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AIRblast - from the Association of Independents in Radio


In This Issue:

Five-Fifty and Counting

It wasn't too long ago that taking a small camera along on a radio story was a novel, almost odd, idea. And now, well, the word "multimedia" barely does justice to the myriad forms our work takes, while the avenues and methods of distribution multiply seemingly by the day. It's hard to keep track of who's doing what, where, when and how. But Jessica Clark's been cataloging it all for some time now, compiling a neat, one-stop index of AIR's Public Media Scan. In the Spotlight, she opens the door to that large, informative, and inspirational library.

Issue Archives

AIR presents Hindenburg Unpacked

AIR Grows

Say hello to a fresh crop of members:

Ellen Berkovitch/Albuquerque, NM
Rae Ellen Bichell/Helsinki, Finland
David Boyer/San Francisco, CA
Nancy Camden/Mequon, WI
Anny Celsi/South Pasadena, CA
Marie Choi/Oakland, CA
Kristen Clark/New York, NY
Meredith Dault/Ottawa, Canada
Helena de Groot/Brussels, Belgium
Kathryn Dunning/Livingston, MT
Jeff Emtman/Boulder, CO
Mallory Falk/New Orleans, LA
Melissa Gerr/Baltimore, MD
Paige Goodpasture/Richmond, VA
Gabe Grabin/Kennebunk, ME
Jonathan Groubert/Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stephanie Guyer-Stevens/
 Healdsburg, CA
Christopher Howell/Eustis, FL
Megan Jones/Oakland, CA
George Jordan/Los Angeles, CA
Peter Jordan/San Francisco, CA
Maggie Kane/Kalamazoo, MI
Binnie Klein/Hamden, CT
Casey Kuhn/Bloomington, IN
Manda Lillie/Saginaw, MN
Jessica Miller/Scarsdale, NY
Megan Molteni/Oakland, CA
Sara Mott/Menlo Park, CA
Susanne Mueller/Pittsburgh, PA
Brendan Murphy/Somerville, MA
Elise Pepple/Portland, ME
Allyssa Pollard/Bloomington, IN
Allison Quantz/Charlottesville, VA
Katie Ricciardi/Califon, NJ
Ashley Richardson/San Francisco, CA
Karen Werner/Montague, MA
John K. Wilson/Boulder, CO

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Now You See It, Now You Don't
Tracking Trends Via AIR's Public Media Scan
By Jessica Clark

Since 2010, AIR has been keeping an eagle eye on the transformation of public media with the Public Media Scan, an exclusive email bulletin that goes out each week to our "new network" of AIRsters and influential makers, funders, and change mavens interested in understanding how the newest technology is being blended with traditional craft to tell and distribute stories. In this AIRblast Spotlight, AIR Media Strategist Jessica Clark shares another new tool — the Pubmedia Nexus Index — to track the latest projects and ideas.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive


Play the City! with Austin Music Map's interactive playlists, à la Localore.

To Do: 2013 Conference Calendar

Integrated Media Conference (IMA)
Localore Plays Austin — KUT's Music Map Bike Tour
March 6–7
Austin, TX

SXSW Interactive
Get Your Wheels On! Austin Music Map Bike Tour
March 8–12
Austin, TX

Austin Music Map's Delaney Hall, Zeega, and KUT lead an adventuresome bike tour of musical hotspots across the city — the Moose Lodge, Baby Blue Studio, the Victory Grill are on the route. No need to wait for March in Austin. Take a virtual tour of these joints and more by visiting the Map now. You’ll want to high-five interactive producer Zeega for this one!

National Conference for Media Reform
April 4–7
Denver, CO

AIR @ Tribeca Film/Multimedia Festival
Localore production teams converge on the Big Apple to show their stuff.
April 20
New York, NY

National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference (NFCB)
May 29–June 1
San Francisco, CA

National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference (NFCB)
May 30–June 1
San Francisco, CA

Crowning a year of Localore production, The Kitchen Sisters, KQED, and invited guests present a smorgasbord of media celebrating The Making of…

Public Radio News Directors Conference (PRNDI)
June 18–22
Cleveland, OH

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

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

Public Radio Program Directors Conference (PRPD)
September 9–12
Atlanta, GA

Cool Tool: Count Your Time and Dollars.

The business side of indie work isn't for everyone. Streamline your operations and leave more time for making stories with Harvest , a tool that tracks your time and generates invoices. It's designed for small production shops or freelancers like you. Extra bells and whistles include: expense tracking, budget reporting, and synching across platforms. Consider their free trial. — Erin Mishkin

New Member Spotlight: Luke Stewart

Joined AIR: October 2012

Who? Based in Washington, D.C., Luke is co-founder of, a D.C.-based jazz website (read The Washington Post's praise). He is also a DJ and production coordinator at WPFW.

Cred: Luke has interviewed and performed with notable musicians and activists, including Chuck Brown, Yusef Lateef, Randy Weston, and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Beyond radio? He is a prolific musician and currently a member of multiple bands, including: indie rock band Laughing Man; experimental electronic trio Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind; and free-jazz trio OOO. He recently led a 12-member ensemble in a birthday tribute to John Coltrane at the legendary Bohemian Caverns.

Looking for? Collaborators!

Giving back? Says Luke: "Please feel free to contact me with any questions I can answer about working in community radio in Washington, D.C."

Where is he headed? Says Luke: "I hope to continue to contribute to the community through radio. I am currently involved in a collaborative project, "InMacro," utilizing radio transmission in a musical fashion, which will make its debut in Washington, D.C., in March." Want to learn more about it? Contact Luke.

Tap your inner innovator . .  .Find inspiration on the AIR blog

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