XRAY’s Inaugural Youth Summer Camp Recap

XRAY’s inaugural youth summer camp was a success! Campers ranged in age from 11 to 17 and spent the week learning about self-expression through digital media, audio, and broadcast radio with instructors Shira Dennis and Jenny Logan. Here is a day-by-day breakdown of what we did and learned –


XRAY in the Morning host, Jefferson Smith, led a discussion on storytelling and the magic of radio. Over lunch, OPB reporter and former host of XRAY’s 5 Quadrants of Portland, Jenn Chavez, came by to talk to us about interviewing and the importance of voice.


We visited the XRAY production studio to record PSAs (listen for some of them throughout the day on XRAY air breaks). The students engineered each other’s recording sessions with help from our own Operations Manager, Chase Spross. Back in class, Dmae Roberts helped us record short interviews and showed us proper mic technique.


The students got a lesson in audio engineering from Prince’s own sound engineer, Dave Friedlander, and Claudia Meza discussed podcast producing, taglines and loglines.


We were graced with DJ Deena Bee, and the kids got hands-on experience DJing and beat matching on turntables, and learned about wave forms. We made our own playlists and discussed the storytelling aspect of DJing.


We returned to the XRAY production studio for the students to live engineer Portland band, Cool Flowers, and the youth did everything from setting up mics to engineering the session. It sounded great!

Besides the work we did with our guests, Campers were simultaneously working on their own personal radio projects. These ranged from podcasts to personal mixes and campers created and produced them themselves.

We had so much fun and we’re going to do it again next year! If you’d like to receive camp updates, like our Facebook page for the latest updates.