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AIRblast - from the Association of Independents in Radio


In This Issue:

3 Booms

1. Cage boxers hit hard in Williston, North Dakota. Watch/Listen to the AIRmuse slide show.

2. Influx of cash with Kickstarter? Read our Spotlight to get a bead.

3. A rush to Evanston in October for Third Coast. All together now!

Hold on to your hat. Dive in.

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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Cool Tool: Singing for Your Summer

We've got the perfect app to while away all those hazy, lazy days. Songify turns speech into music at the push of a button. If she can be a rock star, so can you.
Erin Mishkin

Spread the Good Word! Join AIR

AIR grows! Say hello to fresh crop of members:

Joseph Andriano/
   South Royalton, VT
Lauren Benichou/Oakland, CA
Damian Biniek/Marmora, NJ
Andrew Bowen/Berlin, Germany
Lilian Bui/Los Angeles, CA
Monica Campbell/San Francisco, CA
Kat Carlton/Bloomington, IN
Robert Cross/Austin, TX
Olivia Cueva/Brooklyn, NY
Jake de Grazia/Los Angeles, CA
Mary Flynn/San Jose, CA
Valerie Hamilton/Santa Monica, CA
Michael Johnson/New York, NY
Mitra Kaboli/Brooklyn, NY
Bradley Klein/New York, NY
Hal B. Klein/Pittsburgh, PA
Alexander Krstevski/Bronx, NY
Meredith Mandell/New York, NY
Laura Morris/London, England
Rebecca Palmstrom/New York, NY
Jenelle Pifer/Pittsburgh, PA
Guy Rathbun/Santa Margarita, CA
Julie Rawe/Bloomington, IN
Bishop Sand/Brooklyn, NY
Tegan Wendland/Baton Rouge, LA
Shana Westlake/Brooklyn, NY

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

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Consulting the (Fractured) Atlas
By Adam Huttler and Dianne Debicella

Since February 2011, AIR has partnered with Fractured Atlas, a New York-based arts organization, to offer AIR members support in finding a range of insurance options as well as fiscal sponsorship and fundraising support. Executive Director Adam Huttler and Program Director Dianne Debicella explain the range of their services.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

AIRmuse Video

Fight Night in Crude Country, from Black Gold Boom (2:07)

Black Gold Boom is one of 10 multimedia projects produced as part of AIR's Localore initiative. It explores the oil boom in western North Dakota. Veteran Todd Melby is lead producer working in partnership with Prairie Public, the state's media network.

To Do

AIR's Virtual Annual Meeting (VAM)
Save the date: August 14, 8:00–9:30 pm ET

Calling all AIRsters! We got plenty simmering, and this is your once a year chance to join AIR's board, executives, and staff for a round-up on all things AIR. More details coming soon. Watch your inbox!

Multimedia Summer Workshops at the Knight Digital Media Center
July 31
Berkeley, CA

The last of three sessions "designed to enhance your ability to create audience engagement across multiple digital platforms" convenes on July 31st. This one is a Social Media Intensive and you can contact Vicki Hammarstedt at 510-642-3892 if you want to get on board.

Duke's Center for Documentary Studies Audio Documentary Summer Institute
Hearing is Believing II: Making it Sing
August 6–11
Durham, NC

Many producers have reaped the rewards of this outstanding six-day summer intensive led by John Biewen. It's designed for producers who've gathered material and are ready to construct a piece under the guidance of a stellar team of instructors: John Biewen and Shea Shackelford. If you are an AIRster in good standing, you're eligible for a travel stipend. Information on the session is available here, and you can contact Duke Continuing Studies at 919-684-6259 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or click on the link above.

Public Radio Program Directors Annual Conference
Sept. 11–14
Las Vegas, NV
August 3: Early bird registration deadline

Third Coast Conference
Oct. 5–7
Evanston, IL
August 15: Early bird registration deadline ($395)

Emily Botein heads up AIR's pitch panels, there'll be excitement stirred by the Localore teams, hyper-convergence @ the AIR table, and Ambassadors galore. That's just the tip of the iceberg. AIRsters will be out in full force for this annual jam for producers across public media and beyond. Get in the door for discounts — register now by going here. (Pssst! Wanna get a jump on some bitchin' pitchin'? Check out our guidelines here.)

New Member Spotlight: Mitra Kaboli

Who? Independent writer and radio producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Executive producer of Audio Smut, a documentary-style podcast, and the editorial assistant for Nowhere Magazine, an online, multimedia journal of literary travel musings. Her freelance radio work has been featured on Snap Judgment and PRX's Public Radio Remix.

Joined AIR: June 2012

Why radio? Says Mitra: "I grew up listening to public radio and I have always had a very strong affinity toward it. But as I got older, I realized that there was a very narrow margin of perspectives and voices represented on the radio and in media in general. Since media is incredibly influential in shaping public thought and opinion, I feel an imperative to join in the conversations and make sure there is a diversity of voices."

Beyond radio? "I have perfected the art of making gravy, in the traditional, turkey-and-stuffing way."

Why AIR? Mitra is looking for more freelance opportunities in addition to gaining more experience in public radio and media production. Say howdy to Mitra and welcome her to AIR.

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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