Seminars

Seminars are listed alphabetically

Advanced Automation with Rivendell
Presented by David Klann, 1:30-3:00 pm Monday

A follow-up to the Intro session that includes a look at some of the more advanced functions you can achieve with the Open Source Rivendell radio automation system. Like the Intro session, this is geared toward community radio stations. People who attend this session will gain an understanding of some of the more complex functions and will be able to determine if they are appropriate for their stations.

Audience Engine Project
Presented by Ken Freedman, 10:45-11:45 am Saturday

A new open-source suite of community-building, fundraising, and publishing
tools for independent media sustainability in the digital age.

Build Your Own Audio Cable
Presented by Will Floyd, 4:30-6:00 pm Saturday

Ever wonder how audio gets from here to there? Come to this workshop for a primer is electrics soldering, to learn how audio cables work and to build your own!

Business Plans 101 -  Why you need to do this now.

Dr. Lauralee Harris, 9:30-10:30 Saturday

  • Benefits of writing a business plan
  • Components of the plan
  • Where to find the information needed

Clyde Clifford of Beaker Street
Presented by ARTxFM and KUHS at 8 pm Saturday

Keynote address from Clyde Clifford of Beaker Street

Separate ticket required, $10 includes dinner, purchase tickets HERE

Communications Act of 1996
Presented by Bob Simmons, 10:45-11:45 am Saturday

Impact of the communications act of 1996 on Community Radio

“Community Radio - A Global View”
Keynote presented by Jim Ellinger, 8-9 pm Friday

Austin Airwaves' Jim Radio has been presenting this fun, fast-paced workshop for more than 25 years.
Learn how to gain positive publicity before your community for next to nothing. Okay, for nothing!

Community Radio News Reporting & Skills Sharing
Presented by Ann Garrison, Tom Voorhees, and other working reporters, 4:30-6:00 pm Saturday

Ann Garrison will share what she has learned producing radio news for KPFA and WBAI, touching particularly on the reportorial voice, investigation, and using the World Wide Web to expand the reach of your reporting. Attendees will be able to share why they’re interested in radio news, what they report or hope to report on, for what stations and where, and start a conversation. Ann Garrison will also share her experience with the lies that have been told about the Rwandan Genocide and how those lies have been used to justify intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, Syria and now Burundi.  

Compliance Calendar & Station Checklist
Presented by Michelle Bradley, Michael Brown, & Donna DiBianco, 12:45-2:15 pm Saturday

Sharing an ongoing calendar of dates that have to be met for reporting for various regulatory and other functions (this impacts NCE more than LPFM). Also, a review of the FCC station checklist.

Doing Live Remote Broadcasts for (almost) Free
Presented by Bob Dunn, 1:30-3 pm Sunday

Broadcasting from community events or special locations is a great way to gain station visibility and build listener affinity.  Not too long ago, doing high-quality remote broadcasts required a trunk-load of expensive gear and the specialized knowledge of how to run it.  Today, it is easier than ever to set up and operate from just about anywhere with simple, easy-to-use tools.  Veteran broadcaster Bob Dunn will show you how!

Emergency Broadcasting Roundtable
Presented by Brice Phillips, Susan Raybuck, Jim Ellinger, and Donna DiBianco, 1:30-3 pm Sunday

FCC Updates
Presented by Michelle Bradley, 9:30-10:30 am Sunday

Covering various topics possibly including:
-The impacts of AM revitalization on LPFM stations. (mainly FM translators)
-Encroachment: What to do if you have a noisy neighbor.
-Debunking rumors / LP-250 update

From AF to RF: How to put a signal on the air.
Presented by Bob Nagy, 2:30-4:00 pm Saturday

Learn how to construct an effective FM signal chain. From the studio to the antenna and everything in-between. Basic audio engineering concepts, audio processing, transmitters, coax, antennas and system calibration will be covered. This talk will include TCP-based audio STL links using unlicensed band data dishes. Emphasis will be on keeping system costs to a minimum. This is “Applied Broadcast Engineering” in one session.

Governance: Organizing the Organization
Presented by Betty McArdle, 10:45-11:45 am Sunday

Building and keeping a strong Board: Policies, Handbooks, Volunteer Contracts.

Grant funding basics - Yes, you can get grant funds.  No, it is not easy.
Presented by Dr. Lauralee Harris, 9:30-10:30 am Monday

  • Types of foundations and grants
  • Documents required to get started
  • How to find funding opportunities
  • Basic components of successful grant proposals
  • Government grants

How to make 7 minutes last 18 years
Presented by Stephen Koch, 10:45-11:45 am Monday

Stephen Koch, writer and host of a seven-minute syndicated public radio segment on Arkansas music, will discuss niche and hyper-local programming and how it can benefit your station as well as your community.

How to Promote the hellouta your CP/LPFM Station
Presented by Jim Ellinger, 3:30-5 pm Sunday

How to Write a Successful Press Release, "Five Ws". Press Conferences, Publicity Stunts, TV News Award Winning! Getting and Giving Awards. The Three Most Important Pieces of Paper for Promo.

