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In This Issue:

Music + Storytelling

AIR's Live Interactive resident Anna Boiko-Weyrauch will certainly hook your ear. Stationed at KEXP Seattle, Anna produced — in just 10 weeks — a 14-part series of short features called "Why Music Matters." Ready to hear what Olympic luge athlete Christian Niccum reveals about Velvet Underground? Listen to our AIRmuse. How about music that can, according to an anonymous retail clerk, make people want to buy more blue jeans? Anna's spotlight article about her experience at KEXP reveals all about her small story and music tapestries. She's onto something.

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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New Member Spotlight: Ralph Arlyck

Who? Veteran indie film producer from Poughkeepsie, New York, who is beginning to explore the world of audio.

Joined AIR: February 2011

Creds: He's produced and directed more than a dozen prize-winning, independent films, which have appeared on PBS, the BBC, and Arte. They've been screened at the White House and have played festivals worldwide, including Sundance, New York, London, Rotterdam, and Sydney.

More creds: His work An Acquired Taste was called by New York Times writer Vincent Canby "... a delight... a funny, loving movie."

Looking for? Ralph would be interested in hearing from people about distribution venues they consider to be receptive to more freewheeling, non-straight-news approaches. Feel free to contact him at to give him advice and welcome him to AIR.

AIRmuse Audio

"Why Music Matters" (11:28)
KEXP partnered up with AIR for our 2010–11 Live Interactive Residency. DJ Kevin Cole introduces this new series produced by Anna Boiko–Weyrauch. Listen to how music helped an Olympic athlete break a record.

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Radio Fundamentalism
By Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

AIR's Live Interactive Residency sponsors up-and-coming public radio producers to work with radio stations on innovative new projects. In 2010, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Julie Caine were chosen to work at music programming pioneer KEXP in Seattle. Past residents have worked at Jack Straw Productions and KUOW in Seattle. During her residency, Anna produced the series "Why Music Matters," which aired between songs during the station's music shows. We invited Anna to share her experience.

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To Do

SXSW Interactive + Integrated Media Conference (IMA)
March 10–15
Austin, TX

IMA is the lead-in to this year's SXSW gathering in Austin. Get details on panels, and register for IMA here. Check out details on SXSW, including special session Open Wide: New Models for Public Media on Saturday, March 12, moderated by the Ford Foundation's Orlando Bagwell with Jacquie Jones, executive director of the National Black Programming Consortium, AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt, and film director/comic book writer Gregory Pak.

Listening Institute
March 17–20
Durham, NC

Third Coast and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University team up once again for a deep listening experience, with special guests Peter Clowney from American Public Media, independent producer/WYSO GM Neenah Ellis, and writer Randall Keenan. They're looking for story submissions.

NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference
March 17–19

Washington, DC

Free Press: Media Reform Conference
April 8–10
Boston, MA

This event brings together thousands of activists, media makers, educators, academics, journalists, and policymakers who advocate for better media. It's three days of speeches, panels, hands-on workshops, meetings, film screenings, live entertainment, parties, and more, and it includes presenters such as FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps, Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones, and David Fanning from Frontline. There is a special discount available to AIR members. When you're ready, you can register here.

NFCB Community Radio Conference
June 1–4

San Francisco, CA

Arts Journalism Institute @ Annenberg
June 14–24

Deadline for Application: March 29
Los Angeles, CA

The NEA and the UC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism are accepting applications for the seventh annual Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. This 11-day intensive fellowship program is for critics, reporters, editors and broadcast and online producers from the United States. Staff journalists and freelancers who work in print, radio, TV or online media — and whose main subject is the arts, culture or entertainment — are encouraged to apply.

The Flaherty Seminar: Sonic Truth
June 18–24

Colgate University/Hamilton, NY

The Flaherty is "a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit" with a mission to "foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image." Its 2011 annual seminar, focused on sound, brings together a diverse group of filmmakers working in nonfiction and hybrid media to examine the sound and musical elements of their work. For more information, including registration details, go here.

PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference
September 20–23 Save the date!

Baltimore, MD

Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound
Available now

AIR presents a one-hour special based on the collection of essays by AIRster John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth. This celebration of public media makers and the art of storytelling is produced by Atlantic Public Media. The Kitchen Sisters, Jay Allison, and Ira Glass give us a roundup of personal stories and insight into how they got their respective grooves. Find it on PRX.

Cool Tool: Open Source Music for All

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch inspired us all with her "Why Music Matters" series on KEXP. If you're following her lead and exploring new ways to blend music and storytelling, is right on time. This site provides a searchable directory of Creative Commons (CC) licensed music for producers working on commercial or noncommercial projects. Tracks are categorized by genre, instrument, or style of music, and are clearly labeled with their CC licensing terms so there's no confusion about how and where you can use them. Whistle a happy song.
Erin Mishkin

Missouri Review Audio Competition

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