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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
12:39 pm
Looking for woman essayists [X-posted to several communities]
The public radio station where I work, WEKU-FM in Richmond, KY, is looking for women to write essays on their driving core principles for a Women’s History Month special series “This We Believe.” We will publish all submissions on our website and select some of them to put on the air. Essay submission deadline is February 5.

Here’s the press release we’ve been sending out in case you’d like to pass this along to anyone else:

Public radio station continues a series featuring the driving principles of listeners

(Richmond, KY) WEKU Radio celebrates Women’s History Month in March with a Kentucky-made series, "This We Believe."

”This We Believe,” which is in its second year, is inspired by "This I Believe," a series created by radio news pioneer Edward R. Murrow and resurrected for public radio by Jay Allison. The series features statements of personal belief from a wide range of individuals. People from all walks of life are encouraged to share their convictions, often with profound and powerful results.

WEKU is again collecting essays from women for a special compilation program. All women are invited to submit a 350-500 word essay to WEKU describing their philosophies. All participating essayists will be published on WEKU's website and some essays will be selected for broadcasting during regular programs and for inclusion in a WEKU special. The submission deadline is February 5th, 2010.

If you’d like to know more, you can check out our website – www.weku.fm/tib2010.html – there’s an email link on the page if you have any questions. :)
Nik <3
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
4:54 pm
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
1:22 pm
Article in Current
I just read a really interesting take on the relationship between a host and the producer.  This is a really true and honest article and it details what the relationship is truly like in my opinion and my experience.  The things outlined in this article are really what a good producer needs to be able to anticipate and handle.  I have seen the chaos that ensues when a producer does not accept the ideas outlined in this article.  This would be a good read for anyone who is considering making production in public radio their career!  


posted below the cut for the link phobic

Sunday, April 6th, 2008
4:09 pm
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
9:41 am
Effective Pledge Drive Techniques
Fall Pledge Drives are about to start in many areas. I've just completed some training for programmers at our local community radio station, and thought I'd share some of the salient points here, in case there are any listeners or programmers who might be interested. Read more...Collapse )

There's a lot more - if anyone is interested, comment here and we can have a discussion.
Saturday, August 11th, 2007
9:57 am
Work in the Country!
KZYX&Z Community Public Radio currently has
2 positions available in beautiful Philo, California. *

KZYX&Z is a full service station offering national programming from NPR,
Pacifica, APM, and PRI, as well as diverse local programming produced by
over 120 volunteers. As KZYX&Z celebrates its 18th birthday this year, we
are looking for creative, committed individuals to help us move to a new
level of service for our community, members, and volunteers.

Our current openings:

*Membership & Events Coordinator* - Responsible for coordinating membership,
events, and financial activities for the station. We're looking for someone
to creatively implement our year round membership development strategy and
messaging utilizing on-air, online, event, and print opportunities. The
perfect candidate will be creative, organized, and comfortable with databases.

*Operations Director- *Responsible for the day-to-day operations for KZYX&Z.
S/He will coordinate and administer a range of operational activities in
direct support of the delivery of radio programming by the station, as well
as its other administrative and promotional functions. The OD is responsible for the development and execution of daily and emergency operating plans, and compliance with various local, state, and federal regulations. The perfect candidate will have strong communication and technology skills.

Full job descriptions are online at http://kzyx.org/jobs.html
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references to:

PO Box 1
Philo, CA 95466

Or email gm@kzyx.org.

Please feel free to forward and post this announcement.
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
8:31 am
Pledge drive success
KZYX just completed its Spring Pledge Drive. We pulled in more money in less time than ever before. Last year the Spring drive was 12 days long - this year it was finished in 7.5 days, and we pulled in 10% more money.

I'm curious if this is consistent with other stations this year, or if it is a direct result of the training we took. The station brought in a fellow named Mike Wallace, who led some workshops to train us programmers in how to do better pledge pitching. I thought it was extremely informative and valuable. Mike showed us the results of some Audience Research Analysis and how to apply that to improve the effectiveness of pledge drive. At the same time, we worked on improving the listen-ability of our pitches, to reduce the "tune-out" response.

My co-host and I applied these methods and raised as much money in one show as we normally do in two. Plus, it was easier and more enjoyable, because we didn't feel like we were flailing around on our own - the structure Mike taught us made it easier to stay focused. The listener response was very positive.

