First Voice Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship program at KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley and is designed to provide comprehensive broadcast, technical, and administrative skills training in radio. First Voice also aims to build and strengthen community and empower our participants to find their voice and tell their stories.
The First Voice program is based on community building, a collaborative work environment and passing on our skills and stories. We focus on bringing women and people of color into media and work in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally.
First Voice Apprenticeship Mission
To fulfill the missions established by the Pacifica Foundation in 1949 by fostering & promoting media access, opportunity and equity to women, people of color and underserved communities.
These can be summarized as community building and working to build peace.
First Voice has 2 options for Group 45 participants, a 12 month basic curriculum and an advanced curriculum of 18 months [which incorporates full participation in Full Circle, the apprenticeship's weekly broadcast program.]
GROUP AGREEMENTS/GROUP DYNAMICS - 6-8 SESSIONS
- TO BUILD INTER GROUP BONDS AND COHESIVENESS
SOUND FORGE BASICS – 8-10 SESSIONS
- TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE SOUND FORGE APPLICATION TO PROPERLY RECORD, SAVE, EDIT AND PLAYBACK SOUND FILES.
PRODUCTION CONSOLE BASICS – 2 SESSIONS
- TO LEARN THE BASIC OPERATION & USE OF THE AUDIOTRONICS 210 PRODUCTION CONSOLE TO PLAYBACK, RECORD & SAVE STANDARD AUDIO SIGNALS
COMMENTARIES - 4 SESSIONS
- TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE & OBJECTIVE OF COMMENTARIES
- TO WRITE & RECORD A PERSONAL COMMENTARY
ADOBE AUDITION BASICS – 8 SESSIONS
- TO LEARN HOW TO USE ADOBE AUDITION FOR MULTI TRACK SOUND MIXING
- TO CREATE AN ADOBE AUDITION PROJECT USING NARRATION, SOUND EFFECTS
PSA PRODUCTION - 4 SESSIONS
- UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT & SIGNIFICANCE OF A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
- LEARN THE KPFA PSA GUIDELINES
- WRITE AND PRODUCE A PSA WITH A MUSIC BED
WRITING BASICS - 4 SESSIONS
- TO LEARN THE BASICS OF RADIO WRITING, INCLUDING AN UNDERSTANDING OF
THE DIFFERENT TYPES [SCRIPT, COMMENTARY, FEATURES, NEWS]
- TO UNDERSTAND AND STRENGTHEN YOUR PERSONAL VOICE
-TO COMPLETE A SCRIPTING ASSIGNMENT
VOX POP PRODUCTION – 4 SESSIONS
- TO LEARN THE NATURE OF A VOX POP
- TO PRODUCE AN AIRABLE VOX POP, INCLUDING GATHERING & ASSEMBLING AUDIO FILES
FULL CIRCLE TECH ASSISTANCE – 24-26 SESSIONS
- TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE FULL CIRCLE SHOW BY HELPING TO BURN CD'S FOR ON AIR PLAYBACK, CUEING CD'S AS NEEDED DURING THE SHOW, ENTERING INFORMATION IN THE CONFESSOR REPORTING SYSTEM, POSTING DATA TO KPFAAPPRENTICE.ORG WEBSITE
INTERVIEWS – BASIC – 4-6 SESSIONS
- TO LEARN THE COMPONENTS TO PRODUCE AN INTERESTING INTERVIEW, INCLUDING
INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES, AUDIO QUALITY, AND EDITING.
- TO PRODUCE AN INTERVIEW [15-20 MINUTES] THAT IS SUITABLE FOR BROADCAST
AND PLAYBACK ON FULL CIRCLE.
NEWS PRODUCTION BASICS
- TO LEARN THE COMPONENTS NEEDED FOR COMPREHENSIVE BROADCAST NEWS STORIES.
- TO LEARN THE TECHNIQUES FOR RECORDING NEWS STORY COMPONENTS OUTSIDE OF A STUDIO SETTING
- TO PRODUCE AN AIRABLE NEWS STORY.
FIELD/REMOTE PRODUCTION – 2 SESSIONS
– TO PARTICIPANT IN & LEARN THE BASICS OF A FIELD/REMOTE LOCATION PRODUCTION
FULL CIRCLE SHADOWING – 14 SESSIONS
- TO GAIN A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF HOW A WEEKLY BROADCAST PROGRAM IS
PRODUCED BY ATTENDING & OBSERVING EDITORIAL MEETINGS.
USING SOCIAL MEDIA - 2 SESSIONS
- TO GAIN FAMILIARITY WITH THE CURRENT POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS, HOW TO ACCESS THEM AND HOW TO POST TO THOSE SITES.
- FORMULATE A GROUP PLAN FOR ONGOING POSTING DURING THE GROUP'S FIRST VOICE PARTICIPATION.
