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THANK YOU!

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 great show!

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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 there.

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.

OUR GAMEPLAN

  • 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!

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    You will become one of our "Founding Underwriters," receiving credit on our website from now to eternity AND a special handwritten thank-you note on a SonicSF postcard! Becoming a Founding Underwriter will show the world you possess amazing vision and foresight; after all, you were first in supporting a new genre of public radio!

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    Besides your Founding Underwriter Credit, you'll also receive a gorgeous 18″ × 24″ Cityscape Poster of a drawing by SonicSF illustrator Patrick Rossetti. It features a compelling composite view of San Francisco cityscape elements -- including the SonicSF/Sentinel Building -- and was commissioned specifically for SonicSF. This will look so great on your wall!

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    In addition to the Founding Underwriter Credit and a Cityscape Poster, you’ll receive a top-secret CD recording of the unpublished Pilot Episode of SonicSF. You'll get to hear the inside scoop before our cast members made it big: stories include Launching the Poetry Store, Secret Surf Restoration and hilarious audio from a casting interview! The CD comes in a limited-edition, customized & hand-printed sleeve. The SonicSF Pilot -- a perfect excuse for a listening party!

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    Art collector alert!! Beyond the Founding Underwriter Credit, Cityscape Poster and Secret Pilot Episode CD, you will receive two beautiful, limited-edition prints by show illustrator Patrick Rossetti! You can choose two of the eight gorgeous prints that feature lovely composite scenes of San Francisco’s classic cityscape. Each artwork measures 6″ × 8″, is hand-signed and numbered by Patrick, and perfect for framing.

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    Press Club Ephemera! On top of the Founding Underwriter Credit, Cityscape Poster and Secret Pilot Episode CD, you get a hand-personalized SonicSF "Press Pass." This allows you free entry for one year into any of our "Press Club" parties (including our grand launch party), special events, and SonicSF meetups, which will become a regular part of the show’s off-air programming. The Press Pass is designed by artists Patrick Rossetti & Dana Laman, and features images of famous San Francisco journalists and historical characters. If you'd prefer to preserve this little item as the work of art it truly is, you'll be glad to know it's also suitable for framing!

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    Champagne Breakfast! You will receive the Underwriter Credit, Poster, CD, Press Pass, AND -- the SonicSF crew will host you at a personalized "Donor Breakfast Party and tour of the SonicSF Newsroom" in Francis Ford Coppola’s famous Sentinel Building in North Beach. You’ll get to try tasty local treats, meet the whole news team, and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the amazing architectural and historical heritage that is our great city! If you are not in the Bay Area, we will thank you with a lovingly assembled SF-themed breakfast party care-package by mail!

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    An Exclusive Go Game! This is a stunning reward you can share with 7 friends! Not only do you get the Underwriter Credit, Poster, CD, Press Pass, and Donor Breakfast, but you'll ALSO participate with your friends in an exclusive SonicSF edition of the "Go Game" – a site-specific clue hunting race through the city, culminating in a secret party to celebrate the magic of SonicSF! Bring up to 7 friends along on this competitive, one-of-a-kind, technology-fueled game featuring live actors and hidden hints. It's a great way to explore our favorite sights and sounds in the quintessential San Francisco neighborhood of North Beach. Get your friends together so you can donate at this level -- you'll have an unforgettable experience!!!

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    GET AMAZING PRINTS! NARRATE AN EPISODE! As an incredible top-tier patron, you will receive our undying love, the Underwriter Credit, Poster, CD, Press Pass, Donor Breakfast, Go Game, AND (deep breath) a set of 4 beautiful, limited-edition prints by show illustrator Patrick Rossetti. These prints are part of a full edition of 50, and include lovely composite scenes featuring classic elements of San Francisco's visual landscape. Each artwork is 6″ × 8″, hand-signed and numbered by Patrick, and suitable for framing.

    Finally, you will also receive a once-in-a-lifetime chance to NARRATE AN EPISODE of SonicSF! You, or an individual of your choosing, will get to record in our North Beach studio (or at a studio near you, anywhere in the world if you are unable to be in the Bay Area). Your cameo appearance on SonicSF will ensure that your voice will be among those of the original vocal cast members of our groundbreaking series!

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