September 8, 2017
Contact: Gayle Ewer, Marketing Manager
KUER to Launch Podcast Series Hear Me Now Featuring Ogden Teens
KUER 90.1 will launch a podcast featuring Ogden teenagers, developed through a collaboration with Nurture the Creative Mind, an Ogden-based non-profit that empowers youth through after-school programs. Hear Me Now drops on September 12 and will be available for download on your favorite podcast app and on kuer.org.
“Taking that first interview was the best decision I have ever made,” said Hear Me Now student producer Ryan Gimbel, one of the students who studied the art of storytelling and basics of gathering sound in classes held through July and August. “I got the chance to spend time this summer, even if it was only a couple of days, with people that not only wanted to see me succeed, but also helped me in doing so.”
The interview-driven podcast – covering topics ranging from childhood influences and family to depression and Ogden’s history – was the result of six-weeks of instruction by KUER producer Tim Slover. “It can be incredibly intimidating to have a microphone in your face – but it can be even more intimidating to be the person holding the microphone,” said Slover.
Hear Me Now is a response to a growing interest in podcasting amongst younger audiences. “We wanted to extend our reach – go outside of Salt Lake City and use this platform to feature voices that aren’t typically represented in traditional media outlets,” said Tristin Tabish, KUER’s Content Director. “Ogden is a growing city that’s also underrepresented and sometimes misunderstood. We wanted to form a partnership with an organization connected to this historic town.”
Nurture the Creative Mind’s Founder and Director, Amir Jackson, says the opportunity to create a podcast program for teens supported the organization’s mission to instill confidence in young people. "The youth in our community are valuable assets. Platforms and partnerships such as this one demonstrate how that value is not just futuristic, but also immediate," said Jackson.
A charter member of NPR, KUER 90.1 broadcasts from the Eccles Broadcast Center at the University of Utah, providing a commercial-free mix of local and national news and storytelling to more than 175,000 weekly listeners across most of the state. KUER and its HD channels can be streamed online at kuer.org and with KUER's mobile app.