From all of us here in the SonicSF Micro-Newsroom in San
Francisco’s North Beach, we want to extend a huge thanks to you for following our
campaign and pledging your support to this unusual project. As this was our
first attempt to rally public support, we’re overwhelmed with the
positive responses we’ve received! And because of your enthusiasm, we fully
intend to see SonicSF produced.
We’re hoping that you’ll continue to be there with us as a
shining “Founding Underwriter.” We’ve determined that with the amount of funds pledged, we would be able to purchase two editing stations and two reporter’s
kits which will allow us to move forward with casting and begin production of
our initial season.
Instead of attempting another campaign through a middle-man
website, we are simply transferring all of our supporter levels to our own
website at http://sonicsf.org. As of Sunday,
January 8, you’ll be able to donate directly to SonicSF through our PayPal
link. All rewards will remain the same – so you can still get that amazing
print or chance to narrate an epsiode! By transferring your gift, you will also remain part of the SonicSF
community, and you'll be recognized on our website as a Founding Underwriter. PLEASE JOIN US and MAKE SONICSF YOURS!!
Finally, if you want to be sure and get updates on our
progress and projects, please join our official mailing list here: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=vir4yyhab&p=oi&m=1107859326229
P.S. Good News! We've decided to complete the recording of
the Showdown Quartet singing the names of all of our initial backers! To ensure
you’re included in this Thank You gift and receive your .mp3, please make your donation via our
website before noon PSD on Saturday, January 14th.
And THANK YOU again for your support! This is going to be a
SonicSF is a new breed of radio show that takes its
standards from NPR and its narrative tendencies from pop-culture, to deliver
an addictively entertaining "reality news" series. We've coined that term, "reality
news," to describe our particular style, and it's the way
we'll explore the underground stories and untold secrets of a dynamic, creative city.
We need funding for a few basics: editing workstations, simple recording gear, web development, and a few months' rent for our newsroom.
WHY SUPPORT US
YOU NEED US. If you're a fan of RadioLab, This American Life, or the Sound of Young America -- our show is for you. You need more than just a few hours of unusual radio each month! We have a sound all our own, just as each of those shows do. SonicSF is set in San Francisco, but you don't have to live here to listen and love it (you didn't have to live in New York to love Seinfeld). We passionately believe there are undiscovered stories and fascinating people here, and that San Francisco -- the city that inspired Hammett, Hitchcock, Kerouac, and even Jobs -- should be the breeding ground for
this new kind of programming.
WE NEED YOU. Almost all public radio innovation started independently. Ira, Jad and Jesse each had to go it alone at first, and now it's our turn. Like a few innovators before us, we want to challenge the idea that
radio journalism can't be innovative, entertaining, and fun. Isn’t it more interesting to hear events as they unfold rather than
listening to a reporter reading from a
script? Wouldn't you like to be where the action is taking place? Not every news story has to be investigative; small
moments can also be revelatory. We want to deliver more than just information. We want to deliver an experience, and one
that you are part of! But to do that we need your support.
HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT
WE TRUST YOU. We know we don’t have to tell you every little thing. Don’t know what silicon photonics are? That’s okay, you’ll look it up! Need more background? You’ll get it from a listener comment.
We realize we’ll be just one of many sources you get information from,
and we’re okay with that. It gives us more room to have fun and to be compelling with our material.
PARTICIPATORY. New ideas and technology developed in the Bay
Area are continually shaping the way we connect with each other and learn about
current events. SonicSF takes
advantage of partnerships with
creative new tech platforms, making it possible for listeners to become directly involved. There are at least eight ways to participate with the show, including simple online interaction, our mobile assignment desk, mixed-reality mapping, and others, which we aren't revealing just yet.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY. SonicSF incorporates audio, visual art, text, music and live events in a way that promotes a larger experience for fans and contributors.
INNOVATIVE. As RadioLab's Jad Abumrad said: “[Public Radio] needs
more joy. It needs more chaos. It
needs more anarchy. And it needs more moods.” SonicSF is the program public radio needs:
groundbreaking, amusing, informative, compelling, tech-savvy – and completely unlike anything else out
Want to hear a sample? Check out the audio promo on our website!
OR listen right here:
WHAT SONICSF SOUNDS LIKE
SonicSF sounds like life in San Francisco. Here are some micro-scenes from the pilot:
WHY A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? Public Radio's current funding system discourages
experimentation, and unfortunately, grants are still
most often awarded to radio projects that are similar to projects that came
before them. The result is a
homogenous style of reporting that covers the same topics again and again, even
if utilizing new technology to do so. We’re living in a renaissance for public media (all media,
really), and this is the time to try new things! Once we publish eight episodes and illustrate there's an audience for this program, we'll be in a much better position to secure grant funding. We can’t do it without you! PLEASE help us make the show a reality.
- To make public radio, which we LOVE,
meaningful and relevant for a new generation. We’re also making it smart and fun.
- We'll create eight episodes of SonicSF. Then, if you like it, we’ll make
more! The first round of casting and recruiting has already been completed. The second round begins at the end of January, with web development and correspondent training taking place shortly
thereafter. The show will launch
in the Spring of 2012.
- Off-air programming is an integral part of SonicSF, and we encourage and thrive off collaborations with creative professionals, small
businesses and other organizations. We'll frequently be working with local
musicians, artists, and other makers to promote and contribute to the
creativity that fuels this vibrant city.
We already have two of our next off-air events in the works, so stay tuned
because you’re invited!
SonicSF IS YOURS - BE A PART OF IT!