Since Spring 2005, volunteers from the
Hartford Independent Media Center have conducted interviews and
created a weekly public affairs program - RadioActive. The
show - produced by Kevin Lamkins, David Rozza, and Kerri Provost
- airs every Wednesday at noon on WWUH.
Over the past several months, RadioActive
has given voice to those in our community, that is, the Greater
Hartford community. When CT Citizens for Immigration Control, a
racist front group, came to the Elmwood section of West Hartford
in MONTH, the Hartford Independent Media Center captured audio from
the public meeting. Although several mainstream news outlets in
Connecticut were present, broadcast media did little with the event.
RadioActive provided background information about the group,
and aired more than soundbites, giving full context to statements
made by members of the anti-immigration group. Later, we followed
up the story by interviewing Marela Zacharias, who played a crucial
role in protesting the CTCIC. Though the corporate media fails to
routinely follow-up stories, independent and alternative media can
fill in that void.
In the past, RadioActive has broadcast
programs about alternatives to military recruitment, the peace movement
in Connecticut, and bills concerning public broadcasting. We have
featured stories on the "Cocaine-Crack Bill," campaign finance reform,
SEIU and the AFL-CIO split, and the Spanish Speaking Center in New
Britain. In MONTH, we spoke with Rev. Cornell Lewis about the Men
of Color Initiative, a group of concerned citizens who act as a
safety patrol for schoolchildren in Hartford. At the beginning of
the Fall semester, we did a "back to school" show that included
information on how University of Hartford students could become
more active members of their communities. We have interviewed members
of HartBeat Ensemble, a local theater troupe, who then performed
a segment from one of their recent plays. Though their play was
intended to be viewed, the drama translated well into the aural
During the weeks after Hurricane Katrina
struck the Gulf Coast, RadioActive aired a series of interviews
with people involved in humanitarian efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi.
We were able to get first-hand accounts of the devastation-both
natural and manmade-that have been typically filtered by major media
outlets. These interviews were difficult to conduct because cell
phone service had been unreliable in New Orleans immediately after
Katrina, and reaching people on landline phones was equally unpredictable
as curfews were placed on the people in Louisiana.
In upcoming months, we are planning to do
shows about the homeless population in Hartford, hunger strikes,
and how No Child Left Behind is affecting local students and teachers.
We welcome all-students of University of Hartford and students of
life-to help out. If you have ideas for stories, know someone we
should interview, or would like to interview someone, get in touch.
The Hartford Independent Media Center can
be contacted by phone or email: 860.246.4462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the organization, check out our website:
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WWUH: Program Guide 2006