AZYEP 24-Hour Takeover at KDNK


If you’re ever listening to the radio in the car, keep an ear out for the KDNK AZYEP kids!


Based out of KDNK radio station in Carbondale, the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, or AZYEP, is an all inclusive program that teaches kids from diverse backgrounds how to express themselves through music, teaching them everything they need to know about the radio, from spinning vinyl in the studio, to controlling the sound boards. 


Annemarie Zanca founded the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program in honor of her late brother, Andy Zanca, who was KDNK Community Access Radio’s first youth DJ. Sadly, Andy passed away in 1998 by suicide.

The program has kids from all over the valley, ranging from elementary school to highschool, each with their own diverse taste of music.


Annemarie Zanca’s  daughter, Lily Webber, a recent graduate from GSHS, spoke with Parker Wilson about the significance of the program.  “In my experience, it boosts confidence and speaking skills drastically in students, and it’s just a lot of fun! I think it’s really special that AZYEP provides that opportunity to anyone that wants it.”


Webber also commented on the programs’ origins, and why the program focuses on youth empowerment. “My uncle Andy Zanca was the very first kid to have his own radio show, and it was a real safe haven for him. He wasn’t very good at school or making friends, but he loved music and being on the radio and it helped him feel more comfortable with talking and being himself.”


This weekend on October 9th and 10th, AZYEP will be taking over KDNK for 24 hours, starting at 4pm on the 9th, to 4pm on the 10th. The takeover will feature many youth DJs in the program, from ages 7 to 17, and many different music tastes and genres. Alongside the takeover is an online silent auction with prizes like gift certificates for restaurants in Carbondale and a cruiser bike, currently ongoing. You can also sponsor a DJ you like or the program itself to keep the program free for youth DJs. Both the silent auction and DJ sponsoring can be found at, which can be accessed clicking this link.


Make sure you don’t miss out! AZYEP has something for everyone.