Category Archives: Audio/Radio

summer radio workshops in Maine and NY

Two summer radio workshops offered by Rob Rosenthal, director of the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and overall radio/sound guru. Details below.  -Mia
PS: The Omega Institute is right in my neck of the woods so if you head this way, please drop me a line!


Maine Media Workshops
Rockport, Maine
July 4-10

It's Rockport. It's Maine. It's beautiful. And, MMW fosters an incredible sense of community with photographers, videographers, and audio producers. Every one stays and eats and works on site. It's quite something. Here's a link:

Sound Works, A Radio Documentary Workshop
The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
August 1-6

I haven't been to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY but I hear great things about it. It's a center for wellness and personal development. It, too, as far as I know, is all-inclusive with attendees living and eating and working on campus. Here's the link to the workshop.

Let me know if you have any questions. Please send far and wide if you would.

Rob Rosenthal
Shunpike Audio
30 Spurwink Ave.
So. Portland ME 04106
Director, Radio Program
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
561 Congress Street
Portland ME 04101

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Kitchen Sisters workshops in late May

Learn basic audio/interviewing from a radio rockstar. Details below.


Dear Friends,

Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters is conducting another round of basic recording and interviewing workshops in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and a second workshop from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The three hour workshop is for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of projects: radio, online storytelling, oral histories, family histories, and other multimedia endeavors. Both workshops will cover the same information so please only sign up for one session.

We will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it looks), field recording techniques, recording equipment and more. The workshops are customized to fit the projects you are working on.

People who attend come from radio, newspapers, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, writing, libraries, archives, filmmaking, web design and beyond. The groups are lively and good contacts are made.

The fee is $115. Of course, there will be a snack. The workshops are held in Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope Building at 916 Kearny Street (at the corner of Columbus).

If you, or someone you know is interested contact us at and let us know which of the two workshops you would like to attend.

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

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National Radio Project’s Making Contact Internship

If you have a couple days a week to spare and want to learn radio, this is a great place to do it. Some long-time FC members work at NRP so drop a line if you want the inside scoop. – Mia


National Radio Project’s *Making Contact* Internship

Making Contact is weekly, internationally syndicated, public affairs program, heard on on over 150 radio stations. The staff of Making Contact is small, but extremely talented and committed. We are seeking hard-working team players to help us produce segments for Making Contact.

*The intern will learn audio editing, researching, voicing, script writing, interviewing and field reporting. This internship is unpaid, but transportation stipend provided and honorariums for completed segments can be negotiated. We ask interns to commit 16-24 hours a week for a 4-month minimum.*

Skills and Responsibilities:

* Must have excellent research skills. As a progressive media outlet, our mission is to interview and tap into the expertise of people who span the political and social spectrum, not just the conventional “experts” or “officials.” The qualified intern is responsible for helping us identify who those lesser-known yet valuable people and community groups are.

* Ability to book and conduct interviews (in-person and phone interviews) and assist in script writing

* Qualified individuals should have a basic knowledge of how to use a microphone, minidisc recorder, headphones, and how to plug into a multbox. If the candidate does not have these general experiences, he/she must be willing to be trained.

* Some knowledge of Cool Edit Pro/Pro Tools/Sound Forge or any other applicable editing software is preferred.

* Additional responsibilities include: transcription, audio editing, selecting soundbites/clips, participating in listening/critique sessions and attending meetings, as needed.


* Should be familiar with community and public radio

* Knowledgeable and passionate about current events. Includes some knowledge of human rights issues and cause-related advocacy groups.

* Some journalistic experience a plus

* Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. National Radio Project is an Equal Opportunity Organization and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, sexual preference, disability, national origin, religion, or economic status.

If you’re interested, first please check out the rest of our website to see what we’re all about. Then if you’re really interested, please fill out and return our (printer-friendly) Production Intern Application and send to us with your cover letter and resume. If you have print work samples and/or a demo reel (CD), include that as well.

