Lansing Online News will partner with Lansing Community College’s WLNZ to bring its unique brand of citizen journalism to the Lansing-area radio listening audience. “We are excited about adding Lansing Online News RADIO to our Monday night line-up,” says WLNZ program director Lyn Peraino. “This gives us a chance to combine old and new media in creative new ways, to provide a new destination listening experience for people in the community.”
Plans including webcasting the show on Ustream during taping, and then offering the archived webcasts and podcasts on the Lansing Online News site. “But this is isn’t just about new technology – it’s about people and issues,” says co-host Bonnie Bucqueroux.
Guests will range from Lansing Online News contributors to local experts (and local characters). Issues will include everything from concerns about the environment to bullying to tips on growing your own food.
“Our tagline says ‘local voices, community concerns,'” says co-host Bill Castanier. “We want to showcase thoughtful and intriguing people in the Lansing area and frame the issues that people are talking about.”
Plans also include using new media to engage the audience when the show airs. A raft of Lansing Online News contributors will use tweets (on Twitter) to answer questions from listeners and to comment during the broadcast. Use the hashtag #lonradio on Twitter to tap in to the discussion – and click here to learn how hashtags work.
The inaugural show will feature:
- Welcome to Lansing Online News Radio (June 7)
- New Media, Old Media & Citizen Journalism – Dr. Stephen Lacy, Associate Dean of MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences
- Coal Ash and Other Environmental Challenges – Anne Woiwode of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club
- Of Poems and Other Matters – Angela Vasquez-Giroux Wittrock, Progress Michigan
- Tech Talk with Lansing Online News contributor and Internet guru Rich Wiggins
Upcoming shows will explore issues related to:
- Raising healthy kids Stay-at-home dads, fun places for kids in summer, bullying and how to prevent it
- The local food movement – Lansing’s new urban garden, understanding food labels at farmers’ markets, how to grow your own food
- Going green when greenbacks are scarce – Can we make the right changes on the cheap?
- When violence is personal – Listening to murder victim families, preventing domestic violence and sexual assault