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In This Issue:

PRX and ContentDepot: How do they stand?

We thought it time to ask: Just how well are public radio digital distribution platforms serving producers? In the first of two commission "Spotlight" features, Barrett Golding turns a critical eye on PRX and PRSS's ContentDepot. AIRster Roman Mars mixes an awesome AIRmuse showcasing REMIX Radio, an experimental stream from PRX. Check out Tumblr, an über-audio-friendly blogging platform, and our NEW "new member profile."

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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New Member Profile

Say hello to new member
Sabiha Khan!

New AIR member Sabiha Khan Who? L.A. indie AIRster sprung up from Youth Radio where she first worked as an education and careers counselor for their youth reporters and then as associate producer.
Joined AIR: December 2009
Creds: Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, with a specialization in Early Modern/Renaissance English Literature and Culture
More creds: Produces for Radiosonideros, a project that documents the sonic life of various communities in L.A.
Earliest media memory: "Sesame Street News Flash" hosted by Kermit the Frog
Now? Breaking out as a freelance reporter and producer interested in arts and cultural reporting. Learn more about Sabiha here.


March 1 – Arthur F. Burns Fellowship

March 1 – Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism

March 1 – Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Awards

March 1 – New Voices Grant

March 1 – Mark Time/Ogle Awards for Audio Theatre

March 5 – Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

March 15 – John S. Knight Fellowships: The James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

March 15 – The Transmission Project

March 26 – South Asian Journalists Association Journalism Awards

March 31 – New York Festivals International Radio Programming Awards

April 12 – New Media Women Entrepreneurs Grants

Spread the Good Word! Join AIR

Say hello to our newest members (as of December 2009):

Caitlin Allen
Mark Dowie
Denis Du Bois
Daniel Estrin
Janet Hotch
Sabiha Khan
Angela Kilduff
Eugene Sonn

Give the gift of AIR. What better gesture than to bring your trusted colleague or collaborator into the fold of AIR’s 760-strong community of producers and associates?

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Breakout: AIRster Roman Mars does the REmix. (9:08)
REMIX Radio on the Web:

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Barrett GoldingSpotlight

Distro Dancing
[part one of a two-part series]
By Barrett Golding

The Internet has made it unnecessary for radio programs ever to hit physical media. Sound files we mix in our computers can now be accessed by stations via a variety of online services. We sent AIR member Barrett Golding on a fact-finding mission to investigate how ContentDepot and PRX have affected radio distribution, aka "distro."

Read On . . .


MQ2 unpacked

Did you miss the terrific webinar convened by NCME on February 10th, featuring AIRsters Jenny Asarnow (The Corner), AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt, and Kara Oehler (Mapping Main Street), deconstructing MQ2? No worries. Watch it online at here.

We Media Conference
March 9–11
Miami, FL

Head south if you want to explore the "possibilities of the creative now" and hook up with others looking to do the same thing. Find out more here. Other opportunities centered around the conference:

There are other events and opportunities lined up to the We Media conference:

Who Inspires You? Now's your chance to put that name in the hat for the "We Media Game Changer Awards," recognizing an individual, a project, or an organization "leading change and inspiring a better world through media." Do it now by going here.

We Media Pitch-It: They're looking for "commercial and nonprofit venture ideas and will award up to $50,000 in seed funding to the innovators who can bring the best ideas to life." Rules and FAQ are here.

South by Southwest Music and Media Conference
March 12–21
Austin, TX

The South by Southwest Music and Media Conference has expanded beyond its original musical roots to become a gathering place not only for musicians, but also for media makers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from far and wide. Learn more.

2010 NTEN Technology Conference
April 8–10
Atlanta, GA

Nonprofit leaders, IT innovators, communications gurus, fundraising experts, and other nonprofiteers dive into the latest trends and practices to exploit technology to "create more social good in the world." Read on.

Grassroots Radio Conference
May 13–16
Garberville/Redway, CA

Meet up with "volunteer-powered, community radio station" folk amid the redwood groves. This year's host is KMUD. More details here.

NFCB Annual Community Radio Conference
June 9–12
St Paul, MN

PRNDI Public Radio News Directors Conference
June 24–26
Louisville, KY

Mark the date, and stay tuned for more info from PRNDI on their annual gathering of news directors from across the U.S. flock.

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference
July 8–10
Forth Worth, TX

PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference
September 23–26
Denver, CO

Third Coast International Audio Festival
October 28–30
Chicago, IL

Cool Tool: Tumblr

Distribute and showcase your audio and multimedia pieces with blogging platform Tumblr. It's free, completely customizable, and super easy to use. "Freakin' easy for audio," says AIRster Grant Fuller. It's so simple that you could have created your blog in the time it took for you to read this. Now go do it and then share your blogs with us at

Erin Mishkin

I want an AIR t-shirt! Show the world your producer pride with our new shirt. Designed by Priscilla Wilson, the shirt — 100% cotton American Apparel — proclaims what we all know . . . see it here. ($10 for AIR members, $15 for non-members)

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 Robert E. Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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