The Bay

The Bay podcast is a space for local news to breathe. The Bay offers voices and perspectives rarely heard inmedia, and engages listeners through callouts, voice memos, phone calls and social media. The Bay has hosted several well-attended live events, including a storytelling event on California wildfires (with Snap Judgment); a live podcast taping about housing in the Bay Area; and two happy hours with listeners in San Francisco and Oakland. Since its February 2018 launch, the Bay has had more than 2 million downloads.

Student Phenology

This program, aired Tuesday mornings to KAXE/KBXE, features local people from the KAXE region reporting on the biological events related to seasonal change throughout the calendar year. Host of “Phenology,” John Latimer, works with 15 different schools around the state to broadcast and podcast their nature reports once a week. Hearing kids voices just falling in love with nature brightens even a -40 degree Farenheit day in northern MN.

Valley Sounds

Valley Sounds is an all-local show featuring original music from classical to rap to punk to country to gospel to electronica and everything in between, all performed in the Tennessee Valley. Artists are encouraged to submit their recordings to Valley Sounds online or at an in-person meet and greets. The meet and greets, held at local bars and music venues, act as a community producers meeting, where musicians and fans can share ideas about the show.

Shaping Narratives

WGVU’s “Shaping Narratives” partners with community organizations to recruit and engage leaders of color in West Michigan to tell their own stories. The station’s “inclusion reporter” created and led three ten-week training modules on decolonizing media, video and audio production, and reaching target audiences through various media platforms. Each participant crafted a TV episode for broadcast as part of season of local narratives. The net result is that participants now know how to produce a cinematic TV show, create a podcast, mount an influencer campaign, and design events and community structures around their work.

Wicked Good Festival

Today, WERS stands alone as Boston’s home for music discovery. A small but mighty staff of students and professionals carry the torch on the only radio station dedicated to featuring local artists. This is done on a daily basis through conscientious programming, but also through special features like “Wicked Local Wednesday.” In 2018, WERS launched its first (and totally free) Wicked Good Festival on Boston Common featuring a national touring act as well as local favorites.

The Reno Arch was erected in 1926 and remained in place until 1963. KUNR’s segment "Time & Place" has highlighted various topics about the history of Northern Nevada

Time & Place

Time & Place is a regular segment on KUNR in which historian Alicia Barber presents narratives and voices from the past, focusing on the rich and diverse heritage of Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Alicia has produced roughly 50 segments on a wide range of topics, including Reno’s unique gambling and divorce industries, along with historical examination of how racism and sexism have shaped current civic life. Digital reporters from the University of Nevada’s School of Journalism create audiograms of these stories for social media.

Matter Mobile

Matter Mobile is a portable, pop-up studio taken to different community events to conduct high quality audio and video interviews about thorny issues like urban development. The collapsible studio is constructed of wood, soundproofing foam, and windows made out of acrylic sheets. This structure offers interviewees more privacy than recording vox pops openly in the field.

Understanding 1898: America’s Only Coup D’état

On November 10, 1898, white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from the Wilmington, DE city government, killing as many as 300 people in the nation’s only coup d’etat. WQHR’s project documents that event, creating an educational resource for the community to explore an under-documented aspect of the city’s and nation’s history. And interactive map follows the arc of the coup with historical photos, documents, and video interviews embedded at key points.

Nancy Apple & Friends at a KASU Coffeehouse Concert.

KASU Live Music in the Delta

KASU launched a free live local concert series in 1999, a time when the downtown of Jonesboro, Arkansas was dying. Teaming with local restaurants, featuring great bands who played for donations, these monthly concerts made a major contribution to the emerging downtown revitalization. The concert series expanded to rural Paragould, featuring bluegrass music – a celebration of the nearby Ozarks. And now to another town: Newport.