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About First Voice Apprenticeship

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.] Basic Curriculum: GROUP AGREEMENTS/GROUP DYNAMICS - 6-8 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS: - TO BUILD INTER GROUP BONDS AND COHESIVENESS SOUND FORGE BASICS – 8-10 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS: - TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE SOUND FORGE APPLICATION TO PROPERLY RECORD, SAVE, EDIT AND PLAYBACK SOUND FILES. PRODUCTION CONSOLE BASICS – 2 SESSIONS OBJECTIVE/GOALS - TO LEARN THE BASIC OPERATION & USE OF THE AUDIOTRONICS 210 PRODUCTION CONSOLE TO PLAYBACK, RECORD & SAVE STANDARD AUDIO SIGNALS COMMENTARIES - 4 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS - TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE & OBJECTIVE OF COMMENTARIES - TO WRITE & RECORD A PERSONAL COMMENTARY ADOBE AUDITION BASICS – 8 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS - TO LEARN HOW TO USE ADOBE AUDITION FOR MULTI TRACK SOUND MIXING - TO CREATE AN ADOBE AUDITION PROJECT USING NARRATION, SOUND EFFECTS AND MUSIC PSA PRODUCTION - 4 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS - 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 OBJECTIVES/GOALS: - 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 OBJECTIVES/GOALS - 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 OBJECTIVES/GOALS - 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 OBJECTIVES/GOALS - 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 OBJECTIVES/GOALS - 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 OBJECTIVES/GOALS – TO PARTICIPANT IN & LEARN THE BASICS OF A FIELD/REMOTE LOCATION PRODUCTION FULL CIRCLE SHADOWING – 14 SESSIONS OBJECTIVE/GOALS - TO GAIN A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF HOW A WEEKLY BROADCAST PROGRAM IS PRODUCED BY ATTENDING & OBSERVING EDITORIAL MEETINGS. USING SOCIAL MEDIA - 2 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS: - 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. Advanced Curriculum: FULL CIRCLE PRODUCTION - 24-26 SESSIONS OBJECTIVES/GOALS -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.

The Tupac Tribute Show 9-13-19

  This is the “All Eyes On Him: The Tupac Tribute Show,” on Full Circle and tonight, we celebrate the legendary, the iconic, Grammy nominated rapper, actor, fashionista, and freedom fighter. Today marks 23 years since his death; he would … Continue reading

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Full Circle 09-06-19 Oakland International Film Festival

Tonight’s show is all about the upcoming Oakland International Film Festival! We will have a conversation with the festival’s founder, David Roach, to discuss the films, the festival’s history and mission and creative infrastructure. Other guests tonight are filmmakers Bennie … Continue reading

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Full Circle 08-30-19 What’s Happening With Our Unhoused Brothers and Sisters

On tonight’s show, we will take a look at what is happening to and for our unhoused brothers and sisters in Antioch, California. Tonight, we’re having a conversation between Homeless Advocates and members of the Antioch City Council discussing treatment … Continue reading

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Full Circle 8-23-19 Aftermath of the OUSD Strike & School Closures

On tonight’s show, we will delve into a discussion of the state of affairs within the Oakland Unified School District. It has been nearly 6 months since Oakland teachers went on strike to protest deplorable conditions within our public schools. … Continue reading

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Full Circle 08-16-2019 Healing Stories

Good evening everyone and welcome to Full Circle your cultural affairs radio magazine. This show is written, produced, and recorded by members of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program in Huichin, Occupied Ohlone territory, also known to colonizers as the Bay … Continue reading

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FULL CIRCLE 8 – 9-19 STOLEN LIVES.. TURNING TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO FULL CIRCLE WHEN POLICE VIOLENCE TAKES THE LIFE OF A LOVED ONE THERE IS OF COURSE ANGER… SADNESS… DEPRESSION AND LONGING FOR THE LIVES LOST. THEN THERE IS THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE… BUT WHAT HAPPENS … Continue reading

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Full Circle 8-2-19 African Lands

On tonight’s show we’ll share clips of my interview with South Africa’s tour guide and educator, Wilson Chifike and  his inside assessment on colonialism, apartheid and land reclamation in South Africa and Zimbabwe. You’ll also learn a bit about his … Continue reading

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