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.
Tune in now for this week’s Barbershop Show. The topic of discussion is the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: • Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation. • J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) • Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville • Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance and • Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
Our friend Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview, wants to invite you to this year’s Global Activism Expo Part 1 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year they are focusing on India, from food to dance to social activism.
On this episode of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras spins some local Chicago soul and plays her interview from this past week with with dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham, who is in town with his troupe, Abraham.in.motion. They’re here to perform his “Radio Show” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kyle and Ayana talk about the role of Black Radio in communities.
For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 94 - Legislators and Prison Visits, Black Radio in Communities, Milo and Otis
In this episode: The Department of Corrections has a $1.3 billion annual budget so our sister station WBEZ gave a survey to Illinois legislators to find out how many of them had actually visited a prison during their tenure. Reporter Rob Wildeboer joined us to break down the results and explain why it’s always good to do your research.
Also, Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras sits down with dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham, who was in town with his troupe, Abraham.in.motion. They were here to perform his “Radio Show” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kyle and Ayana talked about the role of Black Radio in communities. They also talked about social dancing, from disco to breaking to voguing.
Chicago duo Milo and Otis have developed a unique take on R’n’B, a style they’ve come to call “adventure soul.” Vocalist, Jamila Woods joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox and talked about their current album The Joy, and some of the social commentary that appears on it, specifically, the impact of the passing of Troy Davis and a cultural taboo associated with wanting to touch a Black person’s hair.
Finally, we bring it home with an all vinyl mix about Chicago from Chicken George. Tune in!
Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, called Morning AMp hosts Molly Adamsand Brian Babylon to share his opinions on recent box office releases. In this segment, Reggie reviews the new Costner flick, ‘Three Days to Kill,’ ‘About Last Night’ as an appropriate date movie, and the latest rendition of ‘Robocop.’ Also mentioned: a bit of international film chat, ‘Endless Love’, and more.
Yesterday just hours before the state playoff tournament was set to begin, the Homewood- Flossmoor basketball team was eliminated from the tournament because their head coach had illegally recruited players. The IHSA been trying to strike a deal with the team by offering 6 players the opportunity to stay and play in the tournament while the coach and the 11 players eliminated could not play. One of the eliminated players filed a restraining order that would have allowed the team to keep competing in the playoffs, claiming that the parents and the players were unaware of these eligibility requirements. On the flipside, the team did have more training time during the offseason from other teams, so did the recruiting even matter? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams along with Dr. Coya Paz discussed this story and explored further into the issue of gentrification.
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Tune in tomorrow at 11am to this week’s Practically Speaking. We deal with the importance of keeping communities healthy. We discuss the fight against food deserts in low-income communities of color, going beyond the rhetoric of Obamacare. We also talk about universal health coverage and the legacy of the War on Poverty.
We talk with Bonnie Rateree, a Harvey-based activist working to bring viable food and healthcare options to Harvey. She’s lived in Harvey her whole life, and is committed to her community’s success. Plus, we hear from Cook County Place Matters Team Lead Jim Bloyd and John Owens, Director of Community Building for Centers for New Horizons. They are both working towards healthier, more just neighborhoods for everyone.
Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am (CST) on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)
Listen in tomorrow at noon for this week’s installment of The Barbershop Show. Host Richard Steele discussed the state of education in Chicago and the new charter schools approved by the Chicago Public School board.
We are getting an update from WBEZ’s Linda Lutton & Becky Vevea. They’ve also got some tape to share.
We will also be joined by the following:
• Maudlyne Ihejirika, Urban Affairs Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times
• Erica Swinney, Program Director of Manufacturing Renaissance at Austin Polytechnical Academy
• Jeralmiah Garmon, a 2012 Polytech Grad who’s successfully transitioned into a job through the program)
• Angelica Alfaro, a Noble Charter alumna from Noble’s first graduating class of 2003. She now works at Noble doing parent engagement and advocacy
Tune in live Fridays at noon on www.vocalo.org | 90.7 (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI).
Chicago’s indie rock quintet The Flips are known for earnest songs that tackle themes of faith, religion and identity through contemplative self-reflection and at times, outright anger and frustration. The band’s latest album A Harm Deep But Shining epitomizes these inner struggles through melodic arrangements that spiral into bursts of distortion and feedback.
Live From Studio 10 airs Tuesdays at 8pm CST on Vocalo 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and Vocalo.org, and features emerging local bands and music artists (with an occasional national act stopping by). One hour of music and interview, all live. The show is hosted by Jesse Menendez, produced by Fyodor Sakhnovski and engineered by Adam Yoffe. Subscribe to the podcast here: bitly.com/vocaloLFS10
Morning Amp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discusses the future of robotics. After the announcement that Google purchased the London based artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $500M, they try to figure out the positive and negative reproductions this will have on our society.
Brian and Molly spiral into a deeper conversation about the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
Intern and comedian Tim Barnes joins Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss cultural traditions that are still popular. Nothing cooler than getting in touch with your roots and tossing dead rats in the air or playing dancing around a fire in a bear costume.
'Hood Feminism' blogger, Mikki Kendall joins ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss feminist issues.
After The Golden Globes honored filmmaker Woody Allens career, many were outraged. The Council of Feminist Thought dissects the history of Woody Allen’s court cases, and how race and class affect public opinion.