Anyone have other experience with pledge drives and techniques?
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
2:54 pm
song on NPR
Does anyone know the name of the funky same played during yesterday's broadcast of (I think) On Point?  
It had, " . . . your attitude", " . . . Singapore."

I know that this is practically no information,  but I couln't write more words down while I was driving and I really want to hear this song again.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, December 18th, 2006
9:14 am
Field recording tech
After too many hours of online research, I've decided minidiscs have no future. Sony hamstrung them with their piracy paranoia. Inability to transfer digital content from the MD makes them too clumsy to use, now that other alternatives are available.

The two best options right now appear to be:

1. The latest iPod (variously called "video" or "5G") claims to record at "CD-quality" 44 MHz. It requires an add-on microphone adaptor, of which there are currently only three options, all of which have appeared in the past few months.

2. A whole new class of solid-state recording devices that use memory cards (CF, SD, XD) or thumb drives. As these get bigger and cheaper, this technology will probably take over.

My wife has an 80GB iPod, so I'm getting one of these. Hope it works, because there probably won't be enough time to get familiar with something else before Celtic Connections.
Friday, December 8th, 2006
12:11 pm
Small-time to Big-time
I am not only a local Radio Personality, I am also an International Reporter! Today I received accreditation as a member of the press for Celtic Connections 2007, a big music festival in Glasgow. Apparently they are desperate for good coverage among the Mendocino County cognoscenti. (My show is Oak & Thorn, a program of Celtic music broadcast and Webcast Sundays from 9-11 Pacific time, on www.kzyx.org)

The main thing this gives me, besides a few passes to shows, is access to artists for interviews. I'm hoping to take a minidisc recorder and get some soundbite material to incorporate on the radio show. There's a guy on another station who has clips of Willie Nelson saying things like, "You're listening to KMUD, my favorite radio station in Garberville California" and giving the call sign announcement. I think it would be awesome to get some great Scottish musician doing that in an incomprehensible Scots brogue, or even in Gaidhlig.

Of course I might strike out altogether, as there are said to be around 450 accredited members of the media at this event. Celtic Connections is huge, last year there were over 300 events. If anyone finds out how small my listener base is, I could get roundly snubbed!

So - does anyone have some tips on how to conduct these interviews, and how to record them?

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
9:09 pm
and i would like a puppy for thanksgiving
6:12 pm
Stories For Lunch Dot Com
Hey all,
So, since this community is updated so rarely, I figured it couldn't hurt to give it a shot in the arm. I produce stories, online, in a kinda public radio style, from writers who live or come to the east coast and want to relate personal/sad/funny stories. It's called: Stories For Lunch. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think, like, dislike, and add it to your RSS feed. Some of the brightest stars in performance poetry today have recorded their (prose) stories with me, and a new one is posted every week on Wednesday.
Monday, September 18th, 2006
10:41 am
Under the Pink

Listening to a recent interview with Tori Amos on NPR's Studio 360, I was reminded of (a) what a good interview she makes, (b) this 1994 album, and (c) how many of her songs pose musical questions:

Why do we crucify ourselves?

Don't you want more than my sex?

God, sometimes You just don't come through
Do You need a woman to look after You?

For Amos, who was 31 years old when Under the Pink was released, the creative process represented as much an act of confession as it did an act of discovery. "Without the songs I wouldn't know that I feel what I feel," she told me in a telephone interview. "Let me tell you," she confided in a wispy voice, "sometimes I can go, 'I hate that motherfucker,' and I'll rip up his picture. Right? Then I'll start writing this song, this most beautiful--" Catching herself, she laughed and said to herself, "Oh god, you're just a sap."

And a successful one, at that. Her 1992 debut solo album for Atlantic Records, Little Earthquakes, revealed a bent for idiosyncratic lyrics, loopy melodies, and neoclassical keyboard work. It went gold in the US and sold more than a million copies worldwide. The follow-up album, Under the Pink, made its maiden landing at number twelve on the Billboard charts.

