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October 7, 2010

Erin Mishkin

AIR and KEXP-FM Join Forces at Intersection of Music and Storytelling

(BOSTON) - The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) today announced Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Julie Caine as their 2010-2011 Live Interactive Residents chosen from a competitive nationwide field of 76 candidates. They will each spend 10 weeks at one of the nation’s most progressive music stations, KEXP in Seattle, where they will develop new ways to tap in to the local community through storytelling and music.

The residencies are intended to encourage promising public media producers to experiment with new formats and approaches to craft. AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt upon making the announcement said, “We are eagerly anticipating what will grow out of this new alchemy between KEXP, AIR, and our residents.” Tom Mara, KEXP General Manager, responded with similar sentiment, adding, “The KEXP staff is thrilled with the chance to tap AIR’s rich talent pool in this way.”

Ms. Boiko-Weyrauch got her start in radio in 2007 with internships at WBAI and WNYC’s Radio Lab and she hasn’t put down her mic since. Last year she freelanced from Ghana, West Africa, with a grant from The Nation Institute to cover gold mining. She’s been living in Enterprise, Alabama, but considers Seattle home.

Ms. Caine is also a radio producer at heart, with documentary film experience and a portfolio in photography.  Her work has aired on APM’s Marketplace, SoundVision Productions’ The DNA Files, and PRI’s The World. Her latest documentary is about the musical and social history of the accordion in California. She believes deeply in Grace Paley’s assertion that you must be a story listener to be a storyteller.

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The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), formed in 1988 by a group of ten independent producers sitting around a kitchen table in NYC, has since grown into a global social and professional network of 750 producers – both independent and those employed by leading media organizations.  AIR's constituency represents an extensive range of disciplines, from NPR news journalists and reporters, to sound artists, station station-based producers, podcasters, gearheads, media activists, and more. Entrepreneurial innovation is what drives the organization and, in this 21st century world, its members are rapidly diversifying and expanding their craft as they cut new edges in digital public media.

Funding for AIR comes from its members and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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Anna Boiko-Weyrauch
Daughter of Seattle, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch grew up imitating Ira Glass at the dinner table for her family. After spending her undergraduate years with Long Island University's Global College in Costa Rica, China, India, and Rwanda, she jumped into public radio in 2007 with internships at WBAI, Radio Lab and WNYC's newsroom. Her first national piece was on the feminist art of Amateur Female Jello Wrestling in New York City for Weekend America. Anna has since produced stories, on less sticky subjects, for NPR, VOA, The World, Marketplace, and many others. Anna finally got to use her "This American Life Voice" on This American Life in a story from Accra, much to her mother's relief.

Julie Caine
Julie Caine is a San Francisco-based radio producer, photographer and documentary filmmaker. Her radio work has aired on The World, Marketplace, and a wide variety of regional and local NPR affiliates. She was a producer and associate producer on the public radio science series, The DNA Files and The Really Big Questions. She co-produced "All the Way Home," a documentary film about PTSD and coming home from war, which broadcast on PBS in 2008. She is currently finishing "Squeezebox Stories," an hour-long public radio documentary about accordions and immigrant histories, funded by the California Council for the Humanities. She has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.