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Montreal Families

Radio camp gives teens a voice

Wondering what your tween or teen is going to do for the whole summer? Well, the McGill Conservatory has a summer camp that may just be of interest to kids in this age range. For the third consecutive year, it is offering a bilingual summer radio camp at the studios of CKUT, McGill University’s community station. The camp gives young people ages 10-17 the opportunity to conduct interviews, mix music and use recording equipment. Campers then create a live, on-air broadcast for the station, 90.3 FM.

CKUT broadcaster and camp counselor Aaron Lakoff says that the program gives teens an opportunity to explore topics of interest by writing stories and airing them on radio. Lakoff adds that even shy kids can find a comfortable role at the camp. “Some kids are really freaked out about talking live on the air,” he says. Those who are really nervous can do other tasks such as recording interviews or editing tapes.

One of last year’s campers, Helen Pilafian, says she was nervous her first day, both about being on-air as well as working with a group of people she didn’t know. But the encouragement from the counselors and CKUT volunteers eased the transition. “They taught us so many things, and they gave us so much freedom to do what we wanted,” she says. “They had confidence in us, and that was really nice.”

From June 27 to August 19, the camp offers one-week sessions for those ages 10-13 and two-week sessions for ages 14-17. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before and after care available for campers under age 13. Regardless of age, all campers learn the basics of radio production, including audio recording and editing, podcasting and producing a radio documentary. There are also classes covering how to be an effective DJ or on-air host. The two-week sessions also include a specialization in either Music and Sound Art (July 4-15) or Journalism and Documentary (Aug. 1-12). The sessions are limited to 10 participants. The one-week sessions cost $254 while the two-week program is $434. For more information, call (514) 398-5505 or visit www.ckut.ca/radiocamp.

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