Thank you for your interest in National Radio Project’s *Making Contact *Internship.

*THIS ROUND OF APPLICATIONS are due by May 15th for summer internships. *

*Applicants are also considered on a rolling basis, so please get in touch. *

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91.7 KALW-FM seeks VOLUNTEER City Visions producer

Hey all. Again, I don’t normally post volunteer positions, but KALW has been a friend to FC since the beginning and many freelance radio folks have gotten their start there. If you have the time and want to get some experience and a foot in the door at a great station, this could be a good opportunity for you. Details below. -mia


Radio Producer  (Volunteer)

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Organization: City Visions Radio

Skill(s): Producing, Writing

Start date: Training would begin as soon as interview process was completed

Last day to apply: Open


City Visions, a live call-in radio program, has aired weekly on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco since 1991. (Monday, 7:00-8:00pm). We aim to educate, stimulate, and make positive contributions to discussions on Bay Area issues.  Our production team – a talented group of multi-disciplined, public policy minded volunteers – brings a broad perspective to current issues. This is a fantastic opportunity for people interested in learning about radio production or who simply want to be part of a team of volunteers informing our community about important issues.


City Visions is looking for someone interested in producing one radio program per month. With support from the Senior Producer and others on the team, producers develop guest panels to discuss a variety of topics important to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Production requires approximately 10-20 hours per show and consists of: researching a topic; developing a guest panel; providing background material, bios and potential questions for the host; writing copy; in-studio production on show nights from 6pm to 9pm one Monday per month.  Attendance at weekend bi-monthly production meetings is also required. Show topics are flexible depending upon a producer’s interests and skills.

Please visit our website ( to check out previous shows and read the bios of current producers.


Qualified producers will be professionals looking to add radio production to their skill set. Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary though radio experience is not required. Applicants should be deadline-oriented, highly organized, willing to commit for at least 2 years and possess a strong interest in public policy and current affairs.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume, with subject line “Producer Resume,” to: Brian Moran, Senior Producer, at

Brian Moran

City Visions Radio, senior producer

KALW 91.7 San Francisco


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Sounds Elemental producer intensive: deadline May 3

Training opportunity for mid to advanced level audio folks. Details below.


Sound : [Slides] : Sounds Elemental Apply for AIR’s June and November Sounds Elemental producer intensives. Slots limited. Move now. Deadline for June intensive: May 3, 2010

If you’re interested in applying for our upcoming Sounds Elemental: Earth intensive with Harvestworks in New York City, now’s the time! Deadline for applications is a little over one week away. Read on for details…

We’re looking for producers to step into the void as AIR, in conjunction with Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City, once again offers two week-long intensives for mid to advanced level audio producers. You do not have to be a member of AIR to apply. This opportunity may be especially appealing to those working primarily in traditional narrative and documentary formats eager to experiment with unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story.

We have a new and exciting addition to our upcoming Sounds Elemental: Earth intensive. Guest instructor Amy O’Leary, new media editor at the New York Times, will drop by for an afternoon mini-dive into audio slideshow production. She’ll take the class through the basics of tools and techniques, building out the sound the of earth assemblage to another, increasingly popular media platform.

We will accept 10 students through a competitive application process for each class: Sounds Elemental: Earth, to be held June 21-25, 2010, and Sounds Elemental: Sky, to be held November 15-19, 2010 at Harvestworks in New York City. The cost is $650. AIR members living outside of New York City who are accepted are eligible for a small stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC. This program, entering its 4th year, boasts a diverse and exciting roster of alumni working across a broad range of disciplines, from ATC and Marketplace reporters to musicians and sound artists.

We will accept applications for both sessions now.


Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from renowned sound artists-teachers, NYC-based composers and performers Michael Schumacher, Hans Tammen (Harvestworks), Brenda Hutchinson (AIR), plus New York Times new media editor Amy O’Leary.

