Grassroots Radio Conference 11
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     "Solder Track"
Caucuses & meetings
Things to do in Madison
Next Year's Conference: GRC-12
What to bring with you to the Conference

Here's the time schedule.  Check out the workshop list by downloading this PDF file. The schedule is still tentative, and there'll be adjustments in the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 27
6:00-9:00pm. Meet-and-greet, registration table, hanging out. Location: Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus (same location as the entire conference).

Friday, July 28
8:30-10:00am. Morning Plenary, Location: Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus
10:30-12pm. Workshops
(PDF schedule)
12:00-1:30pm. Lunch provided
1:30-3pm. Workshops (PDF schedule)
3:30-5:00pm. Workshops
(PDF schedule)
5:00-7:00pm. Dinner on your own. Tours of WORT studios.
7-9ish. Evening panel event. See "Events" below.

Saturday, July 29
8:30-10:00. Workshops
(PDF schedule)
10:30-12:00. Workshops (PDF schedule)
12:00-1:30. Lunch on your own.
1:30-3:00. Workshops
(PDF schedule)
3:30-5:00. Workshops (PDF schedule)
5:00-7:00pm. Dinner on your own. Tours of WORT studios.
7:00-Midnight. Evening entertainment at the Madison Center for Creative & Cultural Arts. See "Events" below.

Sunday, July 30
9:00-11:00am. Meetings & Caucuses (PDF schedule)
11:00-12:00. Keynote Speaker (Loretta Ross from SisterSong)
12:00-1:30pm. Lunch provided
Closing remarks - including proposal for GRC-12
2:00pm-evening. Meet-ups, meetings, additional hands-on tech work, etc.
3:00pm-evening. For those sticking around, we'll had a Madison Microbrewery Crawl, a tour guided by WORT's own beer experts

The near-final schedule is up!  Download the PDF version and get a preview of what's to come. Room assignments may move around a little, but it's pretty much set.

We have "tracks" for movement, tech, staffing/management, outreach, policies, programming, music, news, and fundraising.  Something for everyone!  We have done our best to minimize the "I want to go to all of those, but they're scheudled at the same time!" syndrome.

We're still looking for facilitators for a few of these workshops. We're looking for "facilitators" more than "presenters," so you do not have to be the world's leading expert on a given subject to facilitate a workshop.  Other people will come to the workshop with much to share, so facilitators need to try to bring out those other views and ideas alongside their own.

This year, we're also looking to incorporate diversity discussions into every workshop, vis-a-vis radio issues.  That is, better weaving issues of diversity into the overall fabric of the conference and its workshops in an effort to help conference-goers bring diversity issues back to their stations as part of their overall projects of producing grassroots radio.  So we need facilitators who are interested and able to bring in diversity issues as part of their workshop discussions.

If you're interested in facilitating, sign up at the conference during the opening plenary.

Solder Track
The GRC-11 will include a hands-on tech track (aka "Solder Track") throughout the conference.  There's plenty of equipment to build to help get the "Mainstream Media Project" - Madison's new LPFM station - up and running.

Solder Track sessions will coincide with the regular workshop schedule - 90 minute sessions beginning after the opening plenary.  Sessions will be very hands-on, learning to actually wire and build stuff.  Each session can accomodate six people or so.

The sessions will take place four blocks from the Pyle Center at 142 W. Johnson St, 2nd floor, “Youth With a Mission” office.  GRC participants can walk there from the Pyle Center.  Up to six people at a time can drop in on these sessions to learn tech skills and help build studio equipment for the “Mainstream Media Project” (Madison’s new LPFM station).

Details still benig planned, including what specifically we'll be buildnig. Look for info at the conference, including sign up sheets. Visit the WORT table at the conference for details and to sign up.

Caucuses & Meetings
There are quite a few organizations and networks within the world of community radio stations, and they'll be having meetings at this year's GRC.  Since the "members" of these groups tend to overlap more than a Venn diagram, we've scheduled the caucuses at several different times, allowing conference-goers to attend several.

The GRC-11 has a few scheduled caucuses/meetings, plus room for any as-yet-unscheduled ones.  Here's what we've got so far:

During the entire conference - People of Color Caucus has 2 rooms reserved

Friday, July 28 - 5:00pm - Pacifica Affiliates meeting

Saturday, July 29 - 5:00pm - LPFM Stations meeting

Sunday, July 30 - 9:00am - AMARC meeting

Sunday, July 30 - 2:00pm - AMARC meeting

Again, don't be limited by this list - feel free to organize another caucus or meeting at the GRC-11.  We have plenty of space available to use throughout the conference.

The GRC-11 keynote speaker will be Loretta Ross from SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective.  She will speak on Sunday, July 30, 11:00am-12:00 Noon.

A founding member of SisterSong, Loretta Ross became National Coordinator in 2005.  In 2004, Loretta was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants.  From 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is an expert on human rights, women's issues, diversity issues, hate groups and right-wing organizations.  Ms. Ross is presently writing a book on reproductive rights entitled Black Abortion.  In 2003, Loretta received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree from Arcadia University.