FULL CIRCLE PRODUCTION - 24-26 SESSIONS
-TO PRODUCE, HOST, AND ENGINEER A WEEKLY LIVE RADIO BROADCAST
FIELD/REMOTE PRODUCTION – Additional Opportunities as they occur
The First Voice Apprenticeship Program has a 12 months basic skills option and an 18 month graduate level option during which participants produce, engineer & host Full Circle. Everyone is required to spend one business day each week working at KPFA, as well as two class nights. The dayshift is a three hour shift and apprentices do administrative and production tasks. The dayshift runs on an intergenerational group learning model, with each phase teaching the next, and integrates service to the station, skills acquired in classes, motivation and leadership.
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. On tonight’s show. We speak with Erica Peng and How to acquire and practice deep listening skills. Also we’ll hear from Mko Vieux Indigenous land defender and some of the causes he is currently fighting for. We are your hosts tonight Freewillin Franklin and Joy Moore. Keep it locked right here to k-p-f-a.
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Tonight we will be collaborating with one of our own graduate apprentices, Cat Petru of group 42 aka Fortitude. We’ll also speak with Layel Camargo and Tre Vasquez, hosts of the Movement Generation podcast, Did We Go Too Far?
Check out Movement Generation online and listen to the Did We Go Too Far podcast there. Movementgeneration.org
Facebook & Instagram: @MovementGeneration
Check out more work from Cat Petru and her crew We Rise Productions.
Tonight on Full Circle. Join graduate apprentice, Vylma V, as she hosts this week’s episode by recognizing the month of April as both Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and National Poetry Month! Vylma V talks with Gabriela Mejia from Hollaback, shares spoken work poetry related to men’s violence against women and takes your call in questions and comments for the 2nd half of the show.
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Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Tonight we have a special broadcast for you, as we take a first look into the new proposed Pacifica bylaws amendments and have a friendly debate on some of the aspects of the proposed changes. That’s tonight on Full Circle. I am your host. Freewillin Franklin. Coming to you from downtown Antioch. Bay Miwok territory. Keep it locked right here to k-p-f-a..
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. On tonight’s show, we”ll hear a special interview with an extraordinary woman
Tonight we will spend the hour with Reverend Wanda Johnson, the mother of Oscar Grant, a young man who was senselessly murdered at the Fruitvale BART station January 1ST 2009. This conversation was produced and conducted by First Voice Graduate Thresa Adams.
Welcome to Full Circle, your cultural affairs radio magazine produced by members of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Tonight we’re honoring and celebrating Sistah Poets – talented creative women writers and performers. On tonight’s show we”ll hear from Raina J. León, phD, A Black and Afro-Boricuan Philadelphian, educator, writer coach who lived for many years in the Chochenyo Ohlone territory of Berkeley and our very own graduate of the KPFA Apprenticeship, Ananda Esteva, poet, writer, and teacher, Ananda Esteva. Finally, again we celebrate and honor another graduate writer and poet of the KPFA Apprenticeship, Zakiyyah G.E. Capehart-Bolling, author of Ghana On My Mind, a reflective collection of poetry and prose of her trip to Ghana.
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Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. On tonight’s show, we bring you another two-part show. We’ll get a history lesson brought to you by Graduate Apprentice Theodora Adkins and her second installment of Bring It Forward this time focusing on Marcus Garvey. Will also take it back to Antioch CA where East Contra Costa County black clergy political leaders and a multicultural coalition of citizens have United against hate speech coming from local blog east County Today. All that tonight on Full Circle. I am your host, Freewillin Franklin. Coming to you from downtown Antioch. Bay Miwok territory. Keep it locked right here to k-p-f-a
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Tonight we have a special show for you basically in two parts. First we’ll hear an interview with graduate apprentice Zakiyyah GE Capehart who is launching her first book tomorrow morning; Ghana On My Mind, Reflections of Journeying To The Motherland. Also will get an update on Antioch city politics with Councilwoman of district one, Tamisha Torres-Walker. The city just voted in body cameras and police car dash cams but how will the city pay for these updates to our police department? Councilwoman Torres-Walker will help us break that down. All that and a little bit more tonight on Full Circle I am your host Freewillin Franklin keep a locked right here to K – P – F – AAAA
Links and information
If you want to log into the Ghana On My Mind book launch and Zoom birthday celebration party for Zakiyya, Click on Zoom meeting link https://zoom.us/join enter the meeting ID 718 3247 8944 then enter passcode 6ppJ7r
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. On tonight’s show, we’ll get a community update on the case of Angelo Quinto, a young man who died in police custody after the family says police used the knee on the neck technique in their Antioch home. The family is holding a Birthday Candlelight Vigil to celebrate the Life of Angelo. We also hear Bring It Forward. A special production focusing on the Harlem Renaissance, produced by First Voice Graduate, Theodora Adkins. All that tonight on Full Circle. I am your host, Freewillin Franklin. Coming to you from downtown Antioch. Bay Miwok territory. Keep it locked right here to k-p-f-a.
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ON TONIGHT’S SHOW……
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WE GO OVER THE HISTORY OF SOME OF THE SONGS YOU WILL HERE TONIGHT
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