June 5, 2015 | Music

Did you ever want to hear yourself on the radio? Did you used to play DJ and announce songs for your friends? On two occasions, local independent radio station 97.7 WEXT visited the library and gave kids and teens the chance to do just that!

WEXT DJ Chris Wienk came into the Youth Services room of the Washington Avenue Branch and recorded two episodes of its weekly children’s show, The Peanut Butter Jam. Kids and teens recorded segments as DJs, announcing upcoming songs and voicing other segments. Working from scripts brought in by Wienk, these DJs-in-training were given a taste of what it’s like to be a real DJ, using a professional mic and headphones and practicing their deliveries through multiple takes. And now, you can hear the final results!

Both shows are scheduled to air on WEXT, and we have a listening booth set up in the Washington Ave Youth Services room where folks can get a sneak preview of each show before the broadcast. We have a CD of each show and our booth has two pairs of headphones for shared listening. People can come hear themselves or their friends and family members, and listen to how their parts were edited into an hour long show. The booth will be set up for the rest of this week and all of next week.

The first show airs this Saturday (June 6th) at 9 am on WEXT (97.7 FM). The second show goes live next Saturday (June 13th), also at 9am. In addition, you can listen online or via WEXT’s mobile app.

Tor Loney

Tor Loney is a youth services librarian at the Washington Avenue Branch and has been with Albany Public Library for six years. Tor especially loves supporting teens in creative pursuits such as music and video production, and with making in general.