I spent a long weekend in October at the Third Coast Audio Festival. It thinks of itself as the Sundance Festival of innovative audio... and that is not far from the truth. Third Coast offers a lot of learning opportunities. Besides attending some great break out sessions (editing with Deb George!) I also got the chance to practice my pitching skills in front of about 80 people at the pitch session. Peter Clowney at Weekend America gave me some very useful advice on a piece I'm putting together. But the pitching also increased my confidence. When I got back home The Story with Dick Gordon asked me to come in and pitch some ideas. They liked them enough to ask me to come in and freelance for them starting in November.
Anyone who is interested in public radio or audio documentaries or audio art should really think about attending Third Coast next year. Information on this year's conference can be found here:
I want to thank Roger Fraser for letting me crash with him while I was at the conference. THANK YOU!