Grassroots Radio Conference Set for August 18-21

Posted on July 31, 2011

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The Grassroots Radio Conference will hold “Prairie Fire” it’s annual gathering of community radio stations and independent media in Kansas City, Missouri from August 18 to 21.The Grassroots Radio Conference is a national gathering of volunteer-run community radio stations and indie media and offers attendees an opportunity to network, learn new skills, discuss the issues facing their stations and to party.

The conference is an informal coalition that formed in 1996 to increase support for volunteer-based stations in a public broadcasting sector that was becoming increasingly commercialized.

The annual gathering is held in a different location and hosted by a different station each year. This year, Kansas City station KKFI 90.1 and Kansas City Friends of Community Radio will play host to the four day conference.

From the conference’s website:

“Organizers of the 2011 Grassroots Radio Conference hope to capture the imagination of producers and programmers by sharing participant-led workshops in community journalism, interviewing skills, music programming, radio production, distribution, and promotion of independent radio programs.”

The website also says the conference will have three Keynote Speakers:

  • Sylvia Richardson, vice-president with AMARC and producer of Latin Waves
  • Loris Ann Taylor, president of Native Public Media and tribal and Public Radio policy advocate
  • JR Valrey, producer of the Block Report Radio and executive producer of the award-winning documentary Operation Small Axe.

The conference will be held at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO.

For a complete list of workshop sessions and information on attending visit the conference’s website.

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