State of Our State: AIR's President Looks Ahead
By David Freedman, AIR Board president
David Freedman was first elected to the AIR board in 2004 and took over as president in 2009. He is general manager of WWOZ in New Orleans and has held that position since 1992. Going forward into the new year, we asked him to reflect a bit on the "state of our state."
I speak for our executive director, board, and staff when I assure you of our hope and optimism for the year ahead. There are more corners to turn, and, as we progress and grow, the board and staff will continue to take on the important challenge of adapting this amazing organization to serve the best interests of our growing changing membership. We are committed to our core, long-standing membership and, at the same time, to extending the tent poles with the vitality of a new generation coming our way.
Read On . . .
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Media That Matters 2012: Change for Good
American University's Center for Social Media once again convenes media makers and thinkers from across the spectrum to consider how media drives social change. All invited. More details here.
Games for Change Festival
San Francisco, CA (Moscone Center)
For the 9th year, developers, strategists, CEOs, NGO’s, and publishers come together to experience what’s on the horizon in the universe of games that make a difference. Held in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference, find the agenda here. The overlapping GDC Education Summit, which draws nearly 20,000, happens March 5 and 6 at the same convention center. Some of the other summit topics include artificial intelligence, localization, smartphone and tablet games, the Independent Games Festival, and more. Info on the Game Developers Conference here. Online registration ends Feb. 29.
Integrated Media Association (iMA) Conference
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SXSW / Interactive
The 19th annual SXSW® Interactive Festival will attract many of those who are envisioning and influencing the future creative media and technology. AIRsters are on deck, with Ellen Horne (Radiolab), Kara Oehler (Zeega), and Executive Director Sue Schardt presenting on transplatform media. Great networking, stimulating presentations — and, well, it's Austin! Find out more here.
NFCB Annual Conference
Community stations will flock to Texas for their 37th annual conference. The gates are now open! Register here.
New Member Spotlight:
Who? Independent writer, producer, and researcher based in NYC. Former broadcast television journalist who found her home in radio. You can hear some of her work on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show.
Joined AIR: November 2011, after attending David Goren's Brooklyn Listening Group.
Bit by the radio bug when . . . "It was 2008 and I was spending a lot of time listening to Leonard Lopate and Terry Gross. I fell in love with the elegance and intelligence of their conversations, but interestingly, it was Starlee Kine's piece on This American Life about a painful break-up that made me want to go out and make radio. It hit me that you can make your audience do more than just listen; you can create stories they will feel in their guts regardless of what that story is."
Why AIR? Says Cristina: "Someone told me AIR is the glue that holds independent producers together. I'm so thrilled to be a part of this very generous group. I'm looking forward to making new contacts, learning new skills (I'm obsessed with craft), and being inspired!"
Transcriva Geek Out
Listen up. AIRster David Goren has something to say: "As one who hails from the painful days of transcribing tape using a cassette recorder, and later from a DAW, Transcriva rocks because I can start and stop the recording without taking my hands from the keyboard. You can also set it so it plays the previous few seconds when you start it up again, and that's pretty sweet." Another big wow factor? Clicking on an area of the transcription automatically jumps to its related point in the media playback window, allowing you to quickly review the audio associated with a note or transcription. Badda bing.
— Erin Mishkin