Be a Good Source. Deadlines can be Deadly! An entire grocery bag of SWAG! (And no plastic crap)

Dealing with the dumb ol' Corporate Media. Hard News vs. Soft News.

Controversy could be your best PR...or your epitaph.

Intro to Using Rivendell Radio Automation
Presented by David Klann, 10:45-11:45 am Saturday

This includes an overview of the Open Source Rivendell automation system with a detailed description of the system and its components. Live demo will be included. The session is geared to both full power and low power community radio stations. Attendees will leave this session with enough understanding of the Rivendell system to assess its suitability for their stations.

LPFM Roundtable
Presented by Sharon Scott (WXOX), Will Floyd (KMRD), Sabrina Roach, Joe Newman (KPSQ), Erik Mollberg (WELT), Zachary Smith (KUHS), LaGanzie Kale (KLEK), 2:30-4:00 pm Saturday

LPFM Work Session
Presented by Sabrina Roach and Sharon Scott, 4:30-6:00 pm Saturday

Our agenda will be shaped by what station leadership identify as resource priorities during the LPFM Roundtable. We’ll also discuss where LPFMs sit and how they want to move within the larger ecosystem of mission aligned community and media as it shifts.

Making Awesome Radio
Presented by Donna DiBianco, 10:45-11:45 am Sunday

How the heck do you fill 168 hours?
DJ training and programming tips and tricks to create your station’s voice. This session is designed for station management and DJs alike. Station/Community clocks. Show/station sound management.

Management models: where does the buck stop?
Presented by Betty McArdle, 1:30-3p Monday

Not all Management Models work well for Community Radio.

Managing and Mayhem - "Why Do They DO That??"
Presented by Ursula Ruedenberg 10:45-11:45 am Monday

A Powerpoint presentation with discussion through audience participation, about the ins and outs of managing people on a team and the underlying forces beneath human relations that define - volunteers, staff, boards - in a non profit organization. The workshop raises awareness of why things are happening and strategies for functionality.

Music Licensing
Presented by Ken Freedman, 2:30-4:00 pm Saturday

Music licensing and reporting.

Nuts and Bolts and Antennas, Oh My
Presented by Michael Brown, 10:45-11:45 am Sunday

Choosing and improving transmission systems.  And, How high is too high for your antenna?

Open Source Software and Hardware in Community Radio Stations
Presented by David Klann, 9:30-10:30 am Sunday

This session is an overview of the free software tools that are available to community radio stations. Not very in-depth, but attendees will come away with enough knowledge to decide whether or how much Open Source software they might want to implement at their stations.

Organizational Meeting
Presented by Ursula Ruedenberg, 3:30-5:00 pm Monday

Time set aside to continue to formalize a body of information put together by alumni organizers and others interested, including best practices, process for deciding who hosts, inclusion of diversity, support technology, GRC fund, etc.

Playlists, Podcasts, and Stream Logs, automating for time shifters

Presented by Otis Maclay, 3:30-5 pm Sunday

Power Your Station from the Sun
Presented by Bob Nagy, Brice Phillips, Matt Sergeson, 3:30-5 pm Sunday

Learn how to power your community station from the sun. From scratch to finished, you'll learn every aspect of building solar power systems. Included for each lecture attendee is Bob's full Solar Power Installation training course on disk. Lecture/Lab/Field-trip possible

Receiving and distributing content via Pacifica Network
Presented by Ursula Ruedenberg, 9:30-10:30 am Sunday

Annual meeting of Pacifica Affiliates and anyone else interested, to talk about continuing to build our network of community stations and production groups, including topics such as distribution, communication, funding, and anything else seen relevant to the network conversation.

Studios
Presented by Al Davis, 9:30-10:30 am Monday

Designing and building your studio on a budget.  Construction, acoustics, equipment.

Survey of Radio Automation Systems
Presented by David Klann, 9:30-10:30 am Saturday

In this session, some of the most popular radio automation systems are presented, and through a narrative story discuss the pros and cons of each of the selected tools. This session is intended to whet attendees' appetites and help them make a first pass decision about which (if any) automation systems they should give a closer look.

Tales from a Radio Obsessive/Historian
Presented by Jennifer Waits of Radio Survivor, 1:30-3 pm Sunday

Since 2008, Jennifer Waits has made it her mission to tour as many radio stations as she can, all over the country. With more than 110 of these field trips documented so far, she has a unique perspective on the diversity of the radio landscape and the state of the radio world in 2016. Attendees will get to see some of the artifacts and weird objects spotted on these tours (does your station have a Leo Blais sign?) and will also learn about what makes different stations distinct. Additionally, she will share insights about radio history and preservation projects, offering tips on how your station can work to document its history.

What's Next?
Presented by Michael Richards, 9:30-10:30 am Saturday

A Communications Lawyer Communicates (in plain English!) about FCC Compliance Now that You've Got an LPFM Construction Permit or License.