Students to honor MLK on webcast

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SLB Radio Productions will present a live webcast celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement -- seen through the eyes of a new generation.

SLB Radio Productions is producer of the weekly "Saturday Light Brigade" program, which airs Saturdays on WRCT-FM (88.3) and on other public radio stations throughout the region.

The four-hour "Streaming Justice" webcast will stream live from SLB's studios at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on Monday. Listeners will find it from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SLB website, slbradio.org, or via the TuneIn app for mobile devices, tinyurl.com/tuneinslb.

The webcast will be hosted by a group of high school students who have gone through SLB's youth reporters' program, in which they learn reporting and audio production skills. About 14 students will take part in hosting and producing the webcast.

The students will reflect on and discuss issues related to the civil rights movement -- past, present and future, looking at them from a cultural and personal perspective. The webcast will include music, conversation and listener phone calls.

Students taking part in the webcast come from several local high schools including Brentwood, Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh CAPA, Upper St. Clair, Oakland Catholic, Fox Chapel Area, Pittsburgh Obama and one home-schooled student.

"We wanted to do something new for Martin Luther King Day," said SLB Radio Productions executive director Larry Berger. "We have this group of diverse trained students who have thoughts and ideas to share."

"They can be as creative as they like," said SLB Radio Productions multimedia specialist Chanessa Schuler. "These teenagers are really innovative and they're always thinking about new things."

Eventually, the webcast will be archived at SLB's Neighborhood Voices site, which is a collection of youth-produced media neighborhoodvoices.org. SLB hopes to do more of these kinds of webcasts based on specific themes and issues, Mr. Berger said.

SLB also will present "King for a Day" in the museum lobby on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum visitors of all ages are invited to step up to the mic and read from King's speeches. "King for a Day" has become an annual part of the Children's Museum's MLK Day programming.

The Children's Museum is presenting several other MLK Day events on Monday:

The Hill Dance Academy performs at 2 p.m. in the museum theater, followed by Freedom Circle and Sing-Along at 3 p.m. in the studio. Other studio art activities include On Freedom Corner (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), a celebration of Pittsburgh's Freedom Corner in the Hill District, and Many Hands (noon to 3 p.m.), a collaboration with the Union Project.


Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.

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