When I took on the role as host and producer of “Wisconsin Life” on Wisconsin Public Radio, I wanted to incorporate more young voices on the program. So at the beginning of the school year, I teamed up with teachers and students at Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School, or MG21. It’s a small public charter school that serves about 50 students and focuses on project-based learning.
Throughout the school year, I’ve been teaching the high school students at MG21 how to create radio. They learned how to interview people. How to edit audio. How to hold a microphone.
The stories you’ll hear on “Classroom Frequency: Students Voices From Wisconsin” are the stories these students chose to tell.
We’ll hear two classmates swap stories about creating music.
We’ll hear a sister’s heartwarming story about her brother.
There are many more stories online, where you can hear original music, stories about the impact of divorce, and essays about self-reflection.
“Classroom Frequency” is co-hosted by MG21 teacher, Ian Lowe. “I feel like this project encapsulates so much of what I love about teaching and particularly teaching at a project-based school like ours,” said Lowe. “I love seeing the ways in which students can use their creative expression to make their mark in the world and to make a difference. In the past, that might have meant building a Little Free Library outside of our school or writing a play that will show up in the Young Playwrights Festival. This project has allowed students to tell their stories and to have their stories shared on the radio. That has just been incredible to see and I love the courage that I see from students.”
Radio can be incredibly empowering and provides a space for a wide range of interests and stories. It’s been an incredible honor to work with each of the talented and inspiring students at MG21.
– Maureen McCollum, host and producer of WPR’s “Wisconsin Life.”