PRX Podcast Garage to Open at KQED’s San Francisco Headquarters

A recording studio, classroom, and event space, the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED is a Bay Area home for audio storytellers of all experience levels. Public programming will kick off this fall, featuring Bay Area creators Jen Chien, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and Jessica Placzek with Women’s Audio Mission and Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters

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Oct 12 · 5 min read
PRX Podcast Garage at KQED (photo by Kirsten Voss Dalldorf)

KQED, the public media station serving Northern California, and public media organization PRX today announced details for the launch of the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED, a space enabling producers of all experience levels to gather and build community, learn about podcasting, and to make their own.

Set in KQED’s newly reimagined San Francisco headquarters at 2601 Mariposa Street, the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED will host audio and podcasting workshops and panels on the art and business of podcasting, lectures, and networking events in a dedicated multi-purpose space and across multiple other flexible meeting spaces within the building.

Public programming will begin this October. Events will feature creators and leaders from within the Bay Area audio community, including a career panel with Women’s Audio Mission (the only podcast studio in the world built and run by women/GNC individuals) and an audio interviewing and recording workshop with Peabody Award-winning producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters. Events are ticketed and attendees are required to follow evolving COVID-19 safety protocols to access the space.

Photo by Kirsten Voss Dalldorf

Upcoming events at the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED include:

  • Wednesday, October 20 — Podcast Career Panel with Women’s Audio Mission (WAM). In this live in-person event, attendees are invited to learn more about the various roles and skills required on a podcast production team. A panel of podcast producers, including Jen Chien (Executive Editor for LWC Studios), Ericka Cruz Guevarra (Producer for KQED’s “The Bay” podcast), and Jessica Placzek (Podcast Editor at KQED), will share their perspectives. Tickets are available here.
  • Thursday, November 4 — An Interviewing, Recording, and Podcasting Workshop with Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters. Acclaimed producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva will lead an in-person workshop covering topics including interviewing techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, framing evocative questions, and how to use music. Co-creators of “The Kitchen Sisters Presents” from the Radiotopia podcast network, Nelson and Silva’s work is also often heard from NPR. Nelson and Silva are also the recipients of a Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia award, and James Beard Award, and “Kitchen Sisters” audio stories have ranged from a chronicle of artifacts found in the ashes of a California wildfire to a behind-the-scenes exploration of the film “Nomadland.” Tickets are available here.

Beginning next year, the Podcast Garage will also provide access to new recording studios with state-of-the-art podcast and audio equipment for producers and learners. A reservation system with requirements and protocols should be available in winter 2022. Visit kqed.org/podcastgarage for updates.

Recording studio at KQED (photo by Kirsten Voss Dalldorf)

“KQED has a long history as a trusted broadcaster and, more recently, as a podcast producer,” says Tim Olson, Senior Vice President for Strategic Digital Partnerships at KQED. “We are also an educator and convener. The PRX Podcast Garage at KQED partnership allows us to share resources and knowledge to educate the public and community partners on how to produce and develop audio to tell their own stories. The Podcast Garage is one of the ways our new headquarters allows us to engage more directly with the audiences and communities we serve here in the Bay Area.”

Eric Dhan will serve as the community manager of the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED, where he will manage events and activities, serve as a liaison to the public and to producers using the Podcast Garage space and resources, and develop partnerships with Bay Area organizations. Previously, Dhan served as a project manager on PRX’s podcast training team, where he organized and facilitated events and workshops for audio creators in the United States and around the world, including for the Google Podcasts creator program. Dhan also recently managed the Gateway Cities Audio Project, a community outreach and research initiative focusing on bringing podcasting resources to underserved communities in Massachusetts based on their interests and needs.

Left: Eric Dhan, Community Manager of the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED. Right: PRX CEO Kerri Hoffman and KQED President and CEO Michael Isip (photos by Kirsten Voss Dalldorf)

“I’m excited for the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED to open its doors,” says Eric Dhan, Community Manager. “I’m particularly excited to collaborate with and learn from the many incredible audio creators here in the Bay Area, and to build a space where people can meet up, exchange ideas, and explore audio together. I hope the Podcast Garage will be a welcoming home for anyone interested in audio storytelling who is looking for inspiration, feedback, and community.”

“We’re so thrilled to partner with KQED, a leader in public media, to open the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED,” adds Gina James, Vice President of Strategic Impact at PRX. “As we listen to the voices within our communities, both in the Bay Area and Boston, we know that many of their perspectives are not visible or lack presence in the dominant media culture. Opening the PRX Podcast Garage at KQED allows us to champion community storytelling as a way to inspire change together. With our programs, we aim to equip local creators with resources that empower them to amplify critical issues, embrace departure from norms, take risks, and practice an abundance mentality.”

To learn more about how to use The PRX Podcast Garage at KQED and for information about events, visit ​​kqed.org/podcastgarage for updates.

About KQED

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services, and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source, leader, and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places, and ideas. More at kqed.org.

About PRX

PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio of iconic public radio programs such as ‘The World,” “This American Life,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” “Latino USA” “Snap Judgment,” and “Reveal,” PRX is also home to a growing body of podcast productions, including via the Radiotopia podcast network. More at PRX.org.

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