WXW ON AIR is a pop up radio lounge exploring storytelling and creativity in sound. The inaugural sessions at Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn led to the creation of a fully formed culture festival, On Air Fest.
Clocktower Radio: Preserving Culture Through Vinyl
Take an auditory journey with these global recordings you won’t find anywhere else. In an exclusive showcase, Clocktower Radio features artist, writer and documentarian Richard Fleming with art director of Howl! Ted Riederer--the artist behind Never Records, the nomadic pop-up record store / recording studio devoted to global experimental sounds. Listen as these audio innovators share personal stories and honor vinyl as the most organic and lasting medium for preserving culture.
Radio Diaries: The Art of Audio Storytelling
THE ART OF AUDIO STORYTELLING
Joe Richman, producer and host of Radio Diaries, leads work x work Creative Director, Scott Newman, through a discussion about experience, craft, and audio storytelling.
Drawing from his experience of “being in front of the mic as opposed to behind the mic,” Richman began as a reporter and producer before switching to the other side to pioneer his own form of immersive journalism. Taking the interviewer out of the narrative, he hands the storytelling directly to the characters themselves—creating audio diaries.
There’s something about audio that really allows people to relax and be themselves.” Listen to examples of Radio Diaries’ award-winning documentaries, including their most recent series, “working,” based on newly discovered tapes recorded in the 70’s by author Studs Terkel.
Art x Feminism
For this conversation, four women who transcend cultures and mediums come together for a fascinating exploration of the effects of gender and social justice on creative process. We are joined by artist, MIT Media Lab fellow, and founder of Slow Factory Céline Semaan, known for transforming NASA satellite imagery into wearable prints. Semaan discusses how her experiences as a Lebanese refugee have directly influenced her work and ethos. We also chat with Lainya Magaña, the self-made founder of A&O PR, who delves into artistic inspiration and her role as a woman of color in a mostly white art world; and Rachel Lee Hovnanian, a new media artist whose sculpture, installations, paintings, and chemistry experiments are influenced by everything from artificial insemination to the instant gratification of junk food. Hosted by Laura Feinstein, co-producer of work x work ON AIR and former editor at Fusion’s Sex + Life vertical, this discussion is mandatory listening for those seeking to understand the effects of feminism and activism on today's creative culture.
For this hour, editor Anita Li of The Other Wave and previously of Fusion leads a discussion on the role storytellers of color can play in today’s social and political climate. Featuring HuffPo Black Voices Senior Editor Lilly Workneh, filmmaker and writer Dean Marcial, and the multi-talented creative producer Sahra V. Nguyen, this conversation shines a light on the ways we approach covering underrepresented communities, the sometimes difficult journey to find your calling, and how to help marginalized stories get told. Prior to Fusion, Anita worked as news director at Complex Media, weekend editor at Mashable, on-air reporter at CTV Ottawa, research assistant for The New Yorker's Beijing bureau, and reporter/photographer at The Toronto Star.
On the Grid: Discovering the City and Your Place in it
What began as a passion project of discovery in Gowanus has turned into a global community of creatives curating their neighborhoods in over 100 countries and counting. Listen as Principal & Creative Director of the social impact design agency, Hyperakt, Deroy Peraza, and Community Manager, Alex Gracey, discuss the story of their project, On The Grid, and the role creatives have and should have on their communities.
Joined by On The Grid curators Patrick Richardson of Franklyn Creative Studio and Ray Marrero of work x work, also, Megan Marini of 3X3 Design, an urban planning research design studio, they discuss everything from our relationships with our local bodegas to the impact of gentrification.
The Mystique of Downtown Culture
In this Clocktower Radio feature, producer, and host David Weinstein, uncover the roots of the musical movements that define what we listen to today.
In an unprecedented showcase, David welcomes Mary Macarthur Griffin and Carlotta Schoolman, legendary director/producers of The Kitchen performance space in Soho during its heyday in the 70s-80s. Listen as they share rare and previously unheard recordings from the NO WAVE scene, artists Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, and more. Plus, discover the birth of performance art with early work by Laurie Anderson.