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FJP: Brilliant.

Speed-produced Longshot Radio to make its next episode this week with Radiolab, in 48 hours, with everybody
Think improv where you can cry if you want, and where there’s no stage or troupe - just a booth and a microphone. From their camp at the 99% Conference (which doesn’t have anything to do with Occupy Wall Street) theme-based Longshot Radio will release a series of radio pieces on experimentation and the times when risks don’t pan out. And they’ll do it really fast.
There are many ways to become involved from anywhere, all of which are clearly spelled out here.
And seeing as how the show asks passersby to go out on a limb and tell a personal story, we asked executive producer Jody Avirgan to share some of his experiments-gone-wrong, and how he and his friends managed to create something so unique. He told us this:

Certainly at 4am on Sunday last time around, we were questioning the whole endeavor. But, yes, the idea is to not be afraid to try things, and to react to each little failure with a tweak and an adjustment, rather than throwing up your hands. So, there are countless moments where you have a big idea (“we should get people from every country in the world to remix the same radio piece in the next four hours”) that butts up against possible failure. You then adjust, and find other unexpected victories.

Speed-produced Longshot Radio to make its next episode this week with Radiolab, in 48 hours, with everybody

Think improv where you can cry if you want, and where there’s no stage or troupe - just a booth and a microphone. From their camp at the 99% Conference (which doesn’t have anything to do with Occupy Wall Street) theme-based Longshot Radio will release a series of radio pieces on experimentation and the times when risks don’t pan out. And they’ll do it really fast.

There are many ways to become involved from anywhere, all of which are clearly spelled out here.

And seeing as how the show asks passersby to go out on a limb and tell a personal story, we asked executive producer Jody Avirgan to share some of his experiments-gone-wrong, and how he and his friends managed to create something so unique. He told us this:

Certainly at 4am on Sunday last time around, we were questioning the whole endeavor. But, yes, the idea is to not be afraid to try things, and to react to each little failure with a tweak and an adjustment, rather than throwing up your hands. So, there are countless moments where you have a big idea (“we should get people from every country in the world to remix the same radio piece in the next four hours”) that butts up against possible failure. You then adjust, and find other unexpected victories.

This American Life Retraction Transcript for Daisey Foxconn Episode

Via Ira Glass, This American Life:

I should say, I am not happy to have to come to you and tell you that something that we presented on the radio as factual is not factual. All of us in public radio stand together and I have friends and colleagues on lots of other shows who – like us here at This American Life – work hard to do accurate, independent reporting week in, week out. I and my coworkers on This American Life are not happy to have done anything to hurt the reputation of the journalism that happens on this radio station every day. So we want to be completely transparent about what we got wrong, and what we now believe is the truth.

And let’s just get to it.

The transcript walks us through Mike Daisey’s trip to China to investigate labor conditions at Foxconn, and leads to an interview between Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz, Ira Glass and Daisey himself.

Babes of NPR: It’s definitely a thing.
If you’ve ever been told you have a face for radio, you know it’s not a compliment. These public radio employees disprove the stereotype that radio is where homely journalists go to hide themselves. Babes of NPR is a Tumblr blog that features photos and descriptions of some of public radio’s most recognizable voices, as well as the young and ravishing staff that make our favorite shows happen.
Pictured above is my high school classmate Benjamin (Benny) Bergman, a producer on Morning Edition, one of NPR’s flagship broadcasts. Who says you can’t work in radio and have it all?

Babes of NPR: It’s definitely a thing.

If you’ve ever been told you have a face for radio, you know it’s not a compliment. These public radio employees disprove the stereotype that radio is where homely journalists go to hide themselves. Babes of NPR is a Tumblr blog that features photos and descriptions of some of public radio’s most recognizable voices, as well as the young and ravishing staff that make our favorite shows happen.

Pictured above is my high school classmate Benjamin (Benny) Bergman, a producer on Morning Edition, one of NPR’s flagship broadcasts. Who says you can’t work in radio and have it all?

Ira Glass: ‘Who cares if radio survives? Something else will happen’

It’s a predictable but important question, whenever you get a group of successful radio storytellers in a room. Will the medium survive? Or rather, do talented people still need the traditional institutions of radio to do good work?
Apparently this is the magic question that activates Angry Ira Glass.
At WFMU’s Radiovision Festival last Saturday, Ira Glass (This American Life), Marc Maron (WTF), and Tom Scharpling (The Best Show On WFMU) gathered for a panel discussion about, among other things, the future of the craft. Eventually, moderator Therese Mahler asked the magic question.
Glass replied, agitated: “For some reason radio seems to survive, and I believe it’s because as long as there are cars with radios and people are lazy, people will get into a car and turn on a radio.”
Later, he continued: “It’s disturbingly nostalgic. I mean, who cares if it survives? Who cares if radio survives? Like, something else will happen,” Glass said. When Maron pressed him for what, exactly, that might be, Glass struggled to come up with an answer.

I love that photoshop job. haha. Ira is right, sound is malleable. It’ll be fine. 
for the rest of the article and a link the the 5 min conversation, see Niemanlab.

Ira Glass: ‘Who cares if radio survives? Something else will happen’

It’s a predictable but important question, whenever you get a group of successful radio storytellers in a room. Will the medium survive? Or rather, do talented people still need the traditional institutions of radio to do good work?

Apparently this is the magic question that activates Angry Ira Glass.

