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A critical website rebuild/redesign for HeritageRadioNetwork.org, the world's only food radio station broadcasting 39+ weekly shows.
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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.

Heritage Radio Network is housed in two shipping containers in the backyard of Roberta's
Heritage Radio Network is housed in two shipping containers in the backyard of Roberta's

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. 

The window of the station looks out into the dining room of the restaurant
The window of the station looks out into the dining room of the restaurant

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.

The Saxelby Radio Scholars program works with high school students from the Rockaways
The Saxelby Radio Scholars program works with high school students from the Rockaways

Our shows

The 2015 Heritage Radio Network line-up of weekly shows and special programming
The 2015 Heritage Radio Network line-up of weekly shows and special programming

How to listen

Media/Press

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.

Our current site is in need of both design and back-end development
Our current site is in need of both design and back-end development

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. 

Alice Waters and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini in conversation with founder Patrick Martins and Executive Director Erin Fairbanks in the Garden at Roberta's
Alice Waters and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini in conversation with founder Patrick Martins and Executive Director Erin Fairbanks in the Garden at Roberta's

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!

Rewards!

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

Action figure not included, but you'll feel like a real hero for giving. And your beers will taste better opened with a HRN bottle opener.
Action figure not included, but you'll feel like a real hero for giving. And your beers will taste better opened with a HRN bottle opener.

$25 - LIMITED RUN: Cuppow Complete Travel Mug 

CUPPOW! You're gonna be the coolest kid in the coffee shop.
CUPPOW! You're gonna be the coolest kid in the coffee shop.

$35 - "I Like Pig" E-Cookbook

Pig out with recipes inspired by NYC's most swine-sational event, Pig Island.
Pig out with recipes inspired by NYC's most swine-sational event, Pig Island.

$50 - Brooklyn Rooftop Backers Party!

Party like it's 1999 (but our website can function like it's 2015).
Party like it's 1999 (but our website can function like it's 2015).

 $75 and up - HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" Custom Tee by Anthony Falco

No one will care if you have a face for radio, so long as you're wearing this shirt.
No one will care if you have a face for radio, so long as you're wearing this shirt.

$100 and up - HRN Pizza Print Baggu Tote

All your other bags will be jealous.
All your other bags will be jealous.

 $150 - Quinciple Box with a week's worth of small producer-sourced ingredients

Brooklyn's best kept food secret.
Brooklyn's best kept food secret.

$250 -  Heritage Meat Sampler from Heritage Foods USA + A Signed Copy of "The Carnivore's Manifesto"

Meet your meats!
Meet your meats!

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!

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    WALL OF FAME

    Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    CUSTOM RINGTONES

    Get 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer

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    HRN BOTTLE OPENER + STICKER SET

    Open your beers in style with a HRN magnetic bottle opener + sticker set

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    I LIKE PIG E-COOKBOOK

    Get your hands on a download of the porkiest cookbook this year! Inspired by the beloved "Pig Island" event, the cookbook (spearheaded by Jimmy Carbone, host of Beer Sessions Radio) sources from NYC chefs on their favorite pig-oriented recipes.

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    ANARCHY IN A JAR HOT PEACH HONEY MUSTARD

    Anarchy in a Jar, Brooklyn's favorite producer of small batch jams and preserves with an attitude, is making a limited custom run of their "hot peach honey mustard" with local honey, peaches, peppers.

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    A CUSTOM HRN "LiVE FROM BUSHWICK, BK" TEE by ANTHONY FALCO + HRN BOTTLE OPENER + STICKER SET

    A custom designed Heritage Radio Network tee* by Anthony Falco- Pizza Czar, Art Department Director, and Chief Danger Awesome Time Officer of Roberta's.

    + Open your beers in style with a HRN magnetic bottle opener + sticker set
    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    HRN BAGGU PIZZA TOTE + A CUSTOM HRN "LiVE FROM BUSHWICK, BK" TEE by ANTHONY FALCO

    Carry your precious cargo in an lively pizza print Baggu tote emblazoned with the HRN logo + a custom designed Heritage Radio Network tee* by Anthony Falco- Pizza Czar, Art Department Director, and Chief Danger Awesome Time Officer of Roberta's.

