About New York Kids?
WHAT IS NEW YORK KIDS?
NEW YORK KIDS is hot radio for cool kids in the Big Apple! (That's New York City!) It's a LIVE radio show every Sunday night from 6 to 8 PM on WNYC AM 820. NEW YORK KIDS is radio for kids, about kids, and most importantly, by kids!
Get the point? The show is all for KIDS! There are two cool adult hosts,
Florence Barrau and Frank Perez. And each week they are joined by two
kid co-hosts who usually come from a "Class of the Week." Plus, during
every show thousands of kids call the free phone number -- 1 800 KID-2-KID
(1 800 543-2-543). And you can too! You can play games, win prizes, and
share your opinions about important kid issues. And you'll hear yourself
on the radio!
WHAT IS WNYC?
WNYC AM 820 is the station in New York City where you can hear NEW YORK KIDS. WNYC is a "public" radio station, which means that there are no commercials.
DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN NEW YORK TO HEAR NEW YORK KIDS?
Not necessarily. If you live in New York City you can definitely hear the program. But you can also hear NEW YORK KIDS in parts of Upstate New York, Long Island, and New Jersey. And even if you live far away from New York you can still play on our Web site. Hey wait a minute! You're already on our Web site! So click away!. Terry the Taxi Driver, The Game Guy, The Dirtmeister, and the rest of us here at NEW YORK KIDS are waiting to play with you!
WHAT IS THE "CLASS OF THE WEEK"?
It's a class that
helps Florence and Frank make a NEW YORK KIDS program. The "Class
of the Week" must be a 4th, 5th, or 6th grade from a school in New York
City (that means in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten
Island). Your teacher must volunteer your class to become "Class of the
Week". If that happens, then NEW YORK KIDS producers will visit
your school, record your voice on tape, and explain all the things you
do to help make the program. They'll also pick one boy and one girl to
come to WNYC and be on the radio with Florence and Frank.
Your teacher can get information about being "Class of the Week" by going to the "Teachers Only" part of this website. Or your teacher can call us at 212 669-3595 and we will mail information.. So, hurry up and tell your teacher about NEW YORK KIDS!
CAN I BE A CO-HOST IF MY SCHOOL IS NOT IN NEW YORK CITY?
You can if
you win one of our "Co-Host Contests." Six times during the season NEW
YORK KIDS announces a contest and any kid has a chance to become a
co-host and come to WNYC. When it's time for a contest Frank and Florence
will announce it on the show and explain all the details. Any kid in 3rd,
4th, 5th, or 6th grades can enter the "Co-Host Contests."
WHAT IS THE NEW YORK KIDS HOTLINE?
It's hot! It never sleeps! And it's always ready to hear you speak! It's the NEW YORK KIDS Hotline. The Hotline number is 212 669-3861 (669-FUN 1). Write it down someplace! The Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! You can call anytime and request a song, tell a joke, share an opinion, enter contests, and win prizes. Sometimes we even record your voice off the Hotline and put it on the radio! PLEASE NOTICE! The Hotline is not a free call. But if you live in or near New York City it costs your parents the same price as any local call.
WHO IS FLORENCE BARRAU?
is a co-host of NEW YORK KIDS. She loves basketball, movies, and
Haitian food since her family comes from Haiti. When she's not making
hot radio for cool kids she designs sound for productions of the New York
Youth Theater, and helps Simon & Schuster Audio make audiobooks. When
Florence was in college at New York University she started her own kids
radio show on WNYU. So we were really lucky when she came to help us create
NEW YORK KIDS and become our fantastic host!!!
WHO IS FRANK
Frank Perez is the
other adult co-host of NEW YORK KIDS. Actually, Frank calls himself
an adult, but we're not sure if he's ever grown up. Frank loves to write
poetry, make music, and perform! When Frank's not hosting NEW YORK
KIDS he's at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, conducting writing
workshops for kids around the city. Frank has also directed lots of plays,
films, and videos including El Cano by Louis Delgado for Repertorio
Espanol (which won an Obie award) and the music video Whatcha gonna
do bout Hate? for the City Kids Foundation. Way to go, Frank!
WHO IS THE DIRTMEISTER?
The Dirtmeister does weird and fun science experiments live on the radio, like "Science Experiments You Can Eat," "Hair Raising Science," and "The Science of Really Gross Things." You can do the experiments at home while your listening to The Dirtmeister on the radio. And if you call and help the Dirtmeister live on the radio you could win a cool science prize! Click on The Dirtmeister on the home page for super science fun right now!
WHO IS THE GAME GUY?
Are you good at Brainteasers? Would you like to go on a Radio Scavenger Hunt? Or enter the Caves of Madness? Or take the Maze Challenge? The Game Guy plays all these games and many, many more on the radio. You can play with him too! Every time he comes he has a different challenge. Call 1-800-543-2-543 when you hear The Game Guy on NEW YORK KIDS and you might win a board game, a video game, or a computer game. When he's not on the radio The Game Guy plays games all day long!!! That's his job!!! He really knows What's Hot and What's Not in the game world. When The Game Guy is on NEW YORK KIDS he also gives advice about the best games to buy and the games to avoid! Click on The Game Guy on the home page to find out what's happening in The Game Mansion right now!
WHO IS TERRY THE TAXI DRIVER?
Terry the Taxi Driver is a mathematically muddled New York cabbie. He calls NEW YORK KIDS from his cab's cellular phone. He's always getting into crazy situations and he needs the help of smart kids! Kids like you! So get your calculator ready and be ready to call when you hear Terry is on NEW YORK KIDS. And right now you can help Terry if you click on his face on the home page. You might become an Honorary New York Cab Driver!
WHO IS MIGHTY LIZ?
She's strong! She's brave! She reads like a whiz! She's Mighty Liz, Protector of the NEW YORK KIDS Prize Vault. The Vault is packed with games, CD-ROMs, T-shirts, and her personal favorite - BOOKS. She has so many books that sometimes we let her out of the Vault to give away books to kids who call the radio program. To stay in shape so she can defend the Vault from wacky clowns and other intruders, she pumps books! She bench presses 500 pounds of books 50 times a day! And she has a yellow belt in a new martial art she invented -Tae Kwon Book. Check out her page to see her hot picks in books or to tell her your favorite book.
WHO THE HECK IS WACKY THE LOGIC CLOWN?
This is classified information. Only the FBC, (Federal Bureau of Clownation) and the CIA (Clown Intelligence Agency) have access to this privileged information. But watch out.He's not such a nice clown, whether he's on the radio program or on this website!
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS
We tried to answer as many questions as we could, but we can't read your mind. Wacky the Logic Clown thinks he can read your mind, but don't believe him! Anyway, if you have other questions or comments you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask away! We love to read your mail! We'll either answer your question in the FAQ's or we'll email you back, (don't worry, we'll never, ever give your email address to anyone else). Please give us time to answer your questions. There's only a few of us here and we get a lot of mail, but we promise to answer as soon as we can.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GIVE
NEW YORK KIDS MY EMAIL ADDRESS?
Your email address is a secret between you and NEW YORK KIDS. We never give email addresses to anyone else. But if you or your parents don't want to use email, then go right ahead and use snailmail (the Post Office!). Our address is NEW YORK KIDS, WNYC RADIO, One Centre Street, New York, NY 10007. We love to hear from you! Remember, give us a little extra time to write back.