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2020 Board Nominees

Each year, AIR holds elections for its Board of Directors – a vital process ensuring that AIR’s leadership reflects the diversity of opinions, values and interests of our organization.

Key Election Dates

Dec 1: Election Period Opens: Tuesday, December 1st
Dec 15: Election Period Closes: Tuesday, December 15th
Dec 21: Election Results Announced: Monday, December 21st

On Dec. 1 we will open voting with links throughout the AIR website, including on this page. For more information visit our Board Elections page.

The following members have been nominated for open board positions in 2020:

Rob Byers

Bio

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Rob loves working in audio! He has led live international broadcasts from foreign soil, recorded artists from Lizzo to Yo-Yo Ma, mixed beloved podcasts like Criminal and This is Love, and worked on shows like All Things Considered, Weekend America, Morning Edition, and the Peabody award-winning documentary Betrayed By Silence. Rob trained audio producers across the country with NPR Training and wrote educational guides for producers of all experience levels, including The Ear Training Guide for Audio Producers, The Audio Producer’s Guide to Loudness, and The Producer’s Handbook to Mixing Audio Stories. He also has co-authored various recommendations for loudness with the Audio Engineering Society. Rob is now the Director of Broadcast and Media Production at American Public Media and is one-third of the creative audio storytelling post-production team Final Final v2. 

Statement

Hello AIR members! I am pleased to offer my service to the AIR community for your consideration. I have worked in public media institutions and freelanced in the wider audio storytelling community for over 15 years and am eager to bring this experience to the AIR Board of Directors. I bring an ability to advocate for and represent technically-minded creatives, a deep training commitment, professional board experience, and a history of successful partnership with AIR that I believe will benefit the organization and the membership.

As an audio engineer on the AIR board, I hope to represent and advocate for technically-minded creatives in our industry as I have done in three major ways thus far in my career. Representation for sound designers, engineers, and composers is growing in the audio storytelling community, but there is more work to be done. From within the audio storytelling community I advocate for recognition and inclusion of these important professionals — in awards, in credits, and for awareness of the meaningful role they play across the industry.

Additionally, from within the broader community of audio engineers, I work to raise the profile of creative audio storytelling through published articles and pitching and facilitating panels at engineering conferences — all to expose more audio engineers to the craft of our profession. I’ve also done my best to connect talented people wherever I can, including co-creating a lively online community specifically for engineers, sound designers, and composers working in audio storytelling. Last fall, I proudly contributed to AIR’s Engineering, Sound Design, and Music rate guide — and believe that is an essential part of AIR’s commitment to equity and improving the standard of living across our industry.

Mentorship and training is a foundation of my work, and I believe my experience as an educator and facilitator would be incredibly beneficial to the membership as AIR explores new organizational goals for training. I worked with producers and reporters from Miami to Anchorage with NPR Training. I worked in one-on-one mentorships settings and in large group workshops. I also conceived of and collaborated with AIR to coordinate the successful Tune Ups training sessions at Third Coast. And I lead webinars and have written articles on production best practices for many years. All of this work is built around a singular idea: I believe that sharing knowledge and making it truly accessible is essential to the success of a community.

Important to any board is experience in leadership. I bring six years of experience from another professional board as well as a variety of years as a manager with experience listening and synthesizing the ideas of those I work with. As I wrap up my second term on the board of the Association of Public Radio Engineers, I’m proud to look back on the ways I was able to contribute to that organization’s growth. I worked to serve the membership, helped to increase the organization’s savings year-over-year, organized annual conferences and developed content for broadcast engineers in public radio. I am also pleased to have ushered in a higher appreciation for those working in production, especially as the organization transitions to include a broader professional focus in its membership. As you look at my desire to represent and advocate for technical creatives, the deep training commitment, professional board experience, and my previous work for and with the AIR community, I ask that you consider me for the AIR Board of Directors. I would be humbled to receive your trust and would work hard to honor it.

Kim Fox (Current AIR Board Director)

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Kim Fox is currently a professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt. She primarily teaches Audio Production and Multimedia Writing. She received both her B.S. and her M.A. degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Kim spent decades working in the U.S. radio industry at both commercial and public radio stations including WOUB AM/FM/TV in Athens, Ohio; WIZF in Cincinnati, Ohio; WBLK in Buffalo, New York; WAKR in Akron, Ohio; WOSU AM/FM/TV in Columbus, Ohio and more. Her service commitment includes AIR as well as the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and others. In addition to teaching audio and podcasting, she conducts academic research on radio/audio/podcasting and is a consultant and mentor on podcast projects.

