February 19, 2013
So you want to be a radio producer

Lovely article by Tina Antolini for Matador

"Here’s the bottom line: Start playing with sound. Think of a story you’d like to tell, about your friends, your neighborhood, even just yourself, and try to imagine how you could make it come alive in sound. What would surprise the world about these people and places that are so familiar to you? Go around your neighborhood with your recorder and mic and just listen to what’s around you. Try to think of what the sonic imprint of the place you live is — what sounds are unique to it? What sounds say “home” to you? Get in the habit of thinking sonically. Once you start doing it, it’ll be hard to stop. It’s as if you discover a whole parallel world that you’d only been half noticing before.

Start editing the sounds you record — even if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can find some helpful technical guides on Transom, workshops to listen to from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and storytelling guides from Ira and Duke’s John Biewen. Put a story with some of those sounds up on Cowbird. Send it to me: I’ll listen. So will others.

And, speaking of listening, do a lot of it. The best way to learn how to construct a story is to pay attention to how the pros do it. Next time you hear a story on This American Life that you adore, listen to how they decided to build the narrative. What questions did Ira ask? What was funny or interesting about it? What details did they include that made the story come to life, which painted a vivid image of the characters or the scene in your mind?

Next time you go to a new place, bring your recorder with you. Use it as a tool for discovery, an excuse to talk to strangers, a way into this new, unfamiliar place. You’ll be an audio storyteller in no time.”

Read the full piece here and check out Tina’s beautiful tumblr here: http://tinaantolini.tumblr.com/

October 12, 2012
Of all the lovely people I met at Third Coast, I think Daniel and Camila from Radio Ambulante must have been amongst the loveliest. We exchanged two slices of leftover pizza for a great story from Daniel about people smuggling from China to Canada via South America.  
Click on the logo to visit the Radio Ambulante website. One for the Spanish speakers amongst you primarily (but they have an English language website and some nice pictures for those who don’t..)
It’s a bit like This (Latin) American Life. Great sound. Brilliant stories. 

Of all the lovely people I met at Third Coast, I think Daniel and Camila from Radio Ambulante must have been amongst the loveliest. We exchanged two slices of leftover pizza for a great story from Daniel about people smuggling from China to Canada via South America.  

Click on the logo to visit the Radio Ambulante website. One for the Spanish speakers amongst you primarily (but they have an English language website and some nice pictures for those who don’t..)

It’s a bit like This (Latin) American Life. Great sound. Brilliant stories. 

August 10, 2012
Nice Re:Sound show about being far from home. Click through to listen. 

Nice Re:Sound show about being far from home. Click through to listen. 

9:28am
Filed under: radio audio third coast 
August 8, 2012

Audio slideshow from Maisie Crow and Jesse Dukes who will be hosting a session at the2012 Third Coast Conference to demonstrate the potential and identify the challenges of an audio slideshow through practical tips, examples, and an interactive multimedia exercise.

July 24, 2012
Hurrah! thirdcoastconf: have arrived in Tumblrland at long last. An excellent start! 

A gif seems like the appropriate way to celebrate our arrival on tumblr.

Hurrah! thirdcoastconf: have arrived in Tumblrland at long last. An excellent start! 

A gif seems like the appropriate way to celebrate our arrival on tumblr.

9:42pm
Filed under: third coast radio 
October 25, 2011

Winner of this year’s Gold for Best Documentary at the Third Coast Festival. Congratulations to Love + Radio. Click photo to listen. 
“Jay Thunderbolt’s business card is a little mysterious. It reads, “Thunderbolt — Party Naked” and gives a phone number.

Call the number and Thunderbolt will invite you over to a private strip club that he runs out of his bungalow in a working-class neighborhood in east Detroit. But that’s only part of his long, tangled, and surprising story, rendered here in a hybrid of interview and song.

WARNING: As you might’ve guessed, this story is for mature audiences only.”
 Original music composed and arranged by Brendan Baker. Produced and edited by Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, andNick Williams. Special thanks to Noah Morrison, John Notarianni, and Beth Taylor.
(House image credit: Noah Morrison)

Winner of this year’s Gold for Best Documentary at the Third Coast Festival. Congratulations to Love + Radio. Click photo to listen. 

Jay Thunderbolt’s business card is a little mysterious. It reads, “Thunderbolt — Party Naked” and gives a phone number.

Call the number and Thunderbolt will invite you over to a private strip club that he runs out of his bungalow in a working-class neighborhood in east Detroit. But that’s only part of his long, tangled, and surprising story, rendered here in a hybrid of interview and song.

