Written by: Marcelita Haskins
Date: November 15, 2016

Classical 101 host Christopher Purdy (right) provides coaching in a recording studio for Braxton, one of three young adults on the autism spectrum that recently completed an internship at WOSU.

Classical 101 host Christopher Purdy (right) provides coaching in a recording studio for Braxton, one of three young adults on the autism spectrum that recently completed an internship at WOSU.

It was a unique opportunity—to work with young adults on the autism spectrum, as interns, at WOSU Public Media. Three departments were early investors in the project—TV Operations, TV Production and Classical 101. ASPIRATIONS, a trusted program at Ohio State, helped WOSU recruit interns Nick, Jason and Braxton.

Nick was an avid student to TV Operations Manager John Prosek and Studio Crew Chief Paul Peloquin. On his first day, he began to help with video duplication—copying and packaging DVDs for distribution. He quickly moved to linear and non-linear editing then jumped into responsibilities in studio and remote productions.

Jason gave valued assistance to producers—researching materials, verifying sources and looking for leads for emerging segments for Columbus Neighborhoods now reformatted as a weekly, prime-time, multi-segment program. His mentor, Producer Diana Bergemann, described Jason’s contribution.

“In his time at WOSU, he researched online resources, downloaded historic photos and catalogued each one… In addition to doing an exceptional job on all his given tasks, Jason completed each one with a positive attitude,” she said.

When Braxton came to interview for an internship, Classical 101 host and producer Christopher Purdy explained that the goal is to lead the intern toward the production of a 20 to 30-minute podcast on a subject of his choice. This involved all aspects of production, from researching the initial topic, to focusing on specific issues, booking guests, conducting interviews and working on the final edits.

During his internship, Braxton elected to focus his project on YouthMove Ohio, the local chapter of a national youth-led organization advocating to improve services for youth in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare. Braxton is a peer mentor with YouthMove Ohio. He invited the director of the program and two of his peers for his radio project.

Christopher Purdy closely watched the process.

“I put Braxton through several hours of training on conducting both one-on-one interviews and working with group conversations,” Purdy said. “His guests were in the WOSU Studios on September 27. Ninety minutes of conversation was recorded. Braxton began tentatively. I was able to offer mic coaching and eventually he became comfortable and did a creditable job.”

Listen to Braxton’s edited radio production that focused on stories surrounding YouthMove Ohio.

YouthMove Ohio’s Objectives

Rebecca’s Story

Brian’s Story

Changes for the Better


  • tigersgrowl

    I never knew about that. Had I known, I would have listened to local radio because my data is capped within the first week due to all the 3G radio I listen to. This will be a great help however, I use the Kyrocera Event (don’t laugh, it was only $20 and I got a mortgage) with the Virgin Mobile service using the Sprint network. I contacted Virgin just now, we’ll have to see if they give me the run around as expected with most phone companies or not. If they do, I won’t give up there, I will consult the blogs and forums. If there is a way, I will find it.

    • Jessie

      @tigersgrowl, I also have Virgin Mobile and they use the Sprint network. I will call them also, but I would really appreciate if you post your updates.

  • Yoga Bear

    “I want my FM Radio! Unlock the FM chip in all smartphones you sell so I can get important emergency information when data networks are unavailable and reduce the amount of data I use each month.

    Thank you. I have a HTC one m7 I have looked and the phone has a FM chip and I have Verizon I have called there tech support and they told me all I need to do is find a radio app, you can’t find one that will work without the net, theses company’s just lies to get you off the phone, so I called HTC by the way Verizon told me not to do that, so me being one not to do what I’m told lol I called any ways, HTC told me that they will be updating to lollipop in a few months and then they’re going to come out with the update that send you a FM radio to your phone that they have been working on it for several months without any support from Verizon Wireless so they’ve taken it on their self to go ahead and make a program to turn on the FM chip so that it will work so that we can have free FM radio on our smartphones, we will see. I’ll give them two months if they don’t do it I’m calling back.

    • Joseph Ogidan

      I had a Nokia phone back in 2008 that had a radio. All I needed to activate it was my head phone, and it worked perfectly well.

  • jeremiah stansbury

    please its our rite we paid for the phone why cant we have fm radio it wont cost you any thing to keep the public informed

  • callthemanufacture

    you’re provider has nothing to do with this they do not make the phones so be sure to call the manufacture the provider does not have a way to unlock this so don’t blame them and give more information on fm chips besides call your provider

    • Irwin Busk

      You are very incorrect. The provider orders the phone with their preferred software load, and with certain features and applications locked. The carrier can provide an “unlock” code, but is not required to by law. many will do so, if you are near the end of your contract.

  • sm spfld ma

    Radio is not a right. I’m all for the chip being activated but come on. npr is using you to push their agenda and getting this activated. It’s a scarf tactic. We all got text messages from the weather service when the tornado was on its way to western ma. Say you did have a radio on the phone then; how many people would put the radio on? I Google the tornado then and got the info I needed. Don’t be fools: you’re bejng used by public radio cronies to get more people to listen to PUBLIC RADIO. It’s a cheap marketing initiative.

    • Mrpockets

      If you are all about activating the chip then why are you urging people not to ask for it? Sure it’s an agenda. Everyone has an agenda. For all we know, you could hold a bunch of stock in Pandora and are pushing your own agenda by trying to make people feel stupid for wanting access to something that they’ve always had. That’s what you sound like to me.

  • Floyd Durham

    I just contacted Virgin and they claimed to have no knowledge of any of this. I was told that basically it probably not real and that just because it says so on the internet it doesn’t mean anything. They don’t want people using it then they loose money for data use….Like the owner of Virgin needs more money..lol

  • Byron Edgington

    What a wonderful, warm and kind human being. Fred Rogers will always be my hero. When my daughter Amanda was four, her grandmother (my mother) died, and ‘Manda was bereft at losing her. She decided to write to her TV friend, ‘Mikkah Rogers.’ The letter went in the mail, and a month later, Amanda received a warm, understanding letter from Fred Rogers. In the letter, he wrote as he spoke on TV, a show Amanda wouldn’t miss for the world. He said the very same people who are glad sometimes are the very same people who are sad sometimes. He told my daughter how sad he was for her loss, and he signed the letter, ‘Your friend, Mister Rogers.’ Amanda still has the letter. It’s one of her cherished possessions. The world needs more people like my hero, Fred Rogers.