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.
GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO “FULL CIRCLE,” YOUR CULTURAL AFFAIRS RADIO MAGAZINE, PRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE FIRST VOICE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. WE ARE BROADCASTING LIVE FROM HUICHIN, OCCUPIED OHLONE TERRITORY, ALSO KNOWN TO SETTLERS AS THE BAY AREA.
ON TONIGHT’S SHOW……
I’M BACK AND I WILL BE PLAYING MUSIC FROM ALL OVER AND SOME GREAT INSPIRATION ARTIST OF OUR TIME
WE GO OVER THE HISTORY OF SOME OF THE SONGS YOU WILL HERE TONIGHT
IT’S ALSO OUR FUND DRIVE AND SHOW’S GOAL TONIGHT IS 500 DOLLARS
ALL THAT TONIGHT ON FULL CURCLE … I’M YOUR HOST RADIO SHAQ AND IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK …….. STAY WITH US
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Broadcasting from Huichin-Occupied Ohlone Territory, also known to settlers as Berkeley, CA. On tonight’s show we will hear excerpts from a press conference on the case of Angelo Quinto, a young man who died from a knee on his neck on what the police are calling a medical emergency in Antioch police custody. Next Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Vice Mayor Monica E. Wilson discusses bridging the gap, teen dating violence, black history month programming and the fight for police reform. Closing out the show is a tribute to the Lawyer and Reverend Pauli Murray.
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Angelo Quinto leaves behind his mother, Cassandra, his stepfather, Robert, his two younger siblings, Andrei and Isabella, and his close cousin, Miguel.
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 pieces produced by past apprentices.Including a look at some dark times in our history when lynching was rampant and I will share a tragic story from my family some listeners may be familiar with. We’ll also hear some thoughts on Harlem history and Billie Holiday. Later we will have a short tribute to one of the original Supremes. 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 KPFA.
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Read the newspaper articles about the lynchings in Contra Costa County in 1986 & 87.
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 how a decade long tradition in Antioch has gone virtual during these COVID times. And we’ll get an update on truth, reconciliation and reparations from our own Joy Moore with writer and historian, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. Later we will bring back an archival interview with renowned poet, author and former KPFA programmer Adam David Miller. All that and more 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 from three graduate apprentices about what’s going on. How things happen in our life and some plans for making change in 2021. Also we’ll get an update from Jehan Hakim of Yemeni Alliance Committee on some of the first moves of the Biden Harris administration and she’ll give us information on a live screening of the documentary film Hunger Ward, filmed entirely in Yemen over a two month period in a Yemeni hospital. And later we’ll hear how a small Oakland restaurant is surviving during this pandemic while places all around are closing up. All that and more tonight on Full Circle
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and Graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Well the election is over. The inauguration is over. The moving on has begun? This evening we will dive into local and national politics. On tonight’s show we`ll hear from. Green party activist and writer for the SF Bayview Barry Hermanson. Later we’ll hear from the Black Agenda reports Poet in Residence, The town crier aka Raymond Nat Turner. But we kick off the show with a report on local politics out of the Far East.. East Bay that is, Antioch CA. I am your host tonight Freewillin Franklin.. Keep it locked right here to k-p-f-a..
Visit these inks to read Barry Hermonson’s November and December articles
Also looking forward to Barry Hermonson’s article for February which will include a report on the 2021 Medicare for All national strategy conference this coming weekend. https://www.healthcare-now.org/
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. This week we broadcast live from Huichin-Occupied Ohlone Territory, also known to settlers as Berkeley, CA. On tonight’s show we will discuss the events of January 6th at the US Capitol. We look at what happened, what steps have been taken to hold people accountable, and where we go from here to build and embrace our diversity as a nation. We began with a recap of the efforts made toward justice after the January 6th attack and attempted coup by Drumpf and his supporters. Followed by tonight’s guests which included Iraq war veteran and now Veteran for Peace, Emily Yates and Professor Erica Peng who teaches a graduate course at UC Berkeley entitled, “Interpersonal Skills and Embodied Leadership.” Emily Yates shares her concerns about last week’s insurrection. Special guest, Professor Peng guides us in connecting with each other in conversation. We end the show by opening up the phone lines to hear from our supporting listening audience. We are your hosts Freewillin Franklin and Joy Moore.
To reach out and find or contact Emily Yates and her music her writing on Facebook Instagram or her podcast, What the Folk check out this link: http://linktr.ee/emilyyatesmusic
Welcome to Full Circle, your Cultural Affairs radio magazine produced by members and graduates of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. This week we will check out a Pacifica network produced show/podcast. It’s called, Called COVID, Race and Democracy. On tonight’s show we will hear highlights from the Pacifica Network series. Later we’ll speak with journalist Ann Garrison, one of the producers and hosts of COVID Race and Democracy about the show and the podcast and about the Pacifica Network. Also, we’ll learn about Area 941. Have you ever heard of it? It’s KPFA’s podcast zone on kpfa.org. Well get all that and some great music tonight on Full Circle. I am your host… Freewillin Franklin,
Welcome to Full Circle, your cultural affairs radio magazine produced by members of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. This week we dive into the new year with you. On tonight’s show we’ll hear the voices of the newest First Voice Apprentices as they begin their studies and training to eventually take over the Full Circle mic. We’ll also get an update on the situation in Yemen from Dr. Aisha Jumaan of Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation and Jeham Hakim of the Yemeni Alliance Committee. Later we wrap up the show with our own Joy Moore and her thoughts going into the new year.
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Yemeni Alliance Committee invites you to a free virtual film screening of HUNGER WARD (by Oscar & Emmy nominated director Skye Fitzgerald) followed by a Zoom panel discussion on the crisis in Yemen on Saturday, January 16th 2:00-3:30PM EST-Wash DC / 7:00-8:30PM GMT-London.
The panel discussion will include special guests U.S. Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA) and RT HON Andrew Mitchell (U.K. Member of Parliament) as well as other experts on the crisis.
Go to https://gathr.us/screening/31710 to register for your free virtual ticket to the event. The Zoom meeting link for the panel discussion will be sent before the event.
Welcome to Full Circle, your cultural affairs radio magazine produced by members of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. On tonight’s show we wish you a Happy Holidays, as Full Circle steps into a holiday break we will hear some favorite Holiday tunes from a variety of genres, of course some Metal, some Punk, Hip Hop and R&B. And again we will be asking for a special holiday donation for this station kpfa. So keep it locked to KPFA.