Creative Media + Tech Takes Flight!

What comes to mind when you think of flight?  Maybe it’s that time there was terrible turbulence on your flight, straight out of Snakes on a Plane.  Maybe it’s the time you dreamt of becoming a stork.  This summer, our Creative Media + Tech programs made art inspired by flight.

Street Team Audio Storytelling explored interviewing, collecting ambient sound and production to create audio stories.  Take a listen to a playlist of stories inspired by rain, space, an iconic restaurant on Bennington St. and all the airplanes the carry goods across long distances:

Along with Audio Storytelling, our Creative Filmmaking and Hello, It’s Me [radio drama] programs daydreamed about flight this summer too.  The groups visited Constitution Beach in Eastie, where they took in the sights and sounds of airplanes on the Logan tarmac and the birds finding a habitat near the water.  The beach provided an environment to discuss ambient sound and capture documentary video footage.

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Creative Filmmaking took flight to a whole new level with a short drama about a stuffed animal zombie take over.  Good thing Geana was on hand with the antidote.  We’ve been grounded again, to share this work with you:

A great summer of outdoor classes and new media work came to a close with a community dinner and presentation of our youths’ creativity.  We look forward to more mixed media and crazy stories in the fall.

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‘Hello, It’s Me’ Radio Class – July 2019

By Jasmine Shul

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Hello, It’s Me is the Zumix Radio Audio Production class where young students get to learn and experiment with audio from the writings of the story to the production of the sound.

This summer while co-facilitating the class with Rene we were able to play super fun icebreakers and expand our story writing skills. We opened up the class with a game of Where The Wind Blows and spent the week practicing our dialogue writing skills with a dialogue duo activity.

Pieces from the exercise can be found here.

“It crashes against the walls with so much power, it’s powerful more like you”

This was a line from a poem written at the beach. One of the great things we were able to do with the class was go out and venture the land of Constitution Beach. While we were there we took the time to listen to the sounds around us and use those sounds and feelings to reflect into some free writes where this wonderful line came from.

 

 

The second week of Hello, It’s Me was full of laughs and many, many trials. We began our story writing process and experimented with voice acting to help bring those stories to life. We then recorded stories and ended the class with editing and exploring sound effects and ambient noise.

Trouble was faced when the students had to put sound and story together but after some trials and tribulations editing became easier and the everybody’s finished product came out fantastic. This week we were also visited by the teens from the ICA’S Harbor Collective and the class even got to visit the ICA’S watershed and view a screening of the film “Purple”.

Graduation was breakfast-for-dinner themed where friends and family came together to eat pancakes and watch performances from Voces, the Zumix singing class and enjoy the Latin Ensemble production done by Recording Lab. Hello, It’s Me was third to present our audio dramas and the show was closed by KOMBUCHI the Rock-Ed class. The class was a nice start to the summer and for me, an amazing time. It was great to hear how different and creative everybody’s mind can be when they are given the freedom to produce whatever they want. The students were very determined to create pieces that they were proud of and gave every activity their all.  Hello, it’s me 2019 was a fun time and I would say a success!

Finished Pieces can be listened to here:

 

 

 

Big Worlds – Live Broadcast *Recap!*

Here at ZUMIX Radio we’ve been experimenting more with broadcasting live concerts that are hosted in the firehouse and fortunately we’ve had a series of shows that highlighted all kinds of local musicians. The series, named ‘Big Worlds’, explored culture through music, pop-ups and food and with a radio station and youth hosts we were able to broadcast the energy outward!

Below you will see behind the scenes photographs for each of the three events. From the outward facing parts like the show itself and performances to the more hidden parts of what made the radio broadcast possible from mixing to hosting. We hope you take a look and listen to the shows below through the lens of ZUMIX Radio. Enjoy!

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“It’s kinda like a time capsule. It’s an experience that happens for a group of people in the room and then shared with Boston. It’s a special memory for the future” – Brittany Thomas, ZUMIX Director of Creative Media and Technology

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Big Worlds 1 is an immersion into the realm of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Future Soul. This recording has performances by Oompa, Project Method and more!

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“The room mics are a big part of the sound. I wanted people listening to the radio broadcast to feel that it was a live show. I’m used to mixing front of house so it was a fun to be upstairs and blind so to speak. I depended on them downstairs to make sure we captured all the instruments and performers” – Edward Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

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Big Worlds 2 is an immersion into Indie, Alternative and DIY Culture. This recording has performances by Anjimile, Nakedly, Really From and more!

