FIRST VISIT (60 - 90 minutes)
Producers record every child in the class saying, "Hi, I'm..........and I'm a NEW YORK KID!"
Producers explain what kids do as the co-host Class.
1. Get Parent Release Form signed
2. Fill out What's Hot & What's Not Questionnaire
3. Research Challenge Question of the Week
4. Write Kid Commentaries
5. Write Critic's Corner Reviews

SECOND VISIT (1 1/2 - 2 hours)
Producers collect:
1. Parent Releases
2. Questionnaire
3. Challenge Question of the Week
4. Kid Commentaries
5. Critic's Corner Reviews

Producers record:
2 Kid Commentaries
2 Critic's Corner Reviews
4 New York Factoids (facts about the city past & present, supplied by producers)

Producers announce choice of 2 kids (and 2 alternates) to come to WNYC and be on the air when your class co-hosts the show.

Our goal is to hear as many kids from your class as possible during the program, either live, or on tape, or on the phone. At the end of the program, the hosts will read a list of all the kids in the class.

After the broadcast, WNYC will send you a cassette copy of the program, and an official "Certificate of Coolness" to hang proudly in the classroom.



Each week, the host class presents a Challenge Question for listeners to answer. The Question can come from students' studies, hobbies, or other interests. It can be a fairly difficult question. Kids listening at home might use dictionaries, encyclopedias, other books to look up the answer, or they might ask an adult for help.

The class should come up with 2 to 5 possible Challenge Questions. You should help make sure the Question is phrased clearly and that the answer they want is unambiguous. Here are a few past Challenge Questions:

  • Who is Elizabeth Blackwell and why is she famous?
  • Besides the U.S., what two countries share borders with Mexico?
  • What does LASER mean?
  • Can you name 5 rivers that flow around or through the Bronx?
  • What was the original last name of civil rights leader Malcolm X?

Kid Commentaries and Critic's Corner Reviews give your students the opportunity to write about personal opinions and ideas and hear themselves on the radio. Written communication has its rules of grammar, syntax, and style. So does spoken communication. This activity shows students the difference. Photocopy the "Tips for Writing for the Ear" handout to help students write their Kid Commentaries and Critic's Corner Reviews.

Commentaries are "opinion pieces." One kid called them "little speeches." Kids have up to one minute to talk on any subject, from "Why I Hate Broccoli" to "Why We Should Save the Rain Forest." Each Commentary should end with the same "tag" line: "I'm........(name) from.......(school name), with another Kid Commentary."

Kids each have up to one minute to review a favorite book, movie, tv show, play, museum, video game, etc. Probably your students have written reviews before, so you can build on that experience. Each review should end with the same "tag" line: "From the Critic's Corner at ........(school name), I'm.........(name)."

With both the Commentaries and Reviews, encourage students to practice reading aloud to the class for reactions and to time their writings. If possible, tape record their reading so students hear how they sound and can improve their reading.

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