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Teen radio talk show sounds off about Bikefest and violence in the community

CONWAY, SC (WMBF ) - A group of high school students 'sound off' about the recent deadly violence in their communities; they told WMBF News they are using their voice to bring positive change. The student radio talk show is called Sound Off.

The group of teens say they know some may not agree with what they are saying, but they believe this show is the starting point to reach a solution on some serious issues.

The show is pre-recorded at Conway High School. Claudine Schofield, host and executive director of the show said it gives teens a platform to speak out about issues that are relevant to their generation, and she said it's needed now more than ever.

On Tuesday evening, inside a classroom filled with lights and cameras, and recording equipment, the students invited a group of five panel guests of local music DJ's and promoters to join their discussion.

Over the past six weeks, deadly violence has rocked several communities in Horry County, victims as young at 14 and as old as 24, were shot to death.

Schofield said music is universal, and they wanted young people to hear their perspective, because she believes young people will listen to who they feel they relate to. Last week, the teen show focused on Bikefest safety, and the guests were able to explain how violence and young people at the event are unfortunately connected.

Tony Pryor, also known as DJ Turk Nice, said a lot of the younger people and teens are in Myrtle Beach for Bikefest while the older adults are in Atlantic Beach and North Myrtle Beach, he feels a lot of the values are missing from young people, and they fear nothing, which is why he feels the violence erupts.

"Just as we were saying in Sound Off, these kids, they got a lot of stuff built up and that's what I'm afraid of this year, because of the build up of all of the stuff with Ferguson, New York, and all these other places, a lot of these kids are going to have a lot of animosity, and it's sad," explained Pryor.

DJ J-Streets, or Jerry Hill, said he as been at Bikefest for the past 20 years, and he has watched it change, the bad and good with the event, and feels the crowds gets younger each year.

"They are younger and younger and they are out of control," Hill said. He said he understands why the city of Myrtle Beach is making changes and increasing security to protect its home.

"If I come into your home and I put my feet on your coffee table and you tell me to take it down, and I do it again you take it down, then the next actions you take will be to take discipline actions, I am go to something make sure that you don't put your foot on my coffee table anymore, and that's I how feel it is with this situation," explained Hill.

Pryor added, "They are running around, acting up and just doing what kids do, so that's pretty much why there's more adults in the North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach area, but it's a lot more teens in the Myrtle Beach area so that's why you have more problems."

Radio host Schofield said that's why the talk show is so important, it allows the teens to talk about issues and in part come up with a solution to end the violence.

"Unfortunately, what happened last year with the fatalities indirectly affected our young people, when you hear about people dying you think that you are going to go to Bikefest to have a good time, but Chief Rhodes with Horry County Police said that bullets do not have a name on it."

She said they want to reach a generation that is often not heard, she said because if we don't listen to them, they will show us what they are feeling through their actions. Sound Off will hopefully change views, and open their minds.

Schofield said, "Now I know the voice of our young people, we can hear it and make some corrections a lot of times we might not agree with what our young people are saying but it gives us a starting point."

The Sound Off talk show airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on 98.5 KISS FM and IHeart Radio.

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