high school students will take to public radio station KDNK’s airwaves in a special two-hour program from 4-6 p.m. today, highlighting their interview, field reporting and public speaking skills.

The students are part of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program’s (AZYEP) radio broadcasting class. This is the final project for their semester-long high school accredited class.

One focus of the show will be food and health, according to AZYEP Executive Director Stacy Stein.

For instance, Basalt High School (BHS) student Leslie Gonzalez interviewed childhood obesity and nutrition expert Dr. James Hill about the relationship between fast-food consumption and obesity. Tony Mendez and Sinji Sano, also students from BHS, will broadcast live from the Carbondale Community Food Co-op and talk with staff, farmers and shoppers about local food options and benefits.

The program also features an interview with Eric Dykann, a young musician from Basalt, and Mendez will profile up-and-coming musical artist Lilly Allen from England.

In light of the recent attack on two Carbondale teachers by a group of local youth, Maria Sanchez interviewed Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey about the juvenile justice system. Students also talked to their peers about the assault.

There will also be personal biographies and a family history interview.

“This class teaches youth marketable skills for entering a challenging job market,” Stein said. “Our class is experiential. Students use KDNK’s production equipment to edit interviews and sounds collected outside of class with portable audio recorders.

“We strive to develop leadership, multiculturalism and identity by giving youth a voice in the community,” she added.

AZYEP was founded in 2000. Find out more at

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