Schedule

Grassroots Radio Conference 2019 Tenative Schedule

Friday, Oct 4, 2019

This schedule is a work in progress, please check back for updates
Updated September 7, 2019

12:00pm
VSW

Registration

4:00pm-6:30pm
VSW

Meet & Greet

Join us after picking up your badge in the main hall of the Visual Studies Workshop..

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019

8:00am
VSW

Registration

9:00am-9:45am
VSW & SOTA

9am Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Sustaining Grassroots Media
Andrew Ó Baoill, NUI Galway (Ireland)

Sustaining grassroots media projects, within the same social and economic system that those projects (in various ways) are attempting to challenge, is difficult. Some projects act as tactical media, focused on short-term opportunities without a need to consider longer-term sustainability. For projects with significant capital outlay though, or which attempt long-term goals such as community development, these challenges and contradictions become more pressing.

Often practitioners identify ways in which they can leverage particular features of the social, economic, or regulatory system to benefit their project, but there are necessarily limitations to such strategies.

This presentation will explore various examples of such tensions playing out in practice, and provide an interactive space for discussion of the challenges and opportunities for grassroots practitioners operating within the broader socio-economic system. It draws on the presenter's background as practitioner and academic in Ireland and the US, and is part of a project supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations program.

Track 2:
Producer

Community Radio in Africa and North America a Comparative Analysis
Imgard Rop 101.5 KEPJ-LPFM

This presentation will focus on comparative analysis of community radio in Africa specifically Kenya and USA specifically San Antonio, TX. This presentation includes comparisons of funding and content for both countries

Track 3:
Engineering

EAS from A to Z
Will Floyd & Pablito Barnes

Help with installing and operating an EAS unit. Help with regulations you need to know.

10:00am-10:45am
VSW & SOTA

10am Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Nurturing Full Time Live & Local programming
Dr. Joe Piasek WIOX

Overview of station history - 85 volunteers retention of a decade+

Track 2:
Producer

Live production
Max Kelley and Jarret Whetstone WAYO-LP

An overview of producing live performances in a radio studio

Track 3:
Engineering

FM Broadcast Antenna
Steve Moreen - Dielectric

A overview of the characteristics of FM Broadcast antennas, the principles on how they work and how they can impact station coverage.

Track 4:
Open

Optimizing your coverage
Al Davis, Paul Bame

Choosing a site, power/height tradeoffs, fringe coverage, etc. How to get the best coverage for your station.

PANEL:


Dealing with Disfunction


11:00am-11:45am
VSW & SOTA

11am Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Parlez Vous Translators and You
Michael Richards

Translator rule changes, FCC issues affecting LPFM, etc..

Track 2:
Producer

20 Tips for Doing Better Radio
Steve Hoffman, WOWD/Takoma Radio

Community radio prides itself on being different from commercial or mainstream public radio. But that doesn't mean community radio programmers shouldn't use some tried-and-true best practices that are common to all good radio. This presentation will offer 20 suggestions applicable across a broad array of community radio programming.

Track 3:
Engineering

(TBD)

Track 4:
Open

Non-membership community radio fundraising
Todd Tyson, WFVR-LP

How a small station can maximize special events and local underwriting to remain fiscally stable

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch (provided) - Station Tours

1:00pm-1:45pm
VSW & SOTA

1pm Sessions

Track 1:
Management

WIOX - Reshaping live, local radio as social media.
Dr. Joe Piasek, Chair, WIOX

Case study: WIOX Community Radio, full power, 85 volunteers, 10 years on the air - reshaping live, local radio as social media.

Track 2:
Producer

Creating Content for LatinX Communities

Track 3:
Engineering

21st Century Broadcasting with Raspberry Pi
Vincent Maggard

The latest in broadcasting from pi, with everything from streaming, to indigenous alerting. The raspberry pi is a broadcasters power house. Today I'll explain why.

2:00pm-2:45pm
VSW & SOTA

2pm Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Creating Training
Spencer Graves

Creating training to attract volunteers and audience

Track 2:
Producer

How to Tell A Story
Dale Willman

An interactive session on how to gather and present news

PANEL

Ask an Engineer
Al Davis, Max Kelley, Jarret Whestone, TBD

3:00-3:45pm
VSW & SOTA

3pm Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Fundraising
Julio Saenz WEPL - Poder 97.1

Track 2:
Producer

Climate Change: What the latest science is telling us--and how do we communicate it?
Eugene Beer, WGRN-LP

Intended to be as much a discussion session as a presentation, how do we in the media present to our listeners this looming game-changing threat to our planet and to human civilization as we know it?

Track 3:
Engineering

Audacity Tutorial
David Klann

Help with navigating Audacity and learn about updated features!

Track 4:
Open

Programming with a Community Focus
Todd Tyson, WFVR-LP

A strategic approach to developing a program schedule focused on people, places and events in your immediate region.

4:00pm
VSW


Keynote Speaker

David Pakman

5:00pm

Station Tours

6:30pm
Radio Social

Saturday Evening Event

Join us for our radio social, at Radio Social. Separate ticket required, available on booking page. Includes food, games, bowling, music, and a GRC signature cocktail.

Sunday, Oct 6, 2019

8:00am
VSW

Registration

9:00am-9:45am
VSW & SOTA

9am Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Creating a Funding Prospectus and Stat Sheet
LaGanzie Kale

Creating a Funding Prospectus and Stat Sheet

Track 2:
Producer

Leveraging Podcasting at Your Radio Station
Darien Lamen, WXIR

This presentation explores a range of options for leveraging podcasting, YouTubing, and other emergent forms of digital broadcast at your radio station. Learn how to bring new producers into your station's orbit and retain them; respond to the growing demand among podcasters for technical knowledge and community; monetize digital media and extend the reach of your radio station.

