A new radio talk show for young people — teens to college-aged kids — aired Sunday on local hip-hop station Power 106.9 KOPW-FM.
This Sunday, however, the station introduced “Expressions On The Edge” as an hour-long talk show for young people to discuss hard-hitting issues from teen violence, dating, sex, racism and cyber bullying.
“This show has been in the works for a long time,” said Chanell Hickey, aka Mr. C-H, who radio show co-host. “We’re finally giving young people a voice.”
Sunday’s topic: Teen violence.
Hickey was ready for change — not just personally but also in his city, he said.
“I’ve been working with young people for almost a decade,” said Hickey, who also served at the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, a social service agency. “I did the concert thing… and accomplished everything I wanted to. I made a difference in the Omaha nightlife scene; now I’d like to make a difference with young people.”
Hickey co-hosts the Expressions On The Edge radio show with Angel Martin, aka Angel D (both are photographed above), and two high school students. One is from Omaha North High and the other is from Westside High.
The teen radio personalities offer a fresh perspective, Hickey said.
During the first radio broadcast, Hickey asked the mayor and police chief how they planned to curb violence in Omaha?
“Within a matter of three months,” Hickey said, “We’ve lost four Omaha Public School students all to violence. This is an issue that has already alarmed so many people. Tell me, what needs to be done to stop the violence?”
Several Omaha South High students involved in the Empowerment Network were praised for creating an “I Stand for Peace” petition and community peace rally.
“We’ll probably have an entire show just on snitching,” Hickey said. “There’s a difference between snitching and telling authorities something you might have witness in order to save lives.”
Expressions On The Edge airs 9:30 a.m. Sundays, click here for more information.
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