WDIY's Youth Media Program



The Youth Media Program offers Lehigh Valley high school students  a chance to gain first-hand experience in radio production under the guidance of experienced professionals. This program is recommended for students looking to gain skills or experience for career fields such as:

  • Broadcast media
  • Journalism
  • English/writing
  • Marketing/promotions

The goal of the Youth Media Program is to give high school students an opportunity to gain exposure to professional-level activity in journalism, communications, and radio broadcasting; our program takes this experience out of a traditional classroom and provides students with opportunities to engage with peers, while also interacting with the tools and equipment used by professional media outlets.


The program is provided free of charge every spring and is open to high school students age 14-18 in the Lehigh Valley area.

No previous experience in radio or journalism is necessary, as the Youth Media Program will guide students through a curriculum including:

  • Writing and voicing for radio
  • Interview techniques
  • Use of recording and production equipment
  • Editing recordings for broadcast

Meetings for the Spring 2018 Youth Media Program will run from January through May 2018. Each session will meet for two hours and, over the course of 10-12 meetings, students will produce a series of projects that demonstrate their skills and ability to produce radio and multimedia programming.


Attendance is expected, as each week's lesson will build on previous weeks.


By popular request, we've extended the application deadline and taken into account the January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Students who would like to be considered for WDIY's Youth Media program,  please complete and send the following three documents no later than January 17, 2018

  1. A completed application form.
  2. teacher recommendation form filled out by a teacher.
  3. A writing sample (This may be any piece of your writing including assignments turned in for class, articles in the school paper, etc.)   

Please email application materials to youthmedia@wdiy.org with the subject "Spring 2018 Youth Media Program" or mail them to:

WDIY 88.1 FM 
Attn: Youth Media Program
301 Broadway
Bethlehem, PA 18015

If you have any questions or concerns, contact WDIY Membership & Devolpment Manager, Shamus McGroggan, at 610-694-8100 x7 or shamusm@wdiy.org

For support of the Youth Media Program, WDIY thanks:

  • The Air Products Foundation
  • The Charles H. Hoch Foundation
  • The Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust