The KBOO Youth Collective

The KBOO Youth Collective hosts The Underground, a public affairs show on youth issues, which airs the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6-7pm.

We also host the Youth edition of 1-2-1-2, focusing on hip hop and other youth-produced music selected by our youth djs. We also have bands perform live on this program. It airs the second Friday of each month from 8-10pm  on KBOO. 


The KBOO Youth Collective provides an opportunity for youth under the age of 21 years to gain skills in radio broadcasting that is in the context of an ongoing community radio station, KBOO.  We offer a safe and supportive setting where young people from all walks of life can gather to share their ideas amongst themselves as well as learn the technical skills needed to broadcast their thoughts, concerns and talents to the larger community.

Young people learn the basic skills of recording, audio editing, and engineering so that their messages are youth driven and youth determined.  Being part of the larger radio community also enables the young people to branch out and form mentor relationships with more experienced adult programmers at the station to further develop their skills and interests.  Producing radio is an exacting task that helps the young people involved to increase self-confidence, communication skills, critical thinking skills, computer literacy, time management skills, personal responsibility, and gives them the opportunity to work as part of a team to produce a final product.

The KBOO Youth Collective believes that providing young people the opportunity to have their Voices on the Air empowers them to become informed, contributing, and engaged members of our community.


How To Join the KBOO Youth Collective

The KBOO Youth Collective meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 6-7pm at KBOO Community Radio, 20 SE 8th Ave. in Portland.

To be a member of the Youth Collective, you need to be under 21 and attend 2 meetings. At the second meeting, you’ll be asked to fill out a contact sheet, and sign up on the Youth List Serve on the internet. We’ll then schedule an Introduction to Digital Editing training, where you will make a Promo. After that, we’ll get you involved in producing work for the KBOO Youth Collective.

You will continue to learn to use the production rooms, equipment, and use of the other resources through independent work, Training Classes, and collaboration.


Indecency Regulations




The profane words listed above in theater, poetry and music are not considered indecent during these late-night hours.  However, “gratuitous language” is not permissible.  For example, the host, guests and callers are not permitted to say “F*** Bush” or “WTF?” outside the context of legitimate performance.


      All KBOO programmers must:

o       editing is the host’s responsibility, and the engineer is only a backup.

o       program may be briefly suspended while Program Director investigates complaints.

penalties may include suspension and termination.

Show History: A List of Our Themes

October, 2015 - Horror

September, 2015 - Numbers

August 2015 - Art

July, 2015 - Nature

June, 2015 - School

May 2015 - Politics

April 2015 - Fantasy and Reality

March 2015 - Waves

February, 2015 - Awesome!

January, 2015 - What's the Matter?

December, 2014 -Mysteries and Conspiracies

November, 2014 - Movies

October, 2014 - spooky spectacular

September, 2014 - KBOO

August 2014 - Inspiration

July, 2014 - Discovery

June, 2014 - Crime

May 2014 - Art and Music

April 2014 - Spying

March 2014 - The End

February, 2014 - Contagious

January, 2014 - Space

December, 2013 - Magic

November, 2013 - 1960's

October, 2013 - Fear

September, 2013 - Yout Tube

August 2013 - Mythology

July,2013 - Video Games

June, 2013 - The 80's

may, 2013 - Firsts

april 2013 - Erin Gets Schooled Part Two

march,2013 - Moods

February, 2013 - Time Travel

january 2013 - Revolution

December 2012 - Unfinished Business

November 2012 - Humor

October 2012 - The Dark Side of Life

September 2012 - Philosiphy

August 2012-  2000 - 20004 a Retrospective

July 2012 - Nonsense

June 2012 - Discriminatoin

May 2012 - America (And our 10 Year Annivesary Party!)

April 2012 - The Internet

March 2012 - Dreams and Dreaming

February, 2012- Emotions

January, 2012- Chaos and Disorder

December, 2011 - The Letter "C"

November, 2011 - Food

October, 2011 - Fear

September, 2011 - Genetics

August, 2011 - Emergencies

July, 2011 - Teaching and Education

June, 2011 - Light and Dark

May, 2011- The Letter "I"

