Podcast producer Katie Jensen is the next speaker at the CFUZ Listen Up! talks.Submitted photo

Listen Up to Katie Jensen

Community radio brings renowned podcaster to Penticton

If you’ve ever wondered how podcasts are created and put together, or maybe dreamed of creating your own, the next instalment of the CFUZ Listen Up! speaker series might be for you.

Podcasts are one of the many forms of digital media in use today and they come with the power to inform, inspire, and especially to entertain. Whether you’re looking for true crime mysteries, political strategies, quirky history or just a good story, there are more than enough titles to choose from and more hours of audio than you can probably handle.

CFUZ, Peach City Radio, is bringing podcast producer Katie Jensen to Penticton for a talk on Feb. 16. Jensen is a freelance producer who has worked on podcasts for well-known programs like CanadaLand and The Imposter.

Jensen’s latest project is The Secret Life of Canada, which explores the untold histories of Canadian places and people. The series hit No. 2 in Canada.

In this talk — How to trick people into learning: Using humour in podcasting — Jensen delves into the use of humour in podcast storytelling and how it can break barriers to education, bridge understanding, and create empathy.

“Humour and joy are the key ingredients I look for when scouting for hosts and stories, even when talking about more serious topics,” said Jensen.

Podcasts are easy to consume, only needing a player and an internet connection, but they are also simple and inexpensive to create. Many of the volunteer programmers at CFUZ use a podcast format to get their radio shows on the air via the station’s online stream, as the group ramps up to full broadcast capabilities.

Jensen’s talk is free to attend and starts at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre (PL 107), in the Ashnola building of Okanagan College’s Penticton campus.

The CFUZ Listen Up! Speaker Series aims to inspire community members into learning about and participating in community radio. Katie Jensen is the fourth speaker in the series which has also included Rosemary Thomson of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Chad Saunders of Bell Studio/National Music Centre and Janet Rogers – Mohawk radio host, documentary producer and poet. The Listen Up! Speaker Series was made possible through a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

Peach City Radio is a not-for-profit society with an online radio stream at www.cfuz.ca, working towards the establishment of an FM community radio service in Penticton.

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