Bay 11 Podcast: By Teens, For Teens

“Bay 11” is produced by four members of the Broadcast Journalism II class at Hillcrest High School.  The show will arrive every couple of weeks, but there will also be some shorter segments posted now and then. Follow us by following @bay11podcast on Twitter, and check us out on Facebook:

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Episode 17  12-3-18

Segment 1:  A Teen’s Battle:  Depression

One in five teenage girls will experience depression to some degree.  It is something our primary guest on this show knows all about. Listen as she sheds light on how she coped, and why she is still in treatment.  Anna Daniel reports.

Segment 2:  Dig Or Dis

Digs or Dis  A disgraced NFL star, a new movie about Queen, the most overplayed Christmas song, and an annoying habit…all are targets in our latest pop culture segment, featuring all four podcast staffers.

Episode 16  11-16-18

Segment 1:  The Amazing Stan Lee

Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 this week.  No one was more associated with Marvel Comics.  And to mark his career, and his passing, we found an expert.  Give this in-depth interview by Brenden Weaver a listen.  We promise you will learn something new about Marvel, and Stan Lee.

Segment 2:  Dig Or Dis

Digs or Dis  Our regular pop culture critics’ segment as Hayden, Sophia, Anna and Brenden take aim at Instagram, Sabrina, Marvel, and Michael Buble.  Got your attention?  Check it out.

Episode 15  10-30-18  The Halloween Special

Segment 1:  Haunted Reed

Is Reed Academy haunted?  The building is approaching its 100th year, and Hayden Pyle, who attended Reed, along with the rest of our Pod Nerdz, paid it a visit and got the scoop from two custodians who have had their hard-to-explain experiences.

Segment 2:  The Test

Our Halloween theme continues with an original drama/comedy/horror spoof in which two teachers prove a point, but in a grisly way.

Segment 3:  Dig Or Dis

Digs or Dis  It’s all about the value of candy corn.  A hot topic during the candy season, of course, and this time the disses outnumber the digs.


Episode 14  10-24-18

Segment 1:  21 Pilots: Stay Alive

One of the biggest bands around is “21 Pilots” and reporter Sophia Vaughn is a huge fan.  She explains why in her segment, and then her guests talk about the powerful impact the group has had on their lives.

Segment 2:  Patriotism, Nike, and Colin Kaepernick

A nearby college immediately banned all Nike products from their athletic department when Nike used controversial football player Colin Kaepernick in their new ad campaign.  It sparked come creative protests online, and plenty of debate as Americans chose sides.  Hayden Pyle looks at the issues, and finds a local woman whose organization has an alternative for those shedding their Nike gear.

Segment 3:  Dig Or Dis

Digs or Dis  Our pop culture discussion this time is a little weird.  Think about the evils of soft mints, how Pete has been treating Ariana, and then something about those awkward facial expressions that get misinterpreted on social media.  Buckle up for a strange ride.


Episode 13  10-4-18

Segment 1: Losing Weight, Losing Control 

What started as a story about fad diets led reporter Anna Daniel to a recent HHS graduate, who shared how her constant dieting began threatening her health and well-being.

Digs and Disses this time includes high hopes for a horror movie sequel, “The Good Place,” Cardi D’s recent behavior, and a favorite book series for young kids.

Segment 2:  Doling Park: Through the Years

Then Brenden Weaver brings us the colorful history of Doling Park in Springfield, which has been around since the late 19th century, providing warm memories for many Ozarkers.

Segment 3:  Dig Or Dis

Digs or Dis this time includes high hopes for a new horror movie sequel,  NBC’s “The Good Place,” Cardi D’s recent behavior, and a favorite book series for young kids.


Episode 12  9-20-18

Segment 1: Live PD:  In Our Backyard

A national broadcast on the A & E network has made us famous here in Greene County, MO.  Every Friday and Saturday night, it’s cops and robbers on TV, giving viewers a peek into the life of law enforcement officers.  Reporter Sophia Vaughn visits with fans, and with one of Greene County’s finest, Corporal James Craigmyle.

Segment 2:  Dig or Diss

A new, regular feature of the Bay 11 podcast gives our podcasters a chance to sound off on any aspect of pop culture grabbing their attention.  They might praise it, they might slam it, or they might just argue about it.  This segment is definitely by teens, for teens.  On this inaugural “Dig or Diss,” we touch on a teen rom-com, a book series worth a re-visit, a fabric that often gets overlooked, and Hayden shares his thoughts about a billionaire who apparently thought: ‘How cool…I’ll smoke some weed during a podcast.’ (not this one)


Episode 11  7-6-18

Vacay:  Part One

Here is reporter Sophia Vaughn’s account of her family’s recent vacation trip from Springfield to Colorado.  More specifically, as the trip unfolded, the story became about dealing with the long, boring drive across Kansas, enduring her little sister’s creative commentary now and then, some dad jokes, and the sameness of the landscape.

Vacay:  Part Two

Anna Daniel gives a day-to-day account of what her family experienced as they headed by car from Seattle to Missouri.  The scenery, and Anna’s outlook, provide an interesting counterpoint to Sophia’s report.  Listen especially for the sound of sleet in June, which was a far cry from the hot, muggy weather waiting back home.


Episode 10  6-3-18

Segment 1: A Bunch of North Side Kids

Hear the story of a baseball team from Hillcrest that brought home the school’s last state title on the diamond in 1988.  That dramatic season is recalled by two players from 30 years ago, shortstop Marc Essary and pitcher Dwayne McCullough.  As reporter Brenden Weaver explains, the team was dealing with tough opponents, while carrying concern for a beloved teammate with them every time they took the field.

