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Catalyst Radio: Tommy Allen talks about his writing, passion for creativity

Allen is organizing a May 2 Creston Art Battle to support neighborhood group.
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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.

Artists create pieces for auction in the annual Creston Art Battle

Artists create pieces for auction in the annual Creston Art Battle /Terry Johnston

/Photo provided by Tommy Allen

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Tommy Allen has worked in Grand Rapids as a journalist in a variety media, largely focusing on art and creative efforts. Allen currently serves as lifestyle editor for online publication Rapid Growth, and also publishes on the citizen journalism site The Rapidian. Allen is also heading up the Creston Art Battle for Community set for May 2 – a fundraiser for the Creston Neighborhood Association that is now in its sixth year.

In this episode of Catalyst Radio we visit with Tommy Allen, to learn about what makes him want to write, and learn what he sees for the future of journalism and why he feels it's important to have a "permanent record."



Local music featured this week on Catalyst Radio from Alexis, from the 2011 Goldstar release, with the song “Take You For A Ride.”


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