Visit our website to learn more and apply:

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Best, erin

Links: AIR: Harvestworks: To apply:

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Tenth World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters, Nov 8-13

Looking for an excuse to write off a trip to Argentina? Here’s your chance 🙂


Invitation to AMARC 10, the Tenth World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters

8 to 13 November 2010, La Plata, Argentina

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Board of Directors of the World

Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), I am pleased to

invite you to join us for the 10th World Conference of Community Radio

Broadcasters. AMARC 10 will be held from 8 to 13 November 2010 in Ciudad

de la Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

AMARC 10 will be hosted by community radio members of AMARC Argentina

who have come together to welcome the first global conference of AMARC

to be held in South America, the region in which community radio was

born over 60 years ago. Argentina and the Latin America & Caribbean

region have been characterized by dynamic social change in recent years

and have much experience to share with our international movement.

AMARC 10 will bring together more than 400 community broadcasters and

stakeholders from over 100 countries in all regions of the world. It

will be a place to reflect on the growth of community media worldwide

and to respond, through international solidarity, to the challenges that

we continue to face in creating new forms of popular communication.

The AMARC10 conference will include, among other issues, sharing of good

practice in community media; advocacy to improve media policies, laws

and regulations; joint action through community media for social

justice, gender equity and a sustainable planet; knowledge sharing on

the use of new communication tools and technologies; strategies to

empower and support communities faced with conflict, emergency and disaster.

AMARC 10 will be an open and participatory event in which we come

together to share our ideas, knowledge and culture. We invite you to

contribute by proposing activities, presentations, workshops,

demonstrations and performances that can enrich our experience and

ensure our global gathering reflects the diversity of our movement.

For further information, regular updates and registration, please visit

the AMARC 10 Conference website at: or contact

Warm regards,

Steve Buckley

President of AMARC

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Book Odds

Hey all. This is a fun competition for you audio folks. Win a free trip to the Third Coast Festival happening Oct 28-30. Good luck! -Mia


We’re so very excited to announce that after a year of hibernation, the Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge is BACK!

This year’s Challenge – “Book Odds” – is a happy collaboration with one of our favorite bands, the Books. Any/everyone is invited to produce a short audio story (up to 3 minutes) inspired by song titles from their upcoming record “The Way Out” and including a couple samples from their vast library of musical bits, strange phrases and sonic doodads.

Read more about Book Odds, the Books, incentives (like winning a trip to this year’s Conference), and all the fine print/submission details, PLUS check out the song titles/download the audio samples at:

Submission deadline is July 5th.

Special tidbit for educators: Teachers! We hope you’ll consider introducing or even assigning the Challenge to your students. Book Odds are for everyone.

Happy to answer questions, if you’ve got ’em. Please help us spread the word, and hope you’ll consider participating…

Yrs, TCF

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Grassroots Radio Conference – workshops, scholarships, May 13th-16th

Details below on the 2010 Grassroots Radio Conference happening in Arcata, CA 5/13-16. There may be an opportunity to carpool with some folks from Making Contact and Freedom Archives. Contact Claude Marks <> -mia


OPPORTUNITY! Each year the *Grassroots Radio Conference* is held in different cities across the U.S. In May it’ll be just up the road from the bay area in Arcata, California (4 hrs by car from Oakland)

Reg is $125 and includes 3 days of meals — single day reg avail too and Special registration for under 21 is $50

Financial assistance requests still being accepted. There is the Solidarity Fund for People of Color and the scholarship Fund for low-income folks.

Lot’s of hands on skills to learn and housing/crashing with friends of community radio there’s camping and the motels are $60 per night

Special Media Bus will be rolling through and Prometheus LP-FM micro radio building on site, plus more more more…. * SEE THE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS AND WORKSHOPS *(workshps soon to be posted)


KMUD’s Grassroots Radio Conference 2010, May 13th-16th in the Redwoods, is taking shape!

Laura Flanders has agreed to be a keynote speaker on Friday evening, May 14.

We’ll be showing on Friday evening the film: Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) by Jill Freidberg. This documentary film highlights the key role of media in the Oaxaca uprising.

