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SYSK: Seven-year-old hosts reading based radio show on KBBG


Zoe Milan Campbell started reading when she was just three years old. At age seven, she's hosting her own radio show on KBBG 88.1 FM.

"Zoe's Book Club with A Lot of Books" started about two years ago.

"When I was five my nana asked if I wanted my own show," said Zoe Milan Campbell.

"We were walking down the hall (at the radio station) I said 'Zoe would you like to read on the air', and she said 'sure' and that was the beginning," said Zoe's great grandma Lou Porter.

The show started with just Zoe reading. Over time, she got others to join her.

"Suddenly we had all the kids coming here," said Zoe.

"We wanted to say to the community, not look at Zoe read, but your child can read and your child and your child," said Porter.

Zoe's goal is to share her love of reading with other children and encourage parents to get involved.

"Because when you read you learn more stuff," said Zoe.

Since KBBG was founded by Jimmie Porter 35 years ago, Lou Porter said literacy has always been a priority.

"If we can plug in anywhere that helps children, that's what we want to do," she said.

The point of the radio program isn't for the children to read perfectly, but for them to improve and get used to public speaking.

So far, students from five different schools participate in Zoe's Book Club.

The radio program is funded through grants. If your child is interested in reading with Zoe, just contact KBBG Radio in Waterloo.

The program tapes on Wednesday afternoons and airs each Saturday at 11 a.m.

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