YM Blog-A-Thon: Face the Race with Anyi

Youth Outlook and Wiretap are kicking off the first ever Youth Media Blog-A-Thon. This month’s topic is the 2008 presidential election. Youth Radio personality King Anyi knows one or two things about the election, having hosted the daily “Face The Race” broadcast during the run up to Super Tuesday. Here’s his reflection on the experience:

Over this election season I’ve hosted an internet radio show called “Face the Race”. The focus of the show was to provide election coverage and observations from the youth perspective. We also mixed in songs with social commentary and held interviews with a variety of people involved in the election. The show ran through the week of ‘Super Tuesday.’ The show was fast paced and too much fun!

One of the main points of topic on the show was the impact of the youth vote. “It used to be the icing on the cake, but now it’s the whole cake.” Was a quote I don’t remember where I heard, but I was spitting out every opportunity. It’s funny because not long after Bush’s re-election I think more people felt a need to make sure their vote is counted for and abandon their “apathetic activism.” Apathetic activism is when someone withdraws themselves from the civic duties not out of laziness or boredom, but out of rebellion or activism. I guess seeing what a handful of conservatives can pull off in an election inspired young voters to put their numbers together and see where their power lies. During the course of my role as host of the show, it became more and more apparent. that the power of the youth vote lies with Obama.

It was exciting to see Barack Obama win primary after primary, while difficult to maintain my neutrality. I was just overall thrilled to be part of such a historic race, with record breaking results, and unexpected surprises and endorsements as someone who was breaking the news. Like when Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed John McCain, I got to dust off my “Ahhnold Gahvernataah ov Killeyfornya” impersonation. And when 50 cent announced his support of Hillary Clinton (out of concern Obama would be killed) I dusted off my “Fiddy” impersonation.

There are a lot of things that remain to be seen in this race and I’d like to point them out and pose some questions:

Will Huckabee finally hang it up, or will he run independent against both Dem/Rep candidates?

John Edwards doesn’t want to endorse a candidate, because he doesn’t want to give them his delegates. I wonder what he plans on doing with useless delegates.

The George W. Bush endorsement. Help or Hurt McCain?

Being a part of the show definitely boosted my awareness of politics and has made me more confident in talking politics with other people. We Will be bringing the show back so keep checking http://www.youthradio.org and check out the archives because it is definitely worth it, from the music to the interviews, to our ‘Meet the Mess’ Segment is a better than good way to think about politics.


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