AIRblast - from the Association of Independents in Radio


In This Issue:

Money Talks

It's a cliché, true. But “money talks” is also a truism. From politics to the marketplace to the media, it's a matter of fact — and a matter of friction — that when money equals speech, the more you have of the first, the more you're entitled to the latter. But in this month's Spotlight, our AIR Interactive Residents tell us about a project in which they flip the equation, so that those who are paid the least get to speak the most. It's about workers, the value of labor, oral history, inspiration … and a jukebox.

Issue Archives

AIR is 25 at PRPD

AIR Grows

Holy smokes! Watch us grow! Say hello to a fresh crop of members:

Mubelwa Bandio/Columbia, MD
Christopher Beeson/Boston, MA
Timothy Churchill/Philadelphia, PA
Jesse Cox/Sydney, Australia
Melanie Ferrier/Stoney Creek, Ontario
Emily Forman/Washington, DC
Peter Frick-Wright/Portland, OR
Ninna Gaensler-Debs/San Francisco, CA
Derek Hawkins/New York, NY
Jude Joffe-Block/Phoenix, AZ
Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle/Berkeley, CA
Andrew Keys/Topsfield, MA
Erika Lantz/Boston, MA
George Lavender/Oakland, CA
Aaron Mendelson/Oakland, CA
Ashley Murray/Pittsburgh, PA
Carly Nix/Boston, MA
Neena Pathak/Nashua, NH
Cori Princell/Durham, NC
Max Rosenthal/New York, NY
Jacob Ryan/Portland, ME
Laura Saponara/Richmond, CA
Hannah Sheehan/Brooklyn, NY
Schuyler Swenson/Denver, CO
Ryan Tronier/Salt Lake City, UT
Kathy Tu/Los Angeles, CA
Todd Witter/Portland, OR

We've Got Talent.
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Producer Directory.

New Member Corner:

Chris Beeson

Joined AIR: May 2013 on the advice of Salt alum Matthew Largey.

Currently hails from: Jamaica Plain, MA (by way of Texas, New Jersey, Wyoming, Colorado, and finally, Oregon).

Who? Longtime educator, traveler, and aspiring storyteller who spent more than a decade leading high school and college students on extended wilderness expeditions in the American West.

The road ahead? This fall, Chris will take his teaching skills to the classroom at a small progressive school in the Boston area. Says Chris, "Storytelling has always been a key aspect of my educational practice, and I am now eager to learn more formal audio skills — to both develop my own storytelling but also to find ways to make it an integral part of my curricula."

Looking for? Says Chris, "I'm hoping to find folks who will share a little time with me to give me pointers and guidance both technically and craftwise — and specifically, how to record, edit, and develop a story." Get in touch with Chris if you want to share your know-how, wisdom, and inspiring words.



Two producers, eight weeks, and a jukebox.

By Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson

Brooklyn-based AIR producers Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson just wrapped up their stint as this year's "AIR Live Interactive Residents." With a $10,000 stipend from AIR, they spent eight weeks at Wave Farm in upstate New York, a rural oasis run by the nonprofit arts group of the same name (formerly free103point9).

While there, the two devoted their time to making a media installation they call Wage/Working, which blends the stories of local workers with data about wages. Here's their report.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive


Wage/Working by Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson. (7:32)

AIRmuse Archives

To Do:

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition
Deadline! July 10, noon PT
Planet Earth

Go for the gold! Get your best audio stories in ASAP to win money ($4,000) and infamy on the prestigious "cream of the crop" roster at the Third Coast Audio Festival. Categories are Best Documentary, Best New Artist, Radio Impact, and Best News Feature. Story formats include investigative reports, narrative stories, personal essays, profiles, and audio portraits. Read more about guidelines, prizes and how to upload entries.

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC)
July 11–13
Atlanta, GA

Pitch to Mix
August 3–4
August 17–18
Portland, OR

Two-time Peabody Award-winning producer Dmae Roberts hosts two weekend workshops at Mount Hood Community College Integrated Media Center with Clark Salisbury and JD Kiggins to share tricks and tools of the trade. The early-bird registration deadline is July 20. The $300 fee will increase after that date. Details here. More information? Contact Dmae directly.

National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association Conference
August 22–25
Boston, MA

PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference (PRPC)
SAVE THE DATE! September 17–19
Atlanta, GA

AIR's annual member meeting, fêting AIR on its 25th anniversary, New Voices, Heppermann à la pitch, a Kitchen Sisters performance, and much more at this AIRster-Program Director mash-up in Atlanta. Mark down the date, and keep your eye out for details to come!

AIR Mingle / 25th Anniversary
SAVE THE DATE! September 18 @ 3:30pm
Atlanta, GA

AIRsters (and friends) unite/excite! We're planning the first in we-don't-remember-how-long nonvirtual, face-to-face member meeting. Special guests, important announcements, dazzle, and more. Can we count on you?

Prix Italia
September 21–26
Turin, Italy

This international competition and celebration of radio, television, and multimedia convenes for the 65th time. You’ll find eligibility requirements are here.

Filmless Festival (from the Third Coast International Audio Festival)
SAVE THE DATE! October 19–20
Chicago, IL

This celebration of the “art of listening” comes just every other year, and this one is IT. Our inimitable colleagues at Third Coast lead us into the deep recesses of “ear” in ways like no other. Don’t miss a beat by signing up for their alerts.

Public Radio "Super-Regional" Meeting
November 12–14
Washington, DC

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