Born Myra Ellen Amos in North Carolina, her life from that point onward was atypical at best. A child prodigy who won a piano scholarship to Baltimore's prestigious Peabody Conservatory when she was five, she grew up listening to the music of Nat King Cole and Fats Waller and Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. She was expelled when she was eleven. Her father, a strict Methodist preacher who believed you either support or lose your child, didn't stand in her way when, at the age of thirteen, she hit the piano bar circuit. At the Marriott, they made her play "Send in the Clowns" seven times a night. At Mr. Henry's, a popular gay bar in Washington, DC, the waiters used a cucumber to teach her how to give head.

All these daffily disparate ingredients -- combined with the sad truth that somewhere along the way she was raped and lived to sing about it on her own fruitcaky terms without reducing herself to martyrdom ("Yes, I wore a slinky red thing/Does that mean I should spread/for you, your friends, your father, Mr. Ed?") -- converge to create songs that are not about blame, but about taking responsibility.

Amos refused to take responsibility, however, for Womanhood or the feminist movement at large, an agenda that many critics (music and social) famously tried to foist upon her.

"I guess I'm kind of boring because I just go about my biz trying to work on myself. When I'm working and listening to my real feelings about things, and trusting them, then I just have to allow that to be enough. Whether I say something that offends somebody or gives somebody a giggle--" She paused. "You have to let go of the responsibility of people's responses. Sometimes I'll say things that I might not have said if I would have had more sleep. But, at the same time, that's real, too."

Between her first two solo albums, she released a hushed and breathtaking cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." When I asked if she felt any sort of psychic connection with Kurt Cobain (who had just committed suicide a few months earlier), she replied, "Totally." In the silence that followed, she whispered the word twice more.

“I think it could’ve gone either way for a while,” she commented on another singer/songwriter’s theory that, if left alone to deal with his demons away from the limelight, Cobain might still be alive. “If he would’ve been on medication for the depression. Put all the emotional stuff aside -- it’s hard enough waking up every morning -- it’s just that you’re a depressive and you have a chemical imbalance.”

Aware of life’s little imbalances, Amos found it difficult to take her fame too seriously. She knew from experience that there were worse alternatives. “Like, we have no idea what it’s like to live in Belfast with those people killing each other,” she said. When she had toured there recently, she'd done so with the reality of bomb scares and a guard at her dressing room door. Because of her name, in the demented minds of some of the more radical Irish there existed a connection between her and the Tories and their principles. “And my whole religious position," she said wearily, "blah, blah, blah. In Ireland, I always get a bit of a stink because I tell them that the Virgin Mary swallowed, and they don't like that shit."

She stopped reading reviews of her work. "It didn't make me feel good. You read the great ones, you've got to read the shitty ones. If you're going to walk into the 'opinion world,' then you have to listen to them from all sides. And I'm just not in the mood. I know when I suck and I know when I'm great. Grade me that all the elements came together, and it didn't overcook and it didn't undercook. You know, I got the baby out of the oven just in time."

Speaking of bad reviews, I mentioned the heavy-metal band that Amos fronted when she came to Hollywood in the late Eighties, called Y Kant Tori Read? While she could no longer worm her way into the plastic snakeskin pants that, along with thigh-high boots and big hair, that had contributed to her mode of dress at the time -- and contrary to most of what had been written about this period in her career (most likely because it wasn't something her more ardent feminist fans wanted to hear) -- she giggled and admitted, "Hey, I enjoyed some of it. I had great hair spray. Looking back, I was coming out of my skin as a person." Before the band, "I was so miserable. My jaw was in a constant clinch mode."

It was also a learning experience. "I have no illusions about this business. Not one. That's why I think I'm doing so well. When I say 'doing well,' I mean I don't cancel shows, I'm not jumping out of windows. That doesn't mean that it doesn't sometimes wear on me and I want to crawl into the corner with a friend."

Though she had no trouble getting down to brass tacks when it came to the business side of her music, the act of songwriting remained something of a magical mystery to her. Despite her professionalism, it wasn't something she could force to happen. "If the songs don't show up knocking on my door, bringing a bottle of chardonnay or a box of shoes, I can't even think about it. It's like they already exist, and I get a whiff of their perfume and I get inside of their essence and what they're trying to tell me. They show up, showing me who they are, and then I'm trying to translate their feelings. Sometimes I don't do a very good job, and they come back and harass me until I do."

