90.5 FM WRTE Radio Arte, an initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, is a Latino-owned, bilingual, youth-driven public radio station that works to advance the voices of our multi-layered society. Through socially conscious journalism, media-literacy training and programming. Radio Arte strives to showcase music, issues, events, and community forums that are representative of Mexican/Latino culture and provide professional skills & leadership training for youth and adults. Radio Arte has earned various accolades, including the prestigious “Coming Up Taller Award” from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
In 1997, Radio Arte began its successful one-year training program for youth between the ages of 15-21, using cultural arts, professional, civic, leadership training, and community activism as part of its curriculum. During the first phase of their training, youth participate in two afternoon classes for a period of three months (Spanish or English). Experienced media professionals teach the classes. Many of them have worked for National Public Radio or have had experience in implementing youth media curriculum. Instructors guide youth through the production process of crafting pieces for radio by researching, developing, and writing scripts. Students also receive industry standard training in Pro-Tools Digital editing software. They are taught FCC regulations and gain intensive hands-on experience in production.
Students implement their training as they produce and host for a variety of Radio Arte public affairs programs. Students also submit proposals and create their own specialty programs.
Students with outstanding leadership abilities are often hired as producers, or as program instructors for Radio Arte’s fee-based adult broadcast training program. Radio Arte training strives to provide students the opportunity to develop their radio and media skills to the fullest potential.
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This report (PDF 3.8MB) offers guidance for community organizations and those who fund social change in how best to harness the power of local media-making for community health improvement. Spanish-language version is now available. Una versión en español de este informe esta en la web.