Radio Uprising is Spark Media Project's exciting radio production program that gives youth producers the opportunity to express themselves creatively via the airwaves!Radio Uprising gives youth the opportunity to engage in politics, social action, and become more involved in their community via independent and grassroots media production. Youth explore the media as a public platform for community dialogue, giving them the chance to make their voices heard using the power of the media.Radio Uprising also features work from other youth radio producers from around the country; past shared work has come from Blunt Youth Radio Project, Global Action Project, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Radio Rootz, and Reel Grrls.Tune in for broadcasts of Radio Uprising on WVKR 91.3 FM, Thursdays at 4 pm and streaming live at


  • Radio Uprising Remote Edition, Ep. 3: Extremism In Times of Quarantine

    Radio Uprising Remote Edition, Ep. 3: Extremism In Times of Quarantine

    05/05/2020 Duração: 56min

    In today's episode of Radio Uprising, youth DJs Matthew, Nazir, Lamar, and Tariq discuss with host David Wong how everything has become more extreme during this quarantine. First, everyone discusses how they have been "extra" or how aspects of themselves have become exaggerated during quarantine. Next, everyone discussed the pressure to be productive during quarantine, and how we're extra hard on ourselves when we're not productive. Also discussed are how hard it is to get to sleep these days, and how hard it is to concentrate on homework these days. Finally, the youth discuss extreme behaviors they have noticed in other people--like privileged people protesting the quarantine--and how they maintain their sanity in a world so full of extremes.

  • Radio Uprising Remote Edition, Ep. 2: Culture and Creativity during Quarantine

    Radio Uprising Remote Edition, Ep. 2: Culture and Creativity during Quarantine

    30/04/2020 Duração: 54min

    How is culture changing, or how has it changed since the COVID-19 epidemic set in? In this week's Radio Uprising, youth DJs Gypsy, Nazir, Lamar, and Matthew discuss the ways in which the Cornoavirus is revealing people's true colors, as well as debate reasons why people are protesting quarantine and the long-term effects this pandemic will have on the younger generation. They touch on topics such as food, fashion, and what they are doing to stave off boredom and stress.

  • Radio Uprising Remote Edition, Ep. 1: Quaran-teens!

    Radio Uprising Remote Edition, Ep. 1: Quaran-teens!

    21/04/2020 Duração: 52min

    In the first remotely-produced episode of Radio Uprising, host David Wong talks with youth DJs Gypsy and Nazir about what it's like to be a teenager during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics discussed include what it's like to attend school virtually, what they miss most about their regular school year, what they're learning about their family being at home with them all day...and what kind of lasting emotional impact this might be having on young people today.

  • 05.17.18 Lies We Tell

    05.17.18 Lies We Tell

    21/05/2018 Duração: 54min

    Building out of games we play, the youth producers get into discussing lies we tell with Mary Ellen this week. DJs Viv-and-let-Viv, Matt, Jada, and YungFxy define lies as things that aren't true and then shift their definition as they talk about the fact that books and movies are fiction, but aren't always lies. The conversation goes from encountering lies in person to digital deceit. We discuss the lies that are meant to be helpful/harmless and manipulative historical lies that have had lasting repercussions.

  • 4.19.18 Cringe

    4.19.18 Cringe

    14/05/2018 Duração: 46min

    After what seemed for some like an interminable wait, we reach the topic, as requested, of Cringe on this weeks radio podcast. Our youth producers talk about what cringe means to them and what makes them cringe. From Schadenfreude to videos of us as kids that our parents insist on publishing online, we tow the line between cringe and embarrassment and the youth radio producers weigh in on if there is really is a difference between the two.

  • 5.3.18 The Games People Play

    5.3.18 The Games People Play

    08/05/2018 Duração: 58min

    Featuring Viv-and-let-Viv, Jada, YungFxy, and Gypsy, this episode is all about the games people play. Mary Ellen gets the youth producers views and opinions on everything from Monopoly to Love Triangles. Tune in to find out who the most competitive youth producers are when it comes to board games and what kind of games social media is being used to play.

