Tag Archives: 2008

A Bellicose Commentator and a Bulldog Dad

by Denise Tejada

Now that the RNC is rolling out of town, and our on the ground coverage is done, we have time to reflect on a couple of characters we met, and experiences we had during our week in St. Paul. Here are two stories from the week that touch on the role of conservative talk radio and TV in U.S. politics and families–with perspectives from young people who make the media and consume it everyday. 

It’s His Party and He’ll Talk if He Wants To

Nationally syndicated talk show host Ben Ferguson at the XCel Center's Radio Row in St. Paul.

Nationally syndicated talk show host Ben Ferguson at the XCel Center

Ankitha: Conservative talk radio has always had a rep for being loud and in-your-face. Well, everything the medium is known for is embodied in 27-year-old Ben Ferguson, a nationally syndicated talk show host.


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My Dad the Conservative Bulldog

Denise is a graduate of Youth Radio's class of 2003. At 19, she's a production assistant in the newsroom, helping students develop stories for both our National and Local outlets. Denise is also helping produce much of the immigration coverage for Youth Radio.

Nineteen-year-old Denise Tejada is at the RNC, getting her first exposure to young Latino Republicans en masse. Her father, a strident conservative, has ingrained his values in Denise through stories of his personal history, debate, and Spanish language talk radio and TV.

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Let’s Make a Recording Booth

by Nate Hadden

Minneapolis-St. Paul — Wondering how Youth Radio’s RNC reporters record their scripts when away from our studios? Check out Youth Radio’s setup process for Alana Germany’s story on NPR’s All Things Considered today.

A Day in the Life of Youth Radio Reporters

Sunday, Aug 31

5:00 am LAX team meets at check-in to Northwest Airlines.

6:00 am SFO team meets at MacArthur BART. Equipment distribution.

6:30 am LAX team departs.

7:00 am SFO team arrives at airport, check in.

8:30 am SFO team departs. Shoot photos/video on plane.

12:05 pm Alana and Miguel arrive, hang out, head to SFO team’s gate at 2:00.

Denise Tejada contemplates her next line.

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RNC Protest Video — Riot Police and Demonstrators

Minneapolis-Saint Paul– Youth Radio’s Nate Hadden captured footage of the Labor Day protests at the Republican National Convention.  Here’s the video of RNC riot police and demonstrators, edited with  Miguel Macias, from the steps of…yes, McDonalds.

We’re Here – Denver 2008

After hours of travel, the Youth Radio team has converged on Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Savidge for America was on a star-studded flight from Oakland to Denver, with US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) – leading to a great photo opportunity:

Rebecca Martin

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Savidge for America on a Southwest Flight to Denver. Photo credit: Rebecca Martin

Right now, we’re regroupping in our Denver house, and we’re preparing to head back to downtown Denver for more DNC action. Check out photos from our first day on Flickr. I’ll have more photos and video up later tonight, including a visit from Wu-Tang Clan’s the RZA, and our first pictures from the Pepsi Center.