Statement

I am currently a professor of practice at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and I’m seeking re-election to the AIR Media Board of Directors. My involvement with AIR began in 2016 when I became a member. I joined AIR because of the resources and the networking opportunities, but more importantly I wanted to see someone like me involved at the board level: African-American; woman; international/expat; educator. Since then I have served on AIR’s board where I’ve had a chance to be at the table for important decisions and programming efforts for the membership.

Some of my other board experience is with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), where I was recently nominated to the executive committee as secretary-treasurer. It is also my hope that my involvement with both AIR and BEA can generate some opportunities for audio educators. Additionally, I’m on the board for the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE).

My goal in my involvement with AIR is to try to grow the international component and create a wider network for collaboration and knowledge sharing. Additionally, my intention is to shine the light on AIR members, who, based on the AIR Daily, are producing amazing, high quality content, and more people need to know about, and hear, that content. I’m a podcaster too. My Ehky Ya Masr (Tell Your Story) Podcast has won several awards for the narrative nonfiction stories about life in Egypt. I know what it’s like to try to get noticed in a sea of bigger fish. My recent passion project is as the founder and organizer of PodFest Cairo, Egypt’s first podcasting conference. The half-day conference took place in early March, 2020 with nearly 100 attendees. The ongoing objective is to cultivate the community of Egyptian podcasters and to contribute to the expansion of Arabic language podcasts and audio content. It’s projects like this that demonstrate my dedication to audio, education and community-building. I’m hoping that I will receive your support and the opportunity to represent you in a positive and productive manner on the AIR Media Board of Directors.

Rachel Hubbard (Current AIR Board Director)

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Rachel Hubbard is a 20-year news veteran and serves as KOSU's executive director. She began her radio career while still in high school, reading obituary and hospital reports as a part-time announcer and board operator at KTJS in Hobart, Oklahoma. Hubbard continued her radio career in 1999, joining KOSU as a student reporter. Following graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2003, Hubbard served as the station’s state capitol reporter and news director. She was promoted to associate director in 2007, managing the day to day programming and news operations of KOSU. Hubbard spearheaded KOSU’s innovative collaboration with The Spy in 2012, giving a platform for local music and music otherwise not represented on the radio dial. She brought StoryCorps to Oklahoma City in 2018, allowing Oklahomans to share, record, and preserve their stories. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and mentors young journalists through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. During her tenure at KOSU, Hubbard has won national awards for her news coverage from the Public Media Journalists Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and Society for Professional Journalists. She has also received numerous state and regional journalism awards and has been named to Oklahoma Gazette’s Forty Under 40 and Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40. Hubbard holds a Master’s of Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University.

Statement

I am committed to finding and establishing unique collaborations to provide opportunities for independent producers in the middle part of the country, and I bring that spirit of experimentation to the AIR Board. I believe my position as the executive director of a public radio station puts me in a unique position to create these opportunities and break the legacy model of the way the system has historically worked.

During my tenure at KOSU, I created a space for independent music hosts to have a space on KOSU’s airwaves in a collaboration with The Spy. Currently, I am working with Tri-City Collective in Tulsa, Oklahoma to support a new indie-produced show Focus: Black Oklahoma, and I continue to work with This Land Press to follow up on the launch of our indie-produced flash fiction podcast Imaginary Oklahoma.

I am also committed to finding and funding full- time job opportunities for independent producers. In 2015 and 2016, I participated in AIR’s Localore project where an independent embedded in our newsroom for nine months to cover Indigenous Affairs. After that experience, I committed to finding funding to make the project permanent. In 2020, we were able to fulfill that promise and bring the producer back to KOSU full time. With these collective professional experiences and one term on the AIR Board, I am running for a second term. It has been a period of upheaval for AIR and our industry. I think this disruption is an opportunity to create a more equitable future. I believe in a spirit of experimentation to find a business model that creates new opportunities for independents in this part of the country and raising up producers that can tell their own stories. The work is often slow, but I believe it can be done.