Signal to Noise Award from @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio, deadline Aug 9

We’re excited to announce that the Signal to Noise Award is back! Co-presented with Gilded Audio, this grant celebrates creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design. 
Due on August 9th and open to all styles of production, the award includes: $5000 for production; production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design; editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; a free Hindenburg Journalist PRO license; and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn. 
You can check out more details + apply here: 
If you know anyone who is interested, feel free to pass this opportunity along! I have included sample promotional materials below. 
Looking forward to receiving your application! 
Abby Lord
Programs Assistant
Attention all audio makers! UnionDocs and Gilded Audio are pleased to announce that The Signal to Noise Award is back. Celebrating creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design, the winning applicant will receive a $5000 production grant; production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design; editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; a free Hindenburg Journalist PRO license; and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn.
Applications are due 8/9! You can find more information + apply here: 
Audio makers! @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio have announced The Signal to Noise Award to give your project the chance to come to life! Apps are due 8/9: 
Do you have an audio project that combines doc + experimental sound design? Apply to @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio’s Signal to Noise Award to win $5,000, production and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation + more! Due 8/9! 

7th Annual #RadioRace from @IPPkcrw, Aug 10

Hey FCers – KCRW's Radio Race is coming up on August 10. Details below.



KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race: August 10 to 11 

KCRW’s 7th Annual 24-hour Radio Race begins at 10 a.m. PST August 10 and lasts through 10 a.m. PST August 11. The Radio Race is great way for storytellers of all experience levels to break out of their daily routines and make a four-minute audio piece overnight. Winners get a cash prize, plus other perks like a free year-long membership to AIR and PRXYou’ll have just 24 hours to write, record and edit a four-minute nonfiction radio story. You can join as an individual or as a team of your creation. KCRW will air the top three winning pieces, and this time around, one team's piece will be chosen to air on our newest podcast Nocturne. And remember: the Radio Race is more than just an overnight competition. It’s an opportunity to produce the most original piece of radio anyone will hear in 2019. Think big, people! 

Registration here:

Let me know if you have questions!

final @WritingpadUS podcasting class of the summer

Details below!




Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in Los Angeles and craft your show with a Producer of a prominent podcast (There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 of our students landed podcast producer jobs on Freakonomics, RFK Tapes, Unfictional, and Pandora. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.




Class deets:

Podcasting w/ Anna Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)—Starts NEXT Thurs. 7/25                           

Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 15, Aug 22, Sep 12 (4 Thursdays, 1 Recording of Show Teaser at KCRW, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)


Anna Scott is a reporter and producer for KCRW. She works on Press Play with Madeleine Brand and reported for KCRW's podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. Before that, she produced Warren Olney's news programs To the Point and Which Way, LA


In this class, Anna teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.




.@KALW’s Your Call seeks executive producer

Hello FC – happy summer! Just passing along that KALW in San Francisco is seeking an Executive Producer for their show – Your Call. Info in this link and pasted below.



Your Call is a syndicated listener participation program broadcast weekdays from 10-11am PT on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco. Our aim is to engage with listeners in conversations about current events, politics, arts and the media, with a focus on the ways people can get involved, make change, and build community. We strive to be welcoming, curious, skeptical, and solutions-oriented. You can learn more at our website,

Questions we’ve addressed recently include:

*What’s being done to address inhumane conditions in detention centers?

*How are sex trafficking survivors supporting each other and healing?

*How are moms across the country taking on the powerful gun lobby?

*What will it take to hold religious leaders accountable for clergy abuse?

*What is life like in Iraq, 16 years after the US invasion?

*Canada acknowledges genocide against MMIW. What’s next?

*How should California tackle its child poverty crisis?

*What’s being done to save the bees?

Every Friday, we host the popular media roundtable, which brings together journalists from the mainstream, alternative, and international press to critique the week's news coverage. And for the past year, we’ve broadcast our One Planet series, which explores the interconnected crises facing humanity and the planet we share. 

KALW was the first FM station west of the Mississippi, one of the first NPR affiliates, and the first public broadcaster to bring BBC programming to the San Francisco Bay Area, the nation’s 5th largest media market.  


*Is a self-starter who brings ideas on how to develop funding streams for the program through underwriting, dedicated foundation fundraising, and listener/ membership engagement.

*Understands how to take a well-established program to the next level by assessing the program’s strengths and challenges, surveying the existing radio/audio market and increasing listener reach and engagement.

*Is immersed in news and current affairs and has new ideas about facilitating dialogue and bringing listeners into conversations that matter.

*Has excellent writing, editing and fact-checking skills, as well as sound editorial judgment.

*Maintains high standards for all written materials, especially show and web copy.

*Can handle daily deadlines and the pressures of live radio.

*Works well independently, on a small team, and enjoys creative collaboration.


*Successfully manages a small team and annual budget with clarity and creativity.

*In consultation with development director and general manager, sets direction for a strategic fundraising plan for Your Call.

*Works with the host and senior producer to syndicate Monday’s One Planet series and Friday’s Media Roundtable.

*With host, runs weekly editorial and production meetings.

*Produces two shows per week: Schedule, pre-interview, and prepare guests for the broadcast; provide preparatory and research materials for the host; write script intro and questions, next day promos, and the show posting (description, headline, and links) for the website; work with social media producer to raise awareness about each show.

*Oversee the broadcast in-studio 2 days a week: Screen phone calls, direct engineers, and communicate with host.

*Track potential guests coming to town, order books, and reach out to publicists.

*Come up with creative ideas to promote the show, the Your Call podcast, and grow our social media presence.

*Set up the studio for our guests and enable our Facebook live broadcast.


*Three+ years radio experience in news and/or public affairs programming.

*News reporting experience preferred.

*Fundamentals of digital audio editing.

*Experience with show syndication; planning and implementation of social media strategy in coordination with producers and host. 

*Experience identifying and researching possible funders and underwriters for journalistic projects, track record of successful grant writing. 

*Demonstrated ability to manage a small, highly motivated team under tight deadlines. 

START DATE: Immediate

PAY & BENEFITS: Independent contractor. Compensation commensurate with experience, in the market range for comparable positions in public radio.


*Resume, including your e-mail address.

*A short personal statement about what you’d bring to Your Call and KALW. What creative ideas do you have for reaching new audiences and fundraising streams for Your Call?

*Three examples of your radio/audio work: Shows or podcasts you have hosted or produced, reporting, and/or promos you have scripted or produced.  (Share as MP3, CD, or online link)

*Three examples of your writing.  Can include radio scripts.

*Three professional references.

All application materials must be RECEIVED by close of business on July 31st.

Please submit all materials to:

ATTN: Tina Pamintuan/General Manager


500 Mansell Street

San Francisco, CA 94134


KALW and the San Francisco Unified School District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. KALW/SFUSD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.