About

Be the Change Radio

Every Wednesday 5-6pm on WVKR 91.3, Independent Radio in Poughkeepsie NY and streaming on WVKR.org. Listen anytime at Archives on this website.

How we got started

In 2008 the executive staff of WVKR offered Julie and Amy a new hour-long talk show slot, which became Be the Change Radio.

Your hosts

Julie is the host and producer of the Fancy Broccoli Show. Fancy Broccoli began in 1997 as a jazz show and after a few years on the air, Julie invited people in prison to write in to the show and share news, views, and stories of their lives. The letter-reading portion of the show has been a standard ever since. Julie also interviews people who are involved in prison reform and prison-related issues. Recent interviews include Brian Fischer, Commissioner of DOCS; Eddie Ellis of the NuLeadership Policy Group; and Tina Stanford of the New York State Crime Victims Board.

Amy joined the Fancy Broccoli Show in 1999 to help read letters from incarcerated listeners. She now co-hosts the show and does most of the booking for the interviews. Amy is an indefatigable prison reform activist with a deep understanding of the complexity of the issues and appreciation for all people affected by our country’s prison policies.

Shoko is brand new to radio. When talking with Amy and Julie about launching a new show, she became excited about the opportunity to dialog with people about ways that we are making positive change in our lives. She dubbed the show “Be the Change Radio” and, being a rather shy person, is surprised to find herself in front of a microphone… changing.

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