Young World Radio on the Air
At 10,000 watts, the Young World Radio Show is bringing news and interviews from the High Country, and students are the hosts.
Sam Tate has a history of working in the radio business. He grew up in Greensboro and made his way through college working at his college area radio station. His handle was Sam the Sham, and he has been living down that name for a time now. Tate grew up on a farm, but launched into another life when he began hosting his radio show on WEAL.
For the past 11 years, Tate and his wife, Audrey, have been producing the Young World Radio show every week to be aired at noon on Saturdays. The format is simple - oldies and new talent.
But the premise for the show has been replicated around the country. Instead of practiced vocal talents conducting the interviews, the show is hosted by area students.
When Tate was asked to help with an after school program for Hardin Park School, he asked himself what would build up the students best. Having come from a farm in his youth and experienced the power and benefit of radio hosting, he knew that radio could change lives.
Recently, the Young World Radio Show hosted Appalachian State University's chancellor, Dr. Kenneth Peacock. The following week, students hosted a student delegation from China. Each week, new students are asked to help with the program, as Tate provides oversight and instruction.
The Young World Radio is structured so that tried and true oldie songs are brought together with new talent. Bridging the gap between the years gone by and contemporary popular music has given the show its own bold flavor and exposed its listeners to a different world.
"Some of them are as professional as most full time professional hosts," Tate said. "The difference is their voices aren't as mature."
"Sam and I both find it really rewarding to interact with young kids," Audrey Tate said. "Many of them come willing to listen and be teachable, and that's rewarding to us ... giving back something from the skills that we have gained in life."
Although Tate has gained a reputation for being stern when he is in his element, his attitude is one of instruction. He knows that if a sixth grader can be present and confident with him, then they can be strong with the world they are interviewing.
The main purpose of the Young World Radio is to build up students and young folks through responsibility. Hosting the radio show gives them the opportunity to become area celebrities and gives them confidence in interaction. But it is a good time, Tate said, and one they can take with them the rest of their lives.
Listen in to the Young World Radio on Saturdays at noon on WXIT 1200 AM and WATA 1450 AM.