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Camp KPAC: One Student's Experience

Nathan Cone

Last summer, seven area high school students took part in the inaugural Camp KPAC, learning radio and recording skills with TPR's James Baker, Nathan Cone, and Paul Flahive. Here's what Clark High School student Kelly Holguin said about her experience: 

"When I was first notified that I had been accepted into Camp KPAC, I did not know what to expect. I listen to San Antonio’s classical music station often, and I adored the refreshing music that is so often forgotten in today’s society of fast-paced tunes and overwhelming sounds. But when it came to the radio station itself, I was, sadly, an amateur. However, that all changed after the first day of being with head director Nathan Cone. He, along with James Baker and Paul Flahive, were brimming with knowledge on all aspects of the radio business, from the technical undertakings of recording an artist, to the do’s and don’ts of an interview. I learned a variety of skills in every department that make up a radio station, and had the privilege to try my hand at interviewing, recording, and producing a radio-ready interview. Everyone at the station was very friendly, even while we were using their space and equipment. I had a wonderful experience with all the people that make up KSTX and KPAC, and feel entirely grateful for the opportunity to get the inside scoop on the radio business."

You can hear the report Kelly produced at this link: http://audio.tpr.org/campkpac1-holguin.mp3

If you're a high school student, apply today for this summer's Camp KPAC! The deadline is April 30. For more information, email nathan@tpr.org or call 210-614-8977.

Camp KPAC Information:
Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Texas Public Radio Studios, 8401 Datapoint, Suite 800, San Antonio, TX 78229
Cost: Free
Eligible Students: High school students, grades 9-12 during the 2012-2013 school year
Space Available: 6 participants 

Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.