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PRPD Straight Ahead.
Audio Tour, To Your Left.

Have you thought about producing audio tours, but been waiting for a … tour guide? From the process to the pay, Bradley Klein details what to expect for producers looking to enter this enduring industry. Don't miss PRPD Programming Conference — the buzz is building. Ready for it?

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Cool Tool: HootSuite Simplifies Social Media

If you're suffering from social media fatigue, HootSuite just might be the tool for you. It lets you view all of your social media streams (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc.) via one screen. You can also schedule posts in advance for a specific time and date, update multiple platforms simultaneously, and track "mentions" and "likes." We're hooked. — Erin Mishkin

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Bradley Klein on Producing Audio Tours (12:25)

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Walking the Audio Tour Talk
By Bradley Klein

Bradley Klein got his start in public radio listening to All Things Considered in his parents' car. He got his first actual radio job in 1990 with Heat: with John Hockenberry. He then went on to work at Talk of the Nation: Science Friday and Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News, hosted by Neal Conan. After a stint creating new programming for WNYC, he left public radio in 2000 to work as executive producer and then creative director of Acoustiguide Inc., an international leader in audio tour production for museums, historical sites, and public spaces. We asked him what work is out there for radio professionals who write and produce audio tours.

Read On . . .

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To Do

AIR with PRPD @ Public Radio Programming Conference
September 20–23
Baltimore Hilton/Baltimore, MD


Johanna Zorn unveils Third Coast's "Best News Feature" finalists; Deb George's "Getting to Yes" pitch panel; a producer-PD Speed Date; John Crigler with Davia Nelson on a new legal framework for producer-station collaboration; Jessica Clark stirs up Bill Buzenberg, Katie Davis, and Michael Marcotte on whether PubMedia Journos "have what it takes"; Dan Grech and Alicia Zuckerman explain why and what's "Under the Sun," AIR's New Voices; a PRX nightcap (or two), Jad Abumrad opens and Jay Allison closes … the beat goes on. And tell us again why you won't be there? AIR members register here at PRPD discount rates. An evolving conference schedule is here.

AIR New Initiative Launch @ PRPD
September 22 @ 5:30 p.m.
Baltimore Hilton/Baltimore, MD

Join CPB CEO Patricia Harrison, AIRsters, PDs, and others @ PRPD for the long-anticipated launch of AIR's new, MQ2-inspired initiative. Stayed tuned, too, for an early September webinar for AIR members interested in learning how to get involved.

AIRster Webinar on New Initiative
September 12, 2:30–4 p.m. ET
RSVP and other details will follow in the next week

Online News Association Conference
September 22–24
Boston, MA

Check out the sessions listing here.

AIR's Sounds Elemental: Metal (with Bob Bielecki)
December 12–16
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center
New York, NY

Just a few slots remain for this unique and highly praised audio training intensive with Hans Tammen and Brenda Hutchinson. We're thrilled that Bob Bielecki is signed on as an instructor for this session. Bob is a close collaborator/instrument-interface designer for Laurie Anderson and La Monte Young, with some of his earliest work produced as part of the infamous ZBS radio collective. Don't wait. Apply now. You can contact with questions.

New Member Spotlight: Chip Grabow

Who? Veteran radio producer turned senior editor at CNN Radio. He's based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joined AIR: July 2011

Creds: Chip got his start at Monitor Radio (working with the likes of AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt, NPR/ATC's Chris Turpin, AIRster Sharon Basco, and WNYC programming czar Dean Cappello). He worked at NPR for 15 years, including a stint producing for Day to Day, with AIRster and radio veteran Alex Chadwick.

When he caught the radio bug: Chip discovered tape recording at age six, when he and a friend "ran around the neighborhood 'interviewing' whoever would talk to us."

Looking for? Says Chip: "I want to better connect with independent radio producers. As CNN Radio breaks new ground in how it approaches audio storytelling, we want to make it clear that there can be another platform for the creativity and talent of indie radio producers — that they don't have to only rely on the usual public radio outlets to get their stories told. All I can say is stay tuned." Reach out to Chip.

Calling all Producers to PRPD!

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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