Big Worlds 3

“The ‘Salsa y Control’ Dancers were amazing! I had a great time dancing with my community members. It was fun to see latin ensemble share the stage with so many talented musicians. When’s the next one gonna be? I want it to happen again!” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Manager

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Big Worlds 3 is a dive into the vibrant culture of Latin dance music, specifically Salsa y Mambo. Featuring ‘Clave and Blues’ and Latin Ensemble.


Looking back…

Looking back at all three events we’re able to see how sharing these live music events over the air was and is a great opportunity to highlight local artists and push exciting radio programming on the station. Youth really were able to try their hand at bringing the best sounds to your ears. From hosting on stage, mixing front of house and being behind the mic in the radio room, Youth really brought together the shows in a special way for the first series of ‘Big Worlds’ We hope you enjoy the sounds and visuals!

Youth Radio Shows

Welcome to the Youth Radio Show Directory!

Below you will find an up to date list of youth radio shows by air date, alongside a photo, a short description. You can listen to ZUMIX Radio right now at 94.9FM and online at zumix.org.

To be booked on a youth radio show or if you have any questions please contact the station manager: rene.dongo@zumix.org, for more information about the ZUMIX Radio you can find it here.


Monday


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Careers for Years – Keneisha and Mariel

4pm – 5pm (M) – Centered around exploring the paths taken by proffesionals. How did you arrive at your job now? Careers for Years interviews folks in the community about their current jobs and researches what specific careers there are.

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Monday Night Facts – Nic & Bridget

5pm – 6pm (M) – More then meets the ear, this show is a exploration into odd and intriguing topics so that it can live within you as fun facts to know and remember aka Facts on a Monday!

Firehouse (Monday) – Firehouse Archive

6pm – 7pm (M) – Archive of Firehouse Shows broadcasting shows featuring siblings, conversations about school, interviews with artists and more!

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7pm – 8pm (M) – Electronic music and sports talk


Tuesday


Eastie Poems – Various

4pm – 5pm (T) – Eastie Poems brings you into the classroom at East Boston High School. Composed of original poetry, you’ll hear a range of incoming high school students talk about school, love, sports, music, home, family and more!

Cruzando Fronteras – Various

5pm – 6pm (T) – La experiencia de EBHS estudiantes de ingles como segundo idioma.

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Firehouse (Tuesday) – Marcella

6pm – 7pm (T) – With a mix of humor and know how, tune in to hear the Tuesday Firehouse discuss ‘Funannnimals!’, ‘Moooovies!’ and ‘Foooood!’

Youth Music Hour  – Girls Rock Camp

6pm – 7pm (M) – Music from the Girls Rock Camp archive.


Wednesday


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The Outcasts – Geana and Kate

5pm – 6pm (Wed) – With a focus on storytelling, tune in to hear Geana (and on special occasion her brother!) with Kate to delve deep into making live stories. From world building and acting out characters to live role playing, The Outcasts are the fruit loops in a world of cheerios!

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Firehouse (Wednesday) – Abe

6pm – 7pm (Wed) – Energetic and spontaneous, this MEEP MEEP radio show highlights a broad range of topics from Hip Hop, Movies and BTS to Conspiracy Theories and LGBTQ Rights.


Thursday


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Firehouse (Thursday) – Tai  & Dabian

6pm – 7pm (Th) – Are you interested in SPACE things and MUSIC things, then this is the show for you! Hear the newest members of the Firehouse crew discuss all the above!

XYZ – Gabi & Tori

7pm – 8pm (Th) – XYZ hosts cross generational conversation about pressing topics.


Friday


A.L.B.O.E. – Nat & Jen

4pm – 5pm (F) – Music and Health Talk

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Quiet on the Set! – Dawry, Marcus and Frida

5pm – 6pm (F) – A LOUD show dissecting movies, one film at a time. Recent shows have highlighted: If AirBud is the best basketball movie of all time? Anime movies and classic horror films that aren’t that scary!

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Firehouse (Friday) – Sammy & Cristian

6pm – 7pm (F) – A bilingual show that is deep and personal, all about finding the inner meaning of being in high-school and adventurous stories.

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Elemental Radio – Caleb & Phil

7pm – 8pm (F) – Blues, Folk, Rockabilly and Vinyl, the elements of music.


