The Next Wave Radio Project

WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project gives the brightest and most ambitious college students an opportunity to experience public radio journalism from the inside.  Most Next Wave students at WUOT served the station as staff reporters, covering events, researching stories, recording and editing interviews and writing news copy for air. At the same time, the effort introduced a new generation to the passion that drives public radio. 

Below, you'll find the radio stories produced by some of our distinguished Next Wave alumni. Who knows? Maybe one of them will be the next Audie Cornish or Steve Inskeep.

Kathleen Schuster- Bilingual Hands

May 9, 2013

Learning English to get by is challenging for many adult immigrants. At least at home, they can use whatever language they want to---that is, unless their kids refuse to speak anything but English. Many immigrant families deal with this language-problem daily and find a compromise. But what if they have child who is deaf or has hearing loss? As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Kathleen Schuster reports on how one local Hispanic family has balanced not two, but three languages.

Kathleen Schuster- Aging Out

May 9, 2013

Since 2007, a non-profit group known as "Computers For Kids" has been giving away laptop computers to various organizations-- like the Boys and Girls Club. And more than 2,000 of them have gone to kids aging out of Tennessee's foster care system. Whether or not the computers are actually helping these at-risk kids is debatable and hard to track. But some have found them to be an important part of the transition from life in foster care to life in the Real World. Kathleen Schuster has this report, part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project.



Annie Byrnes- Home Brew

May 9, 2013

When you think of the process of brewing beer, you might conjure images of elephant-sized copper kettles and elaborate networks of pipes.  But here in Knoxville, a group of brewers is making beer on a much smaller scale – in their kitchens, garages, and driveways.  As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Annie Byrnes takes a look at the passion behind the process of making a good brew.

Jennifer Parker- Feeding the Birds

May 9, 2013

The painkiller Oxycontin was introduced in 1995 as a panacea drug for people suffering from chronic, extreme pain.  Among its early users were patients who suffered from cancer, debilitating injuries and severe arthritis.  But before long, recreational drug users began taking it because of its narcotic high.  And they soon found it to be highly addictive.  As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Jennifer Parker spoke to a young Maryville man who now lives his life in the grip of this powerful drug.

Amber Harding- Seniors and Pets

May 9, 2013

Recent studies, like one done by the Baker Medical Research Institute in Australia, have found that owning pets can actually help people live longer, healthier lives.  These benefits can be especially valuable for the elderly.  As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Amber Harding takes a look at a program in Knoxville that’s bringing lonely seniors,and lonely pets together.