Loretta was one of the first African American women to direct the first rape crisis center in the United States in the 1970s.  From 1985 to 1989, she served as the Director of Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, organizing the first national conference on Women of Color and Reproductive Rights in 1987.  Prior to developing NCHRE in 1996, she served as the national program research director for the Atlanta-based Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) (formerly the National Anti-Klan Network) from 1990 to 1995 and program director of the National Black Women's Health Project from 1989-1990. She is a political commentator for Pacifica News Service, and has appeared as a political commentator on Good Morning America, The Donahue Show, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, and BET.

Childcare is available at no charge during all conference workshops and daytime events on Friday and Saturday. Childcare is also available on Sunday until noon.  We'll have fun stuff for 'em to do.  We currently do not have plans to offer childcare during the evening events.


Thursday, July 27 - Stop by the meet-and-greet and registration check-in from 6-9pm. Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge.  Informal hanging out at the Memorial Union Terrace next door, weather permitting.

Friday, July 28 -
Sit in on the Pacifica Affiliates meeting or stop by the WORT studios for a tour between 5-7pm.  Then come to a special panel event around issues of media democracy - 7:00-9:00pm at the Pres House, 731 State St. (one block from the Pyle Center).

Speakers lineup includes Diane Farsetta (Center for Media & Democracy), Liz DiNovella (The Progressive magazine), Jesse Russell (, WIN), Brian Standing (ProleFeed Studios), Kristian Knutsen (Ishtmus), 
Beverly Speers (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign), and Alex Gillis (WORT).

This is a free event.  Lots of time for questions and discussion.

Saturday, July 29 - Let loose! GRC attendees are all invited to a musical-cultural extravaganza at the Madison Center for Creative & Cultural Arts, 306 W. Dayton St. Begins at 7pm, runs until midnight.

Lots of great performances, including SONiA and disappear fear, the Prince Myshkins, the Roots Collective, a live remote of WORT's hip-hop show "Cipher Zone", short films, comedy, rabble-rousing, and the option to enjoy some imbibing (at low cost).

This evening of crazy fun is just $3.00 for conference attendees (bring your nametag!)

Sunday, July 30 - 3:00pm-evening: For those sticking around, we'll have a Madison Microbrewery Crawl, a tour guided by WORT's own beer experts (and there are many).

Things to do in Madison
There's a whole lot happening in Madison, and summer is the best time to visit.  Look for a more thorough listing at the conference.

Visit the WORT table at the GRC-11 for events listings, restaurant recommendations, transportation info, and more.


Lucas Cates Band (roots)
5:00 - 7:00pm
Live music right after work!  Memorial Union - Terrace (rain location: Rathskeller).  Free!

GRC-11 Panel discussion on Democratic Media Movement
7:00 - 9:00pm
See EVENTS section.
"Hot Summer Nights" - Keith Scott (blues)
9:30pm - ??
Live music on the Memorial Union Terrace!


"Cut: Teens & Self-Harm" documentary fund-raiser

with The Motor Primitives, Bob Manor & the Getaway Drivers, Wilhelmina Baker
6:00 - 9:00pm
High Noon Saloon, 701A E. Washington Ave.

GRC-11 Entertainment Extravaganza!
7:00pm - midnight
See EVENTS section.
$3.00 for GRC attendees (cheap!)


GRC-11 Microbrew pub crawl
See EVENTS section
Pay only for your beers!

Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet

Cardinal Bar, 418 E. Wilson St.

For more events around town, visit: - the website of Madison's alternative weekly, Isthmus. Includes very thorough listing of events.

Next Year: GRC-12
The GRC-11 won't be the last one... who's going to host it next year?  Start thinking about who might be our host for the GRC-12. By the end of the conference weekend, we'll need to have a site chosen.  Email grc11(at) if you're thinking about hosting in 2007.

Also, if you or your station is interested in hosting GRC-12, be sure to come to the "Nature & Future of the GRC" workshop on Saturday, July 29, 3:30-5:00pm.

What to bring with you to the Conference
So you're coming to GRC-11. That's great!  Before you board that plane/car/train/mule to travel to Madison, use this handy checklist and be sure you pack some or all of the following:

-- AUDIO PIECES of any length. Hey, this is a *radio* conference, after all.  We've got a room dedicated to peer audio listening sessions throughout the conference. We'll provide the equipment, but otherwise, sessions will be very do-it-yourself in terms of scheduling. Bring your best stuff and play it for your friends and comrades from other grassroots stations. CD format is probably best, but we'll also try to have facilities for MP3, WAV, and Casette tape.

-- B
umperstickers, program guides, and station promotional materials. We'll have a free table for you to leave stuff for others' perusal.

-- Station newsletters - we have a workshop scheduled on this topic, and would love to have a stack of examples from each station in attendance.  Bring at least enough for the newsletters session (30ish), or for the entire conference-going bunch (150ish).

-- Direct mail pieces - we also have a workshop scheduled on this topic.  Again, bring at least enough for the session attendees (30ish).

-- Station research, surveys, listener studies.  There's a workshop dedicated to discussing Listener Feedback, Ascertainment and Qualitative Research.  Bring plenty of copies, and if you're going to the workshop, be ready to talk about your experiences.

-- Station bylaws, board & staff policies, volunteer handbooks, mission statements and rules of any kind.  Bring a whole stack -- we can use them in the Board and Policy sessions and leave the extras out for others to bring home as well.

-- Clothes, toiletries, walking around money, etc, etc, etc...

-- A sunny disposition

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