For more information about any of the following click below:
Applying for Youth Radio Classes: http://zumix.org/youth
ZUMIX Radio: http://zumix.org/radio
Community programs: Community Radio Shows

Community Radio Shows

Welcome to the Community Radio Host Directory!

Below you will find an up to date list of community radio shows by air date, alongside a photo, a short description and contact information provided by hosts. You can listen to ZUMIX Radio right now at 94.9FM and online at zumix.org.

To request to be on a community show please contact hosts via contact information provided below. If you have any questions please contact the station manager: rene.dongo@zumix.org, for more information about the ZUMIX Radio you can here.


Monday


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Bienestar – Carmen Dongo

11am – Noon (M) – Self care is a right, not a privilege. A look at the world as experienced by POC.

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The New Zone Out – Richie Carvalho

Noon – 1pm (M) – Experimental Radio

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Jazz From The Top – Tom Curry

1pm – 2pm (M), 11pm – Midnight (Rebroadcast Saturday/Sunday) – Modern Jazz from the 1940s up to the present.

Email: jazzfromthetop@comcast.net

Blues from Maverick Square – Tom Curry

2pm – 3pm (M), 10pm – 11pm (Rebroadcast Saturday/Sunday) – A Preview of new Blues releases and modern and classic Blues, with some selections not often played.

Email: bluesfrommavericksquare@comcast.net


Tuesday


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Ritmo Salsero – Johnny Giraldo

11am – Noon (T), Rebroadcasts 8pm – 9pm (Friday) –

Ritmo Salsero is a weekly program that showcases some of the best Salsa music of all time. Join Johnny for a musical journey through the fascinating world of Salsa. Each week we focus on different topics related to the history and evolution of the music through tributes to you favorite artists, interviews, in-studio guests, and much more!

Ritmo Salsero (Website, Facebook)

Email: johnny@salsaycontrol.com

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El Puente – Paulina Fuentes, Francisco Matorras

12am – 1pm (T) –

“El Puente is a live Spanish radio program focused on creating a platform for greater connection and well-being within the Latin American community. Our vision is for El Puente to contribute content and resources related to health, safety, immigration, education, and other topics of interest to the Latinx community. Join our open dialogue between the community, professionals, and organizations! 

@elpuentemedia (FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn)
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Want It and Get It – Luis Martinez

Noon – 1pm (T) – Uplifting Talk

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Pulso – Luis Bravo

1pm – 2pm (T), , 8pm – 9pm (Rebroadcast Monday) – Noticías e información local en español

La Musica De Nuestros Pueblos – Luis Bravo

2pm – 3pm (T) – Tu fuente de la música bolero


Wednesday


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Black Girl con Sazón – Elisanett Martinez

11am- Noon (Wed)

Conversations about whatever you and I decide….but for real though…mostly hip hop, social commentary and relationships….with my own little packet of Sazón.

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What’s Up Eastie? – Kannan Thiruvengadam

Noon – 1pm (Wed), 8pm – 9pm (Rebroadcast Wednesdays) –

Show centered around East Boston topics, from displacement to development to flooding to transportation. Kannan interviews community members experiencing the issue and experts who study and/or work on solutions.

Website: https://whatsupeastie.com

Raices Verdes – Gabriela and Noemy

1pm – 2pm (Wed) – Conversación progesiva sobre problemas que afectan East Boston y Chelsea

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Inspired by Love – April Love

2pm – 3pm (Wed) – Spreading positivity through music and poetry. Sharing what inspires me to inspire you to inspire the world!

Inspired by Love (Facebook)


Thursday


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The Alternative – Carlos ‘The C-Man’ Perez

1pm – 2pm (Th), 8pm – 9pm (Rebroadcast Thursday) – Rants full of rage, talk about life, high energy gaming news, and top 10 countdowns.

@ZumixAlternative (Facebook) @ZumixAlternativ (Twitter)

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The Mosh Pit – “Fast” Eddie Gill

2pm – 3pm (Th) –  The Mosh Pit, Boston’s 100% eclectic Heavy Metal radio show, has been giving you classic, modern, popular, and underground Metal music on ZUMIX Radio since 2006.

@MoshPitWZMR (TwitterFacebook)


Friday


B.A.N.G. Radio  – Luis Guzman & Jacob Leidolf

11am – Noon (F) – BANG Radio is a Boston based show bringing you music, arts, events, culture and lifestyle every week.

