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If you thought Barbara Walters gave guests the third degree, wait until you hear some of the questions posed by CKUW's Radio Camp kids.
"Are tattoos still permanent if life is only temporary?"
"If time is money, are ATMs time machines?"
And (most importantly), "When was the last time you had a McDonald's breakfast?"
'ARE TATTOOS STILL PERMANENT IF LIFE IS ONLY TEMPORARY?'‐ one of the questions posed by CKUW's Radio Camp kids
Those are some of the tame queries the kids asked interviewees last week.
This week, Arielle Balmana, 12, asked a dance teacher at Studio 393, "Do you think Stephen Harper is trash?"
Radio Camp director James Van Deventer said Arielle's Harper prodding was one of the few instances where he had to rein in any kids.
Usually, their creativity is overflowing, and they need very little help coming up with what to talk about from the camp counsellors, Van Deventer said.
At Radio Camp, a dozen kids aged 10 to 13 (although the age range is flexible) saddle up to microphones and speak their minds -- hosting, interviewing and busting out jokes or raps if they feel like it. They also take turns playing their favourite songs.
'WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A MCDONALD'S BREAKFAST?'‐ one of the questions posed by CKUW's Radio Camp kids
The kids go live Fridays at 1 p.m. for one hour.
This is the eighth year the University of Winnipeg's radio station, CKUW 95.9 FM, will host three summer sessions of the week-long day camp.
Van Deventer has learned to never expect to hear the same thing twice.
"This week, we have lots of jokesters; everyone's making fake ads, fake news reports, fake weather reports. Lots of comedy on this week's show. That's one thing I really like -- kids are all different. They all have different ideas, so every week we have a lot of variety," Van Deventer said.
During the week, the kids produce interview segments, usually with business owners in the community, while on field trips.
This week, the kids did a hip-hop program at Studio 393 and hit up a record store on Ellice Avenue.
"I really like it, which is why I returned this year," said Arielle, a third-year veteran. "It's different (every year). There's always new people who come here each year and each group all have their own creativity they all put into making our radio show."
Radio Camp's final production may be the most endearing hour of radio you can find in Winnipeg, peppered with nervous laughter and unintentionally hilarious one-liners.
Last week, one boy reviewed his new basketball shoes ("Every time I wear these shoes my feet feel relaxed... it's like stepping on a pillow,") and a girl doled out back-to-school fashion advice ("You should be wearing a turtleneck tank top with some black boot heels and some ripped leggings, but not too ripped.")
Alfie Kixen, 8, came back this week for a second stint at Radio Camp with his six-year-old brother, Ron, in tow.
"It's pretty fun and it's kind of funner than school," Alfie said.
But his favourite part of the week so far didn't involve turntables or FM dials.
"Probably yesterday when we watched Kindergarten Cop," he said, breaking out in a giant grin.