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Youtopia Expands to Television

The Youth Radio Project, "Youthtopia" will now be seen as well as heard, on Community Television of Santa Cruz County
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For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2005
Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman (831)457-8098 or rachel (at)
Project Director, Youthtopia, KUSP-FM
203 8th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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KUSP’S Youthtopia radio show will expand to cable this month with its first high school television forum. The program, which will air on Community Television of Santa Cruz County, is a one-hour round table forum with teens from Coastanoa High Alternative School. The conversation, hosted by teens Faren Clum and Barak Wouk, centers around the struggle many teens have to complete school, while trying to overcome drug and alcohol addictions, and family issues. The show is the first of six forums taped at local high schools. May’s forum will come from Harbor High School and will be about gay and lesbian teens and the issues they face at school and home.
The series is part of a multi-media collaboration between KUSP-FM, Population Services International of Watsonville, and Community Television of Santa Cruz County. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about issues facing teens in our community and to train a new generation of young journalists. Each show is produced and hosted by youth from the community. Past shows have covered topics from sex education to academic pressure, and from gang violence to body image.
Youthtopia received a grant from the Benton Foundation’s “Sound Partners for Community Health? which will result in live radio shows, televised forums, and public discussions about teen issues effecting our community. The show is also supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Youthtopia’s founder and Project Director is Rachel Anne Goodman.

KUSP-FM, 203 8th Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831)476-2800
Cablecast dates:
Friday nights 8pm on ch 26/72

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Re: Youtopia Expands to Television

Hmmm... KUSP putting local voices on the air to talk about real issues? Surprising. Usually they just play 6-7 hours/day of National Petroleum Radio and then some music.

If you look at the KUSP broadcast schedule, you'll realize how crucial it is that we have FREE RADIO SANTA CRUZ 101 FM (who, of course, already has its own weekly youth-run and -produced program).

Re: Youtopia Expands to Television

wow. FRSC soooo fucking cool. eveyone else should just stop trying to do good work, cuz frsc is soooo fucking cool... blah blah blah.

I'm very happy that Rachel Goodman and KUSP are helping local youth amplify their voices through radio and now television. Keep up the Good work.

....Sure, I have my issues with KUSP, like running ads for Cal-Am! .....but, when KUSP does something good, like open up the air and TV to youth, let's not try to knock them down.

I hope that KUSP continues to do important work in the community and continues to share the info with sc-imc. thanks Rachel.

Limiting the Bounds of Debate

I didn't say that Rachel wasn't doing good work. I said that I was surprised to see it turn up on a station whose talk/news programs otherwise seem to focus primarily on pre-produced, non-local, DemoCorporate pablum.

NPR Sucks

I'm driving a rental car this week because the fuel pump died in my car. Anyway since it's a rental, I'm not listening to any of my music since I know I'll forget and leave the disc in the player. Which means the radio. I can't stand commerical radio, so it was either NPR or my own thoughts. I tunes into NPR.

Once upon a time we listened to nothing but our local public radio station. But over the last two years I've been growing increasingly unhappy with the NPR's news coverage. Dan Shore and Scott Simon are still wonderful but the rest are pretty biased, imho. I first noticed it when they began attacking Howard Dean. And then during the general election they gave way too much air time to the trivial and nothing to really substantial issues.

But today was the worst. Top story over and over was the shrub denouncing the Senate for being "political" and not confirming Bolton to the U.N. They played experts from his speech and quoted him and made it sound like the only thing holding but the nomination is the Democrats playing "politics." Nothing about how Republican senators are having doubts. Nothing about the increasingly substantiated charges against him. No news, just repeating endlessly Bush's lies.

I was actually considering rejoining our local station this past membership drive because they are nice folks, play nice classical music, even if their blues show is weak and jazz is nonexistent. What was I thinking?


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