Fusion Youth Radio

Fusion Youth Radio Team: students and mentors! Everyone glows!

Fusion Youth Radio Team: students and mentors! Everyone glows!

Episode 6.1 Sink or Swim in the Sea of Modern Media! 12/6/2015

The last show of 2015 explored the topic of social media. The students engaged in discussions about the ways that social media has transformed activist work- focusing specifically on social media movements like Black Lives Matter, and hashtag campaigns like #bringbackourgirls. Our reporters also created audio pieces about gendered harassment on social media, the ways that our generation utilizes social media, and other topics. Check out the full episode here!

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Check out some of the work our students produced through our Summer Audio Immersion Program! 

Youth from Fusion Youth Radio and the Beat-Making Lab attended The Allied Media Conference and the Groundswell Oral History Conference this summer in Detroit. Check out some of their work below:

Kalil’s Reflection: 

Coleman’s Reflection: 

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Vincent’s Reflection: 


Episode 5.4 What is Feminism? January Show 1/18/15

The first FYR show of 2015 explored the topic of feminism. The students each developed their own working definition and made pieces that explored the history, popular conception, and creative contributions of the feminist movement. The special guest was the wonderful Rachel Valentine, from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

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Episode 5.2 Thanksgiving, Family, and Food 11/16/14

In addition to live discussion, this episode features personal stories about what family means, how traditions begin, two voxpops, and guest poet Ashley Harris


Tune in to the next episode on February 7th at 5 pm on 89.3 FM and wxyc.org.

Listen to more FYR Here!

FYR Web 1Fusion Youth Radio (FYR) features young people making their voices a part of history through creative, youth-produced media. FYR is rooted in the idea that all of us deserve opportunities to tell our stories in our own words. We believe that young people must work together to take on active roles in shaping the futures of our communities. Our name honors the legacy of the Fusion politics movement of North Carolina in the 1890s, a bi-racial coalition that gained power across the state before coming to a violent end at the hands of white supremacists in 1898. We seek to bring together youth with many backgrounds to create the sort of community that not even the “Fusionists” imagined.

FYR LIVE was born out of the initiative of our first group of talented youth producers and partnerships with Sacrificial Poets and WXYC. Our live, youth-hosted program airs the third Sunday of each month at 5 pm on 89.3 FM and at wxyc.org. Explore our archives here!

FYR Workshops
FYR began in June 2011 as a summer audio production workshop. Through our summer audio immersion and our after-school production workshops during the academic year, FYR youth reporters learn techniques for documentary-style radio production. They are charged with cultivating their curiosity and bringing the concerns of their communities to the airwaves.

WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute

Jackson Center staff members and FYR students helped create the first-ever WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute in 2012. Under the guidance of two mentors, both from Fusion Youth Radio, youth reporters produced stories that aired on Morning Edition in North Carolina. Check out the short video below to go behind the scenes of the program, and be sure to listen to all the youth-produced stories.

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Fusion Youth Radio is a youth-produced media program designed to provide creative educational opportunities for high school students and not intended to generate profits. If you find your music in one of our productions and you do not wish us to use it, we will remove it.