Thank you, PhillyCAM, for recognition as April’s Member of the Month. Given the quality of past selections, I feel very honored.
I have lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 17 years. It makes me proud that PhillyCAM offers fellow citizens and neighbors the means to tell compelling stories which are not found anywhere else. As part of that first field production class, it was apparent from the start what a high level of training and support PhillyCAM would provide its members.
Recently, I am excited to help launch the organization’s Low Power FM radio station (frequency 106.5). Though I dabbled in college radio many years ago, this is a new media form for me. The DIY Radio course was challenging and uplifting in teaching tools and techniques to produce quality radio pieces.
In the months since, I have generated several community news stories and participated in the radio group’s podcasts. This includes coverage related to city elections, the recent Papal visit, and City inaugural ceremonies. I hope to be part of an emerging community news team with timely relevance regarding underserved groups and under-reported issues.
I strongly encourage other PhillyCAM members to get involved in the radio project. Our story producers and radio promoters are a warm, welcoming group. Everyone looks forward to helping each other with creative and technical support. Instructor and radio director Vanessa Marie Graber has provided great training and leadership throughout.
In addition, this is a great opportunity to get on the air with more of your stories and reach people beyond the video realm. The station launch is in about two months. There are four radio committees (Tech/Programming/Fundraising/Outreach) seeking a variety of skills. We can use your help, both now and in the future! I look forward to seeing you.