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, July 27th, 2006
1:13 am
xposted to the "radio" community
Does anyone in this community work in public radio? If so, I could really use some career-related advice right now.....
Sunday, March 5th, 2006
8:55 pm
National Press Club
The piece today about the WWII veterans was incredible.
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
12:13 pm
Wait Wait don't tell me
OMG. I've never listened to this show before but today I happen to be listening to it and it is hilarious. The piece on Cheney was aaaamazing.

and I love that they quiz people on news.
Monday, May 16th, 2005
3:10 pm
Our Bodies, Ourselves - Something Every Woman Should Read/Hear
I was listening to the local NPR affiliate in Seattle(KUOW) and heard a really insightful and informative program based on the book Our Bodies Ourselves.

I don't know how many of the women who read this board have read that book, or how many of the men for that matter, but it's one of the most informative books about almost every possible aspect of a woman's health you can find, giving women much more information about their bodies than even their doctors share with them. It covers everything from the dangers of douching to Sexually Transmitted Infections to even historical political perspectives of women's health. It also has frank discussions on homeopathy, naturalpathic medicines and midwifery.

If you're not familiar with Our Bodies Ourselves, it's definitely worth listening to the archived program, which should be on their website by 2:30 or 3pm. I think all you need is a media player of some type on your 'puter.

In the late 1960's a group of Boston area women began to meet to discuss their frustrations with their doctors. They were angry at the condescending, paternalistic, and uninformed treatment they were getting. They began to do their own research into women's health and sexuality. The group became the Boston Women's Health Collective. In 1970 they published the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Our Bodies Ourselves has become known as the definitive women's health resource. It's been published in 18 languages and culturally adapted to other countries. Today on The Conversation we'll talk to one of the contributors to the original volume about why it was such a landmark and what has happened to the state of women's health in subsequent 35 years. A new edition of Our Bodies Ourselves has just been published. Is it still necessary?

Our Bodies, Ourselves website http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/

The Boston Women's Health Book Collective and Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Brief History and Reflection. Originally published in the Winter 1999 edition of Journal of the American Medical Women's Association.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, website and book by Seattle contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Quiz to test your knowledge of women's health.

Saturday, May 7th, 2005
3:58 pm
A Few Questions Important to Me

I have a few questions of y'all.  PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RESPOND.

1. FROM WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT NOW, how do you feel about descriptive representation in elections, employment, public policy, etc?

2. How do you feel about the conservative right "pimpin'" minorities into opposing LGBTQ rights?

3. How do you feel about the necessity of building a truly anti-racist queer community?  Do you think that's imperative right now, or do you think that should be a secondary thing and that right now, we should focus mostly on marriage equality and non-discrimination.  After answering the last part of this question, please provide justification for your answers.

Thanks, and peace! / Aaron

Friday, May 6th, 2005
9:51 am
Scott Simon at Kane Hall
Scott Simon, the voice of NPR's Weekend Edition, will be at the University of Washington's Kane Hall this Monday, 5/9, to promote his debut novel, Pretty Birds.

From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. Young women served as snipers for both Bosnian and Serbian forces during the siege of Sarajevo; Simon, a prize-winning correspondent and NPR Weekend Edition host, interviewed one of them and has masterfully imagined her life. The book begins with half-Muslim Irena, 17, perched on a rooftop, wearing a black ski mask, sighting down a rifle and listening to a sneering Serbian propagandist on the radio ("The Yanks send you food Americans wouldn't give to their dogs") before she pulls the trigger. Simon then flashes back to the spring of 1992, when Irena, her parents and her parrot, Pretty Bird, must flee their home on the mostly Serb side of the city. When they make it (barely) to her grandmother's apartment, they find her slain on the staircase. Simon's account of the family's refugee life—sans water, electricity and supplies, they eat snail-and-grass soup—is full of brilliant details ranging from the comic to the heartbreaking....A deeply felt, boldly told story and clean, forceful prose distinguish this striking first novel.
I will be the KPLU emcee for the event, with the honor of welcoming Scott Simon and greeting local listeners. Tickets are free; for more information, visit kplu.org
Monday, April 11th, 2005
9:51 pm
Diane Rehm: NCLB
Did anyone else catch the discussion about NCLB today on Diane Rehm? Thoughts? I gave a brief overview in my journal here.
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