A Closer Look at the 2019 Conference

In less than three months, community media managers, volunteers, producers and supporters will descend on the city of San Diego for the biggest community radio gathering of the year.

The Community Media Conference, a three-day event, takes place June 18-20 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Bay Tower. With at least 30 sessions, three deep-dive intensives, keynotes by author Nina Simon and attorney John Crigler, and more in store, the conference is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

The way people access and relate to information and music is in a period of rapid change. In the face of this shifting landscape, station devotees are dedicated to making an impact for our communities, our volunteers, and our local partners through informed conversations, inclusive cultural exchanges and fresh perspectives on the trends in our world. The Community Media Conference is focused on building on our strengths, tackling our collective challenges from new angles, and tapping into your community’s potential like never before. Please review the conference agenda to see how speakers will help you to reimagine the future.

Take it from veteran community radio leader Mary Oishi, who recently shared her view on the importance of the conference as part of our February newsletter. “I used my vacation and paid my own transportation to be able to go. It’s that important. The camaraderie, the fresh ideas, the connections you make will refuel you for the rest of the year. It’s too easy to just keep your head down and plow by yourself or with the same few stalwarts. But it’s also hard to do that month after month, year after year without burning out or growing stale and stuck. Find a way. It will keep you sharp and energized and up to the task. Plus after hours it’s a big party! (And, as Emma Goldman said, ‘if I can’t dance, I won’t be in your revolution.’)”

Tracks on content, revenue, engagement and organizational capacity dig into addressing core needs at your station. Whether you help an all-volunteer station or lead a large outlet, our conference sessions provide resources that can be tailored to your size, role and needs. You will come away from your conference experience with exciting ideas and transformative knowledge.

You will learn how to engage your audiences around events, create better programming, connect with peers around common questions, and find vendors offering services your station needs to expand. You can register to attend now. In addition, you can reserve a room at the host hotel. With so much happening, you will want to be in the center of it all.

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