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Radio as a Second Language
By Hammad Ahmed
Hammad Ahmed learned English by watching Nickelodeon. He learned radio by interning at NPR stations. As AIR’s
Live-Interactive Resident in Seattle, he and fellow independent
Emily Eagle put both together — making radio about learning English. We asked him to explain their project, RadioLingual, and what it says about the future of public media.
!! AIR + Third Coast + PRPD !!
September 15–18, 2009
Is the sky falling or should creatives be all jazzed up as the media landscape shifts ground? Who knows for sure, but it’s a time of invention so when better for AIR and
PRPD and Third Coast to join forces to bring producers and stations’ programmers together in a new way? Third Coast divas Johanna Zorn and Julie Shapiro will bring
their magic to special sessions at PRPD — the largest programming conference in the industry. All independent producers who are AIR members are entitled to PRPD
member rates, and we’ve got a
special room-share board, and there are other financial discounts to make it easier to get
to Cleveland. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Virtual Annual Membership Meeting Online
NOW: If you missed it, you can now listen to the June 4 Virtual Annual Membership Meeting
and get transcripts.
Mic Shootout – Action Shots Online
Saturday, May 23. Nine producers came from near and far to wrap their ears around mics of many shapes and sizes. Jane Pipik and Miles Smith led the charge. Have a look at these
action shots on Flickr. Soon to come, a report on the winning mics.
MQ2 on PRX! MQ2 on NPR!
AIR’s MQ2 producers are off and running. Stay on top of the newest developments by tapping the MQ2 playlist on PRX and subscribing to NPR’s MQ2
showcase. You may also want to keep up with our own blog to find out what’s new inside Makers Quest and beyond.
The Center for Documentary Studies,
** NEW ** Listen Up! Audio for Educators
July 30–August 2
Are you a teacher, a youth media activist, or just somebody who’s stumbled on the possibilities of sound? This one’s for you. This four-day immersion will deliver practical
skills for working with audio in different contexts and expose you to tools that harness sound to foster youth leadership, learning, and inspiration. The instructors are
top-notch, too… Johanna (Jones) Franzel director of Generation PRX, AIR’s MQ2 producer Shea Shackelford who
co-curates the Big Shed audio documentary podcast, and Tennessee
Jane Watson, another AIRster and alum of CDS who works out of D.C. as a producer and teacher.
To register for courses, contact Duke Continuing Studies at 919-684-6259 or visit their Web site.
Cool Tool: TokBox
With so much interaction these days being done through e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook, sometimes what you really need is some good face time. With
TokBox, a free video chat service, you can connect with your collaborators and followers in real time and without having to download
any software or schedule the meet-up in advance. Promote your latest project by inviting up to 20 participants to join you for a Q&A — you can either share the URL
or embed your chat on your Web site or social networking profile. You can also share photos and videos within your TokBox session window or send a video mail message
to someone you care about. A true cool tool.
— Erin Mishkin