Globe Grantee Caroline begins installing in the Globefront in just a few days. Her project? The Here Channel, a public radio station open to anyone who wants to record and contribute content. With a Q+A for Creators next Wednesday, August 2 and a grand opening on Friday, August 18, Caroline is poised for great success. Before the chaos of installation begins, People's Liberty sat down to see what the Cincinnati community can expect.
What inspired the idea of the Here Channel?
A couple of friends were talking about wanting to start radio shows but feeling like they didn't know where to start. It got me reminiscing about my college radio days. Now we’re in a whole different era in terms of technology, so I started researching how to create an audio platform that's as open and accessible as it is well-designed.
Does your job connect in any way to the Here Channel?
I'm a producer of video and audio and live shows; so yes, it totally does. I also help artists, freelancers and other nice people with their taxes. On the surface that doesn't appear to be related, but it is: my goal has always been to help reduce obstacles to achieving creative and independent success. For Here Channel, the obstacle for independent creators is getting the gear, the know-how and access to a platform on which to be heard.
How did you hear about People's Liberty, and what made you decide to apply for our Globe Grant?
People's Liberty was publicly announced right around the time I moved back from New York. My dad read about it in the paper, and he knows I'm always looking for weird ways to spend other people's money. He grew up down the street from Carol Ann Homan Haile, so I also picked up some People's Liberty history from him. I decided to apply because it's such a great opportunity to do what I really love doing –– exercising my creative chops to help other people exercise theirs.
Were you drawn to tinkering with radios or recording equipment as a child?
My older sister was always encouraging my weird creative tendencies, and she would interview me on cassette tape when I was a toddler. When I learned how to work it myself, it was one of my favorite things to do –– pretending to be a news anchor and do little radio plays with my friends. Once I discovered the camcorder, making videos became my obsession. The art of crafting stories from media is something I've always been drawn to.
Any particular recordings you anticipate or look forward to?
I have this vision: kids coming in to goof around with their friends like I did on tapes; local DJs coming in to spin sets with people walking past the big window. I want to see what ideas people bring in that I never could have imagined.
What are the biggest challenges you've run into so far?
I had to give myself a crash course in licensing and royalties and how it applies to the realm of new media. It's kind of the wild west. There's a legal difference between podcasts and webcasts, for example... did you know that? I didn't! But don't worry, I got it all squared away.
What do you hope comes from the Here Channel?
I hope people proudly share their own shows, as well as things they've discovered through listening, and make connections with each other through the channel. I hope it empowers people who've felt intimidated to try recording their ideas to step into the threshold of creating work. We're making it as inviting and open as possible.
What kind of events can we look forward to when the Here Channel premieres?
We're going to have educational workshops related to media production, as well as live shows for people to come and enjoy in person or to listen to online. I want to showcase work that doesn't lend itself to commercial radio or other corporate media channels –– because we can. When numbers are more important than free expression, cultural expression can become sanitized and diluted. I want to discover and celebrate the weird stuff going on around here. Let's hear it!