Segment 2:  Update:  Remembering Tashayla Clayton

New “Bay 11” host Hayden Pyle has an update on Shay Clayton, featured in a story from our January program.


Episode 9  4-9-18

Segment 1:  Parkland

Ryan Dietsch and Delaney Tarr, two Stoneman Douglas teens who took refuge in a closet during the deadly school shooting on February 14, talk to reporter Sophia Vaughn about that day, and how they and their peers have taken action in recent weeks to start a national movement.

Segment 2:  Small Non-Profit, Big Heart

Anna Daniel has the story of a respite center started by her grandmother, providing shelter for homeless women so they can recover from being hospitalized.


Episode 8  3-6-18

The Peacocks

Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt etched their names in Springfield history in July of 1865.  They faced off in the town square over a gambling debt, this one involving a pocket watch.  

These two young “peacocks” of the wild west were not about to back down, as reporter Sophia Vaughn explains, with the assistance of John Sellars.  He is the head of the Springfield History Museum, which happens to be located on the square where this story unfolded over 150 years ago.

The story includes original music by Hayden Pyle.  Special thanks to Jeffrey Johnson from OTC.


Episode 7  2-22-18


A special show produced by the staff of “Bay 11,” looking at a rumor that sparked plenty of anxiety in the Hillcrest community, a rumor that turned out to be unfounded.  A meme posted on social media by a suspended student, a few days before the Parkland, FL attack, was taken as a warning of an attack coming to HHS.  School officials acted promptly, investigated, and determined there was no reason for concern.  That did not stop some students and parents from taking a cautious approach the next few days.


Episode 6  2-9-18

Segment 1:  Chernobyl:  Frozen In Time

Amanda King visited the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.  The city of Chernobyl is a ghost town now after the accident in 1986 that forced evacuation of residents.  They had to leave just about everything behind, including their pets, as she tells Ellen Fountain in our first story.

Segment 2:  The Conductor

Teens should give symphonic music a chance.  That is what the conductor and music director of the Springfield Symphony believes as he talks to reporter Hayden Pyle about his job, and his passion, for “art music.”


Episode 5  1-11-18

Segment 1:  Just 6,000 Miles Away

In “Just 6,000 Miles Away” our host Emily talks to her big sister Chelsea, home for a visit after spending the last 11 months in Sendai, Japan. The cultural differences are substantial, and Chelsea explains how she’s adjusting.

Segment 2:  Fighting For Her Life

“Fighting for Her Life” sums up the last year for Shay Clayton, a teen from Willard, MO who has faced huge challenges, including one devastating decision she had to make all by herself, just before Christmas.  Reported by Sophia Vaughn.

Segment 3:  Stand-Up Comedian Tyler Snodgrass 

In our pop culture segment, reporter Isabella Halmick has a conversation with Tyler Snodgrass, who actually started doing stand-up comedy in high school at Hillcrest.  Now he does it professionally all over the country.


Episode 4  12-6-17

Segment 1:  So Full of Joy

Brennan Williams followed some students who brighten Hillcrest teachers’ lunch periods every day with their snack cart, and their smiles.

Segment 2:  Talent on Display

Parker Payne calls Ellis Hall at MSU his home-away-from-home.  He had his first recital there when he was in elementary school, and now the 19-year-old is known as one of the best piano players in the midwest.  Hayden Pyle, our own piano man, brings us the profile.

Segment 3:  Blogging Her Way to Success 

Her blog site,, has helped Ana Elliot have the career she always dreamed of, one she can enjoy from here in the Ozarks.  Kaylinn Clotfelter interviews her about how she is making it work.


Episode 3  11-17-17

The Summer of the Cobras

Allison Green joins the Bay 11 team with her first story, an in-depth, sometimes amusing look back at a harrowing event from the summer of 1953.  The city of Springfield was on pins and needles after a dozen poisonous cobras escaped from a pet store, slowing turning up all over town in the following weeks.  John Sellars, the head of the Springfield History Museum, is the featured guest, and he provides all sorts of information about the “great cobra scare.”


Episode 2  10-24-17

Segment 1: To Kill a Classic

A school in Mississippi bans the Harper Lee classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and a national debate ensues about the appropriateness of the novel for some classrooms.  Reported by Brennan Williams.

Segment 2:  Take a Knee?

The “take-a-knee” protest in the NFL has made its way to some high school pre-game ceremonies.  Ellen Fountain talked to two players from a Washington D.C. high school who explain why they and many of their teammates are kneeling during the National Anthem.

Segment 3:  Making Music Videos 

Brook Linder, a graduate of Missouri State University, has been making a name for himself in LA where he now lives and directs music videos.  He explains what his job entails in a visit with Kaylinn Clotfelter.


Episode 1  9-30-17

Segment 1: It Could Have Been Me 

Teens on the north side of Springfield, MO learn of a horrific crime, then discover that a man they thought they knew might be involved.  It happened 2 1/2 years ago, but if feels like yesterday to those who were there.

Segment 2: September 32nd 

Head injuries, especially concussions, are getting more attention than ever in the NFL, where there are less than 3,000 players during any given season.  Meanwhile, millions of young athletes risk similar injuries every day in the U.S., and not just on the football field.

Segment 3: Modern Family Ties

Our call-in guest is a former HHS student who left Springfield behind over 20 years ago to seek a career in Hollywood.  She’s now a recurring character on a major hit, playing of all things, a country gal from Missouri.


The Bay 11 Podcast Staff for 2018-19


Host, Reporter, and Music Director:  Hayden Pyle (front, left)

General Assignment Reporter:  Anna Daniel  (front, right)

General Assignment Reporter:  Sophia Vaughn  (back, left)

Sports and History Reporter:  Brenden Weaver (back, right)


Bay 11 Executive Producer:  Dave Davis