  • 4.26.18 - Celebrity

    4.26.18 - Celebrity

    07/05/2018 Duração: 51min

    The show features the opinions and views of Gypsy, Matt, and Viv-and-Let-Viv and a familiar friend debuting his chosen DJ Name: (DJ) YungFxy, spelling TBD, as they talk with Mary Ellen about the concept of celebrity. The show kicks off with a discussion of the highest tier of celebrities and names thrown into the ring included Beyonce, Nicholas Cage, and Morrissey... The question "What makes a celebrity?" takes the conversation to who parents and grandparents think are celebrities vs. today's celebrities that the youth recognize (or don't). With so much to say, we didn't even make it to a break this week. Check out this episode to find out who the youth producers think should be celebrities, and what if they were going to be famous they would want to be famous for!

  • 11.04.2017 - Going to the Movies

    11.04.2017 - Going to the Movies

    21/11/2017 Duração: 58min

    In anticipation of the upcoming 5th Annual Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival on Friday, our Youth Producers talk about their experiences going to the movies. They tackle why it seems like people are going to movie theaters less often these days and whether the rating system works. Things get heated when it comes to what the code of conduct is for moviegoing. We all can agree that you need to silence your cell phones, but is texting unacceptable? What do you do when someone near you is interrupting your moviegoing experience? Featuring Mary Ellen, DJ Viv-and-let-Viv, DJ Sahomegirl, DJ Sassy Cassy, and newcomers Nathalia and Nazir.

  • 08.31.2017 Protest!

    08.31.2017 Protest!

    01/09/2017 Duração: 01h01s

    In a world full of trolls, echo chambers, and angry comments sections, what does it mean to "protest" something? Youth DJs Vivianna and Matthew take a long, hard look at protests in their personal lives as well as in American history and contemporary politics. Learn all about what happens when Pokemon players rally together to make certain cards worthless, how to start and circulate a petition in your school so your principal really hears you, and how the Boston Tea Party would go down if it happened in Trump's America. Plus youth produced musical pieces and a podcast from our friends at! 

  • 01.05.2017 - Lies and Liars

    01.05.2017 - Lies and Liars

    13/02/2017 Duração: 54min

    On this episode of Radio Uprising, the Youth Producers talk about the nature of lies and liars. What does it mean to lie? Have you ever lied? Are there every any circumstances in which it is ok to lie? Should we always be held accountable? Bringing it to the bigger picture, they also discuss the controversial nature of lies in the news media as well as public office. 

  • 9.22.2016 - Helping

    9.22.2016 - Helping

    28/09/2016 Duração: 59min

    The youth producers talk about all different kinds of help in this week's episode! First they ask each other, "what is help?" and wonder about who really needs to be helped in the first place. They discuss the difference between long-term help and short-term help, and even help that might seem like hurt at first! For example, even though having to do homework may seem like a short term hurt, it helps you learn and grow in the long run. The conversation moves on to being able to accept help from others--having the courage to know you are in trouble--and the negative consequences of refusing to be helped when you really need it. The team talks about their own experiences helping siblings, classmates, parents, and teachers, and then takes a short break to listen to a youth-produced podcast about consent. After the break, everyone takes a moment to appreciate how much Spark Media Project has helped them, and to talk about how excited they are for the upcoming film festival!!!

  • 08.04.2016 - Summertime

    08.04.2016 - Summertime

    19/09/2016 Duração: 59min

    In this super fun episode, the youth media producers talk about what they did over the summer! Their answers range from visiting a chocolate factory, to canoeing, being a science camp counselor, to catching Pokemon! They tried new things (like Sauerbraten), did some of their old favorite things (writing music), and all in all had a fun, summery time! The second half of the show starts with a conversation about Harry Potter, and then moves on to the 2016 election. The Radio Uprising team talks about Hilary Clinton--whether or not they trust her, whether or not they'd vote for her, and what it would be like to have a woman president. There is some disagreement and lively, civil debate! In the end, they're all still friends and can't wait to get back on air next week!

  • 08.11.2016 - The Rio Olympics

    08.11.2016 - The Rio Olympics

    19/09/2016 Duração: 55min

    After a short chat about--of all things--time travel, the youth producers launch into a lively discussion about the controversial 2016 Rio Olympics! The conversation starts with a few questions: what purpose do the olympics serve? What motivates the athletes? Nationalism? Glory? Vanity? Then the Radio Uprising team listens to a podcast about all the health, construction, and safety concerns this year's games have endured. They discuss the different roles mainstream vs. social media play in covering these challenges, and wonder whether the national spotlight will help Rio resolve some of these issues. Finally, the youth producers switch gears and talk about some of the blatantly sexist/racist comments that members of the media have made during the games. The Uprising panel is outraged--and resolve to help change these kinds of outdated attitudes!  

