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Radio for the People: Perspectives in Working-Class Media

Texas Folklife Presents
Radio for the People: Perspectives in Working-Class Media
Spider House Ballroom
2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705
Thursday July 6th, 7pm-8:30pm
$5 admission


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3 decades after video killed the radio star, community radio keeps chugging along and everyone’s grandmother now has their own podcast. Once-dominant commercial media is now forced to compete outside of its comfort zone, in the same realm as garage productions with zero-budget setups. Despite their lackluster beginnings (or perhaps in spite of them), what do podcasts have to teach us about reclaiming a voice for the marginalized in media?


People’s Republic of Austin host and Texas Folklife “Stories from Deep in the Heart” project director Brian Griffith brings his perspective on working-class radio production to a special Texas Folklife presentation at Spider House. During his time at Texas Folklife, Brian has worked with over 600 Austin-area students and almost 250 teachers on radio production skills. Now, as Texas Folklife begins to expand the “Stories” program to be a community education center, we want to share some of our insights into the potential of radio and podcasts for the working class.


We will start by airing a selection of radio pieces from recent “Stories” radio education programs. Then, Brian will talk about the process of radio production, sharing insights about the intersection of radio, traditional cultural practices, and marginalized voices. We’ll end with a demonstration of recording and interviewing techniques that anyone can use on their own podcasting projects. Stay tuned afterward for a Q&A with Brian and other Texas Folklife producers!

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“Stories from Deep in the Heart” is supported in part through grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and Department of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Grant for Technology Opportunities (GTOPS); and generous support from the Austin Independent School District and KUT News 90.5FM.