AIR is committed to bringing diverse voices and local stories to the airwaves. We are always working to increase meaningful opportunities and sustainable pathways for independents. To move this goal forward, AIR regularly partners with public radio stations to co-produce experimental audio storytelling in collaboration with independent contributors.
Have a lingering idea for an audio series, podcast, or other multimedia project, but don’t have the staff capacity, community talent network, or funding to bring it to fruition? That’s where AIR comes in. We fill in those foundational gaps for our station partners by connecting them with local freelancers, building out a show structure through the lens of what works for independents, and offering funding support through a mix of direct investment and collaborative fundraising.
We are consistently refining the most impactful models for these collaborative ventures. In 2020, for instance, AIR partnered with KOSU and This Land Press to produce Imaginary Oklahoma, a podcast that translated written prose into audio stories. Inspired by the book Imaginary Oklahoma: 46 acclaimed fiction writers envision life in the 46th state, published by This Land Press in 2013, we adapted eight of the original 46 stories for air. This experimental series exemplifies our ability to transform a locally rooted concept into scalable programming that resonates with regional and national audiences alike.
AIR’s co-productions build on the success of our Localore grants program, which paired independents with local stations to develop dynamic audio reporting and helped stations build deeper, stronger relationships with their communities.
If you are as passionate as we are about prioritizing a more inclusive spectrum of on-air voices and stories, we should talk. Contact AIR CEO Ken Ikeda to discuss how we might collaborate on a future co-production.