    + Open your beers in style with a HRN magnetic bottle opener
    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    QUINCIPLE BOX + HRN BAGGU PIZZA TOTE

    A box of curated food items from one of our favorite BK companies, Quinciple + Carry your precious cargo in an lively pizza print Baggu tote emblazoned with the HRN logo

    + Open your beers in style with a HRN magnetic bottle opener
    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

    (Brooklyn pick-up only. Quinciple box pick-up locations are at location thoughout Brooklyn- we will contact backers at this level with more information about pick-ups at the end of the campaign)

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    MEAT SAMPLER FROM HERITAGE FOODS USA + A SIGNED COPY OF "THE CARNIVORE'S MANIFESTO"

    Heritage Foods USA, the founding partner of Heritage Radio works with small farms to bring the finest heritage breed pork, poultry, beef and goat to tables nationwide + "The Carnivore's Manifesto" is the recently released book of short essays co-authored by HFUSA/HRN founder, Patrick Martins and HRN host, Mike Edison.

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    PRODUCE A FOOD NEWS PIECE ON HRN

    Know a food business doing great things? Want to hear more about a local farm? HRN will produce a 3-5 minute segment of news programming on the topic of your choice.

    + Custom HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" tee* by Pizza Czar, Anthony Falco
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    STUDIO TOUR + SIT IN ON A HRN SHOW OF YOUR CHOICE + LUNCH AT ROBERTA'S FOR 2

    Come see where the radio happens with a studio tour from the HRN staff, sit in on a taping of a show of your choice and enjoy a pizza lunch at Roberta's for you and a guest.

    + Custom HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" tee* by Pizza Czar, Anthony Falco
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    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    HOMEMADE JAMS BY EMILY LUCHETTI

    A six pack of jams from Emily's kitchen: Pink grapefruit lemon marmalade, apricot, strawberry, tomato honey, boysenberry and grape jelly.

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    RECORD YOUR PODCAST IN THE HRN STUDIOS

    Are you a radio star? We'll give you and and up to three friends an hour of studio time at the HRN station. We'll professional post-produce your recording into a sharable podcast.

    + Custom HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" tee* by Pizza Czar, Anthony Falco
    + Open your beers in style with a HRN magnetic bottle opener
    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    YOUR PERSONAL or BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP MESSAGE ON A SEASON OF HRN PROGRAMMING

    A personalized 60-second message produced to your specification to air on 14 episodes of HRN programming. Please contact info@heritageradionetwork.org for details.

    + Custom HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" tee* by Pizza Czar, Anthony Falco
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    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    ONE SEASON OF YOUR OWN HRN SHOW

    Consult with the HRN team to produce and record a 12-episode season run of your show to be aired on Heritage Radio Network.

    + Custom HRN "Live from Bushwick, BK" tee* by Pizza Czar, Anthony Falco
    + Open your beers in style with a HRN magnetic bottle opener
    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    CUPPOW COMPLETE TRAVEL MUG

    A wide mouth Cuppow canning jar drinking lid + Cuppow's jar coozie + a US-made mason jar. You never have to use another disposable cup or water bottle again. The only 100% Made in the USA glass travel mug available!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: A CUSTOM HRN "LIVE FROM BUSHWICK, BK" TEE by ANTHONY FALCO

    A custom designed Heritage Radio Network tee* by Anthony Falco- Pizza Czar, Art Department Director, and Chief Danger Awesome Time Officer of Roberta's.

    + 3 HRN-inspired ringtones composed by Jack Inslee, Executive Producer
    + Be immortalized in Heritage Radio Network's backer wall of fame on the new site.

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    BACKER PARTY IN BROOKLYN!

    Come party with us at the Operation CMYK offices/rooftop in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Thursday, May 14th 7-10pm. Celebrate your support of a successful project with ample eats, beats and libations!

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    EXCLUSIVE REWARD: DINNER FOR TWO AT CHEZ PANISSE

    Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971, founded by Alice Waters and a group of idealistic friends. The fixed dinner menu consists of three to four courses. The menu which changes every night is designed to be appropriate to the season and composed to feature the finest sustainably-sourced, organic, and seasonal ingredients including meat, fish, and poultry.

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    EXCLUSIVE REWARD: DINNER TASTING MENU FOR TWO AT BLANCA

    Hidden behind Roberta’s garden is Blanca, the 13-seat, leather-stool-clad “temple of gastronomy,” serving a 20+ course tasting menu. Blanca received its second Michelin star in 2015 and continues to impress critics and patrons alike. Executive Chef Carlo Mirarchi's menus are ever-changing, with dishes spanning items like seaweed with honeycomb to agnolotti with plankton.


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Funding period

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