When Adam Ismaili-Alaoui tells people he has been a producer at Public Media Network for nine years, they may do a double take. The 13-year-old even laughs at the fact that for him, it seems like only yesterday he began his radio career.
“I started when I was 4,” Adam said during a taping of his show, The B.R.A.I.N. Kids Talk show. The show airs on 89.9 FM WKDS, housed at PMN.
In the show’s infancy, Adam came to PMN with Amy Pacic, a family friend who had her own radio program about etiquette. His interest in Amy’s work led Brian Zipp, former PMN instructor, to encourage Adam to create his own show. He did.
What began as just a show of toy characters having adventures has evolved into a variety show that features riddles, corny jokes, and fun facts for all ages.
Now, nine years later, he has continued with even more expertise and vigor. He produces his 30-minute show (named in honor of Brian Zipp) using Garage Band. What he learns has gone beyond the studios of PMN. His skills have made him an expert of sorts at school. Teachers often seek his guidance for school productions where the need for creative music and sound is needed.
The accessibility for community members to share their creativity through media is what PMN is all about. Whether someone decides to use what they learn at the facilities for a career or just hobby, PMN provides the perfect outlet for media creativity. Students have the airwaves from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any adults interested in producing radio programs have the airwaves from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Classes are available throughout the year for community members to learn or sharpen their skills to create their own radio or podcast program.
While Adam has skills that could take him into further production careers, he has a different path in mind.
“I want to go into robotics in the future, but this is fun to me,” Adam said.
For more information on the classes offered at PMN, call (269) 343-221 ext 4163.