Track 3:
Engineering

Fun facts & FM Frequencies
Pablito Bames

Neat stuff to know about signals &, how it helps in application

Track 4:
Open

Care and Feeding of Volunteers
Ani Raven Haines

Fostering a resilient volunteer community requires clear communication, relationship building, mutual respect, and collaboration. In this presentation we'll cover the importance of good orientation materials for new volunteers, as well as house rules for behavior, the critical nature of radical inclusivity, feedback and redirection, and volunteer appreciation.

With a well-written orientation handbook volunteers will be able to quickly access needed information, such as training; expectations, policies, and practices; staff / coordinator contact information. Inspire those just getting involved by including your station's history, commitment to community service, and mission.

We'll also discuss radical inclusivity, relationship building, and appreciation.

10:00am-10:45am
VSW & SOTA

10am Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Ask a Lawyer
Michael Richards

Michael is here to answer your questions!

Track 2:
Producer

International Issues
Frieda Werden

Track 3:
Engineering

Software Freebies to Make Your Station (Even More) Fabulous
Bob Dunn, WXDR-LP

There are all sorts of freebies out there that can help keep the thrifty station working and sounding great. From a silence-sensor that will email you if audio stops, to a one-touch recorder, to a recorder you can schedule, to tools that will let you broadcast from just about anywhere, we'll look at some downloadable goodies and useful resources.

Track 4:
Open

Pledge Drives within the Public Radio Universe
Don Merrill, KBOO

What are the larger forces that shape pledge drives, both outside and inside public radio. And how do those forces affect the messaging and the takeaway the audience has of them.

PANEL


LPFM Roundtable


11:00am-11:45am
VSW & SOTA

11am Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Social Media Savvy
Davyne Dial

Incorporating live video to Facebook, cameras, smart phones, mics to capture action or live programming. Use social media to help establish your brand in your community. Vastly increase your reach and engagement.

Track 2:
Producer

Daily News Produced By Volunteers
Steve Pierce, Branda Miller, Elizabeth Press - WOOC-LP

A nuts and bolts presentation on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine, a daily hour-long original, hyper-local news and public affairs program produced with no budget by volunteers at WOOC-LP in Troy NY for broadcast, podcast and social media. Panelists will share details of how the show comes together every day, how it has been sustained for two years, the challenges posed by a collectively produced show, and brainstorm with the audience about how this model might spread. Stations interested helping to expand our Hudson Valley regional network and/or create new ones are encouraged to attend!

For more details on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine:
https://niemanreports.org/articles/more-power-to-low-power-fm/
https://www.radiosurvivor.com/2019/04/30/how-an-lpfm-produces-an-hour-of...

Track 3:
Engineering

Are We Still On the Air?
Bob Dunn, WXDR-LP

What happens when you live a little too far from the transmitter to know for sure if the station is off the air? A Raspberry Pi or an old PC and some other goodies, plus a connection to the Interwebs and you can know for sure if something's wrong.

Track 4:
Open

LIVE FROM RIVERTON: WHAT’S ON TAP AT THE FCC
Michelle Bradley

In 2019, the Federal Communications Commission has released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking that will impact the rules for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations and for “full-service” non-commercial educational (NCE) FM stations. Michelle Bradley from REC Networks, the original petitioner of many of the items being proposed will discuss the proposals and how they will affect your station. Also discussed will be REC rural NCE “waiver” proposal as well as some
things that REC proposed and were left out of the rulemaking proceedings and other FCC issues that are on the horizon.

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch (provided)

1:00pm-1:45pm
VSW

1pm Sessions

Track 1:
Management

Tools for Managers
Max Kelley

Track 2:
Producer

Canada: The Growth Of Community Radio
Luke Smith

In this presentation Luke Smith the Director of Learning and Development at the NCRA/ANREC will talk about the Canadian campus and community radio sector (c/c). The c/c sector is the non-profit radio sector in Canada which has recently seen a growth rate of new licenses out pacing the commercial sector. Luke will discuss where Community radio in Canada originated, the current state and growth of the sector, and where community radio is going. Luke will speak to how Canadian non-profit radio is finding balence in engaging a digital audience and serving a broadcast audience.

PANEL


Producers Panel


2:00pm-2:45pm
VSW & SOTA

2pm Sessions (TBD)

Track 1:
Management

EAS & Licensing

How to pass an FCC inspection

Track 2:
Producer

Engaging Youth
Rashida Burch-Washington WXIR

Presentation on how WXIR has successfully engaged youth in production and volunteering, and you can too!

3:00-3:45pm
VSW & SOTA

3pm Sessions

Track 2:
Producer

Radio Branding
Jeffrey Jones and Jacquelyn Jordan, Community Voice Radio Show WPPM-LP

Are you just starting your radio show or have you been at it for a while and things just don’t seem to be going the way you want them to? Has your listener base not grown as expected? Is your radio show lacking the pop that you desire? Do you want to know the keys to having great guests and content on your show? If the answer to any of those questions is "yes", then this presentation is for you. During this presentation you will learn how to maximize your show performance, improve your listener base in order to increase your radio show brand awareness. You'll also receive resources so that you'll be able to immediately apply these techniques to your very next show or podcast.

Upon completion of this presentation the participants will learn the following things to help their radio show thrive and grow. They will understand that the work of being a show host takes more than just a "want to" and a microphone, it takes deliberate actions and a purposeful strategy. Here are a few of the taka-a-ways from this presentation:
- Learn how to build your listener base for sustainable program growth
- Intentional radio creativity
- How to be resourceful with limited resources
- Getting guests that add value to your show

3:00-3:45pm
VSW & SOTA

Pacifica Affiliate Meeting

4:00pm
VSW


Keynote Speaker

Glen Ford