April, 2011 - Communications and Technology

March, 2011 - Conflict

February, 2011 - Things We Love

January, 2011 - Space and Time

December, 2010 - Medevil Times

November, 2010 - Food

October, 2010 - The Mind

September, 2010 - Creative Outlets

August, 2010 - The Apocolypse

July, 2010 - Music

June, 2010 - The Jungle

May, 2010 - Conspiracy Theories

April 2010 - Authority

March, 2010 - Things We Hate

February, 2010 -Zombies

January, 2010 -The Wild

December, 2009 -Urban Legends

November, 2009 - Pirates

October, 2009 -

September, 2009 - Entertainers

August, 2009 - Games

July, 2009 - Love and Relationships

June, 2009 - Classics and Favorites

May, 2009 -Superheros

April, 2009 - Weird Science

March, 2009 - Resistance and Activism

February, 2009 -

January, 2009 - Skillshare

December, 2008 - Erin Gets Schooled

November, 2008 - Money and the Recession

October, 2008 - Culture

September, 2008 - Colors

August, 2008 - Gender

July, 2008 -Virtual Reality

June 25, 2008 - Pranks and Practical Jokes

May 28, 2008 - Names and Stereotypes

April, 2008 - The Earth Day After Party

March, 2008: Travel

February, 2008: Changes

January, 2008: Books

December, 2007: How to Act Like a Grownup

November, 2007: What's In

October, 2007: Advice

September, 2007: Magical Creatures

August, 2007: End of Summer

July. 2007: No Theme

June, 2007: Best of Portland

May, 2007: Drugs

April, 2007: Violence

March, 2007: Art

February, 2007: Feminism and Women's History

January, 2007: History and Heritage

December, 2006: The Internet

November, 2006: Rights

October, 2006: Halloween

September, 2006: AIDS and STD's

August, 2006: The Man

July, 2006: Teen Issues

June 28, 2006: Body Image/Modification

May 24, 2006: Drama

April 26, 2006: War & Conflict

March 22, 2006: My First...

February 22, 2006: Fashion & Popularity
January 25, 2006: Failure

December 28, 2005: Relationships

November 23, 2005: Travel

October 26, 2005: Heroes

September 28, 2005: Telephone

August 24, 2005: Stories

July 27, 2005: Youth Talent

June 22, 2005: Identity

May 25, 2005: Transit

April 27, 2005: Cults

March 24, 2005: Age

February 22, 2005: Fear

January 25, 2005: Education

December 22, 2004: Retrospective

August 25, 2004: Mental Health

July 28, 2004: Food

June 23, 2004: Summer

April 28, 2004: Lies

February 2004: News From the Schools

August 2002: Youth & Punishment

May 22, 2002: Unconventional Education



Summer Radio Intensive! Sign Up before June 27, 2008!


KBOO Community Radio is proud to announce the 2008 KBOO Youth in Broadcast Journalism Summer Intensive. We will create a half-hour news-magazine formatted radio program to air on KBOO Radio.

This Intensive will be July 7-11, 2008 at KBOO Radio, 20 SE 8th Ave. in Portland. We also hope to do some reporting from City Hall and other locations around the city of Portland.

Our Radio Program will teach youth how to create broadcast content through accessing news wire services, conducting interviews, creating commentaries, and will learn other broadcast journalism skills. Participants will be given a CD of their audio, and a CD of the show that is broadcast. The show will also be archived on KBOO’s website.

 This program is free. We ask the students have some experience in Journalism or writing, whether on the School Newspaper, through self-publishing, or somewhere in between.  We are limited in the number of applicants we can accept because this Intensive is taking place at KBOO, during regular business hours. Therefore, this Program will have a maximum of 10 members. Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis and the registration deadline is June 27, 2008.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to call: Erin Yanke (503) 231-8032 x221, or email


The 2008 KBOO Youth in Broadcast Journalism Summer Intensive Application:

July 7-11, 2008 at KBOO Radio, 20 SE 8th Ave., Portland

Age:                                                                Birthdate:
Parent/Guardian Name:
Parent/Guardian Phone Number:
Email Address:
Alternate Contact: Phone Number:

Why do you want to come to Youth in Broadcast Journalism Summer Intensive?

Please Describe your writing, journalism, and/or audio experience?

What are your questions for us at KBOO?

Please submit one example of your writing, the release form, and this application page to Erin Yanke, KBOO Youth Advocate, 20 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 or by June 27, 2008.
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through email or at  (503) 231-8032 x221.


FAQ for Youth Collective Members

What Training Classes are offered by the News Department?

If you want more in-depth training, or to improve and practice your skills, you can take classes through the News Department. The sign up sheets for these classes are in the lobby, to the left of the board where the Staff Members sign in. Classes Include:


Learn the basics of KBOO Evening news production process, how to begin volunteering with Evening news, how the Newsroom production studio works, and some basic interviewing techniques.  


Learn your way around the KBOO studios, how a mixing board works, the ins and outs of our equipment, and the checkout procedure.  Test out the mics and learn how to fade in and out.


In this class, you’ll get your hands on the mixing board and learn how to mix sound, cross-fade, do a phone interview and cue.  After this class, you’ll be able to check out a production studio and begin practicing putting together reports, promos and samples.

BOARD OPERATOR TRAINING (pre-requisites: Intro to Audio, Audio Production)

This course is the third step in becoming an on-air engineer.  You will learn about the process of on-air broadcasting – from preparation to completion of an on-air show. 


