SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.
This week on SoundCloud Voices we’re exploring the changing world of radio. More than ever before, evolving technologies are encouraging radio networks, newsrooms, and producers to experiment with new ways of gathering stories and spreading sound. Reporters and producers can now find subjects, conduct interviews, and collect audio from around the world more easily than ever. And whether broadcasters are engaging listeners in their homes, their cars, or on their phones, radio is no longer defined by the range of physical radio-waves.
We’ll start off in Spain, where the RadioDays Europe conference wrapped up last week in Barcelona. The conference brought together public and commercial radio folk from all over Europe. And as proof that radio transmissions know no borders, one of the conference’s keynote speakers was a decidedly American voice.
Listen to This American Life’s Ira Glass address the RadioDays Europe Conference 2012:
Leaving Barcelona we’ll travel to Austin, TX where the Integrated Media Association conference took place a few weeks ago. Focusing on all things digital in U.S. public media, iMA 2012 hosted a wealth of excellent panel discussions. Many of SoundCloud’s partners were there, including Public Radio International, American Public Media, The Association of Independents in Radio and KQED! These included NPR President Gary Knell’s first address to the public radio industry, as well as a keynote address from public media innovator and Public Radio Exchange’s CEO Jake Shapiro.
You can browse through many of the panels below:
And while we’re focused on the evolving face of public radio, we also wanted to highlight a very exciting radio project in the final rounds of a Kickstarter campaign. Radio Ambulante will be the first Spanish-language radio program of its kind. Spearheaded by author Daniel Alarcón, the program promises to push the boundaries of storytelling in a similar vein of This American Life, Snap Judgment and RadioLab. For any lucky Spanish speakers out there – this one’s for you. And for those of us lacking in the language department, what better incentive to start learning!
If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.