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Audio Communities and Groups

There are radio and podcast listening groups all over the world. Our map and the list below includes the groups that we know about at AIR. If you know a group that should be listed here, please add it! And if you have corrections or contact information or see a group here that you know is now dormant, please let us know.

Email [email protected] or suggest corrections and additions directly.

What do the stars mean?

☆ New members have to be invited by a current member. Many of the groups listed here coordinate IRL gatherings in an online discussion group that is not open to the public. Fortunately, most of these groups have at least a few members who are also AIR members and subscribed to AIR Community Forums. If you want to connect with one of these groups, introducing yourself in the Regional Groups forum and asking for an intro to the group is a great place to start.

★ We don’t have a contact with an organizer in this group right now. If you do, we’d love to help AIR members connect.


ALABAMA

Radio Club (Birmingham) meets every 6 to 8 weeks. Membership is primarily WBHM staffers and contractors; others welcome.

CALIFORNIA

Baydio (SF Bay Area) is a discussion list for radio folks in the Bay Area. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member.  

California Podcast Association (Oakland) meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 

Freelance Cafe West (Oakland) used to hold monthly meetings of freelance writers, photographers and radio producers. Their meetings have lapsed but they still post a lot of great resources on their site and active discussion list

LAradio (Los Angeles) is a discussion list for fellow Los Angeles radio-makers and podcasters. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member.

Listen Up L.A. (Los Angeles) Meets every other month and maintains an active Facebook Group. Focus varies depending on feedback from previous meetings. Listening, socializing, introducing equipment, special guests, having fun.

Radio Angeleno (Los Angeles) is a discussion list for Los Angeles radio and podcast producers. Email [email protected] to request access to the group.

☆ Radiogines (SF Bay Area) is a discussion list for female-identified radio folks in the Bay Area. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member. 

San Francisco Podcast Parlor (San Francisco) hosts occasional Podlucks. [email protected]

San Francisco Podcaster Playground (San Francisco) hosts online and in-person listening lounge, podclub and social events. Join the AIRsters Slack for recaps, discussions and updates on upcoming events. 

Santa Cruz Listening Lounge (Santa Cruz) is a monthly-ish meeting of musicians, producers, storytellers, and other audio enthusiasts to listen to and discuss, with some related field trips and experiments. Email [email protected] to be added to the list. 

COLORADO

Denver Ladios
The Denver Ladios group is for anyone working in audio, whether that be full or part time, freelance or otherwise. Our monthly meetups are casual and offer the chance to socialize and network with others in the industry. Anyone from around Colorado is welcome to attend, we even have reporters who come in from Wyoming. We welcome people to bring their partners, friends and especially their dogs.  ☆ New members can email [email protected] to get added.

High Altitude Radio Club is an email discussion list for Colorado radio and podcast producers. Meets in-person in non-COVID times. Email [email protected] to be added to the list.

CONNECTICUT

CT Audio & Podcasting Community (Hartford) is a network of podcast creators based in greater Hartford. They gather to share, learn, meet, listen and network with other podcasters and audio lovers.

GEORGIA

Atlanta Listening Soiree (Atlanta)

Atlanta Radio Club is a 503(c)(3) organization and your membership dues help keep the repeaters running as well as support club events such as the Atlanta Hamfestival.

ILLINOIS

Chicago Radio Club is a discussion list for audio makers in the Chicago area. New members must be added by a current member. [email protected]

LOUISIANA

Who’s D.A.T.?/Listening Lounge (New Orleans)

MASSACHUSETTS

Sonic Soiree (Boston) meets monthly and maintains an active discussion list. ☆ New members have to be invited by a current member.

Valley Audio Hearth (Northampton) meets every other month, generally invites two people to “curate” -to select audio stories they have heard and think would be interesting to discuss. Two hour meetings usually entail one hour of listening (to at least 2 pieces) followed by discussion

MICHIGAN

The Smitten Mitten Audio Collective (Detroit and Ann Arbor)

MINNESOTA

Twin Cities Radio (Minneapolis) meets monthly for speakers (presentations on all this audio) and workshopping. Email Britta Greene [email protected] to be added to the list.

NEW JERSEY

NJ Audio Group - a Google group for NJ audio and radio producers, editors, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Join at https://groups.google.com/g/njaudio.

NEW YORK

Freelance Cafe East (Hudson Valley) is an outgrowth of Oakland’s Freelance Cafe.

Graydio / Sound Board NYC is a small group of seasoned audio producers and professionals who share work in progress, advice, and support. Contact Will Coley to be added.

NYC Radio Club (Brooklyn) meets monthly. ☆ New members have to be invited by a current member.

PublicRadioNYC A network of audio producers in greater New York City, partnering to share work and inspire each other. ☆ New members have to be invited by a current member.

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Audio Work Group (Durham) meets monthly, focus on offering feedback on works in progress and pitching new story ideas. A good space for people to come together to create new radio and to get to know each other. Email [email protected] for details.

OREGON

Listen Up PDX (Portland)  meets on the last Wednesday of the month. Members take turns hosting. Bring a snack to share. They have a Google group and Twitter account @listenuppdx.

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Audio Community A gathering place for audio producers in the Philly area. 

Philadelphia Listening Group (Philadelphia) meets monthly to hone pitches, socialize, listen, and create short projects.

Philly Ladio Chapter (Philadelphia) Meets monthly to discuss fair wages, recent work, production, and successes. Email [email protected] for details. 

Pittsburgh/Southwest PA Crafting/Listening Group (Pittsburgh)  meets monthly to craft stories and listen.

TENNESSEE

Nashville Podcasters (Nashville) meets monthly. Facebook Group.

