Local KFNX 1100 AM radio show 'The Young Reporters' changes lives of at-risk kids

PHOENIX - Next time you listen to the radio, you may find a unique program that is actually changing lives.
 
It is called "The Young Reporters."  It airs every other Sunday on KFNX 1100 AM.
 
"I think I found myself here," said 17-year-old Cal Pooler, one of several teens who take turns as hosts of the program.  
 
Pooler says he was a "meth baby" and was diagnosed with ADHD and OCD.  His adoptive parents are very supportive of him.
 
He started with the program about 4 years ago.
 
"It has helped me learn to focus and to communicate," he said.
 
The program was developed by former teacher Bob Fishman. He used to work primarily with kids at Starshine Academy in Phoenix and is now trying to get the program connected with other schools where kids may be considered "at risk."
 
Now he is looking to get the program in several schools to help kids with special needs and those who are facing troubled childhoods.
 
The kids interview various people in the community during their shows. 
 
"A lot of time the stress of doing the show is nothing compared to the stress these kids feel at home," he said.  "When they talk to people who are successful and see that those people actually care about them, I think they are stunned sometimes."
 
For now Fishman said kids or parents who want to contact him can send him an email at matchmakerbob@cox.net .
 
You can catch "The Young Reporters" this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. on KFNX 1100 AM.

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