Timeout Radio

The award-winning youth radio show and podcast, Timeout Radio, covers a range of topics of interest to teens. Broadcasting from Davis, California, the show has a mix of in-depth reporting, interviews, music, and a place of the week. Inquisitive teens interested in sports, travel, and learning about the world will enjoy getting to know host Rohan and his fascinating line-up of insightful guests.

All past episodes are archived forever below. Find Timeout Radio on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Timeout Radio is the winner of the:

* 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest Grant, Points of Light Foundation

* 2022 National Hometown Media Award, Alliance for Community Media

* 2022 & 2023 San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Award

* 2023 John Drury National High School Radio Award

Follow us on Instagram @timeout.radio and Facebook @TimeoutRadio

Replays Tuesday 5-5:30pm, Friday 5:30-6pm, Saturday 8-8:30am
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

37. Aaaaaand now! Sacramento Kings' PA announcer Scott Moak!

Public Address announcers at sports events inform the audience, engage fans, cheer on the home team, and amp up the crowd. It's a fine balance since they have to do all these things while not being more memorable than the game itself. Meet Scott Moak, long-time Public Address announcer for the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Find out about the Sacramento native's journey as a kid cheering on his hometown team from Section 213 to his 20-year career as the King's PA announcer. Scott tells us about his time as a UC Davis student on the sports crew at the campus radio station, his work in child welfare helping youth in foster care, his advice to aspiring sports announcers, his experience as an NBA announcer, and what fans should expect from the Kings this season.

36. How to Be an Activist

Activist—a simple word just three syllables long—has been the subject of debate and polarization lately. Find out how the word alternately took on positive and negative connotations over the past decades. Then learn five things that you can do to become an effective activist and get people to support a cause. Meet Gloria Partida, City of Davis' first Latina mayor, who is a community activist with a long history of disability advocacy. She started the Davis Phoenix Coalition, a group that works to eliminate intolerance and prevent hate-motivated violence, and whose motto is "Rising From The Ashes Of Hate". Then visit Egypt, a cradle of civilization where the phoenix, writing, ink, and paper originated. Did you know that the 365-day 12-month calendar we use today was invented in Egypt to predict the yearly floods of the Nile?

35. ¡Viva El Mariachi!

Mariachi is a genre of Mexican folk music that dates back to the 18th century. Find out about Mariachi's rich cultural heritage, unique instruments, distinctive style of singing, and eye-catching clothing that add depth and texture to the Mexican story. Then meet Mariachi Puente, a talented group of junior high and high school musicians in Davis. Hiram and Ximena Jackson and Arianna Ramirez tell us how the group was formed and how they continue to practice and perform during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then visit Jalisco, a state in western Mexico whose motto is "Jalisco es México" (Jalisco is Mexico). Mariachi, the sombrero, tequila, birria, Mexican rodeo, ranchera music, and the Mexican hat dance all have their roots in Jalisco.

34. Pandemic of Misinformation

We are in the midst of a pandemic of misinformation. Most people have shared fake news online and didn't know that it was made up until after they shared it. People have trouble sorting through digital information, fall for viral hoaxes on social media, and have difficulty recognizing sponsored content. This problem of misinformation gets especially serious during a pandemic. Two-thirds of people who are not vaccinated believe myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. We talk to Alex Mahadevan, senior multimedia reporter for MediaWise about why we believe misinformation and how to spot misinformation and fake news online. Then we visit St. Petersburg, Florida, a city that earned its name through a coin toss and where commercial aviation got its start. St. Pete is nicknamed "The Sunshine City" and holds a Guinness World Record for logging 768 consecutive days of sunshine.