  • 08.18.2016 - The Mall

    08.18.2016 - The Mall

    19/09/2016 Duração: 56min

    Inspired by a sexist comment about teen girls and shopping, the youth producers try to deconstruct what we mean when we talk about...THE MALL! Everyone shares their first reaction to the phrase itself, and then digs deeper, examining the idea that women are mall-obsessed. The team--all of whom are female and decidedly mall-indifferent--debunk that stereotype pretty quickly, and move on to the topic of consumerism. They discuss the social rules and statuses associated with shopping at the mall and being able to buy expensive, "fashionable" clothing. Where do the "cool kids" shop? Is the mall still a "cool" place to hang out? The serious discussion is punctuated with Pokemon jokes, callers from Buffalo, and more!  

  • 08.25.2016 - Back to School

    08.25.2016 - Back to School

    14/09/2016 Duração: 57min

    On this episode of Radio Uprising the youth producers talk about preparing for the new school year! They discuss the positive changes they hope to make, and the worries they have about new teachers, new people, new schedules, and in some cases, entirely new schools! Then the focus shifts to study techniques, and wondering whether beginning school is harder for men or women, older students or younger. What factors create stress for the new year? What pressures are put on students by social media? By fellow students? After asking these questions, the Uprising crew takes a break to play a podcast about the impact mental illness can have on academic performance, and return to close the show by saying "goodbye" to longtime board operator, DJ Hawkeye.    

  • 09.08.2016 - Social Norms and Social Issues

    09.08.2016 - Social Norms and Social Issues

    14/09/2016 Duração: 56min

    During this special pledge week show, the youth producers start by talking about the value of independent radio! After the intro, the youth producers discuss whether or not they conform to "social norms" and the meaning of the phrase itself. The conversation then moves onto the pressures put on different people by different social norms, and how changeable those norms really are. Whereas someone may conform perfectly to norms in one place, they might completely non-conform in a different setting or time period. For example, it might have been "cool" to wear sketchers or light-up shoes 15 years ago, but those same shoes might be seen as tacky today. Weird, right?! Or, depending on the setting, having a thick Jamaican accent might be totally inside or outside the norm. After agreeing that strict social norms can be dangerous and lead to bullying, the youth producers commit to breaking and outing tired, oppressive societal standards!

  • 07.07.16 - War of the Worlds

    07.07.16 - War of the Worlds

    12/07/2016 Duração: 45min

    Spark Youth Producers perform the iconic radio play "War of the Worlds" on this episode of Radio Uprising. Later we discuss the evolution of news and media broadcasting, focusing on the impact news programming has on public perception. Finally we discuss the possibility of recreating a scenario of mass hysteria, akin to the hysteria experienced by the radio listeners hearing Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" for the first time, using today's new media, including television, social media, and photoshop. 

  • 06.30.2016 - Power and Control

    06.30.2016 - Power and Control

    01/07/2016 Duração: 57min

    On this episode of Radio Uprising we discuss the nuances of power and control. Where does power come from? Can we be controlled by others? We talk about the difference between inner power and public power; we discuss how authority stems directly from one's own understanding that they have the power to be an authority. Later on we talk about the power relations between parents and children, between bullies and the bullied, and between governments and the people. 

  • 06.23.2016 - Yes/No  Consent

    06.23.2016 - Yes/No & Consent

    01/07/2016 Duração: 57min

    On this episode of Radio Uprising we discuss the words "Yes" and "No" and how their meanings are dependent on the context and tone in which they are used. Later on we talk about how these words are crucial for navigating personal boundaries and questions of consent.

  • 3.24.2016- Music Videos

    3.24.2016- Music Videos

    30/03/2016 Duração: 58min

     This episode of Radio Uprising focuses on the ever-fun subject of music videos. Listeners get insight into current music trends, as youth producers share their favorite artists and videos of the moment. They consider what makes a good music video, what makes a bad video, and moments when videos become problematic. Youth also unpack how the presence of the Internet and viral sensations have changed how we share and enjoy music videos. The discussion ends with everyone’s thoughts on all time best and worst videos.

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