Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Hope.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Atlanta, GA. My childhood involved spending as much time involved in music as possible — whether that meant learning how to play the alto saxophone, or the turntables or writing rap lyrics. However, it was during my early teens though when I fell in love with radio. I would listen to V-103 Atlanta radio. I would even role play being on the radio by dubbing my own mixtapes.
Once college approached, I started my own radio show at Tufts University radio station called “Hip Hope Radio.” I wanted to do a show that put hip hop culture in a positive light, and to be able to express myself creatively. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree from Harvard Divinity School.
I began my journey into commercial radio at 92.9FM Boston in 2013. This experience was eye opening to me. At the same time, I had moved Hip Hope Radio to 95.3FM WHRB and began to receive national attention for it (https://thetandd.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/dj-hip-hope-harvard-student-uses-popular-genre-to-preach/article_5a59405c-b154-11df-b138-001cc4c03286.html).
As a mentor to several at-risk young adults in the Port Neighborhood in Cambridge, MA, I started to invite many of them to the studio to learn how to use the equipment so that I could teach them how to produce shows and how to audio edit. This pilot experiment was successful. In 2017, I began to talk with the Cambridge Arts Council and with youth from the community to discover ways to fund a formal program where young adults could receive free workforce development and training into the audio industry.
One year later, we have a recording studio in the heart of Cambridge, MA, full-time employees, and trainees set to enroll in the Fall 2018! I could not imagine doing anything else with my life right now.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As with anything in life, there are plenty of ups and downs- In the past few years I have lost both my father and mother. Also, one of my mentees from the Port neighborhood was murdered on 2014. Despite the bad times, I have learned to value life and to honor their memory by keeping on the good fight and steadying the course. I was blessed enough to come from a family that raised me to appreciate the good times and to turn negative situations into positive ones.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Loop Lab – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Loop Lab is a charitable non-profit organization that is dedicated in empowering underrepresented young adults from the Port Neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts to enter careers in the audio industry through workforce development and internships. In time, we will start renting out the space to community members who are interested in recording podcasts or music. Our offices and studio are located at 872 Massachusetts Ave, unit 1-5, Cambridge, MA 02139. Check our websites for updates www.thelooplab.org or www.gofundme.com/wearethelooplab
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We plan to enroll 6 incredible trainees this fall! We also plan to take our trainees to the United Nations headquarters in NYC and to the SXSW festival to learn more about opportunities there, as they also educational partners for us.
We look forward in finalizing the grand opening of our newest studio space in August 2018. There will be an open house then. Please go to www.thelooplab.org to be on the lookout for that update.
We are planning a meet & greet event in the fall for folks who want to support our work in Cambridge and beyond. For more info on this please contact Chris Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: 872 Massachusetts Ave., unit 1-5, Cambridge, MA 02139
- Website: www.thelooplab.org
- Phone: 8572510843
- Email: email@example.com