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Catalyst Radio: Beer, politics, music and food all a part of the community conversation

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Local brewing and local music have topped the content recently, considering the number of articles and readers' interest

Local brewing and local music have topped the content recently, considering the number of articles and readers' interest /Linda Gellasch

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The Rapidian, hosted by CMC, is where you find the news and stories of Grand Rapids, by Grand Rapids. And as such, it serves as a repository of sorts of the community conversation.

In this edition of Catalyst Radio, we check in with managing editor of The Rapidian Holly Bechiri to take a look at trends in recent coverage on the site, areas of peaked interest, and new territories receiving attention.

Find out more about “beat reporters” providing coverage that is targeting the subjects of local politics, music and food.

Also, in recent weeks Rapidian reporters provided intense coverage while nationally known speakers and writers were visiting Grand Rapids. One touring speaker had a message for the city commission regarding chickens. Listen to the audio link to hear more.



Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is by the WYCE Jammie award winning band The Crane Wives. In all, the group won a total of three awards at the annual celebration of the best local music, held Tuesday evening.  Their 2011 disc Safe Ship Harbored was the overall WYCE Jammie winner, and as well as the title cut was recognized as Song of the Year. “Safe Ship Harbored.”

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