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Frank Peebles / Prince George Citizen

CFUR is getting youth on their wavelength.

The campus radio station at UNBC is offering free summer classes to youth aged 12-17 who want to learn more about how people communicate using sound and electronics. The world of audio and broadcasting is crackling over the local airwaves, with kids behind the mics from now until July 28.

“This camp is a great opportunity during Canada’s 150 for young people to get a head start at a career in media, or just have fun making radio,” said station manager Ian Gregg.

“Youth everywhere have a voice, we’re trying to show them how to turn their volume up. In this ever-changing media landscape it is important for those who are interested in pursuing a future in this discipline to accumulate as many skills as possible and mentorship is key.”

This is the second year for these summer radio academy sessions. Last year’s was a critical success and then came almost $50,000 in funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) to allow this year’s edition to be free of charge for participants. The CRFC is a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build and improve the campus and community radio sector for all Canadians.

Such outreach programs for youth “are necessary in order to make community radio a true local media, a radio that interacts with people in their neighbourhood,” said CRFC president Roger Ouellette.

Radio, podcasting, reporting, production and editing, and general communication will be among the skills kids can plug into during these Youth Connection camps.

“Everybody has a passion. It might be bugs, track and field, drawing, string-theory, or it might be radio. You’ll never know unless you’re allowed to try,” said Gregg.

Anyone interested in learning more about this summer’s radio camp please visit www.cfur.ca/radio-camp. To listen to CFUR, go to 88.7FM on your radio dial.

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