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RadioActive is the youth media program at KUOW where youth delight in discovering public radio journalism. RadioActive supports young people’s growth as media makers by sharing access to public radio’s knowledge, skills and institutions.


RadioActive is proud to offer intensive and fun introductory radio journalism workshops for 16-18 year olds throughout the year. All RadioActive workshops are free, and participants receive stipends for their completed work. Learn how to apply for our next workshop.

RadioActive offers three introductory workshops every year. Students learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, writing for broadcast and speaking on the air. They create stories on the topic of their choice.

The Summer Workshop meets daily at KUOW’s studios in the University District. Summer participants host the daily RadioActive podcast. After-School Workshops in the fall and spring meet twice a week for 12 weeks, and are offered in partnership with community organizations around the Seattle area.

Graduates of intro RadioActive workshops stay involved as advanced producers. They host and produce the monthly RadioActive podcast.

A RadioActive participant conducting an interview at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

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Summer 2017 Workshop

Row 1: Carlin Bills, Aliyah Musaliar, Abay Estifanos and Zeytun Ahmed. Row 2: Jessie Nguyen, Isabella Ortiz, Diego Villarroel and Patrick Liu.
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Community Partnerships
Many of RadioActive’s after-school sessions are offered in partnership with community organizations in the Seattle area. Past community partners have included the Metrocenter YMCA, South Park Community Center  and Rainier Scholars. If your organization is interested in partnering with RadioActive for a future workshop, please contact Lila Kitaeff.

Community Workshops
RadioActive also presents engaging lessons on storytelling, interviewing, audio editing or other radio skills to schools and youth-serving organizations around the Puget Sound region, free of charge. We provide all materials (equipment, handouts, curriculum), you just bring the youth! Please contact Lila to schedule a workshop for an hour, a week or anywhere in between.

Questions about RadioActive? Want to find out more? Email RadioActive or contact our staff:


Admission to RadioActive sessions is selective. Youth apply by pitching a story and go through an interview process before being accepted.

Applications for RadioActive’s summer 2017 Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop are now closed.

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