WARNING: As you might’ve guessed, this story is for mature audiences only.”

 Original music composed and arranged by Brendan Baker. Produced and edited by Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, andNick Williams. Special thanks to Noah MorrisonJohn Notarianni, and Beth Taylor.

(House image credit: Noah Morrison)


October 22, 2011
RE:SOUND #62: THE LONG HAUL SHOW

"This hour: the work of Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions. Dan and Elizabeth specialize in stories that follow people over days, weeks, and even years.
Movin’ Out the Bricksby Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (Chicago Public Radio, 2003)In the fall of 2002, Catherine Means was living on the 10th floor of what she describes as “hell”: Chicago’s Stateway Gardens high-rise housing project. That September, Catherine (a.k.a. “Coco”) finally left Stateway and moved into her first apartment. Long Haul followed her for over a year as she transitioned to her new home and life.
Lord God Birdby Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (All Things Considered, 2005)The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct until 2004, when it was rediscovered near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas. The sightings were big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. This story is one of Dan and Elizabeth’s song stories, interweaving interviews with Brinkley locals and an original song written and performed by Sufjan Stevens.
Poet Laureateby Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (Day to Day, 2006)Three Oaks, Michigan is one of the smallest towns in America to have a poet laureate. Like many rural towns, Three Oaks’ economy was badly hurt by farm consolidation and factory shutdowns, but an influx of artists and creative types has given it new life. Dan and Elizabeth recently relocated to Three Oaks and documented the selection of the new poet laureate.”

RE:SOUND #62: THE LONG HAUL SHOW

"This hour: the work of Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions. Dan and Elizabeth specialize in stories that follow people over days, weeks, and even years.

Movin’ Out the Bricks
by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (Chicago Public Radio, 2003)
In the fall of 2002, Catherine Means was living on the 10th floor of what she describes as “hell”: Chicago’s Stateway Gardens high-rise housing project. That September, Catherine (a.k.a. “Coco”) finally left Stateway and moved into her first apartment. Long Haul followed her for over a year as she transitioned to her new home and life.

Lord God Bird
by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (All Things Considered, 2005)
The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct until 2004, when it was rediscovered near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas. The sightings were big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. This story is one of Dan and Elizabeth’s song stories, interweaving interviews with Brinkley locals and an original song written and performed by Sufjan Stevens.

Poet Laureate
by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (Day to Day, 2006)
Three Oaks, Michigan is one of the smallest towns in America to have a poet laureate. Like many rural towns, Three Oaks’ economy was badly hurt by farm consolidation and factory shutdowns, but an influx of artists and creative types has given it new life. Dan and Elizabeth recently relocated to Three Oaks and documented the selection of the new poet laureate.”

1:32pm
Filed under: third coast radio documentary 
June 28, 2011
The latest programme in the ‘An Interior Life’ series aired last night on Radio 4 - an intimate portrait of a hospital consultant’s struggle with alcoholism. The doctor spoke candidly and movingly about his childhood in the West Country and the series of stressful events that led to his drink problem. 
Click the photo to listen on iPlayer. 
I so admire the work of Laurence Grisell - the BBC producer behind ‘An Interior Life’ - who is surely one of life’s great listeners and shapes his pieces so beautifully. If you haven’t heard the earlier ‘Interior Life’, about Bernard, an 86-year old gay man alone since the death of his partner, I urge you to seek it out. You can listen to it on the Third Coast website. 

The latest programme in the ‘An Interior Life’ series aired last night on Radio 4 - an intimate portrait of a hospital consultant’s struggle with alcoholism. The doctor spoke candidly and movingly about his childhood in the West Country and the series of stressful events that led to his drink problem. 

Click the photo to listen on iPlayer. 

I so admire the work of Laurence Grisell - the BBC producer behind ‘An Interior Life’ - who is surely one of life’s great listeners and shapes his pieces so beautifully. If you haven’t heard the earlier ‘Interior Life’, about Bernard, an 86-year old gay man alone since the death of his partner, I urge you to seek it out. You can listen to it on the Third Coast website

June 24, 2011
Beautiful little piece about pigeon racing in Maine made by Rachel James at Salt Institute. Great, crystal sound and the sense of a huge sky above. 

Beautiful little piece about pigeon racing in Maine made by Rachel James at Salt Institute. Great, crystal sound and the sense of a huge sky above. 

March 8, 2011
Great piece about a woman meeting the son she gave up for adoption

 Stream it from the Third Coast website

4:12pm
Filed under: radio third coast audio