2020 Featured Sessions

In a year when budgets are tight, conferences are cancelled and travel seems impossible, PRPD and PMJA brought our industry together for four days of learning, sharing and important discussions about the issues that matter. More than 550 public media journalists, programmers and content creators attended sessions and shared their perspectives on everything from script editing to talent coaching, from broadening our audiences to inequity among our leadership ranks. These are difficult times for public media and we hope Let's Go Live was a bright spot during these dark days.

We encourage everyone to view the session recordings below – “Building and Inlusive Public Media” and “Birth of a Music Format”. These sessions were informative and enlightening and we can all learn a lot.

Building an Inclusive Public Media

Opening Session | Building an Inclusive Public Media from Suzanne Meyer.

Our country is experiencing yet another cultural reckoning as systemic racism and social injustice becomes apparent in our most entrenched systems. As our society struggles to rise to this moment, public media is looking in the mirror and recognizing our own institutional biases. It is time to challenge our own assumptions about our charge as noncommercial education media outlets. Who do we serve and whose vision is driving our most important decisions as an industry? What role can we play in reaching out to a broader audience that includes as much of America as possible? For our opening session, PRPD and PMJA welcome host and author Celeste Headlee, President of Minnesota Public Radio Duschesne Drew and The Takeaway host Tanzina Vega to share their vision of what public media can accomplish if we truly commit ourselves to inclusivity and equity.

Birth of a Music Format

Birth of a Music Format | 9.23.20 from Suzanne Meyer

Over the last few years, a new non-commercial music format has been taking shape, a format designed to serve a very different audience than any other in our industry. After thoughtful research and planning, “Urban Alternative” began in 2016 and three new stations in the last year. These stations provide a mix of music and cultural programming and deep community partnerships that appeal to a younger, diverse, socially responsible and civically engaged audience. With their first years behind them, we'll meet the people managing these new stations and learn about their journey. Featuring Ayana Contreras, Senior Content Producer at Vocalo Radio – Chicago; “Madd Hatta” Ben Thompson, Content Director at The Vibe on KTSU – Houston; Nikki Swarn, General Manager & Program Director at THE DROP – Denver; “Heart Attack” Mike Mauzone, Content Director at Blaz’n Hott 91 WNSB – Norfolk; and, Mike Henry, President of Paragon Media Strategies.

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