This Friday (7/10), tune in to WNYC at 2pm to AM820 or on Saturday (7/11) at 4pm on 93.9FM to hear 'Growing Up, Getting By', the first ever Radio Rookies Hour special. We revisit some stories from the past ten years, and host Marianne McCune checks in with some of them to find out what happened next.
Radio Rookies turns 10 this summer and, as with many birthdays or anniversaries, we're taking it as a opportunity to reflect and, in the fall, celebrate. WNYC reporter Marianne McCune started the program as a summer radio and photography workshop with a group of kids in Harlem. The stories were a hit, so WNYC management took a risk and gave the go-ahead for more workshops.
Since then, we've been making our way across New York City's five boroughs--working with dozens of teens willing to devote themselves and their time to an old-school medium. After the multi-month production process and after their stories air, we stay in touch with most of the Rookies for years, via email, text, and telephone, at reunions and, of course, on Facebook. But usually the audience doesn't get to hear what happens next in the Rookies' lives, until now.