At WFMU’s Radiovision Festival last Saturday, Ira Glass (This American Life), Marc Maron (WTF), and Tom Scharpling (The Best Show On WFMU) gathered for a panel discussion about, among other things, the future of the craft. Eventually, moderator Therese Mahler asked the magic question.

Glass replied, agitated: “For some reason radio seems to survive, and I believe it’s because as long as there are cars with radios and people are lazy, people will get into a car and turn on a radio.”

Later, he continued: “It’s disturbingly nostalgic. I mean, who cares if it survives? Who cares if radio survives? Like, something else will happen,” Glass said. When Maron pressed him for what, exactly, that might be, Glass struggled to come up with an answer.

I love that photoshop job. haha. Ira is right, sound is malleable. It’ll be fine. 

for the rest of the article and a link the the 5 min conversation, see Niemanlab.

Happy Halloween from the FJP
Bonus points, Part 01: Vintage Horror Radio (via iTunes).
Bonus points, Part 02: The Longform.org Guide to Creeps and Creepiness.
Bonus points, Part 03: Close Your Ears, a Slate review of Tales from Beyond the Pale, neu-Radio Horror storytelling.
Bonus points, Part 04: War of the Worlds 1938 Radio Broadcast.
Image: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, by Tom Whalen.

Happy Halloween from the FJP

Bonus points, Part 01: Vintage Horror Radio (via iTunes).

Bonus points, Part 02: The Longform.org Guide to Creeps and Creepiness.

Bonus points, Part 03: Close Your Ears, a Slate review of Tales from Beyond the Pale, neu-Radio Horror storytelling.

Bonus points, Part 04War of the Worlds 1938 Radio Broadcast.

Image: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, by Tom Whalen.

Today is World Population Day and to commemorate it, ViewChange.org is showcasing 20 films about population issues.

Shown here is “Love and Life: Live on Air”, the story of a 20-year-old Ugandan radio journalist who hosts a show that attempts to dispel myths and misunderstandings about (safe) sex.

From the transcript:

RADIO HOST
Hey yo, what’s up guys? This is the Straight Talk radio show. It is fun, educative and hilarious. Stay tuned.

RADIO CALLER 1
Dear Straight Talk radio: If I put toothpaste on my penis before sex, will my girlfriend get pregnant?

RADIO CALLER 2
Dear Straight Talk: I’ve missed my period for two months. Am I pregnant?

VOICEOVER
Uganda, in east Africa, has many problems relating to sexual and reproductive health. In lots of cases, young people’s lack of sex education is to blame.

MAN 1
Is it true that if you drink a lot soda and have sex with an HIV-infected person, you cannot get the virus?

The rest of this documentary can be viewed on ViewChange.org.

Filthy Lucre

Radio hosts make serious coin pimping for their sponsors.

Via Politico:

If you’re a regular listener of Glenn Beck’s radio show and you wanted to contribute to a political group that would advance the populist conservative ideals he touts on his show, you’d have plenty of reason to think that FreedomWorks was your best investment.

But if you’re a fan of Mark Levin’s radio show, you’d have just as much cause to believe that Americans for Prosperity, a FreedomWorks rival, was the most effective conservative advocacy group. And, if Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity are who you listen to, you’d be hearing a steady stream of entreaties to support the important work of the Heritage Foundation.

That’s not coincidence. In search of donations and influence, the three prominent conservative groups are paying hefty sponsorship fees to the popular talk show hosts. Those fees buy them a variety of promotional tie-ins, as well as regular on-air plugs – praising or sometimes defending the groups, while urging listeners to donate – often woven seamlessly into programming in ways that do not seem like paid advertising

I sure wish we could get rid of that word “content” to refer to writing, photography, drawing, and design online. The very word breathes indifference — why would one bother about the quality of work when it’s referred to as “content”? I’m sorry to respond to your good question with a cranky diatribe, but this word has crept from New Media over to Radio Broadcasting where I live in my little cave and now my Show has become Content and is sent around to stations in a nice digital package that squashes the sound. Public radio, which holds itself up as a believer in quality, is cutting corners on all sides and I see this perfidious word “content” as part of the downward slide. I loathe the word. It’s like referring to Omaha [Beach] as a development.

Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, answering a question about how he creates content for his show.

British Journal of Photography, Photography as “Content”.

120 plays

An audio collage — or postcard — is a great technique for capturing the resonant ambience of that which you’re reporting on.

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer used it yesterday as he explored potential Republican presidential candidates for the 2012 election. (For those outside the United States, our election cycle is an endless processional that begins pretty much after the last once ends.)

If my ears are tuned correctly I think the sound bites run thus: Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and, I think, Tim Pawlenty.

Did I get it right?

This Is NPR: The First Forty Years.

Now available as a book (the print kind), and audio (the book kind).

Noah Adams discusses the project here.

Homeless Man with Golden Voice Offered Job, Home

Earlier today we posted a video of what’s now known as the man with the golden voice, saying simply, get this guy back on the radio.

Via ESPN:

Left homeless after his life and career were ruined by drugs and alcohol, Williams has been offered a job by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and is being pursued by NFL Films for possible work after he and his tale became an online curiosity.

"This has been totally, totally amazing," Williams said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, his voice choking with emotion. "I’m just so thankful. God has blessed me so deeply. I’m getting a second chance. Amazing."

Amazing, indeed.

Get Ted Williams back on the radio.