33. FC Davis' 2021 Season

Football Club Davis was established in 2017. It originally started as a men’s team, the FC Davis Lions, and launched its women’s team in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode FC Davis owner Adam Lewin tells us about the team's 2021 season, which just like the rest of the world, was full of uncertainty. As the pandemic raged, COVID cases were still high, vaccine rates were not where we wanted them to be, sports restrictions kept changing, and we were still learning how to keep fans and players safe on the field. During an unforgettable summer FC Davis' men's team earned the #1 seed in the Golden Gate Conference and the FC Davis Lionesses played their inaugural season.

32. My Dog Ate My Homework

Do you like solving mysteries, helping animals, and science? Listen to this episode to learn about veterinary toxicology—the science of poisons and their effects on animals. Because animals can’t tell us what they’ve eaten, trying to figure out the toxin that is making them sick can be a real mystery. Dr. Bob Poppenga tells us how veterinary toxicologists put clues together to solve puzzles that protect human and animal health. The expression, "my dog ate my homework", refers to a lame excuse that a student gives for not turning in their homework. Find out if your dog can get sick from eating your homework, and why dogs should also stay away from chocolate, grapes, and raisins. Then visit Illinois—the Prairie State—home to an emerald green river, Twinkies, the tallest man ever, and Superman.

31. Science Storytelling

Stories have been used by humans through generations to pass on wisdom, culture, and knowledge. This episode is about science storytelling—a communication technique that informs and educates people about science using the power of storytelling. Science storytelling can combat the spread of misinformation, shape our perception of the world, determine how we respond to controversial issues, and make us care more about critical issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet Sara ElShafie, a science storytelling coach and a biologist, who works at the intersection of science and entertainment to make science accessible and exciting for the masses. Then visit Berkeley, a small city with a big reputation. Berkeley is home to the oldest University of California campus, the element berkelium, the Free Speech Movement, and California cuisine.


Link to guest Sara ElShafie's website: https://www.sara-elshafie.com/

30. Sports Desk

Find out how sports reporting grew from covering horse racing for the social elite in the early 1800s, to entire newspaper sections, magazines, TV channels, and websites dedicated to sports. Learn about the range of careers in sports journalism, such as play-by-play reporting, game recaps, analysis, and investigative journalism. Owen Yancher, sports writer and former Sports Editor at The Davis Enterprise tells us about his career as a sports journalist and swimming coach and how his job changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit North Carolina where the Wright brothers took off on their historic airplane flight and where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run. Find out why North Carolina is nicknamed the Tar Heel State and how the Great Smoky Mountains National Park earned its name.

29. Podcasting

Podcast is a combination of the words "iPod" and "broadcast" and was Oxford American Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2005. The term is now used for audio content on media files downloaded or streamed to a computer or mobile device. Find out how podcasting started, and how it moved from the fringes of digital entertainment to mainstream media. Meet radio journalist and podcast host, Soterios Johnson, past host of Morning Edition on New York Public Radio station WNYC. Soterios now lives in Yolo County and hosts the California Now Podcast for Visit California. Then visit Greece — birthplace of the Olympic Games and democracy, and home to 10,000 miles of sunny coastline.

28. Bats on the Bypass

Yolo Causeway east of Davis takes you over the wetlands of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, where a quarter-million migrating Mexican free-tailed bats roost each summer. At sunset, you can see this large bat colony flying miles up into the air to catch insects for food on the bypass. Meet Yolo Basin Foundation's bat expert, Corky Quirk, who helps injured and orphaned bats return to the wild and leads nature walks through the Yolo Bypass. Hear why these amazing mammals are incredibly important to the ecosystem and agriculture, as we dispel myths and fears surrounding bats around COVID-19. Visit San Antonio, Texas, home to the Alamo, the birthplace of chili, and the world's largest bat colony in Bracken Cave.

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The topics you cover on this show are so interesting. I learn something new each time!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:08am

Love your choice of music! My favorite part of your show is the place of the week segment.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/27/2020 - 4:19pm

Listening to your show right now--sounding good. Just a note to say welcome to the KDRT/DMA family, and I hope your participation brings you happiness!

Submitted by Autumn Labbe-Renault on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 5:13pm

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