On Air Fest Returns February 22-26

Exploring storytelling and creativity in sound, the next installation of On Air Fest will be presented in person on February 24-26, 2022 at Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave at N. 11th Street, Brooklyn). The event will comply with all local, state and federal recommendations and protocols.

The annual gathering – often described as the “Sundance of Audio” – brings together creators and industry notables from audio and podcasting for two days of live storytelling, intimate conversations, performances, art exhibitions, listening parties, and more. The festival will unfold in a range of spaces in the Wythe Hotel including its main hall, screening room, performance suites, restaurants and bars.

On Air Fest https://podnews.net/press-release/on-air-fest-feb24 is the brainchild of work x work, a storytelling and branding agency composed of audio creators in their own right. Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to carve out a place for artists and storytellers who are defining this moment in audio, as well a the curious listeners who enthusiastically engage with the content. This 2022 incarnation will feature many of the biggest names in audio and podcasting including Design Matters’ Debbie Millman, Everything is Alive’s Ian Chillag, For Colored Nerds’ Eric Eddings, Object of Sound’s Hanif Abdurraqib, Hot Pod’s Ashley Carman, and the talent behind The Moth, Dustlight Productions, Cultured Mag, Talkhouse, and more.

In addition, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad will receive the prestigious On Air Fest 2022 Audio Vanguard Award, the annual award highlighting an individual who has fostered a creative legacy in audio storytelling. Joining ranks of previous Audio Vanguard Awards honorees, Terry Gross (2021) and Ira Glass (2022), Abumrad is lauded for his innovative work as co-founder of the beloved radio program, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2022.

“On Air Fest has grown into an inspiring event for anyone interested in the culture of sound – thanks to an incredible mix of industry folks, fans, and creators who participate, as well as the high energy exchange of ideas generated,” says Scott Newman, founder and creative director of work x work, the agency presenting On Air Fest. “Things that happen here win awards, spark conversations, and continue to reverberate throughout the year. We’re excited to see what emerges from this year’s festival.”

“Our approach is to seek out experimental, innovative, and distinctive voices” says Jemma Rose Brown, Director of Programming at work x work. “We don’t believe in there being a ‘best’ podcast, instead we’re always curious about meeting and showcasing creators who are bringing unique contributions to the medium.”

Event Details:

Where: Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave. at 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

When: February 24-26, 2022

Tickets: $149 day pass (Friday or Saturday). $249 two day pass. $499 VIP pass. Full schedule/additional information here. http://www.onairfest.com/

2022 Presenting Sponsors include: Audible, Spotify & Stitcher.

Program Partners include: WYNC Studios, Raidiotopia, Sonos, BAM, The Moth, Cultured, Audible, Talkhouse, Dustlight Productions, Hot Pod, The Verge, and Vox Media Podcast Network.

All programming will be presented live at Wythe Hotel, the Brooklyn-based boutique hotel known for its commitment to culture, food, and community.