Youth Radio Gets the Star Treatment

by  Denise Tejada

Minneapolis-St. Paul — Day 4 of reporting has made me feel like a SUPA STA.  But before this feeling began, I started my day at 9:30 am with a good old cup of Joe (props to Ankitha). This has been the only day I was able to sleep more than 4 hours. My first task was to finish my log for my personal essay (make sure to tune in for more information). After an intense two hours of listening to my own voice, it was time to head to the Wellstone Elementary School to meet the shining star of my story.

11 year old student Davyon Williams

11-year-old student Davyon Williams of Wellstone Elementary School gives Youth Radio a 6th grade perspective on the RNC.

Once at the school, we headed straight to Social Studies class where we were surrounded by a whole group of sixth graders. I was shocked by the students’ excitement to learn about politics, but most importantly by how the convention was right next to their school during their first week of class. In order to make the story more interesting, I had to find a way to keep my voice out of it, so we decided to get one of the students to be our narrator and our tour guide for this story. I’m afraid he is going to take my job when he grows up. Yup, he was that good.

Once we were done at the school, it was time to break out the lipstick and get myself beautified for my interview with Mun2, a national Cable TV station aimed at young Latinos in the United States.

Youth Radio's Denise Tejada interviwed by Mun2 TV

Denise Tejada being interviewed by Mun2 TV, a national Cable TV station aimed at young Latinos in the United States

This was the scariest moment because I had to make sure that I didn’t sound like a groupie, but more like a true professional 20-year-old. As soon as I met with the Mun2 crew, I felt comfortable.  They sure do know how to make someone feel at ease as soon as the camera starts rolling. Once the red light turned on, I shifted into this reporter role, a stand up, teacher, fan, a role that I can’t simply explain, but it had a bit of everything.  It was as if something had invaded my body and took me through multiple roles.

This is the first time I have ever felt such satisfaction and accomplishment. But to top it all off, I had an agent with me, none other than my producer Lissa Soep. Now I know how artists feel when they are being scheduled for interviews – super VIP. So Lissa, keep them coming, LOL. 

Denise poses after her interview with Mun2 TV

Lissa and Denise with the Mun2 crew after their interview.

Then, halfway through the interview, I turned the tables on the Mun2 crew and decided to interview them for my story!  However, when I dropped the news, it was as if I was asking a first-timer for an interview. They were even debating who would do the interview, so in order to cut that debate I had to set some rules and included both of them.

I thought the day could not get better until I took a picture with both Rob Riggle and Aasif Mandvi from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.



Denise with Robert Riggle and Aasif Mandvi

Denise with Robert Riggle and Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show.

I felt like I was at the Grammies, running into celebrities everywhere. This day was just too good, but then the most unexpected thing happened. As I was uploading some of the pictures I took today, my producer and boss at Youth Radio, Nishat Kurwa, turned to me and said (and I quote), “You look extra beautiful today.”  It can’t get better than that, especially coming from Nishat.

This day was full of exciting things so I have no choice but to end the day with a song:
It’s raining fame!  Hallelujah…it’s raining fame! Amen…you can finish the rest. Goodnight!


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