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The Detroit School of Arts is a Performing Arts High School with many opportunities for students, including performing in Canada with the marching band to winning first place in debate. The school also offer the opportunity to be a part of the Broadcast team. While many schools have broadcast teams, the terms is literal at Detroit School of Arts.

The Broadcast team director Beverly Morrison-Green helps students to reach their full potential. She has worked at DSA for 10 years. In that time, she has helped bring DSA’s students and programs to the next level.

Along with DPS commercials, partnering with various organizations for hosting gigs, The Broadcast team at DSA has its very own radio shows. Through the guidance of Morrison-Green, there are currently six student-run radio shows that air every month on 90.9 WRCJ Radio station. Right now DSA is the only Detroit school with its own radio show that is student-hosted and produced.

The first radio show that airs is called “SIS”, an acronym for “Sisters Inspiring Sisters”. This show was produced as a non-profit organization by Nakesha Woods, who is an alumni student in 1992-1996. This was one of the first radio shows at DSA. “SIS” airs on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

SIS is produced by seniors Kennedi Carter, Randi Winters and Nicole Baker.

“Even though I’m a vocal major, I've always had a passion for broadcasting,” Baker said.

The show’s topics range from women’s health to women in the performing industry. They've also have had guests come on the show to share their story and to also give advice to our young women.

The second radio show that airs is called “MO.MEN.TUM” which stands for “Moving Our MEN Toward Upward Mobility.” MOMENTUM is the creation of Morrison-Green.

“I saw a vision for young men to empower one another and to have a platform to discuss their issues and discover resolution,” she said.

MOMENTUM airs on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and is hosted by junior Kamaree Williams and senior Ca’mar Leonard.

Originally MOMENTUM was called Man to Man but with an epiphany and a concept, Morrison-Green created an acronym which motivates and encourages positive change.

“MOMENTUM gives young guys a place to be heard and understood,” said Seavion Jones, a senior at Detroit School of Arts. “Some adults don't take into consideration what teens go through.”

DSA also produces and hosts Detroit’s only teen talk show, Can U Relate?

Can U Relate focuses on teen problems and solutions given by certified psychologist Dr. Brandi Prichet-Johnson of Need To Talk, Inc. This year’s topics include teen depression, the struggles of being a senior, scholarship opportunities, STEAM, teen violence, technology careers.

The current hosts are senior Seavion Jones and junior Kandi Alexander. Segment producers and reporters are Miracle Craft, Kennedi Carter, LaShawn Young and Jasmine Stewart.

Another radio show, Uniquely Gifted, was created two years ago by DPS teacher Michelle Parizon, her daughter Ericka Fletcher and Morrison-Green.

Uniquely Gifted is a show that raises awareness about autism and other special needs. Along with being one of the creators of Uniquely Gifted, Fletcher is also the host, which is significant since she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum at the age of 27.

Uniquely Gifted airs every second Wednesday at 7 p.m. only on 90.9, WRCJ. One of the shows new producers and segment report is sophomore Casey Kurney, who is also autistic.

Detroit’s only literary arts radio show, Literature, Lyrics, & Lines, is another show created by Morrison-Green. It features authors, filmmakers, rappers, spoken word artists, lyricists, and other literary artists.

Literature, Lyrics, and Lines, is currently hosted by DSA Juniors, Martinee Williams and Diamond Russell. Originally, the was called DPS Book Club, where students from different DPS elementary to high schools would read the same book and come together to discuss it on the radio show. Literature, Lyrics, and Lines was created to inspire students to become more invested in reading, writing, visual arts, and expression.

Musical Inspiration was created by DSA alum Jesse Boyd Williams in an effort to explore the great instrumental and vocal artists who live in or who were originally from Detroit. The Musical Inspiration, formerly known as Lyrical Inspiration, allows artists to communicate challenges they experienced and overcame.

Musical Inspiration is hosted by DSA junior Kamaree Williams, an avid musician and a member of DSA male ensemble Vision.

Musical Inspiration showcases versatile artwork and parts of music such including composing, producing, managing an artist or yourself, and the entire process of a music career.

Every fourth Wednesday of the month an introspective talk show airs on 90.9 WRCJ. Need To Talk shines a spotlight on Detroit’s emotional wellbeing.

Need To Talk is hosted by executive producer and creator Dr. Deborah Johnson Spence, and produced by Morrison-Green. The topics include how to deal with depression, human trafficking, women’s emotional health, overcoming road blocks.

Need To Talk is engineered and edited by DSA students.


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