Listen Up! Northwest - Basic Info

= Program Specifics =

Frequency: Weekly, beginning 6/19/08
Format: Magazine w/ 3-5 produced features, occasional poetry & music, host narration
Availability: Thursday nights, by 11:59 PST at www.nwcommunityradio.org
Distribution format: Broadcast quality MP3
Length: 29 minute program, no breaks
Producer & Host: Yuko Kodama
Executive Producers: Susan Gleason, Jonathan Lawson, Reclaim the Media

Contacts:
• Station programming & distribution - Susan Gleason, susan@reclaimthemedia.org
• Feature production & submissions - Yuko Kodama, yuko@reclaimthemedia.org


= Frequently Asked Questions =


What's this radio program about?

Listen Up! Northwest is a regional public affairs/cultural radio program featuring stories of communities in action across the Northwest. Each broadcast features the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from throughout our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.


Can I hear a sample program?

Sure thing! The current program and the complete archive of Listen Up! Northwest is available to stream or download at www.nwcommunityradio.org. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can send out a CD. Would your station be interested in carrying this dynamic program, featuring voices we often don't get to hear in the mainstream northwest media?


How do I get the program?

The current program and the complete archive of Listen Up! Northwest is available to stream or download at www.nwcommunityradio.org. Please let us know if you'll be airing the program soon, and on what kind of schedule.


How's the production quality?

Professional, broadcast quality - this is community radio journalism at it's best. Please send your public affairs producers our way. Listen Up! Northwest offers a great opportunity for your producers to extend the reach of their work (and to get paid a small stipend in the process!).


Does Listen Up! Northwest cost anything to run?

We encourage stations to support this production with a sliding scale contribution of $10-$50/mo. We don't want payment to be a barrier to carrying the show. Try the show out for a couple of months -- if you value the effort, please support the program as you can, and don't hesitate to contact us to make alternative arrangements.


How is the show funded?

Currently through individual donations and foundation support, with thanks to the Threshold Foundation and J-Lab/New Voices. By informal agreement, the founding stations of the NW Community Radio Network offered to support this type of collaborative production. We encourage stations to support Listen Up! Northwest with a sliding scale contribution of $10-$50/mo. We don't want payment to be a barrier to carrying the show. Try the show out for a couple of months -- if you value the effort, please support the program as you can, and don't hesitate to contact us to make alternative arrangements.


Who's involved with this project?

A regional network is developing for Northwest community radio stations, called the NW Community Radio Network. Listen Up! Northwest is the first project to emerge from the network. Click here to find out more about NWCRN, Reclaim the Media, host Yuko Kodama, and Executive Producers Susan Gleason and Jonathan Lawson.


How can producers from my group or station participate in the program?

Please send your public affairs producers our way. Listen Up! Northwest offers a great opportunity for your producers to extend the reach of their work (and to get paid a small stipend in the process!). The Listen Up! Northwest producer both assigns stories and accepts story pitches from contributors. Click here for submission guidelines and details: www.nwcommunityradio.org/submissions

And don't hesitate to contact the show producer, Yuko Kodama with additional questions.


What else is in the works?

Soon, we'll be launching a website for Listen Up! Northwest, featuring blog entries from the producers in each episode. They'll talk about making their radio feature, offer related links, and share some photos.

Reclaim the Media is also planning several regional radio production trainings in 2008. If you'd like to help us organize these trainings, please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Susan Gleason.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey