Third Coast Radio Residency

Each year, the Third Coast Radio Residency offers radio producers the opportunity to focus their creative energy on an audio story or documentary project away from daily deadlines. Each year, 8-10 residents spend a week at Ragdale , an interdisciplinary artist community in Lake Forest, IL, where they have a five-acre campus and adjoining 50 acres of prairie to themselves.

Unique in the world of audio, the Radio Residency serves producers at a variety of experience levels who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in public media and podcasting such as race, ethnicity, economic background, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location. Through a mix of independent work time, optional group activities, and access to a Third Coast-selected mentor who can provide one-on-one guidance and editorial sessions, the Residency offers producers an unparalleled opportunity to build their community of peers.

The Third Coast Radio Residency, founded in 2016, is supported by the Third Coast Fund, an initiative to increase access to Third Coast programming for individuals who demonstrate a strong interest in audio storytelling. The Residency is also made possible with the support from the Ragdale Foundation.

“To be able to share my story - whether it was personal or journalistically - with so many other talented storytellers and audio producers was amazing. To hear about their own experiences and how they’re confronting their own work was just a really amazing supportive space to be in.” - Lakeidra Chavis, 2018 Radio Resident and Producer and Reporter at WBEZ

Select a year from the drop-down menu to learn about the year’s cohort and their outstanding projects and stay tuned for application information and deadlines for the 2019 Radio Residency.