FREE Radio Festival! Sat. Sept. 22 near NYC! Yay!!!

From two of the most talented ladies in radio production – a FREE festival in NYC, Sept 22. Some amazing folks presenting. Details below!



Sally Herships and I have some exciting news!  We've put together a *FREE* day-long radio festival at Sarah Lawrence College.  SLC has been gracious enough to open it to everyone and we'd love for you to join us.   So many esteemed people will be presenting!  Amy O'Leary, NYTimes; Ashley Milne-Tyte; The Broad Experience Podcast; Ellen Horne, Radiolab; Jonathan Mitchell, The Truth Podcast; Rob Rosenthal, HowSound, Transom Story Workshop; and Gwen Macsai and Johanna Zorn from Third Coast! 

Also, did we mention it was…* FREE?!*



*Saturday, September 22*

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

Sarah Lawrence College 

1Mead Way  

Bronxville, NY 10708

Sarah Lawrence College is just
 a short, half-hour train ride from Grand Central (Taxis there will take you to SLC for $5.) Please RSVP if possible,  at  Just put "Yes, I'm coming  and so excited!" in the subject line. If you have any questions, feel free to email us there as well.


Yay for Radio!

Ann Heppermann and Sally Herships


Amy O'Leary, the NY Times – Multimedia – The Sound and the Blurry

11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Heimbold 210

How do you marry a strong audio narrative to an equally strong visual narrative for the best possible storytelling? In today's world almost all content creators are being asked to produce on a variety of platforms. This is a skill vital for everyone from photographers to writers -almost anyone interested in creating media on a digital platform today. By examining stunning audio-visual collaborations and some cringe-inducing disasters, this session will deliver a set of ready tips, tricks, and best practices for making multimedia projects both sing and shine.

Print and radio journalist Amy O'Leary has produced for a wide range of pub radio programs including This American Life and Radiolab. She's now a reporter at the New York Times. 

Ashley Milne-Tyte, The Broad Experience: Women Take Control of the Mic

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Heimbold 211

Ashley Milne-Tyte will talk about stories focused on women (and reactions to those stories), women hosts in radio and podcasting and what led her to start her own podcast. She'll play a few of her stories about women and girls and parts of her podcast.

Journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte is host and producer of The Broad Experience– a new podcast that brings thoughtful, intelligent conversation – and a little attitude – to the subject of WOMEN AND THE WORKPLACE Milne-Tyte’s work has appeared in print in The New York Daily News, the Independent, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal and her radio pieces have been aired on Marketplace, WNYC, NPR, The World and the BBC.

Ellen Horne, Radiolab, Radiolab, the Secret Sauce

12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Donnelley Auditorium, room 202

Radiolab executive Producer Ellen Horne will talk about process – the mysterious recipe and ingredients for one of the most magical shows in public radio.

Rob Rosenthal, What the hell is a story, anyway?

2:30-3:50 p.m.

Heimbold 210

Radio producers are in the storytelling business, right? But that begs the question, what the hell is a story? Rob will unpack some of the mystery surrounding story including tips on how to focus and organize a piece. And he'll offer some thoughts on how to tell a story when you don't have one!

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the producer of How Sound, a bi-weekly podcast on radio storytelling for the Public Radio Exchange, Rosenthal ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years and is now the lead instructor at the Transom Story Workshop.

Jonathan Mitchell – Fiction on the Radio

2:30 p.m.-3:50 p.m.

Heimbold 211

Writing for radio requires a whole different way of thinking than print. Wanna know how to do it? One hint – Mitchell works with improvisational actors and looks for unusual ways of using the recording studio to create dramatic fiction.

Jonathan Mitchell is executive producer of The Truth, a podcast that creates and presents movies for your ears — short dramatic fiction that feels like a film, but without the pictures. He's contributed a wide range of pieces—documentaries, fictional stories, non-narrated sound collages, and original music—to programs such as Radiolab, Studio 360, This American Life, Hearing Voices, Fair Game, The Next Big Thing, and All Things Considered. His work has won many awards, including the Peabody, the Golden Reel, and the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio. He lives in New York City.

Johanna Zorn and Gwen Mascai, Third Coast – News Can Sound Beautiful

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Donnelley Auditorium, room 202

It’s rare that the concepts of “news,” “beauty,” and “innovation” go hand in hand, but when they do… it’s something to behold (with your ears!) Third Coast’s Gwen Macsai and Johanna Zorn will share audio stories that offer inspiration to producers who want to report on the world while deploying radio to its fullest, sound-rich


Based in Chicago, the Third Coast International Audio Festival curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world and shares them with as many ears as possible – on the radio, on the Internet (, and at public listening events. Third Coast also hosts an annual competition and biennial conference, offering producers and listeners a multitude of ways to celebrate audio storytelling.

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