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Catalyst Radio: Meet citizen journalism reporter Rob Cole

Rob Cole uses his reporting for The Rapidian to become better acquainted with his new home town and to absorb the culture of Grand Rapids.
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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.

/Terry Johnston

Rob Cole onstage narrating the premiere of his poetry/musical collaboration 'Something About Autumn"

Rob Cole onstage narrating the premiere of his poetry/musical collaboration 'Something About Autumn" /Joe Moore

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This episode of Catalyst Radio features one of the citizen journalism reporters publishing on our news site, The Rapidian. With more than a dozen Rapidian articles to his credit, Rob Cole has become one of the more active contributors, with reviews of music, culture and events.

Cole has been a writer of all sorts previously, having published in print and online through numerous avenues. He has explored various creative writing methods, as wells as having his work appear in progressive and other publications.

During his visit on Catalyst Radio, Cole spoke about what brings him to write for this local publication, and how he has used his writings to experience local culture as a relative newcomer to the city.

Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is from local jazz group Organissimo, featuring the 2008 release called Groovadelphia, with the song "Bleecker."

See Rob Cole's recent article on The Rapidian, covering the Organissimo performance as part of a fundraiser for Community Media Center's venue Wealthy Theatre.

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