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This year’s NFCB Community Media Conference features four workshop intensives. Let’s meet the speakers leading Mastering On-Air Sound. In this workshop, learn about how to craft cohesive on-air sound through equipment and vocal techniques, harnessing the music and voices of your community, and elevating your on-air host game from good host to beloved host. Let’s meet the speakers: Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo, Charlee Robles, and Elaine Appleton Grant.

Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo

Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo is a music professional from occupied Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe land, in what’s now called Denver, CO. Bruce has been working in non-profit music and arts organizations since 2012, with a mission to collaborate with communities who are systematically excluded, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art.

She currently works as the Talent Buyer at Swallow Hill Music, a Denver music venue, school, and outreach organization rooted in folk music, and features artists from around the world, and locally. Bruce hosted on Colorado Public Radio’s new music service, Indie 102.3, and is the creator and host of Especial, a weekly, hour-long dive into new and independent Latin-made music from around the ‘Americas’ and in Colorado.

Bruce is also the Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations, bringing together Colorado BIPOC musicians, entrepreneurs, and local businesses for a unique concert series that celebrates collaboration, creativity, and commerce. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Biennial of the Americas and D3 Arts, and is a Professional Member of the Recording Academy.

Charlee Robles

Charlee Robles aka ‘Charlee Rocks’ has been around the Music scene since birth. Her family is peppered with musicians and singers. Charlee is a singer and a sound freak!

She owns an award-winning mobile DJ business, and you will see her regularly in the community supporting local music of all genres, attending shows, or mixing for live bands. Charlee is surrounded by music in almost every aspect of her life.

She began a career in radio in 2012. She attended Colorado Media School in Belmar. With this knowledge, she began her journey from intern to producer, On-Air talent to director, and now manager. Charlee has won multiple Colorado Broadcaster Association Awards.

At KUVO JAZZ and THE DROP, she works as the Radio Operations Manager, connecting departments and overseeing the Radio’s Technical & System’s Progress with research, training, and development of new technology and best practices.

When Charlee is not spinning the magic behind the scenes, she is trying some new DIY or taking in some form of art or entertainment and shopping for snacks to share with her co-workers.

Elaine Appleton Grant

Elaine Appleton Grant is the CEO of Podcast Allies, a training, development, and production company serving public media, NGOs, social impact organizations, and higher education. She is the host and executive producer of the podcast Sound Judgment. A lifelong journalist, she worked for Boston’s WBUR, NH Public Radio and Colorado Public Radio. She wrote and produced Wondery’s hit show Business Wars Daily and wrote the Tulsa Race Massacre series for American History Tellers. Her TEDx talk about the Tulsa Race Massacre has been viewed close to a quarter of a million times. She has spoken for organizations ranging from Inbound and the Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD) to Women of Denver and the University of Colorado.

Elaine speaks about strategic storytelling and podcasting for a variety of organizations from Inbound to PRPD. Her TEDx talk about understanding racism better through podcasting about the Tulsa Race Massacre has been viewed almost a quarter of a million times.

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