Radio Rally and Audio Slam in Portland, Maine — call for proposals and entries

Blunt does some great radio, and now they're hosting a rally! Details below.


The Great Northeast Radio Rally:

A conference for audio producers of every age and stripe

brought to you by Blunt Youth Radio Project

Who: Audio producers from near and far, and hopefuls who are interested in getting more involved in radio.

What: The Rally will feature a lot of listening and sessions that inform, ask questions, and inspire. The conference will end with what may be the world’s first Audio Slam, a friendly but serious competition—with a cash prize! (More details below.)

When: Sunday, January 16, 2011 (the day before Martin Luther King Day),  from 9 am to 4pm, with our grand finale event from 7 to 9 pm.

Where: The daytime portion of the conference will take place on the campus of the University of Southern Maine in lovely Portland, Maine. The Slam will be happening at the Space Gallery in downtown Portland.

How to Get Involved:

—Make a presentation

—Enter a submission in the Slam

—Plan to attend!

1) Call for Presentations:

Proposals deadline: Monday, December 27, 2011 at 5:00 p.m

Blunt’s Radio Rally crew is inviting audio producers to pitch a presentation for the conference. We’re looking for people to host listening sessions and to propose ideas for various radio/audio-related workshops. Each session will be about an hour and fifteen minutes. You may also suggest an idea for a panel (whether or not you have other panelists in mind).

We’re looking for sessions that are interactive, fun, scary, thoughtful —something that might get us thinking and inspire us in midst of the legendary Northeast winter!

It’s easy to send us your ideas — and we really want to hear your ideas, so don’t be shy! Just send an email to Claire Holman at with your idea and any relevant information (a brief bio, links to your work), with the subject line “Rally Presentation Proposal.” Be sure to include your full name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you.

Proposals deadline: Monday, December 27, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Please email your idea to:

Claire Holman
Feel free to call me with questions 207-650-5835

2) Audio Slam Throwdown — fun, fame, and modest fortune!!

Audio Slam entries deadline: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Our Audio Slam competition is kind of like a poetry slam, but with a few twists. Producers will enter a piece, and we will play the entries and judge them in one-minute rounds, for a total of 4 rounds. So, no matter how long your piece is, we’ll only be judging 4 minutes of it. You can enter a 4-minute piece, or pick which individual 4 minutes you want us to play of a longer piece. Or, if you have a longer piece, you could consider doing a shorter version for the Audio Slam.

The judges will score the pieces right then and there and determine which ones advance to the next round. So, in round one, we hear minute one, and in round two, we hear your chosen minute two. This means that each minute has to be compelling enough that we’ll want to hear more.

Entries may be any style or genre, and it’s perfectly fine if they have previously aired elsewhere. There will only be one winner, and the prize is $500! In addition, all entries will air on Blunt, the weekly show of Blunt Youth Radio on WMPG, Greater Portland Community Radio. You don’t have to be present to win, but it sure helps! Only the first 30 entries will be accepted.

Not sure if you should enter? Enter, enter, enter. This will be great fun—we’re not snobs, and your work is really wanted!

To enter, please send us a CD, email us an audio file, or give Blunt Youth Radio access to your piece on PRX. We need to know the title of your piece, plus your name and contact information. If your piece is longer than 4 minutes, you need to specify which minutes you want us to play.
Audio Slam entries deadline: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Send your entries (or links thereto) to:

Claire Holman

Blunt Youth Radio

Feel free to call with questions 207-650-5835





Claire Holman


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