This week, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) announced the ten producers around the country that it will be working with for its latest “demonstration project” Localore. The goal is to foster new strands of 21st century reporting, with three of the host stations located in California.
Erica Mu at San Francisco’s KALW will oversee “Pop-Up Radio,” a crowd-sourced roving storytelling project tapping into schools, libraries, youth media programs and even barbershops. Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, a.k.a. “the Kitchen Sisters,” will work at KQED radio and TV on “The Making of…,” a year-long look at various forms of craftsmanship.
And here in LA, it will be up to Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, via KCRW, to examine California immigrants’ shifting ideas of self and place:
Multiplatform documentary “Sonic Trace” will explore the relationship of Latin American immigrants to their home communities. Diaz-Cortes will gather stories from both sides of the border, with a focus on three evocative places (“Tres Puntos”) in LA: a church in South Central, Koreatown kitchens where Oaxacan cooks are rising in popularity, and a mobile recording booth in local food trucks.
Other stations participating in Localore include KUT in Austin, KVNF in Paonia, Colorado, and public radio flagship WGBH in Boston. Official launch date is March 1.