Caption: Radio Rookie Sunnie Hwang with Producer Czerina Patel
Radio Rookie Sunnie Hwang with Producer Czerina Patel 

Growing Up, Getting By: A Radio Rookies Special

From: Radio Rookies
Length: 59:00

For the first time, Radio Rookies presents an hour-long special, “Growing Up, Getting By”, hosted by WNYC reporter and Radio Rookies founder Marianne McCune. The stories you'll hear are about how teenagers find their way to adulthood and, because many of them first aired years ago, "Growing Up, Getting By" offers a chance to find out what happened next in the Rookies' lives

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For 10 years WNYC’s Radio Rookies program has been teaching teenagers to use a microphone and recorder to tell their stories to the world.   Their reporting takes listeners inside the most intimate moments of their lives: a 16-year-old confronting her father about his addiction to drugs, a girl giggling with her big sister about an obsessive crush, a high school senior deciding whether to risk his life for revenge.  The Rookies make every effort to reach across the boundaries that so often separate adults and teenagers and 'tell it like it is' - but in a way that makes sense to people whose experiences may be nothing like their own. Now, for the first time, Radio Rookies presents an hour-long special, “Growing Up, Getting By”, hosted by WNYC reporter and Radio Rookies founder Marianne McCune.  The stories you'll hear are about how teenagers find their way to adulthood and, because many of them first aired years ago, "Growing Up, Getting By" offers a chance to find out what happened next in the Rookies' lives: McCune calls them up or brings them to the studio to ask them to reflect on who they were then ... and who they are now.

http://www.wnyc.org/radiorookies/growingup/index.html

Call Kaari Pitkin if you have questions about the hour or Radio Rookies: 646-829-4483

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Piece Description

For 10 years WNYC’s Radio Rookies program has been teaching teenagers to use a microphone and recorder to tell their stories to the world.   Their reporting takes listeners inside the most intimate moments of their lives: a 16-year-old confronting her father about his addiction to drugs, a girl giggling with her big sister about an obsessive crush, a high school senior deciding whether to risk his life for revenge.  The Rookies make every effort to reach across the boundaries that so often separate adults and teenagers and 'tell it like it is' - but in a way that makes sense to people whose experiences may be nothing like their own. Now, for the first time, Radio Rookies presents an hour-long special, “Growing Up, Getting By”, hosted by WNYC reporter and Radio Rookies founder Marianne McCune.  The stories you'll hear are about how teenagers find their way to adulthood and, because many of them first aired years ago, "Growing Up, Getting By" offers a chance to find out what happened next in the Rookies' lives: McCune calls them up or brings them to the studio to ask them to reflect on who they were then ... and who they are now.

http://www.wnyc.org/radiorookies/growingup/index.html

Call Kaari Pitkin if you have questions about the hour or Radio Rookies: 646-829-4483

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Broadcast History

7/10/09 on WNYC AM 820
7/11/09 on WNYV 93.9 FM
11/14/09 on WNYC AM820
11/15/09 on WNYC AM820

Transcript

Story Segment Descriptions:

Heroin
When she was 16, Janesse Nieves said she and her mother have one thing in common—they were both betrayed by Janesse's father. She took her microphone and went to his house to try to convince him he should stop using heroin. A clinical expert told her there was nothing she could do about his addiction, but she found that hard to believe. After the story, Marianne McCune calls up Janesse to hear how she's doing now, 8 years later.

Let Me Just Breathe
An interview about a night that almost took Jesus Gonzalez's life in a completely different direction. It was Halloween of 2004, and Jesus got into a confrontation with P-Mac, another teenager from his neighborhood. P-Mac pulls a knife and swings at Jesus, who gets away but is later faced with the question of whether or not to seek revenge.

How To Survive Teasing
As a little kid, Samr "Rocky" Tayeh was the...
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Timing and Cues

:59 Minutes including Newscast Break
Rookies Hour Special Clock (follows NPR special clock w/ two breaks)

Billboard: 00:00:00 – 00:00:59
In cue: [knocking] “My father’s block is full of memories.”
Out cue: “Just tell the truth.”

Newscast hole: 00:01:00 – 00:05:59

Music bed: 00:06:00 – 00:06:29

Segment A: 00:06:30 – 00:26:00
In cue: [music] “From WNYC, from WNYC, this is Radio Rookies.”
Out cue: “What to do when kids are mean.”

Music bed/Floating break: 00:26:01 – 00:27:00

Segment B: 00:27:01 – 00:40:52
In cue: “Ok, ready?”
Out cue: “Thanks dad.” [clapping]

Music bed/Floating break: 00:40:53 – 00:41:52

Segment C: 00:41:53 – 00:59:00
In cue: [music, clearing throat] “aah, we’re Radio Rookies…”
Out cue: “Radio Rookies is a production of WNYC.”

Additional Credits

Radio Rookie contributers: Janesse Nieves, Jesus Gonzalez, Samr "Rocky" Tayeh, Linda Cuevas, Catalina Puente, Sunnie Hwang and Edward Llanos.

Related Website

http://www.wnyc.org/radiorookies/growingup/index.html