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Third Coast Pocket Conference

The Third Coast Pocket Conference is the start of your next great story — featuring sessions from Third Coast Conferences and more. Subscribe to learn about creating audio stories from some of the most creative and innovative minds in the podcasting world and beyond.

Total Episodes37
10/30/2017
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From the first Third Coast Conference in 2001, this panel, moderated by Arizona-based producer Joan Schuman, asked the questions about the consequences of taking risks and approaching audio in unconventional ways. Joining Joan to answer these questions were radio legend Scott Carrier and Priya Ramu, formerly of the CBC program Outfront. This will be the last Pocket Conference episode for a few weeks, but we'll be back in early December with sessions from the 2017 Third Coast Conference.
10/23/2017
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When you don’t have the money to make your podcast idea a reality, one way to make your dream come true is through crowdfunding. At the 2012 Third Coast Conference, art program director Stephanie Pereira gave a primer on how to bring an audio-centric Kickstarter project to life. Joining her was Roman Mars of the podcast 99% Invisible, who shared lessons learned and insights gained while running his own (wildly successful) radio-supporting Kickstarter campaign earlier that year.
10/16/2017
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Strong local radio doesn't emerge from a moment of inspiration; it's the product of repetition, experimentation, even failure. It's about habit. At the 2010 Third Coast Conference, Dan Grech explored strategies for producing consistent, high-impact local radio, culled from his own experiences with WLRN's Under the Sun series. Does success mean getting stories heard nationally? Is local simply about geography? And how can you fit the habit of creativity into a too-busy day? Local producers Kenny Malone, Sylvia Gross and Alicia Zuckerman joined him to share tips from the trenches.
10/09/2017
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The best "real time" radio sounds live and spontaneous, but requires forethought and structure. This session from the 2007 Third Coast Conference focuses on how to do "stand up" in the field -- what works and what doesn't. With examples of many pitfalls and a few successes, longtime NPR correspondent Elizabeth Arnold shared what she's learned about the practical realities of putting yourself in your piece.
10/02/2017
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Creative sound projects are increasingly blurring the lines between radio, audio documentary, sound art, and music. In this session from the 2003 Third Coast Conference, Ben Rubin focuses on the history and more recent practice of artists who challenge the traditional definitions of these fields, including composer Steve Reich, artist Janet Cardiff, and maverick pianist and radio producer Glenn Gould.
09/25/2017
about 1 hour
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A bad editor is a curse. Having a good editor is a blessing but can often be a luxury. In this session, Deborah George explains how to work effectively with the editor you've been dealt and how to be your own editor if you don't have one. It's all in the listening. Recorded at the 2008 Third Coast Conference.
09/18/2017
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Diamonds are made under pressure! For this session Priya Ramu and Steve Wadhams, both formerly from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, presented their advice on how to make daily radio that shines and delights. Using examples from a wide range of daily information programming, they offered ideas and approaches that make interviews, news spots, and long-form reports more lively and memorable, no matter how tight the deadline. Recorded at the 2002 Third Coast Conference.
09/11/2017
about 1 hour
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On this episode we’re bringing you another session presented at the 2017 Audiocraft Conference, in Sydney, Australia. This talk features American producer Megan Tan, host and creator of the podcast Millennial, and Australian podcaster Sophie Townsend of the show Not By Accident. Not only do they both share their own personal stories on their shows, but they also have no commute from sofa to studio. In this session they’ll unravel their podcasting lives and talk about how they got started, their production processes, and the pros and cons of putting themselves centrestage. If you like what you hear, subscribe to the Audiocraft podcast for more great sessions from down under, or check them out at audiocraft.com.au
09/04/2017
about 1 hour
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This session explores "found narration" - archival tape, interviews, audio diary entries - and sound that can all be used to perform the job of the narrator. What do you gain and what do you give up when you throw away the script? Producer Joe Richman breaks down the process, from getting tape to editing to producing.
08/28/2017
about 1 hour
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On this episode we’re bringing you a session presented at the 2017 Audiocraft Conference, in Sydney, Australia! This talk features Jesse Cox and Belinda Lopez, who are part of the production team behind ABC Radio National’s podcast This Is About… a show that digs deep into issues that matter and tells stories of all the beautiful, awkward and messy stuff that happens to people. Through sharing their favourite works and techniques, Belinda and Jesse touch on how to produce compelling narratives through careful story pacing, structure and sound. And they dive into what a good pitch looks like. If you like what you hear, subscribe to the Audiocraft podcast for more great sessions from down under, or check them our at audiocraft.com.au