One of the most common questions we get at Vocalo is, “How do you come up with with your topics?” The short answer is that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere.
There are dozens of ways shows get put together. We get tips/ideas from listeners through facebook & twitter; segments can come from personal experiences & stories people share; even conversations with strangers at check-out lines have become segments on Vocalo. It’s all about listening for the story. The Internet is also a big source for potential segments, obviously.
Below we have Midday host Luis Antonio Perez sharing how he plans to turn his day-long “Flexible Friday web browsing” into radio segments for Vocalo for next week.
The black car and taxi broker service Uber recently announced a major price cut to its ride share service, Uber X. People can hire a non-professional driver using their own car to pick them up and it costs sometimes 2/3 of what a taxi does. But Uber’s recent call for hires has applicants marketing the company before they get paid a dime. Chicagoist Associate Editor Lisa White joined the AMp hostsBrian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone this morning to share details on how to get hired in the growing market.
From Steubenville to Maryville, national media’s coverage of rape and assault cases are frequently focused on questioning victims’ credibility instead of the evidence of brutal treatment. Why is violence against women an everyday norm and what does it say about our definitions of masculinity? We are joined by organizer Alice Kim and activist Claudia Garcia-Rojas by phone to preview a panel on the subject happening Thursday, 12/12.
Free Spirit Media founder Jeff McCarter and ‘HoopsHIGH’ alum Elizabeth Preston joins ‘Morning Amp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon as they celebrate their 500th episode of programing. The Free Spirit Media program has young people producing every aspect of a sports telecast for CAN TV.
Elizabeth describes her passion for video production and how she’s been able to grow within her field. Brian and Molly delve into the importance of having media programs for youth.
Daniel Hernandez joins ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss his new book, “They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth.”
The book details his experiences interning for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords when she was shot at a public meet and greet in Arizona. It reflects on his life, that day, and the intense media attention following the event. His quick actions to hold her up and staunch the bleeding amidst gunfire have been credited with saving her life.
They extend the conversation to focus on Hernandez’s passion for education and issues facing America’s Latino community.
"The thing is that with selfies, even if these people are strangers, I’m inviting people to look at me in the way that I want to be looked at and I’m totally in control of that, where in real life, the last thing I want is for strangers on the street to catcall me or otherwise comment on my looks without my consent." Feminist Wednesday took on selfies and parenting. Is there a double standard to how we police the sexy pictures teens take of themselves? FemWed panelist Veronica Arreola joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they probed into the history of selfie-taking and why it has blown up over the last couple of years. Regular Vocalo listeners and callers chimed in on the conversation as they also touched base on the connection between self-esteem and teenage selfies.
There’s a common theme when it comes to coverage of communities of color in Chicago. For the most part, major media outlets highlight stories of gun violence and crime, with little to no room for stories that portray the community in a positive light.
Unhealthy Food Commercials & Latino Children: “More than 84% of all foods and beverages advertised to children on Spanish-language television shows are unhealthy.” That’s what a study published in the Journal of Health Communication found and when you compare the percentage to English-language…
The grisly details from Kermit Gosnell’s media-dubbed “house of horrors” abortion clinic have come to light recently, but despite reports of cruel, unsanitary and illegal practices, it hasn’t been widely covered. So why hasn’t the media been paying attention? Luis and Shantell discuss the case and what it means for media today.
Comedian Kevin Hart recently made a statement to Ebony magazine with respect to censoring certain jokes. He said, “The repercussions for saying certain words are harsh, and careers have been shut down. I can understand how people could be affected by certain words and slurs. I get it. My way of showing respect is to not play around with it, not mention it, not joke with it at all. I understand how serious it is.” This has brought attention to a tweet he made back in 2010 about dark skinned women “@KevinHart4real #handsdown Light-skinned women usually have better credit than a dark-skinned women…Broke a** dark h***…lol.” Some people were saying that it was just a joke, while others were calling him a racist. It brings us to a bigger discussion on race and why some people associate having lighter skin with positive attributes. Why do people say things like, “She’s pretty, for a dark-skinned girl.” Shantell offers us some historical context while Luis asks, “What is happening in our society that we’re making these things to be negative? What are we transferring onto these kids so that they’re treating someone who is too dark, too heavy, or too whatever it is in a negative way?” Two listeners call in to share their thoughts on how rooted these ideas are in our society and the role that media plays in all of it.
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 52 - Portrayal of Muslims in Western Media, Los Crudos Pt. 2, J Dilla Tribute
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO “VOCALO ON WBEZ” SHOW. WE’RE 1 YEAR OLD!!!
In this episode: Shows like ‘Homeland’ and ‘24’, or movies like ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ might make us think “this must be how it really goes down” - but how do you separate truth from fiction in media? Aymen Abdel Halim, the Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago, and Media and Islam professor at DePaul says the state of media portrayals of Muslims has worsened in recent years. He talks terrorism, religion and Abu Nazir with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon.
Vocalo contributor Alex Rojas continues his documentary on Pilsen-based hardcore punk band Los Crudos (1991 to 1998). Being all Latinos, they paved the way for later Spanish-speaking punk bands and helped to increase the presence of Latinos in the predominantly white punk subculture. The second part of the series focuses on the band’s influence abroad.
J Dilla (Feb. 7, 1974 – Feb. 10, 2006) was a hip hop artist, producer and pioneer who’s life and career was tragically cut short by Lupus. We pay a tribute to the great artist with a special all-Dilla DJ set from Vocalo DJ collective member Joc Max.
The latest research on gender in media, released this week at the third Symposium on Gender in Media of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, found that women in prime-time television roles are less likely to be gainfully employed than men (44.3% to 54.5%, respectively), but are more likely to be seen in sexy attire. The Gender Roles & Occupations: A Look at Character Attributes and Job-Related Aspirations in Film and Television study is a collaboration between USC Annenberg and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The Healthy Media Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, co-chaired by actor Geena Davis, released recommendations this week to help promote more realistic portrayals of women and girls in all media.
The Overdrive discussed the study on their show this past #femweds. To summarize the converesation: Shantell doesn’t think all the blame should be put on the content creators, while Luis sees no one else to place blame. Listen to their conversation and let us know what you think?.