@BangRadio100 (Soundcloud, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)

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Expressions – Jesse Potter

Noon – 2pm (F), , 6pm – 8pm (Rebroadcast Saturday/Sunday) –

Hey People! This is J. T. Potter the host of a remarkable radio concept. “Expressions with Potter” is a non-generic experience of Todays Music. Not boring radio or listless & tedious top 40. This, ‘Expressions Session’ was developed for the entire family. No specific genre’s just great, memorable music. It’s Music for the new Millennial, Motivation for the ‘On the Move Professional’ and ‘Jazz for the Modern Age’.

Expressions with Potter (Facebook, Facebook Group)

Email: timothypotter1@yahoo.com


Saturday


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Cooperaya – Luz Zambrano, Catalina Rojas y Liliana Avendaño.

11am – Noon (Sat) – Información y historias sobre el cooperativismo. Las mujeres del CCDS reconocen que la lucha por equidad de género continua para poder lograr justicia económica, social y política para todas las mujeres en todas partes del mundo.

Cooperaya (Facebook)

Email: ccdseastboston2016@gmail.com

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Bibimbangers – Lylia & Kar

Noon – 1pm (Sat) – TBA!

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The Bodega – Derrick and Marcus

1pm – 2pm (Sat) – The bodega radio show your variety store for music.

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Cinco Nation Countdown – DJ Cinco P Beatz

2pm – 3pm (M) – Spinning the best of EDM, Hop Hop & Reggaeton.

Staff Picks – Various Hosts

8pm – 9pm (TBA/Sat) – ZUMIX staff from past and present dish out their top music picks every month.

For more information about applying for your own radio show click here: http://zumix.org/radio  and for a list of youth radio shows click here: Youth Radio Shows

Radio Meeting : Connect-4 Championship 2019

 

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Every month at ZUMIX Radio we have a meeting with all the youth hosts to work on show content, brainstorm new ideas and welcom special guests to talk about the ‘behind the scenes’ of making radio. This past month we wanted to switch it up and have some fun on-air as a large group, so we had our first ever ‘Connect-4 Championship!’.

“It’s a good way for competition to happen, and for people to get together and have fun. Like stay in a competitive zone and have fun. Also you gotta hear when Dawry gets played, i’ll never forget that!’ – Abe, Firehouse Wednesday Host

Inspired by friendly competition, ASMR and the classic game of many childhoods, 16 peeps and a dog gathered in the radio studio to have an epic battle of skill and luck. Recorded and Broadcast live, you can take a listen to a condensed version in the link above!

‘Careers for Years’ explores tech jobs

Hi! My name is Keneisha from Careers for Years!

Before ‘Careers in Tech,’ I thought anyone who majored in the tech field had to be good at math. When I had heard about internet researchers, I thought they spent all day googling things. Thankfully, when this season got started, I got some new ideas about careers in tech!

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Our Guests:

  • Alex Dorsk, Coder

“If you like puzzles then you also probably like programming…” — Alex Dorsk

In this conversation, I learned that when you code, you begin to have a different approach to problems themselves. You learn how to break them down into different parts. You also become more open to the concept that there’s more than one way to do anything.  I also learned how important it is to use our technological abilities for the best.

  • Jenna Sherman and Nikki Bourassa, Internet Researchers

“It is also from the angle of who is creating this data, who is creating the algorithms being used in these technologies … I try and think about it from an empowering narrative how we can use and create these technologies for the social good.” — Jenna Sherman

One of my favorite things I learned is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist in order to work in the tech field.  For instance, Jenna and Nikki are internet researchers, who majored in health research and political science in college.

  • Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media

“Follow your heart … it’s not a linear path necessarily. For me, the entry point was around my own experience and music!” — Sasha Costanza-Chock

Not all paths are straight ones!

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Director of Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab

“I totally think it’s possible. I think that smart young people following what they want to do and then taking advantage of sort of the doors that open along the way… yeah.” — Ethan Zuckerman

It was great to explore the humble beginnings of the fulfilling lives of these inspiring people! I’d have to say that one of my favorite things throughout this series has been learning that tech isn’t all about math. If listeners like me hadn’t heard that, then those who aren’t sensational at math (me) might have been discouraged. If you listen to the whole series, you’ll realize this is a recurring theme, but a favorite one nonetheless. Thanks for reading.