What’s My Line? à la AIR
By Betsy O’Donovan and Rebecca Feldhaus Adams
introduction by Sue Schardt
There is a revolution underway in audio craft, and I’m pleased to say AIR has a key role in pushing that change. Over the last seven years, we’ve nearly doubled our network of producers and successfully recruited talent that enriches our brain trust and, by extension, fuels our allies and partners working with us to create new space where gifted makers can do their best work. AIR has so far directed more than $3 million in new funding and resources to producers, and shepherded hundreds of producers though our mentoring and training programs. We are committed to expanding further this rich and exciting ecosystem we so value and love.
I like to say that ours is a human endeavor. At this auspicious springtime moment, I’d like to call your attention to two exciting new team members who’ll be working behind the scenes, feeding AIR’s network, keeping the channels of communication flowing, and cultivating your skills, encouraging your ingenuity. They are full of passion and so very happy to come to work with you.
It’s Rebecca Feldhaus Adams, our new Talent Manager, and Betsy O’Donovan, AIR’s new Social/Media Strategist. We invited them to get acquainted …
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Joined AIR: March 2014.
Who? An Okie native, Elliot is a producer at This Land Press, a new media company whose mission is to “chronicle life in Oklahoma through courageous, compelling stories – and to tell those stories in the most suitable medium,” whether that’s print, video, online, or radio. Prior to joining This Land Press, Elliot went to college at UPenn, where he studied Latin and Ancient Greek. While there, he also DJed at WQHS Penn Radio and for WXPN’s college DJ hour.
Why AIR? Elliot is looking for inspiration and feedback from the AIR community. He says, “I’d love for other radio-makers to listen to our stuff and tell us what they think.”
Giving back? “We bring a network of producers, stations, writers, artists, and bison in this part of the country. There's fertile ground for new voices in Middle America, and This Land partners with one of the nation's most progressive stations, KOSU.” Elliot and his team at This Land Press can offer AIRsters collaboration on stories (they recently worked with State of the Re:Union), suggestions for research sources or contacts, or background about their approach to local/regional media. Reach out to Elliot and This Land Press.
One more thing? Elliot put his Latin studies to good use by being the official Latin translator for the Xbox game “Ryse, Son of Rome.” Says Elliot, “If anyone played it and found mistakes in the Latin, it’s my fault.”
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