TEXAS

★ Austin Listening Lounge (Austin)

VIRGINIA

Short Wave Audio (Hampton Roads) Meets monthly to share pieces, offer feedback, and meet local audio lovers. Email [email protected] for details on the next gathering. 

Virginia Audio Collective is a podcast network and host of audio makers meet-ups in Charlottesville, VA. Meet-ups are for anyone, not just members of the collective. Meet-ups take place every other month, often with a featured speaker, followed by socializing, sharing pieces, talking through issues, and more. Email [email protected] for details.

WASHINGTON

Seattle AIR Members (Seattle)  meet periodically to talks hop, socialize, share ideas and resources, collaborate.

SPARC--Seattle Podcast and Radio Club (Seattle) meets 3rd Tuesday each month

Seattle Radio is a discussion list to help radio and multimedia producers in Seattle meet and discuss projects.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

DC Listening Lounge (Washington DC)is a collective of DC-based sound artists and enthusiasts. They meet monthly to listen together, lead workshops, audio-field trips and curate Sound Scene. Email [email protected] for details on monthly meetups.

INTERNATIONAL

AFRICA

Africa Audio Producers group connects radio journalists and audio producers working across Africa. Similar to PublicRadioNYC and other groups, the goal is for Africa-based producers to share opportunities, collaborate and support each other’s work. 

They also invite podcast and radio producers and editors from across the world who are eager to commission work from producers based in Africa, but don’t know who is doing what and where. If you have any questions or need help inviting people, contact: [email protected]

AUSTRALIA

Australian Radio Collective (Melbourne) meets every 4 to 6 weeks. Guest speakers talk about their work/project/process. Discussions about various projects members are involved in. Listening sessions. Professional development. Socialising. The gatherings are fairly informal and take place in homes, almost always with food and wine and conversation about all things radio.

CANADA

Canadian Sound and Story Workshop maintains a Facebook group

Montreal Radio Club (Montreal, Quebec) is on Facebook.

Toronto Radio Club (Toronto, Ontario) meets monthly for discussion, listening, sharing, and friendship. They maintain a Facebook group and mailing list. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member for the Google Group.

GERMANY

Sonic Soiree Berlin meets monthly. Radio and podcast producers gather in the living room of one of our members, and host a potluck for the ears and the belly. Guests bring food and, if they like, a bit of audio that they loved hearing or that they’re currently working on. It’s a chance to meet fellow producers, get advice on stories, and hear examples of innovative radio.  Reach out to [email protected] if you are in Berlin and would like to join the mailing list. 

UK

London Radio gathers at [email protected]

UK Audio Network, or UKAN is a discussion list to foster industry growth in the UK audio scene.

Everywhere

AIRsters Slack A slack group for the AIR community. ☆Contact [email protected] to be added.

Editors Resource Group is a Slack for radio and audio editors. 

Fact Check US Google Group A group for fact-checkers across media to share ideas, questions, resources, and job postings. Created by AIR Member Mary Mathis.

Gaydio is a discussion list for LGBTQ radio producers to use to support each other's work, go to each other's parties, and get to know each other. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member, but [email protected] can add you. 

LADIO is a discussion list for ladies in radio. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member. [email protected] can add you. 

Narrative / Documentary Style Podcasters is a Facebook discussion group for people who produce sound-rich, highly edited programs. If you’re someone who thinks of yourself as a storyteller, obsesses over every edit, and thinks not just in terms of content, but also in terms of aesthetics, this is the place for you! When applying to join, please fill out the short questionnaire so the group administrators know who you are.

Podcast Brunch Club is a book club, but for podcasts! They have chapters in cities around the world that each meet monthly (in person or online) to discuss that month’s podcast list.

POC in Audio is a network of people of color working in radio and podcasting. They maintain a professional directory and a Slack community. 

[email protected] is a google group, newsletter and directory for Spanish-speaking podcasters. We host webinars, write from various corners of the Spanish-language podcast industry, gather industry and audience research, and convene informal gatherings across Latin America to unite podcast producers to meet and share their work.

Public Media Journalists is a Facebook group for anyone with a connection to producing journalism at a nonprofit news organization. Some members are journalists now and others have been in the past. Topics are wide-ranging: job postings, story ideas, work tips, technology, humorous anecdotes, and just about anything else that is respectful of others and contributes to our development as journalists.

Public Media Millennials use both Facebook and Slack to gather and cultivate a space where millennials working in public media can share ideas, triumphs and setbacks.  

Radio Ambulante Listening Clubs convene to discuss NPR’s Spanish-language podcast Radio Ambulante. The community is a mix of producers and fans of the show, with a tilt towards show listeners. 

Radio Editors is a discussion list for audio editors around the country to swap ideas, advice, job tips, etc.

Rural Radio Collective is a community dedicated to supporting rural voices in audio, and to bringing rural perspectives into the wider media space. They have quarterly meetings and a directory, all are welcome.

Tanya's Tips A catchall to share information about jobs, internships, scholarships, funding opportunities, learning resources, and general chatter about making audio, video, photographs and words. There is a Google Group and Slack. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member for the Slack group. 

Tracks is an online community of radio and podcast professionals from around the world, created by AIR member Thomas Reintjes as a project of MIRP, the Meeting of Independent Radio Producers.

Women’s Audio Mission is changing the face of sound by providing hands-on training, work experience, career counseling, and job placement to over 4,000 women and girls every year in creative technology for music, radio, film, television, and the internet.

Women of Color (WOC) Podcast Editors Directory A directory that includes a list of active Women of Color podcast editors who are ready to work with new clients.