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A MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER PERRY DAMONE
Dear KidStar family,
In August of 2010 I met an incredible gentleman with an extraordinary vision by the name of Jeff Spenard. Jeff is the President of World Talk Radio LLC / Voice America. We sat down to discuss a new channel that Voice America was thinking of launching; Voice America Kids. This was the beginning of a collaborative effort between World Talk Radio/ Voice America and KDSTR Radio Corp. The KidStar team consulted with Jeff Spenard and his unbelievably talented staff for the past seven months to create and launch the VAK network with a short term goal of twenty Voice America Kids network shows to expand to one hundred shows in the next twelve months. We have now met that short term goal of twenty all kid run shows covering topics from sports, to politics, to school issues, to fashion, travel and even a show that is hosted by two ten year olds called “Life At Ten; in fact we are already in the process of adding several more shows to the line up in the next couple of months.
Our goal, for the past twenty four years has been to give our kids a voice to the world and open the door to their future through radio. We have had a plan in place to expand across the country and introduce the KidStar Program to hundreds of schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. I am thrilled to announce that because of this collaborative effort between World Talk Radio LLC/Voice America Kids; that the next step in expanding our program is becoming a reality.
World Talk Radio LLC/Voice America Kids has chosen KDSTR Corp. a not for profit 501 ( c ) 3, as their charity of choice, giving back to the KidStar Radio Network a portion of sponsor proceeds from the Voice America Kids Network. This will also give new ‘Champion” sponsors that come on board a chance to help grow this incredible network but also realize that a portion of those funds would go to expanding the KidStar Program across the country and eventually around the world.
If you are not familiar with the KidStar Program, I would like to invite you to take a stroll trough our incredible website that our dear friend Ruth Woody from 977 Media has put together for us, you can also read a bit about us below.
As part of this journey, we have added a link on the KidStar homepage that will simulcast all the incredible Voice America Kids programming, now there will be two places that you can enjoy the programming, right here on the KidStar Network home page and also at
I would like to take a moment and thank everyone that has made this dream come to reality, we are about to embark on the second journey that will take us to one hundred cities across the country in 1.7 years and placing KidStar broadcast facilities in one hundred schools and Boys and Girls Clubs along with them becoming Voice America Kids Network affiliates.
I would like to personally thank the following KidStar heroes that have made this day a reality:
Thanks to all our teachers, principals and our incredible KidStar Kids going back to 1987 when the KidStar Radio Network was born at Shumway Elementary in Chandler, Arizona.
Linda Minton – Co-Founder of the KidStar Radio Network
Rena Rowan Damone
Cornelius Hanna – President KDSTR Corp.
Bill Greaves – Creative Director KDSTR Corp.
Mario Ridgley Jr. – Our 13 year old President of KidStar Radio Network
Ruth Woody – CEO 977 Media
Paul Saunders – President 977 Media
Will Woody – 977 Media Artist Development
Bruce Solsten – VP 977 Media Community Relations
Jeff Spenard – President World Talk Radio/Voice America
Guido Ardaya – Special Projects KDSTR Corp.
Dennis Mannion – Past President Los Angeles Dodgers
Lauryn Lukin – Past VP of Broadcasting/Los Angeles Dodgers
Erik Braverman – VP of Broadcasting/ Los Angeles Dodgers
Ann Myers Drysdale – President of WNBA Phoenix Mercury
Leslie Factor – Communications WNBA Phoenix Mercury
Bret Burchard – Communications WNBA Phoenix Mercury
Michael North – NFL Office New York
Tim Delaney – VP of Broadcast NFL Arizona Cardinals
NHL Phoenix Coyotes
John Baker – Clear Channel Communications
Ron Gerson – Clear Channel Communications
Terry Hutchens – Hualapai Tribe/EPCH The Peach/Peach Springs Arizona
Michelle Corr – Talkstars
Senator Orrin Hatch – The Great State of Utah
Trish McCarty – Starshine Academy
Jan Shoop – Starshine Academy
Martin James – Swiss America
Al Hammerman – Kids Rock Cancer
Charles Klar – Kelton Campus
Brian Yazzie – Director of Native Services/Boys and Girls Club
Ryan Treasure –WTR/Voice America VP of Broadcast Operations
Jeff Gerstl – WTR/ Voice America Director of Host Services
Ray Ellis, Ray, Ruben, John, Scott, Melissa, Marsha, David, Terrance and all the support staff and friends at WTR/Voice America Kids.
I know that this list seems long, but it truly just scratches the surface of all the incredible “‘Champions” that have supported us throughout all these years and absolutely all deserving of a thankful mention.
From this point on, I will keep you updated on our progress not only here at our home base in Arizona, but also as we make our way into your community across the country hoping to meet each and everyone one of you.
Please enjoy all our KidStar Radio Network programming along with our simulcast from our friends at Voice America Kids.
About KidStar Radio Network:
The KidStar Radio Network was founded in 1987 by long time broadcaster Perry Damone and is completely run by children ages 10 through 17. KidStar’s Broadcast Partners includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, the American Junior Golf Association and have called play by play for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes. KidStar broadcast facilities are in place in schools and Boys and Girls Clubs across the country and was even talked about on the floor of the United States Senate during the Proceedings and Debates of the 106th Congress, as one of the most powerful educational programs in the country and are now part of the Congressional Record, .
About VoiceAmerica/World Talk Radio, LLC:
World Talk Radio, LLC is a technology centric media group and the largest producer and distributor of live internet based talk radio, delivering over 1,000 hours of programming weekly on its VoiceAmerica™ Network (http://www.voiceamerica.com) and WorldTalk Radio Network (http://www.worldtalkradio.com). Featuring more than 200 hosts broadcasting to eight niche community based channels: its flagship VoiceAmerica™ Variety Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Health & Wellness Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel, VoiceAmerica Sports, 7th Wave Network, The Green Talk Network, Power Up Motorsports Channel and World Talk Radio Variety Channel. VoiceAmerica™ TV offers targeted and exclusive video programming channels. World Talk Radio, LLC is one of the pioneers in internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offering an innovative, effective and comprehensive digital broadcast platform. Digital Publishing through its 10 years of broadcast and media experience along with our seasoned staff of Executive Producers, Production and Host Services Group, World Talk Radio, LLC provides an internet radio and video platform for new, emerging and veteran media personalities to expand and monetize their business and brand in an online digital medium.
“For more than a decade, VoiceAmerica Network has had the best hosts and staff, and they have grown to become the world leader in live internet talk radio broadcasting.” VoiceAmerica President and CEO Jeff Spenard stated. “The Kids Network is a big part of the Network’s overall growth. Kids are our future, so it was only natural to give them a platform to create their own voice and identity.
Perry Damone, Founder of KidStar Radio Network continues, “The KIDSTAR Radio Network has teamed up with VoiceAmerica to give kids a voice to the world. KIDSTAR Network is proud to be part of this incredible journey, creating the world’s first web based radio network all run by kids ages 10 through 19. Through the new VoiceAmerica Kids Network and the colaboration with the KidStar Radio Network,, we will find not only our future broadcasters, but also our future fashion designers, chefs, authors, screen writers, doctors, a whole new generation turning dreams into reality through the power of broadcasting.”
Adds Jeff Spenard, “Meeting Perry Damone was the missing link to making this Network a reality. Perry has devoted the last 24 years to helping kids to be heard. Now we will join him in the next great adventure with Voice America. Plus, who didn’t dream of being on TV or radio when they were a kid?”
As part of this collaborative effort you can now enjoy the Voice America Kids simulcast right here, just click on the green and white Voice America Kids icon and enjoy.