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In This Issue:

(The Truth Is) We Were All There

We’re hot off the tracks of Atlanta, where nearly six hundred of us mixed it up for three days – indies, PDs, New Voices, plus trombones, trumpets and cymbals. AIR’s keynote speaker, Torey Malatia, says “we are all makers,” and AIR’s outgoing prez, David Freedman, lays down the wisdom of “beginner’s mind” in our feature spotlight. And twenty-five years later, AIRsters, anchored by voices of our founders in the AIRmuse, are making the future. If you listen, you’ll hear it.

Issue Archives

AIR is Talent

AIR Grows

Holy smokes! Watch us grow! Say hello to a fresh crop of members who've pushed us over the 1000th producer mark:

Hans Anderson/Washington, DC
Susan Armitage/Brooklyn, NY
Amy Bracken/Cambridge, MA
Megan Bradshaw/London, UK
Marshall Bright/New York, NY
Kevin Cubbins/Memphis, TN
Gavin Dahl/Golden, CO
Megan Detrie/El Paso, TX
Bremen Donovan/Washington, DC
Karen Duffin/New York, NY
Nikki Gamer/Baltimore, MD
Susan Goodwin/Washington, DC
Katie Hiler/New York, NY
Lauren Elizabeth Kelly/Brooklyn, NY
Isaac Kestenbaum/Brooklyn, NY
Margaret Krauss/Pittsburgh, PA
Emily Kwong/Southport, CT
Leeds Mallinckrodt-Reese/Colorado Springs, CO
Catherine Moore/Fayetteville, WV
Maureen Murphy/Alexandria, VA
Helena Okolicsanyi/Manassas, VA
Monique Parsons/Glencoe, IL
Sonia Paul/San Francisco, CA
Leah Rose/San Francisco, CA
Federica Sasso/New York, NY
Matt Shedd/Athens, GA
Lana Straub/Stanton, TX
Bianca Toness/Mumbai, India
Taylor Tower/Montreal, Canada
Edgar Treiguts/Marietta, GA
Melissa Vogel/Oakland, CA
Connor Walsh/Brussels, Belgium
Tyler Wright/Bloomington, IN

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Cool Tool

Say What? What? What?

Ever missed that money quote just seconds before you started recording? Step back in time with the Heard app (iPhone for now, Android on the way). The paid version buffers the last five minutes so you can retrieve the sounds that just happened — free gets you 12 seconds. Killer or creepy? You decide …

— Jessica Clark


Founders' Montage: by Karen Michel and Barrett Golding, with Robin Wise. Compiled in honor of AIR's 25th anniversary.

AIRmuse Archives


What's Now: AIR President's State of Our State

By David Freedman

This month's spotlight features remarks given at the September 18th AIR Mingle in Atlanta by David Freedman, longtime AIR member and general manager of WWOZ in New Orleans. David was first elected to AIR's board of directors in 2004 and has been president since 2009. Before he steps down in November, he wanted to share reflections on his tenure and offer a message for AIR producers.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

To Do:

Third Coast looking for its next Artistic Director
DEADLINE: October 11
Chicago, IL

Are you passionate about sound and the people who craft it? Have an artistic bent yourself? Are you looking for a venue where you have the potential to inspire others? This may be the one for you.

AIR's Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive
Early Bird Deadline: October 15
Regular Deadline: November 1
December 16–20
Brooklyn, NY

Is your skill set stretching to its full dynamic range? Would a prism of expert experience help your story find its true colors? Sign up for our Full Spectrum Storytelling intensive, in partnership with UnionDocs. Only a few spots up for grabs, first come, first served.

Online News Association (ONA) Conference
October 17–19
Atlanta, GA

This one-of-a-kind gathering of digital journalists includes sessions "Audio Everywhere: Radio in the Digital Age," "Big Data, Little Newsroom," "Jazz & Journalism," and more here.

Filmless Festival (from the Third Coast International Audio Festival)
October 19–20
Chicago, IL

This celebration of the "art of listening" comes just every other year, and this one is IT. Our inimitable colleagues at Third Coast lead us into the deep recesses of "ear" in ways like no other. Don't miss a beat by signing up for their alerts.

RadioVision 2013
October 19
New York, NY

WFMU's day-long festival "celebrating radio's future as it takes on new forms in the digital age for the medium's fans, tinkerers, and future thinkers." Details, speakers, and registration are here.

Public Radio "Super-Regional" Meeting
November 12–14
Washington, DC

True/False Festival
February 27–March 2, 2014
Columbia, MO

This eclectic gathering of nonfiction filmmakers, which began 10 years ago, "salutes those with the devil-may-care DIY spirit." There are AIRsters in the mix. Worth checking out.

New Member Corner: Federica Sasso

Follow on Twitter: @federicasasso

Joined AIR: August 2013, after attending AIR's Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive at UnionDocs.

Currently hails from: Brooklyn, New York, by way of Italy.

Who? An Italian journalist and Fellow of the Collaborative Program at UnionDocs, the Center for Documentary Art. With a background in print and video, Federica has spent the last year producing multimedia nonfiction stories while continuing to file for Italian outlets. Read her work here (in Italian).

Beyond Radio? Federica once took a long walk across Spain, following the pilgrimage trail Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It took her 36 days. She says: "I listened to hundreds of stories. I experienced the blurring of boundaries defined by age, profession, nationalities, or social status. During those weeks, I learned something more about listening and welcoming diversity. And also how to travel very light."

The road ahead? She'll be completing a South Williamsburg audio walk as well as a Web-based documentary produced during her remaining time at UnionDocs.

Looking for? Says Federica: "Coming from print journalism and video, I believe AIR members will help me think better about how you can produce beautiful, powerful audio stories. The network is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, get inspired, and feel a part of a community. I would also love to find any outlets interested in stories from or about Italy and also interested in collaborations in general." Welcome Federica!

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