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July 18, 2013

On-air talent: NAHS’s radio camp makes DJs out of kids



“You get to tell people that you’re at the camp,” Drake said. “I might be on the radio because when I grow up, I’m going to be an actor and a singer.”

Older students also got involved in the camp. Flener said four of his students helped the younger peers with the camp, and a graduate came back to volunteer, too.

He said that while one camper was in the studio at a time, the high schoolers had one of the more difficult tasks — entertaining the others.

“You can’t have everyone on the air at the same time,” Flener said. “You have to have a number of things going on at the same time and the high school students have really stepped up to provide that.”

Tre Bright, an incoming senior at New Albany, is getting ready to start his third year with the program. He said aside from keeping students occupied while others were recording, he and his friends had to give some campers a little confidence.

“I know I liked it a lot, so it’s fun to inspire them to go into the field,” Bright said. “You’ve got to push them because of shyness, so you have to build them up to get them to go on air.”

Sydney Welch, another incoming senior, said she liked passing along some of the knowledge she’s learned.

“It’s actually kind of fun,” Welch said. “I tutored for the leadership program here. I have a lot more experience in radio, so I’m more comfortable teaching it.”

Flener said his high-schoolers are already thinking of new themes for the next round of camps, which may not be an annual event. He said they may bring in another round of youths during fall break or other points during the school year.

He said with the positive feedback from the community and the fun had by the kids, he’s ready to go for the next camp.

“When they make the take and they say, ‘Yeah, that’s OK,’ you’ve made their day,” Flener said. “You don’t get to make a kid’s day every day, but I got to do it several times today.”

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