As a bit of a public radio nut, I've been excited lately to come across a number of sites and projects which focus on integrating traditional public radio broadcasts with new digital media and storytelling methods.
is one that I find particularly intriguing. Essentially, the project pairs traditional radio "incubators" (i.e. NPR, WNYC etc) with talented independent producers who then create forward-thinking audio projects with a focus on new digital contexts.
A lot of their 2009 projects tend to focus on integrating audio with online mapping features. For example, Open Sound New Orleans
invites New Orleans residents to contribute audio of their city, whether interviews, music, or ambient sound. The audio files are then plotted on a map of the city based on the neighborhood in which they originated.
Mapping Main Street
focuses on recording stories about each of the streets called "Main Street" throughout the United States.
Finally, Place + Memory
deals with mapping sites that no longer exist.
There are a few other projects also, all equally interesting. Some of the content will be broadcast on traditional stations, while the rest will live online. Check it out here