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AIRblast - from the Association of Independents in Radio


In This Issue:

Fire and Sweat

Creative fires are burning! Listen to our AIRmuse metalsmiths forge sound inspiration. AIR Board President David Freedman fans the flames in our Spotlight, reminding us that we've come a long way and there is still exciting, uncharted territory ahead. And Localore — well, talk about hot!

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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Say hello to our newest members:

Ashley Cleek
Nora Flaherty
Sara Franklin
Alec Hamilton
Frances Harlow
Lindsey Lee Keel
Jed Kim
Lesley McClurg
Lillian Mongeau
Maria Reyburn
Abbie Ruzicka
Anthony Saldana
Cleo Stiller
Cynthia Stone
Mujahid Suliman
Joel Supple
Chas Wagner
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State of Our State: AIR's President Looks Ahead
By David Freedman, AIR Board president

David Freedman was first elected to the AIR board in 2004 and took over as president in 2009. He is general manager of WWOZ in New Orleans and has held that position since 1992. Going forward into the new year, we asked him to reflect a bit on the "state of our state."

I speak for our executive director, board, and staff when I assure you of our hope and optimism for the year ahead. There are more corners to turn, and, as we progress and grow, the board and staff will continue to take on the important challenge of adapting this amazing organization to serve the best interests of our growing changing membership. We are committed to our core, long-standing membership and, at the same time, to extending the tent poles with the vitality of a new generation coming our way.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

AIRmuse Audio

Sounds Elemental: Metal (20:41)

AIRmuse Archives

To Do

Media That Matters 2012: Change for Good
February 10–11
Washington, DC

American University's Center for Social Media once again convenes media makers and thinkers from across the spectrum to consider how media drives social change. All invited. More details here.

Integrated Media Association (iMA) Conference
March 7–8
Austin, TX

For the second year, iMA offers a public media "preconference" to the SXSW Conference convening in March. There will be a CEO summit, and sessions are beginning to take shape. There are discounts for early registrants. Keep your eye on this space for new details.

SXSW / Interactive
March 9–13
Austin, TX

The 19th annual SXSW® Interactive Festival will attract many of those who are envisioning and influencing the future creative media and technology. AIRsters are on deck, with Ellen Horne (Radiolab), Kara Oehler (Zeega), and Executive Director Sue Schardt presenting on transplatform media. Great networking, stimulating presentations — and, well, it's Austin! Find out more here.

NFCB Annual Conference
June 13–16
Houston, TX

Community stations will flock to Texas for their 37th annual conference. The gates are now open! Register here.

Games for Change Festival
June 18–20
New York City

For the ninth year, developers, strategists, CEOs, NGOs, and publishers come together to experience what's on the horizon in the universe of games that make a difference. Open call for presentations begins on January 16, and registration opens on February 13. Bookmark it.

New Member Spotlight: Cristina Maldonado

Who? Independent writer, producer, and researcher based in NYC. Former broadcast television journalist who found her home in radio. You can hear some of her work on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show.

Joined AIR: November 2011, after attending David Goren's Brooklyn Listening Group.

Bit by the radio bug when . . . "It was 2008 and I was spending a lot of time listening to Leonard Lopate and Terry Gross. I fell in love with the elegance and intelligence of their conversations, but interestingly, it was Starlee Kine's piece on This American Life about a painful break-up that made me want to go out and make radio. It hit me that you can make your audience do more than just listen; you can create stories they will feel in their guts regardless of what that story is."

Why AIR? Says Cristina: "Someone told me AIR is the glue that holds independent producers together. I'm so thrilled to be a part of this very generous group. I'm looking forward to making new contacts, learning new skills (I'm obsessed with craft), and being inspired!"

Welcome Cristina.

Transcriva Geek Out

Listen up. AIRster David Goren has something to say: "As one who hails from the painful days of transcribing tape using a cassette recorder, and later from a DAW, Transcriva rocks because I can start and stop the recording without taking my hands from the keyboard. You can also set it so it plays the previous few seconds when you start it up again, and that's pretty sweet." Another big wow factor? Clicking on an area of the transcription automatically jumps to its related point in the media playback window, allowing you to quickly review the audio associated with a note or transcription. Badda bing.
Erin Mishkin

Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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