Blunt Youth Radio Project

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WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio Project brings together Maine teenagers to produce audio stories and interviews on topics that matter to them. Finished work is aired on WMPG or made available in podcast format.

The young people handle all aspects of audio production: story development, contacting interview subjects, reporting, recording, editing, on-air hosting, broadcast engineering, podcast production, and sharing and promoting finished audio pieces. Whether youth are participating in Blunt-hosted workshops or are long-term audio correspondents, there is room for everyone to be part of our audio team. 

Blunt Youth Radio Project is the winner of thirteen regional and national broadcasting awards. Blunt has been on air for 20 years, and our work has aired on various NPR programs, the BBC, Marketplace, and This American Life, as well as many stations around the country through the Public Radio Exchange. Our broadcast can be heard Tuesday nights from 7:30-8:30 EST on WMPG-FM, Greater Portland, Community Radio


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4 Pieces

Blunt Presents Special Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election

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3 Pieces

Teens and their families talk about S-E-X.

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3 Pieces

Blunt youth producers explore the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by documenting the displaced, and taking at hard look at the racial inequality exposed by the storm.

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22 Pieces

Incarcerated youth from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine tell stories of life behind bars.

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8 Pieces

Blunt goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

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9 Pieces

Blunt Youth Radio is trying to give Japanese people a way to tell the story of their experience following the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Messages from Japan is gathering and sharing the stories of regular Japanese people since the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

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5 Pieces

Young people all over the country are deeply driven to be youth climate activists. One way they are doing this is by figuring out how to best use their voice to advocate for the issues that matter most to them. Youth producers from around southern Maine met virtually during the pandemic as part of a 12-week Blunt Youth Radio audio workshop focused on climate activism. These pieces are their final projects created during the workshop.

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13 Pieces

Youth Led Public Affairs Live from Blunt Youth Radio


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Joey, an incarcerated teen, calls home.

Bought by The Story, Remix Radio, WYBC, YouthCast, Space Gallery and more

  • Added: Apr 13, 2004
  • Length: 05:05
  • Purchases: 6
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Katie from the Long Creek Youth Development Center (LCYDC) discusses becoming a mother at thirteen.

Bought by Remix Radio, WMPG, KUNM, and WNPR Connecticut

  • Added: Feb 25, 2004
  • Length: 05:20
  • Purchases: 4
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Blunt Youth Radio reporters, Molly Adams and Maia Chong interview 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich

  • Added: Feb 18, 2004
  • Length: 13:13
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Inside the press corps circus - the color reporters, the spin alley beat men, the chief political correspondents - at a democratic presidential pri...

Bought by East Village Radio

  • Added: Feb 01, 2004
  • Length: 03:28
  • Purchases: 1
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Joey from the Long Creek Youth Development Center (LCYDC) interviews a cutter.

Bought by KDNK, Remix Radio, WMPG, and WNPR Connecticut

  • Added: Dec 17, 2003
  • Length: 04:23
  • Purchases: 4
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Your mom's got Van Morrison on repeat, she wants to talk "mother daughter trust," and there's still hundreds of miles left to go. Trapped inside a ...

Bought by KZYX, KSFR, PRX Remix, WMPG, SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network and more

  • Added: Dec 17, 2003
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 6
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It's both terrifying and highly anticipated, and, as rites of passage often are, perhaps somewhat overrated. Blunt producer Ariel Adams set out wit...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2003
  • Length: 10:32