You will learn the different types of recorders that KBOO has available for field recording: minidisks, microtracks, digital recorders, cassette and DAT.  You will also learn the check-out and check-in procedure for equipment, and tips for getting the most out of your field recording.  This class  is required before you can check out equipment for field recording.

 You will learn how to effectively write new copy for radio: intros, outtros, what to avoid, how to write copy for anchors, and the basics of voicing into microphones.


Interviewing techniques – the art of the interview.  It’s more than just putting a microphone in front of someone!  Learn how to prepare for your interview, how to phrase your questions, and audio techniques for maximum effect.

What are the rules for equipment checkout?

We will discuss in the meetings who needs equipment on which weeks to do their work. When you check out one of the recorder kits, write your name on the calendar with the kit you took out on the day you took it, and when you will return it.

In your introduction packet, you signed a paper promising to replace equipment if it is damaged or lost under your care. The cost of the whole kit is about $250. Erin has information about where we bought the stuff in the first place, as to make it as easy as possible for you to replace.

What are the Background Music Regulations?

When we have music in our pieces, if it is only going to be played on the KBOO Airwaves, you can play whatever music you want to. BUT, if you want your piece to be archived on the KBOO Website, or at Generation PRX, you’ll have to use music that is not copyright by ASCAP or BMI because we now have to pay royalty rates for streaming digital sound recordings. So, every time we play a song we have to pay for it, and we don’t have that kind of money. Sorry.

We also need to report every song we play on the radio, copyright or not, about every 3 months. That is why we keep track on the producer sheet that you fill out every time you make a piece.

To find music that is not copyright, you can search for “Copyleft Music” or use sites like,,, or create your own!

What is Generation PRX?

Generation PRX ( is our dear friend who connects Youth Radio Producers with Radio Stations who want to play Youth Produced pieces. We use them a lot for listening to what other groups of kids are doing around the country, and we upload our pieces so that others can know what we’re up to. We have an account with them, so to get your pieces on the internet, make sure they are saved in an MP3 file form, and let Erin know you’re interested. Then, you’ll learn how to do it yourself!

What are our office rules?

The only rules we have about using our office are about making it just as easy for the person after you to use as it was for you… you know clean up after yourself, make sure to put things back where you got them, clear your dishes, that kind of thing. Also, if there are any books in our library that you want to borrow, just ask Erin, and we can make arrangements!

What are general rules for collectives and consensus?

We make decisions by Consensus, as a Collective. We don’t have to agree on much because of the individual nature of creating radio pieces, but we do have to work together to create a show and the other events and projects we do as a group. Consensus is about the long-term process of building a society that respects the individual as well as the group. We spend time listening to each other as part of this process. People who meet on their own and decide on issues in advance, or who use manipulative strategies to get votes for their position should find it difficult to behave in this way with a consensus procedure. Consensus is about not treating minorities groups of Any Kind badly. When people are continually voted down they are disempowered. Consensus decision-making is

a way to include minority positions by listening and understanding, by compromising on a position held by the majority, or by allowing the minority position to be tried out occasionally. Consensus also takes emotions into account. At our meetings it is possible to say that people are angry or hurt. It is possible to consider that someone is speaking from the need to feel important. It is possible to consider emotions as well as rational arguments. If you want more information, there is information posted on the Youth Collective Bulletin Board. If you don’t feel this is true, please come talk to Erin. Your concerns and complains are totally confidential. This is your collective, and your responsibility to share conflict situations and help resolve them, or at least try to deal with them.

What are my KBOO Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities?
You Have The Right To:

--Be treated as a co-worker, not just free labor

--An equal voice in the KBOO Community

--Know about all aspects of KBOO’s policies, programs, and personnel

--Differing Tasks, providing a variety of training and experience

--Have a say in planning and to serve on committees

--Recognition for your efforts

--Use the Conflict Resolution Process to address conflicts

--Written letters of recommendation and job references from the staff

You are expected to:

Be Open Minded – have a desire to learn and be trained, welcome supervision and guidance.

Be Dependable – We are relying on you and expect that you will come though on commitments. Be clear about what you can contribute. It is okay to say NO.

Represent KBOO in the Community – You create an impression each time you are in public, so try to spread the good word about KBOO.

Be Responsible for yourself – There are no maids or butlers here, so take care of your stuff.

Take Care of the Equipment – It is for all to share. If you break it, you must make arrangements to compensate the station with our Finance Coordinator.

Share the work – Lots of things need doing around here, and everybody’s busy. When you are here, lend a hand and take out the trash, re-stock paper towels, wash the dishes, etc. Thanks!!!

Be Tolerant and Respectful – KBOO is a community of many races, political philosophies, sexual orientations, lifestyles, disabilities, levels of moodiness, and personalities! Tolerance, respect and good humor are essential; racist, sexist, and homophobic attitudes or condensation are not welcomed at KBOO. If you experience this, let Erin or Ani know immediately.