"by Chelsea Krost My life as a teen talk"
by Chelsea Krost My life as a teen talk show host. I was always fascinated with the weather. And in 2005 when Hurri- Through my show, I have raised money for the Savannah Cash cane Wilma came sweeping through Florida, heading to Palm Beach Foundation. At 14, Cash was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had County, I knew I had to face my fears, go outside and feel the her father on my show, who told my listeners of his daughter’s winds— and report what was happening around me. challenge to stay alive. I sold Savannah Smiles bracelets, raised I begged my father to be the cameraman. He and I walked out- money through my Web site and held a big charity event in side to our front yard as 100-mile-per-hour winds swirled around us. Cash’s honor at a local clothing store. As we raised more than “This is Chelsea Krost reporting to you on Hurricane Wilma,” I said $2,000 dollars, the press covered the fundraising in the paper, into a wooden spoon— my microphone. From that point on, I knew making more people aware of how to help. I wanted to be a broadcast journalist. Cash passed away only three weeks later, but I know I made a When the winds calmed down, I jumped in my father’s SUV difference because of my show. and went throughout my community to report on the devastation. Another cause I’ve dedicated myself to is the SOS Children’s I interviewed people about their experiences during the hurricane, Villages, which is active in 132 countries and territories world- revealing the damage to their homes and the surrounding property. wide and helps children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose Everyone answered my questions and appreciated my enthusiasm. I families are unable to care for them. Along with talking about still occasionally watch the video with my family. SOS, I visit the kids. And I helped to develop a video for a fund- Upon entering high school, I was admitted to a television and raising gala. These kids are a part of my life and my listeners. broadcasting class, and the rest is history. Now in 12th grade, I have been When I did a few shows in New York, I interviewed the founder of elected the president of WSRH, the school-run television station. I have the Pajama Program. This organization raises money for needy kids, en- submitted presentations to many ﬁlm festivals and contests including The abling them to have clean pajamas and books for bedtime. I am involved Palm Beach International Film Festival. I do the morning announcements, in the organization’s big event in Florida. telling the students the important things that are happening in our school. But the radio show that truly changed me, and has made me grow and I also host a local show on Channel 20 for where I live in Florida called mature as a person, is the show I did featuring Christine Oyaizu, a Rwan- What’s Up Boca. dan refugee whose parents were killed in her small town in Rwanda. As I As a junior, I took my idea of hosting a radio talk show for teens to WBZT interviewed Oyaizu, I held her hand and saw the strength in her eyes— and radio. The station loved my idea, and within three months my family and I you can hear the honor in her voice. She is an inspiration to all. designed a Web site, selected a name, got the music and contacted many When Oyaizu came on my show, she inspired me, my friends and my professionals about being guests on my show. I compiled a ton of topics on listeners to never give up and to always appreciate our lives in the United the issues that I felt most concerned teens. States. While she was in America, I enjoyed every moment with her, tak- On March 11, 2008, I went on the air for the ﬁrst time as the host of Teen ing Oyaizu for her ﬁrst ice cream cone, seeing her face light up when she Talk Live. My ﬁrst topic was on teenage drug abuse, and I had two teenagers ate her ﬁrst piece of pizza and running through the sand on the beach and and one adult discussing their problems with drugs. We had a drug coun- splashing each other in the ocean. selor who answered questions and talked about the horrible effects My Mom and I are fully committed to helping to raise of drug use. From interviewing the teens and speaking with money for the organization that Oyaizu champions, Give a the drug counselor on the show, I was pleased that the Girl a Chance (GAGAC). GAGAC provides assistance show was entertaining and informative. to young girls and women in need of medical care, Every week at the studio, I have a teen panel education, food and clothing. that discusses their views with me. Each panelist On October 18, my family hosted a fundraiser can also ask personal questions to my guests. for GAGAC in our home. I invited my friends That is how I created the slogan of Teen Talk to be the models for a big fashion show, while Live: our voice, our opinion, our time to talk! many people and businesses in the community Other topics we’ve presented have included supported us in raising money so that we could body image, relationships, mean girls, cyber bring the money we raised to Africa for the Give bullying, STDs, teen pregnancies and skin cancer a Girl a Chance Conference. We asked our guests awareness. To me, the most inspiring shows occur to bring feminine hygiene products, which we plan when we help others and charities. to send to the United Nations for the millions of women Chelsea Krost surrounded by the generous donations of Chelsea Krost and Teen Talk Live models Chelsea Krost and Teen Talk Live models dressed in Trilogy fashions hygiene products for Give a Girl a Chance. dressed in Trilogy fashions. and bracelets by Give a Girl a Chance, made in Africa. who are not able to afford them. “As much as our lives were so different, we felt we knew each other forever,” said Oyaizu. Both of us have dreams that we hope we can continue to share with each other. Oyaizu has made so many people aware of how precious life is. As I’ve helped get so many people involved in this cause, I’ve realized how very much I love my show, and know I will continue to work hard and go to school so I can become a journalist to inspire and help others. After sending out my applications, I am currently waiting to hear from colleges and am excited to see where the next chapter in my life takes me. I know I will continue my show until I graduate from high school, selecting important teen is- sues and guiding teens through our daily stresses. Every show I do changes my life. I learn new things, I meet smart and interesting people and I help others. To think one day I can do this as an adult and reach and inspire more people is something that motivates me to work hard every day. In January 2008, before my show began, my Mom and I visited Live with Regis & Kelly. I was pulled from the audience to dance. My mom’s friend surprised us by getting us backstage to meet Kelly Ripa. She asked me if I wanted to be a professional dancer. I said, “No, I want your job.” She laughed and told me to go for my dream and never give up. Well, for a 17 year old who lives in Florida, my dream of having my own radio show has come true. As I said goodbye, Ripa said to me, “Chelsea, one day I am going to interview you.” Those words will always stick in my head. Cindi Krost, Chelsea Krost, Christine Uwayezu and Lisa Marcus of Give a Girl a Chance. Maybe she will interview me one day. I want to tell her about Oyaizu and the things I have done. But, you know what, maybe one day I will interview her on my show! When Chelsea Krost, born in 1991 in Long Island, New York, entered high school, she was introduced to TV production and quickly realized that this was her future. Now a senior in high school, Krost broadcasts morning announcements and has created her own weekly weather program for the school. Chelsea and her two partners at school created a program for Channel 20 called What’s Up Boca. She has also starred and danced in three videos produced and directed by Mi- chael James Productions. Krost is now living her dreams with the start of her own show Teen Talk Live.