Saturday Schedule

Grassroots Radio Conference 2018 Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 6. 2018

Updated Oct. 3, 2018



9:30am Room 110

Honoring Indigenous Territories

Delphine Criscenzo

9:35am Room 110

Plenary Panel, “Radical Inclusivity”

Ani Haines-Moderator; Panelists: Delphine Criscenzo, Rashida Burch-Washington, Ivonne Rivero, Ibrahim B. Mubarak

As community media makers, it is critical to be accessible to marginalized communities. Yet oftentimes, station culture and institutional structure may alienate members of those communities, and discourage or prevent their involvement.

How do stations become aware of their prevalent culture and institutional structure?  What can stations do to deepen their commitment to being accessible to POC, LGBTQIA2S+, women, femme, houseless, poor, and other disenfranchised communities. How can stations actively work towards and succeed in retaining marginalized community members in decision making roles?  

Station decision makers have to actively engage and listen to marginalized community members, hear what isn’t working, and then do something about it. No one has time for feel-good diversity trainings without action. How do stations design an action plan to move closer to being truly and radically inclusive.

In this plenary we hope to bring to the surface some barriers to participation, and stimulate discussion at this conference, and beyond.  While there is no “one right way” to work towards radical inclusivity, we hope to learn from each others’ experiences, and hope to support one anothers’ work as we break down barriers, together.


Field Trips

Stonehenge Tower, others TBA


Break/Networking/Vendor visits

11:15am -12:30pm

Break-Out Sessions #1

11:15am Room 110

LPFM Round Table

Sharon Scott-Moderator; Panelists: Vanessa Maria Graber, LaGanzie Kale, Will Floyd, Stella Byrne, Keeeth Withriees, Darrick Wood

11:15am Room 150

Launching local news bureaus

Keith Rosendal

Most full-power FM stations reach a much greater territory than they can reasonable cover with a small news staff. KZSC's solution is to build news studios in neighborhoods traditionally overlooked, or mischaracterized, by our local mainstream news outlets. We teach a free 10-week course in journalism, using inexpensive consumer-grade electronics and free and open source software to gather pro-quality news and neighborhood stories. Then we turn the team loose to operate the bureau and to recruit and teach the next group coming up. This is a winning proposal with local funders/foundations who see a need for local news, community-building, and civic engagement.

11:15am Room 180

Music Licensing

Eva Papp

Music rights with special focus on SoundExchange.

11:15am Room 170

Avoiding Burnout in Community Radio

Barry Rooke

In 2017, a key topic presented at the NCRA/ANREC open-space session was on burnout, both volunteer and staff. This presentation will help both staff and volunteers (board, programmers etc) understand what burnout is, the signs and symptoms of it and what can be done both personally and within the organization to help reduce the stresses it causes on personal life. We look forward to you bringing your own stories (hopefully not too horrific) and solutions to help combat this major problem in the community radio sector.

11:15am Room 160

Show, Don't Tell: How to Make Smart Fundraising Decisions

Becky Meiers

How do you balance operating a radio station with the time it takes to raise funds for it? How do you avoid budget shortfalls and wasted effort? With planning and analysis! I will walk you through making an annual fundraising plan, how to calculate fundraising effectiveness, and how to turn everyone in your station into fundraisers.

12:30pm Room 110

Bag Lunch

12:45pm Room 110

Keynote Speaker: David Barsamian

Community Radio in the Age of Deceit

1:30-1:45 Break/Networking/Vendor visits

1:45 - 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions #2

1:45pm Room 150

Interviewing Techniques -- Barry Vogel
and Listening Between the Lines -- Robert Rogers

Interviewing Techniques: Discuss the problems of poor interviews we have heard; how to avoid them in order to obtain an interview that compels the listeners' attention. The focus will be on interviewing skills more than on technical aspects.”

Listening Between the LinesHow to listen deeply and keep the interviewers presence to a minimum. How by following the speakers deeper, often unspoken message, and asking about it, the skillful interviewer actually leads the interview.  Take away: A theory of communication that says. When a person speaks authentically about the conditions of their own life, the listener will automatically bond with the speaker based on their shared experience. And this will cut across the artificially installed "barriers" of age, race, class and gender.

