Short Sound-Portraits of Montana People & Places
Inspiration: Cape and Islands
Atlantic Public Media’s Cape and Islands Radio conceived the idea of running Sonic IDs: “short portraits and stories that weave thru the broadcast day with the voices, sounds and stories of our region.” The Cape’s Jay Allison envisioned them as:
Little community vignettes — portraits, anecdotes, oral histories, overheard conversation, short poems, jokes, slices of life — that end with our call letters. Some are pure sound preceded by our favorite word: “Listen.” Others are simply the unheralded voices of our neighbors telling something about life.
“Bursts of lush and local life are new stations’ trademark” was how pubcasting’s newpaper Current introduced Sonic IDs:
They pop up all day long, 30-60-90-second bursts of life. The effect is startling, unexpected. You are listening to news of the world and then, during a pause, an unheralded speaker — a local elder or high school kid or sandwich-maker or scientist — pops in.
The Montana Sonics in the map above are a collaboration with KGLT-Bozeman.