Heritage Radio Network is a network of food thought leaders and industry experts, from brewers and bartenders to pastry chefs and policy makers. We’re a media platform of 40+ hosts and their guests having conversations about food that go far beyond the boundaries of traditional media.
And we need your help. The coding language our current site is written in will expire at the end of 2015. With 7,000+ episodes of archived content with visionaries and tastemakers, the live stream of HRN's 39+ weekly shows, and station-produced food news, the HeritageRadioNetwork.org site is the planet for food radio programming. And soon, it will cease to exist.
Unless we have your support. We have a web team in place, a plan and a timeline to save Heritage Radio Network's site. Our objective in this rebuild is to involve our listeners in creating a better platform than ever. All that's missing is your backing.
We’re an independent, member-supported, not-for-profit. We thrive on finding solutions, and are united in the idea that a small group of dedicated people can change the world one bite (or sound bite) at a time. Our station lives in a recycled shipping container in the back of Roberta’s, a pizza restaurant at the forefront of Brooklyn’s culinary renaissance.
Our DIY philosophy taps into the roots of this forward-thinking scene and creative energy around food. And with 39+ live shows a week, life on the air is never boring or predictable.
We’ve spent the last six years developing our reputation as the underground source in the food world; a speakeasy for people in the know. From shows about the culinary history of Vietnam to coverage of how the devastating Storm Atlas impacted South Dakota’s agriculture, we share the most compelling food-focused voices through the power of radio. And through the power of technology, you can listen to any of our episodes as podcasts on demand—wherever you are, whenever you want, always for free.
But Heritage Radio Network is more than just a radio station. Through scholarship programs, we teach high school students how to produce their own short stories about food insecurity in their neighborhoods. On panels, we share the lessons of what we learned. At events, we connect hosts and listeners.
How to listen
- Stream us live and check our our archived programming at our current website, www.HeritageRadioNetwork.org
- Download any of our podcasts on iTunes or Stitcher.
- And follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr too: that’s where we keep our listeners up to date on all our newest, best content.
- Saveur - The Saveur 100: The Heritage Radio Network
- Brooklyn Magazine - Serial Nation: The Rise of Radio and Podcasts in Brooklyn
- AM New York - Heritage Radio Network grows in Bushwick
- Edible Brooklyn - Heritage Radio Network Teaches Students How to Make Radio Stories From Scratch
- SOTOKOTO Magazine (Japan) - Daily Photo: Heritage Radio Network
- La Liberation (France) - Heritage Radio en connaît un rayon sur l’alimentation
Who are the people behind Heritage Radio Network?
HRN is supported by a group of innovative freelance staff, a team of talented interns, and an incredibly tight-knit and supportive food community in Brooklyn and beyond. The shows themselves are an enormous labor of love for our hosts, a diverse and highly regarded group of professionals. Currently they produce and record their weekly shows, unpaid. As a non-profit media outlet, we seek to give them the platform they deserve to help our listeners explore issues they care about. This new website will help make them more available to listeners and help us better support their ongoing work.
With a handful of staff members, we’re a small but mighty team wearing lots of hats: our founder Patrick Martins, Executive Director Erin Fairbanks, Executive Producer Jack Inslee, Deputy Director Allison Hamlin, and Studio Engineers Liz Smith and Jeet Paul. You can learn more about our team here.
Why we need your help
Like any good DIY-ers who built a radio station out of shipping containers, we know how to make the most of our resources. In 2009, we launched our website, never dreaming how far we’d go. Since then we’ve recorded and archived over 7,000 episodes with some of the most notable voices in the food world.
As a scrappy non-profit, we did our best to repair the cracks with the equivalent of internet duct-tape along the way. But now we’re at a critical point. We know our current site is slow, hard to search, takes time away from our ability to make great shows, and doesn’t have any place for our hosts to share bonus material. But the biggest problem is that at the end of this year, the coding language used to build our site will expire. Then we’ll stop having a home for our shows.
What your funding allows us to do
A new site will allow us to better showcase and share our reporting and storytelling in a package that fits with the times, but also to invite more people to the table. Your support will not just help move forward conversations that make real change in the food world: it will bring that dialogue into the 21st century. We are thrilled to announce that we are working with the formidable design team at Operation CMYK (go check them out, they've got some serious chops!) to put together the best possible new platform for this content. But we need your support to take this project from mock-ups and wireframes to a fully realized online community.
These conversations are ones we want to be sure you’re a part of, and we need the best platform we can build to make sure that happens. We hope you’ll join our community of voices demanding a more sustainable, equitable and delicious future.
Support Heritage Radio Network. Become a backer today!
We can't do it without you, which is why we've lined up some great rewards from our network to say thank you! Please be aware, some rewards are NYC specific, but we've tried our best to make them as accessible as possible. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out directly, we're all ears.
$25 and up - Heritage Radio Network Stickers + Magnetic Bottle Opener
$25 - LIMITED RUN: Cuppow Complete Travel Mug
$35 - "I Like Pig" E-Cookbook
$50 - Brooklyn Rooftop Backers Party!
$75 and up - HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" Custom Tee by Anthony Falco
$100 and up - HRN Pizza Print Baggu Tote
$150 - Quinciple Box with a week's worth of small producer-sourced ingredients
$250 - Heritage Meat Sampler from Heritage Foods USA + A Signed Copy of "The Carnivore's Manifesto"
Risks and challenges
We know that building a new site is no easy task—we’re already well into the beginning stages of the process, and there’s so much to consider in terms of the look, feel, and functionality of our site. However, we’re sourcing feedback and opinions from as wide a pool of people we trust as we can, and organizing and weighing those thoughts carefully. Actually, we think this is more of an opportunity than a challenge. We’re also working with an awesome team at Operation CMYK, who are seasoned experts and are guiding us through the process.
We are also completely member-supported, which means this won’t be the last time we ask our listeners and community members for their continued help. However, we’ve survived and thrived for the last six years on the strength and support of our community: they’re the best cheerleaders in the world, and we’re confident that they’ll rally around this project. We also have several new team members on board who are helping us create new partnerships and expand our outreach. We hope that this Kickstarter will allow us to bring even more people from new states, countries, and walks of life into the Heritage Radio family!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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