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Historic Election: AIR Announces Results in Unprecedented Participation in Board Elections

NEW YORK, NY—The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is thrilled to unveil the results of its recent Board elections, which witnessed an extraordinary level of engagement from the membership, making it the largest and most participative election in AIR's history.

With a record-breaking number of candidates vying for three individual directors, two organizational seats on the Board, and the highest number of votes cast by the AIR members, this election has marked a historic moment for the organization. The enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated by both candidates and voters reflect the commitment of the AIR community to shaping the future of audio storytelling.

"We are astonished and humbled by the level of engagement in this year's election. The statements of these 17 candidates were filled with passion. They remind us why AIR's mission is more important than ever," said Board Co-President Emily Kwong, Host of Short Wave Podcast, NPR.

After a thoughtful and exciting election process, the following three individuals and two organizational candidates have been elected to join the AIR Board of Directors:

Individual Members

Mia Lobel

Mia Lobel (she/her), Veteran Audio Producer

Mia is a veteran audio producer, manager, educator, and former VP of Content and Production at Pushkin Industries, overseeing all podcasts, including Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History, Broken Record, and many more.


will coley

Will Coley (he/him), Independent Audio Producer

Will is an independent audio producer and community organizer who produced a range of audio stories, some of which aired on NPR News, 99% Invisible, BBC World Service, The World, and Georgia Public Broadcasting, among others.

Rob Byers

Rob Byers (he/him), Director of Audio Engineering at Vox Audio

Rob is an audio engineer, production consultant, and trainer. Before working at Vox, he was the Director of Broadcast and Media Production at American Public Media. Rob was reelected for his second term on AIR's Board of directors.


Organizational Members

Corey Gumbs (he/him)

Corey Gumbs (he/him), Founder of the Black Podcasters Association (BPA)

Corey is a podcast development strategist and community builder. He works with content creators, entrepreneurs, and businesses to create audience-driven ecosystems based on their podcasts and content delivery platforms.


Elaine Appleton Grant (she/her)

Elaine Appleton Grant (she/her), CEO of Podcast Allies

Elaine is an audio storytelling consulting, production, and training company helping public media, nonprofits, social impact, and higher education organizations make beautifully crafted shows. She is also the host and executive producer of the podcast Sound Judgment.

The diverse backgrounds and wealth of experience these newly elected board members bring to the Board are a testament to the strength and richness of the AIR community. AIR extends its heartfelt congratulations to the elected candidates and expresses gratitude to all those who participated in this historic election. Visit the board election results page for more information.

"This election has not only showcased the vibrant and engaged membership within AIR but has set a new standard for participation in our organization," said Keisha Salmon, Executive Director at AIR. "We are incredibly proud of the diversity of voices that have contributed to this process, and we look forward to harnessing this energy to drive innovation and equity in the audio space."

The new Board will officially assume their responsibilities in March 2024. Over the coming weeks, they will work collaboratively with the current board members to ensure a seamless onboarding process and outline the strategic initiatives for their upcoming 3-year term.

For more information about AIR and the Board Elections, please visit

Media Contact:

Emily Kwong, Board Co-President, Host of Short Wave Podcast, NPR, [email protected]

About the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is a 1500+ strong membership organization of independent radio and podcast producers, editors, engineers, and reporters. AIR offers high-quality training and access to jobs and opportunities. Since 1988, AIR has consistently advocated for fair pay and work conditions for freelancers in radio and podcasting.