Local that Works is an annual contest that spotlights innovative and replicable content, engagement and revenue initiatives at public radio and TV stations, and nonprofit news organizations in the U.S.
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As part of its newly-formed Queen City PodQuest Academy program, WFAE offered free “Podcasting 101” classes. Over the course of 10 weeks, students gained an understanding of the fundamentals of podcasting, production skills and marketing tips, and walked away with a resource list for the future. Of the 500 people who attended the classes, 30 went on to attend the Queen City PodQuest Academy for in-depth training and lessons. WFAE believes in the power of podcasting to amplify diverse voices, remove barriers to storytelling, and to build and connect communities. We want to help Charlotte area residents tap into the power of podcasting to tell their own unique stories.
Uncuffed is a podcast and radio series made by people incarcerated in California prisons. KALW producers teach them how to record and edit powerful audio stories about life on the inside.
Grace Weber’s Music Lab (GWML) is a free monthly music education program and talent accelerator for Milwaukee area high schoolers, providing opportunities to refine performance skills; build connections between engaged and talented young people; expose participants to the multiple career opportunities available in creative industries; and to participate in performances and talks by professional musicians, entertainment industry professionals and artists. This program is critical to meeting the growing and changing needs of our city and youth – Grace Weber’s Music Lab reaches kids with art forms that are increasingly relevant and central to their lives, including diverse music from hip-hop to alternative to spoken word.
American Homefront is a national/local collaborative reporting project focused on improving coverage of military and veterans issues. WIth support from CPB, WUNC’s dedicated full-time reporter and full-time editor moderate a Slack channel and lead weekly calls with partner stations: KPCC (Los Angeles), Colorado Public Radio, Texas Public Radio (San Antonio) and WUSF (Tampa) WUNC’s listening area includes Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, two of the largest military installations. American Homefront has helped WUNC build relationships with those communities and host the station’s first two engagement events in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg.
Amplifier is a podcast that shines a light on Charlotte’s local music scene. More than 500 musicians have submitted their songs and shared their experiences. Amplifier launched with 20 episodes in 20 days, and is now a biweekly podcast featuring award-winning jazz singers to emerging pop acts, DIY venue owners to established record producers and beyond. Amplifier was named Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Podcast”, and received a Webby Award for innovation in music/arts podcasting.
Another Round is a community engagement series that allows Boise Public Radio to get outside of the metro region and into areas of southern and central Idaho and eastern Oregon. Three out of four quarterly events take place outside of Boise. In each, the station learns about topics listeners would like to hear covered more on air. Boise Public Radio partners with a local brewery/restaurant/coffee shop and charge $5. Participants get a stainless steel NPR/BSPR logo’s tumbler with a ticket redeemable for one free beer.
On the fourth Monday night of each month, KASU presents “Bluegrass Monday,” a concert series in its 17th year, bringing professional bluegrass musicians to Paragould, Arkansas, for affordable, family-friendly concerts. Admission is always free. KASU feels presenting these concerts not only promotes its radio broadcasts of bluegrass music, but the concerts also help to promote the culture of the region that includes the nearby Ozark Mountains. All concerts are recorded for broadcast on KASU at a later date.
Since 1986, KASU volunteer and local folklorist Dr. Bill Clements has written and hosted programs of regional and international interest. The first collaboration, “Tradition,” is a weekly 30-minute program that teaches listeners about the wide diversity of American traditional music. “ Bill’s two-minute “Calendar Lore,” started in 1990, highlights world cultures by focusing on different areas of folklore such as rituals and beliefs, food culture, and history that are tied to a specific date.
Classics for Kids, launched at WGUC in 1998, provides an educational and entertaining classical music experience for children. 23 stations now carry the Classics for Kids program; people all over the world use the website materials (570,000 uniques/ 5 million pvs in 2018). The Classics for Kids podcast is CPR’s most listened-to podcast (75,000+ downloads/mo). It provides education materials based on national and state standards, Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Critical Thinking skills based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Podcasting 101 / Queen City PodQuest Academy
As a result of the overwhelming interest WFAE received during the 2019 Queen City PodQuest, we were excited to expand podcasting opportunities for the Charlotte area community with the newly-formed Queen City PodQuest Academy. ‘
For those who wanted to turn their ideas into a podcast but weren’t sure where to start, WFAE offered free “Podcasting 101″ classes as part of its newly-formed Queen City PodQuest Academy program. Over the course of 10 weeks (one class per week, all with the same presentation/class materials), ‘Podcasting 101” students gained:
For those who wanted to turn their ideas into a podcast but weren’t sure where to start, WFAE (Charlotte’s NPR News Source) offered free “Podcasting 101” classes as part of its newly-formed Queen City PodQuest Academy program. Over the course of 10 weeks (one class per week, all with the same presentation/class materials), “Podcasting 101” students gained…
• An understanding of the fundamentals of podcasting
• Tips on how to record, produce, and upload a podcast
• Ideas on how to market the podcast and connect with listeners
• A resource list (with tips, tricks and how-to’s) to help continue podcasting
Approximately 500 students were able to attend our “Podcasting 101” classes, and the students ranged in age (high school to retirees), race/ethnicity, location, experience and podcast ideas/stories. Out of those, 30 of the students then proceeded to the Queen City PodQuest Academy for in-depth training and lessons on podcasting production, marketing, monetization and beyond. Throughout the eight-week PodQuest Academy, students were able to connect with skilled audio professionals, network with local podcasters, and receive expert training to bring their podcast ideas to life.
These virtual workshops took place over Zoom and were led by Joni Deutsch, WFAE’s podcast manager and host of “Amplifier” (named “Best Podcast” by Charlotte Magazine, Creative Loafing and Queen City Nerve).
Why is WFAE doing this?
As a result of the program, some students have reached out to say that their podcast was now being produced (or even released. Through our post-event surveys, we saw the impact of offering this program during quarantine; one of the students shared his gratitude for being inspired to reinvest his time during quarantine to pursue podcasting and to finally be able to share his story.
This podcast education program garnered a $20,000 grant from the ReEmprise Fund in Charlotte.https://www.wfae.org/queencitypodquest