Natasha Hein, Miss T (left), with her first talk show guest in April 2015. Nowadays she is the language master of WYC Radio. How come? Read on. Photo: Matias Harju.
It’s been four months. Four months of Northern blog silence. Four months of Southern work flow. Four months of trans-globe communication about WYC Radio’s successes and future plans. It’s been intense. WYC Radio has taken two big steps. Big for South. Big for North.
Firstly: a production house is born
The original WYC Radio is still going strong. Martin Bouwers and Alsenio Philander are facilitating their small student crew with pride, joy and courageous effort. The latest student work, CYPHER Zone by Orin, was published this week. Awe, Orin. In addition Martin and Alsenio are producing their own sound work and podcasts as well as supporting local musicians in their businesses. Awe, M&A.
However, to double the joy, a new little production house is born. It’s called WYC Media Lab Productions and it’s a longtime dream of many people. It’s created on the basis of WYC Radio and resides in the Westbury Youth Centre. Who runs it? Your people: Martin, Alsenio and their small team.
The freshest video of WYC Media Lab Productions. Dare to dream, published on the 25th of November 2016 with these words: “As young people, we have to dream. We have to dream about the future, we have to dream about our success until it becomes a reality. MEDIA LAB PRODUCTIONS was a dream and through hard work, late nights and perseverance we made it. Here’s a slide of the journey travelled thus far. Feel free to like, share and comment.”
So, dear Friends of WYC Radio, you’re free in a way: WYC Media Lab (which now entails WYC Radio) no longer needs your help in the sense of paying Martin’s and Alsenio’s salaries. You gave them the change to show they can do it. So they took it and the project now flies on its own. Non-monetary ways of supporting are of course welcome, yes please.
How did it happen? During these one and a half years the guys have convinced the Kone Centennial Foundation in such a way that the small-great-noble-wild KCF now provides Martin’s and Alsenio’s two day per week salaries every month. As to further future, it’s already in sight that even the KCF will be positively out in a while. The works of WYC Media Lab Productions are bringing in independent income, too. The independent income allows Martin and Alsenio to dedicate even more working days to WYC Media Lab and to pay little but meaningful salaries to their assistants, too. Awe.
WYC Media Lab Productions 2016 in action. Photos: Martin Bouwers.
Recently, in addition to sound work and the topmost fresh film above, WYC Media Lab has been shooting e.g. a support film to a local football team (coming up to this blog, too) and a fundraising film for an urban agriculture NGO (here below). They’ve also been photo shooting matric dances, weddings and other festive occasions. The work has taken the guys all the way to Cape Town, only to give an example. So, Westbury youth, watch them succeed through hard work. Join them. We’ll watch you.
Secondly: meet Natasha Hein, the Language Master
Even if WYC Radio flies on its own and has spread it’s wings to an airplane level, I, Kaisa, just couldn’t sit back. One young woman was constantly in my mind. Natasha Hein, Miss T, Your Girl T, My Southern Little Sister.
Natasha was one of the sheer top radio students in 2014–2015: a brilliant reporter and an even more brilliant talk show host. By the side of all this, she was a passionate writer. She wanted to learn and was always ready to revise. I even gave her some writing lessons and never stopped thinking that one day, somehow, I’d want to support her writing. She’s intelligent, I tell you. She’s the sharpest young person I met in Joburg during 2014–2015.
One of Natasha’s talk shows in 2015: A Mothers’ Day Special Edition with two sons.
So, the funding for the guys has been secured from August 2016 onwards. Yes, they do great work in terms of sound, image, education, setting an example, you name it. But. One thing. The language.
Even if other things were flying excellently, I was constantly giving WYC Radio feedback about their writing. Sorry guys, even if my intention was good, I was not always very nice. Then it hit me: WYC Radio needs Natasha. She was still around, in contact with me, always sharp. Very self-critical, too. She needed a Northern maniac to shout again: you’re excellent. And, with all my respect, the WYC Radio needed Natasha to make its words work and shine.
Natasha and the guys recording sounds for the first Thank You
Friends of WYC Radio video in June 2015. Photo: Matias Harju
In August 2016 I asked the guys: what if Natasha would come in every time WYC Radio publishes something? Whether it’s a SoundCloud post, a Facebook post, a YouTube post, an important email, a client proposition, you name it, she would come in. She would check the language and give it her touch. I would pay her a one day per week salary for this – and if there was time left, she could assist in student matters, too, and from an even wider perspective, she could make future plans as to WYC Media Lab’s language needs. Maybe one day she could even give a writing course on her own at WYC?
Martin and Alsenio said yes. Natasha said yes. The management of the Westbury Youth Centre said yes, too. Kiitos! Natasha has now ben working like this since September 2016. The texts flourish. As week speak now in the end of November 2016, Natasha and the guys are working on a little teaser campaign showcasing WYC Media Lab’s skills and contacting new potential clients.
Decent work – decent salary
As the guys don’t need us anymore, would you help me fund Natasha’s work? Would you help me provide a job for Miss T? Would you help me make WYC Media Lab go strong also in terms of language? All ranges of little support are gold. The dream is to cover up Natasha’s one day salary for four months: September–December 2016. And onwards towards 2017.
If we don’t make it, I’ll take it from my savings. No worries. She won’t be left unpaid for the good things she’s done. I’ve just been a bit slow here. Sisters will back up sisters.
Or, if we top the salary amount, we’ll make another dream come true: the second dream is to provide Natasha a good writing course in journalistic and marketing web writing. We’re exploring good options already – and Nonkululeko Britton-Masekela, a Johannesburg radio star with a heart in WYC and a day job on one of the biggest radio stations, 702, has promised to help us. She has promised to ask for course tips in her live show from her listeners, from tens of thousands of people that is. So, we’ll certainly find a course. I wish Natasha could attend it and then give back to the Westbury youth. And to herself. She deserves it all.
If you have an euro to engage in this, this sub-page gives instructions on how to donate via PayPal. However the better and cost-free option is to circulate the support through Kone Centennial Foundation’s account FI14 1660 3001 0343 99 with the message of ”WYC Radio / Natasha Hein”. The time of this little fundraising starts now on the 23rd of November and ends on the 7th of December. Thank you, KCF, for making it possible like this.
Two more gifts to go
1) A short fiction text, a Westbury childhood memory by Natasha is right here below. It’s reblogged from her own blog.
2) A thank you video from WYC Media Lab to Friends of WYC Radio will appear here before November turns to December.
Have a good end of the year 2016. Awe.