AIR @ PRPD 2011

We’re pleased to announce that AIR will again collaborate with PRPD to bring together PDs and producers at the 2011 Public Radio Programming Conference (PRPC) in Baltimore. The 24th annual conference, the largest industry gathering focused on Content, takes place September 20-23 at the Baltimore Hilton.

Independent producers who are AIR members may register at PRPD member rates, a significant savings. Ground transportation is cheap and easy – just $1.60 from the BWI airport via direct light rail to a stop one block from the hotel.  Deadline for early bird registration is August 12th.

Following a very successful collaboration at the 2009 PRPC in Cleveland, we’re developing sessions for both producers and programmers, to bring their signature to celebrating the best in audio craft.  Going further in our efforts to increase collaborations between the communities, we’ll focus on maximizing synergies between stations and independents.  

This 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 as both look to develop new approaches to attracting audience across platforms from radio to cell phone.

PRPD and AIR are working to create a special set of sessions for focusing on storytelling, format, and a special pitch session designed to support producer/stations collaboration. AIRsters Jad Abumrad will star in the opening session and Jay Allison has been tapped to give the closing Benediction this year.  In addition, the inimitable Deb George is signed on to lead our pitch panel, AIR President David Freedman and PRPD Board Director and NHPR Program Director Abby Goldstein will lead a first-ever PD/Producer “speed date” to start the conference on Tuesday @ 4pm, and you’ll want to put AIR on your schedule for Thursday, 9/22 at 5:30pm when we publicly launch a significant new producer-driven initiative that builds on our 2009 MQ2 project.  Additional 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

Hotel and Conference Registration

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New Voices Scholarship 2011
AIR will again offer $20,000 in New Voices scholarships to support independent producers and new station-based programmers interested in attending the Baltimore conference. The goal of this scholarship, funded by CPB, is to advance innovation in local programming and explore new pathways between stations and the extensive network of independent producers across the US. Individual scholarships of up to $1500 per individual will be awarded.  The funds must be used to offset costs associated with PRPD transportation, meals, hotel, and registration. Learn more.
+++We are no longer accepting applications.+++

AIR Ambassadors
If you’re planning to go to the conference, we will offer on a first-come-first-serve basis, a $150 stipend to the first 10 AIR members with confirmed conference registrations interested in serving as an AIR ambassador at the conference, payable after.  In exchange for your stipend, you will be required to do three things:  1) attend the opening speed date on Tuesday, 9/20 at 4pm and attend the AIR launch event on Thursday, 9/22 @ 5:30pm, 2) do a shift at the AIR conference table, and 3)  communicate back to AIR’s membership via Twitter and/or a post to the AIRdaily detailing your experience and take-aways from the conference.  If you’re interested (and registered for the conference), please apply here.   Deadline to apply to be an ambassador is September 14, but since we're offering stipends on a first-come basis, don’t delay. Questions? Contact Membership Director Erin Mishkin at

"Getting to Yes": AIR's Pitch Panel
This session pulls back the veil on one of the most important and difficult skills every producer needs to master: pitching a story.  Editors from a variety of outlets will hear pitches in front of a live audience: you!  This year's session features editors from Marketplace, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, and NPR News. For more information and to learn how to participate, go here. +++If you are interested in participating, we need to hear from you by Thursday, September 8 at 5pm PT. (And ideally, much sooner.)+++

Sue Schardt, Executive Director, AIR
Arthur Cohen, President, PRPD 

For more information:

Erin Mishkin at AIR


David Hollis at PRPD


We’re grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts whose support of AIR makes this collaboration possible.