An initial list of workshops and events has just been posted to and includes a basic news training course.

Financial assistance requests received by April 1 receive maximum consideration. Donations are so welcome!

Workshop proposals are still very welcome.

Please register early if you’re coming! It would really help us.

Also, please help us spread the word.

Info on the conference is at

thanks, behr KMUD GRC Committee

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seeking volunteer readers for Radio Reading Project

Hey folks. I don’t normally pass on this sort of thing but it seems like a very worthy project for folks with audio skills/equipment. Contact glrothman-“at”-verizon.netfor details. Best, Mia


A long-established nationally distributed radio reading service serving the visually impaired is seeking volunteers with good reading voices who have their own digital recording equipment, to record magazine and newspaper articles. The Radio Reading Project was known as In Touch Networks until budget cuts forced the closure of its studios at New York ’s Jewish Guild for the Blind. It continues to be heard, over special receivers, via more than 50 radio stations across the country and in hospital rooms around the New York City area.

Volunteers are asked to record at least one one-hour program a week, as two half-hour mp3 files, which would be FTP’d to a server.

If you’re interested, please contact Gordon at glrothman-“at”

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call for pitches on Economic Crisis from Making Contact

Making Contact wants your stories! Details below. -mia


Send all story ideas to

Hi freelancers, As you might have heard, we’re doing an ongoing series called “How We Survive,” about how communities across the U.S. are responding to the economic downturn. If you’re a Making Contact listener, you’ll know that we also strive to shed light on the systemic problems that make grassroots solutions necessary. Over the next year, we’ll be producing HWS shows about the topics below. We’re investing more resources into freelancers, so feel free to pitch us on stories outside our How We Survive series. We’re particularly looking for stories from under-covered communities outside of California. Please spread the word.

Jobs and Unemployment Record numbers are signing up for unemployment benefits, and there are dismal reports about long-term job recovery. In this show, we’ll hear how jobless folks are creating an income for themselves from Duluth, MN to Austin, TX. Stories could be about an unemployed movement in your town or what people are doing about a state-funded job program that didn’t work. How has the idea of a “decent job” changed in the U.S. and what are the obstacles to obtaining one?

Mental Health Care Across the United States, budgets are being slashed for services that care for the homeless and the mentally ill. And with the economic recession pushing millions into conditions of poverty, more and more people need mental health care. How are people taking care of their psychological well-being?

We Got Health Care Reform. Now what? Health care reform has finally been passed. But it is providing the change the system really needs? And what are people doing while they wait for the changes to kick in? We’re interested in stories about how communities are meeting their own health care needs, beyond what politicians were discussing on Capitol Hill.

Making Retirement Years ‘Golden’ In this show, we’ll explore how senior citizens are affected by the recession, and what they’re doing to obtain quality of life. Know a few seniors who’ve created an affordable, communal living senior compound? We’re particularly interested in the differences in experiences along race, class and gender lines.

Young People and the Recession Studies show that more than a third of young people in the U.S. have cut back on cigarettes and alcohol because of strapped personal budgets. Others are “boomeranging” back to their parents place because of a bad job market. We want stories about how young people are getting creative and becoming active and organized. We invite collaborations with Youth Media initiatives.

Declining Suburbia Reports say, over the past decade, poverty in suburbia has increased at five times the rate of that in primary cities. We’re looking for stories that provide glimpses into that reality. Stories could be about suburban blight, migration from cities to suburbia and failing transportation systems.

Rural areas and the Recession For many extra-urban places, joblessness is nothing new. But how has the recession changed their situation? We’re looking for stories from the South, farming communities and tribal reservations. Is there a distinctly rural history of community resiliency? How do federal policies such as the Farm Bill affect the countryside?

Send all story ideas to They need not be more than a couple of paragraphs. Please check out our pitching guidelines on our website: and


Pauline Bartolone, Tena Rubio and Andrew Stelzer

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