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AIR Announces New Collaboration with PRPD

Brings Third Coast Audio Festival to Public Radio’s Programming Conference

June 18, 2009:  We’re pleased to announce that PRPD and AIR are bringing the Third Coast Festival to the Public Radio Program Directors annual conference this year in Cleveland, OH. The conference, which is the largest industry gathering focusing on programming, takes place September 15-18 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Third Coast organizers Johanna Zorn and Julie Shapiro will develop special sessions designed to appeal to both producers and programmers, and bring their signature to celebrating the best in audio craft.

Independent producers who are AIR members may register at PRPD member rates, a significant savings. PRPD has also arranged for discount airfare on Continental, discounted conference rooms rates, and a free public transit pass for every registrant to get around the city and to and from the airport (link below).

This first time collaboration takes advantage of the changing landscape of the public media industry to bring together producers and programmers, two constituencies who closely share values and objectives. It’s also a way to inspire creative exchange between stations and the broad network of producers represented by AIR and Third Coast as they both look to develop new approaches to attracting audience across platforms from radio to cell phone. We’re grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts whose support for AIR and Third Coast’s makes this collaboration possible.

PRPD is working with AIR and Third Coast to create a special set of sessions for PDs and producers alike focusing on storytelling, format, and a special pitch session designed to support producer/stations collaboration.  Details of sessions and other conference events will be released in the weeks ahead.  If you’d like to be added to the distribution list for updates, send an email to info@prpd.org

To register, get conference information, and to get hotel reservations go to: http://prpd.org/training/Conference/conference_general.aspx
Stay tuned for more to come!
Sue Schardt, Executive Director of AIR
Johanna Zorn, Executive Director and Julie Shapiro, Artistic Director of Third Coast Festival
Arthur Cohen, President of PRPD
For more information: 
Johanna Zorn at Third Coast 
312-948-4652 or jzorn@chicagopublicradio.org
Erin Mishkin at AIR
617 825 4400 or erin@@airmedia.org
David Hollis at PRPD
315-824-8226 dhollis@prpd.org