Theme credits include NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Common Ground, Car Talk and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
and APM's Marketplace.
Most of you know me from the Public Radio themes I’ve written over the past 30 years. But what you may not
know about me is that I am a card-carrying Rock and Roller. The Beatles taught me to play by ear and
rockin’ ever since. Which is why, having just turned 50, I find myself a new member of the “What The Hell Happened
To My Music?” generation, the Great Demographic of the Disappointed Desert. Necessity being my mother of invention,
I've embarked on a new project; a program entitled 4/4 with BJ Leiderman.
(For a side project that allowed me to vent
my rage about the state of music and sound, see my parody Miss Analog High,
this month's AIRBlast audio feature.)
Currently in pilot production, 4/4
seeks to prove to the aforementioned demographic that, yes, there is still a
good deal of rock and pop music out there worth listening to—and not just by people pushing up daises, either. To
be featured on 4/4,
a song must clear three hurdles:
1) Good Songwriting: Intelligent and creative lyrics along with mature, unpredictable chord changes and, hopefully,
2) Good Performance: The players have to really know their way around their instruments—no slackers here. And, yes,
they have to really be able to sing (sorry rappers!); and finally,
3) Good Production: I just love recordings where the production is every bit as interesting as the song itself.
Most episodes will be thematically based, others, performer-centric. In any event, I hope 4/4 with BJ Leiderman
will soon be an oasis in the disappointed desert, shimmering somewhere at the bottom of the dial.
AIR Goodies: Enhance and expand your radio skills
Register now for AIR’s five-day Creative Sound Intensive, New York City, May 7-11
Hurry! Registration ends April 15th. Class size is limited to eight participants only.
AIR and Harvestworks Digital Media Center are partnering to
offer a thirty-hour (five-day) intensive in creative sound assemblage. If you’re a skilled radio producer working in
traditional narrative formats but longing to do something new and different, this workshop will definitely inspire and
expand your ability to work creatively with sound. Participants will work on a short feature project of their choice.
Finished features will be distributed via RSS/podcast. Veteran sound artists Michael Schumacher and Hans Tammen
will teach the intensive. Details, teacher bios, registration and application forms are now
Questions should be addressed to email@example.com.
Radio Skills Clinics for Early Career Audio Producers
New York City; April 21 and May 19
AIR would like to help you workshop your works in progress.
Special attention will be given to the art of the scintillating but economic interview, the smoothly spontaneous
script and the super-clean ProTools edit. Sessions will be led by AIR member and producer Laura Starecheski. Watch for
details in your e-mail inbox.
Radio Without Boundaries Conference: AIR Scholarships Available
AIR is offering five travel subsidy/conference registration scholarships to AIR members who would like to attend the
5th Annual Radio Without Boundaries Conference in Toronto this May. Scholarships are worth $300. First come first served.
They’re going fast—only one subsidy left. Get on the wait list. Please apply online by completing a mentoring inquiry form
AIRspace Spring—coming March 30!
"A User's Guide to AIRmedia.org," with Guest Editor Samantha Schongalla.
Because we want you to take full advantage of all the wonderful e-resources AIR provides the producer community, the Spring
issue of AIRspace is completely focused on teaching you to work the myriad new bells and whistles on our handsomely
redesigned website, www.airmedia.org.AIR members will receive this User’s Guide in print format via snail mail in early April. Everyone can access and
reference the guide in PDF form online
AIRspace is AIR’s quarterly online journal.
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and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation
deserves great art.