Regional Listening 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Daily. If you want to connect with one of these groups, introducing yourself on AIR Daily 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.
★ Radio Club (Birmingham) meets every 6 to 8 weeks. Membership is primarily WBHM staffers and contractors; others welcome.
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.
California Podcast Association (Oakland) meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
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.
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.
Podcast Parlor (SF Bay Area) is a discussion list for Bay Area audio storytellers and podcast / radio enthusiasts who meet IRL to break bread, build community, and share and discuss audio art. ☆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.
LAradio (Los Angeles) is a discussion list for Los Angeles radio-makers and podcasters. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member.
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.
★ Atlanta Listening Soiree (Atlanta)
★ Who’s D.A.T.?/Listening Lounge (New Orleans)
Sonic Soiree (Boston) meets monthly and maintains an active discussion list. ☆
★ 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
★ The Smitten Mitten Audio Collective (Detroit and Ann Arbor)
★ Twin Cities Radio (Minneapolis) meets monthly.
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@example.com for details.
★NYC Radio Club (Brooklyn) meets monthly.
Freelance Cafe East (Hudson Valley) is an outgrowth of Oakland’s Freelance Cafe.
★Philadelphia Listening Group (Philadelphia) meets monthly to hone pitches, socialize, listen, and create short projects.
★Pittsburgh/Southwest PA Crafting/Listening Group (Pittsburgh) meets monthly to craft stories and listen.
Nashville Podcasters (Nashville) meets monthly.
★Austin Listening Lounge (Austin)
★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.
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.
Australian Radio Collective (Melbourne) meets every 4 to 6 weeks. Guest speakers talk about 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.
★The Toronto Radio Club (Toronto) meets monthly for discussion, listening, sharing, and friendship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in Berlin and would like to join the mailing list.
UK Audio Network, or UKAN is a discussion list to foster industry growth in the UK audio scene.
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.
LADIO is a discussion list for ladies in radio. ☆New members have to be invited by a current member.
★ Radio Editors is a discussion list for audio editors around the country to swap ideas, advice, job tips, etc.
Editors Resource Group is a Slack for radio and audio editors.