1:45pm Room 110

Radio Accessible to All: Multi-Media Production & Distribution for Radio Broadcasters

Vanessa Maria Graber

More and more people are accessing media through streaming, podcast, and social media platforms. Therefore, community media centers like PhillyCAM have adapted to distribute their media beyond cable TV and radio to the internet and social media. How can radio broadcasters adapt to the evolving needs of the community and share their audio to various audiences through multi-media platforms? This workshop will show participants about all the ways they can document their show and make the content accessible to those who aren't tuning into the FM.

1:45pm Room 180

Creating a Funding Prospectus and Facts Sheet -- LaGanzie Kale
and Pledge Drives -- Don Merrill

Every community station needs support, especially financial. There are stakeholders that can help but how to convince them to support is the big question. A funding prospectus that outlines what your needs are along with a fact sheet can go a long way towards securing funding. KLEK-LP was able to secure a $25,738 donation to build our new tower based largely in part of our funding prospectus and fact sheet. This workshop will show you how to create your own to help get the support for your own station projects. Learn how pledge drives work.

1:45pm Room 160

Rules, Regs and Policies

Michael Richards and Michelle Bradley




Meetups, Networking, Vendor Visits

4:00 - 5:15pm

Break-Out Sessions #3

4:00pm Room 110

“Pacifica Audioport and Internet Technology Package: Content Distribution, Streaming, IT archives, Sound Exchange Reporting, and Fundraising tools” and “Receiving and offering Syndicated Programs through Pacifica and Other Sources”

Ursula Ruedenberg, Olivia Brinkmeyer, Otis Maclay

All things about national and international distribution. An explanation of services offered by Pacifica for getting syndicated programs and also for having producers at your station syndicate programs. Other sources besides Pacifica are also described.

An explanation and demonstration of Pacifica's, primary online hub for program distribution and content sharing, specifically for grassroots community radio content, coming from its affiliate network of more than 300 community radio stations, Pacifica, and more than 100 independent grassroots production groups. This interactive content sharing service web site also serves to grow the field of community radio production by encouraging and supporting producers' efforts to distribute their content. Pacifica Web Manager Otis Maclay explains how Pacifica Network offers services for your IT presence: streaming, online archives of your program (which allows podcasting), infrastructure for reporting to the Sound Exchange, program grid on your web site, aids for on-air fundraising, and various other IT features.

4:00pm Room 180

Underwriting, PSAs and Internal Promotions: Language, Myths, Similarities, and Differences

Luisa Cardoza and Michelle Bradley

What you can and can't say, how Underwriting, PSAs and Internal Promotions are related, and how are they different.

4:00pm Room 170

The Art of Sound

Luke Rosebaro

An overview of how to utilize music and sound design techniques for radio plays and enhancing podcasts.

4:00pm Room 160

Ask the Lawyer

Michael Richards

Open forum to ask a communications lawyer your questions about the law and broadcasting.

4:00pm Room 150

Working with Educational Institutions

Amoshaun Toft

Young people are increasingly looking to digital tools over analog platforms for learning about the world and connecting with each other. Schools offer a unique opportunity to bring radio into the lives of students through collaborations, trainings and volunteer opportunities. This workshop will offer several strategies for engaging with schools as institutional partners, and in developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships for engaging young people in all aspects of your station. I am a faculty member at the University of Washington Bothell, and faculty advisor for UWave Radio, a campus-based student-run radio station. I will offer some of my own efforts over the years to engage students in community radio in the Seattle area, and outline some of the key considerations you might want to take into account when developing your own approaches. I would love to work with others who may have contributions in this area.


Break, Networking, Vendor Visits

5:15pm Room TBD

Pacifica Affiliates meeting

Ursula Ruedenberg, Olivia Brinkmeyer and Otis Maclay

6:15pm - Room 110


6:45pm - Room 110

Radio Survivor Live Recording: Community Radio in the Next Five Years

Paul Riismandel, Jennifer Waits, Eric Klein


Stations’ Open Houses

KBOO-FM and new LPFM Freeform Portland, KFFP-LP