Ark Republic is part of growing ecosystem of news media working outside of mainstream channels. That’s why we said, “hell yes” to an invitation from New York Public Radio (NYPR) to join them for their 2nd annual New York Public Radio LIVE at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday.
“This was our second New York Public Radio Live event, and we are delighted that this year had an even greater turn out,” says Jennifer Houlihan Roussel, Vice President, Communications for NYPR.
Packed from front door to the stage, Brooklyn Bowl filled with NYPR enthusiasts. Like us, they want to keep the flow of stories and news outside of fake, whack and boring channels.
An impressive space, Brooklyn Bowl holds a bowling alley and concert performance space. This Williamsburg is much different than the one I skipped school to walk 25-years-ago, but the IPA craft beer is undeniable. At the venue, guests fought to show if they had guts or gutter balls, while others rocked out to the lineup of musical performances by Real Estate, Red Baraat, and the High and Mighty Brass Band, as well as a DJ set by Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley.
Roussel continues. “The event gives our fans an opportunity to meet and mingle with their favorite radio and podcast hosts IRL, as well as a chance to meet other like-minded listeners.”
Over cocktails and comfort foods, listeners clinked glasses and traded stories with their favorites hosts such as Jad Abumrad, host and creator of the innovative and popular podcast Radiolab, and Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, hosts of “Nancy,” a podcast featuring stories and conversations about queer life today.
Emcee’d by Michelle Buteau, co-host of WNYC’s newest podcast “Adulting,” the event was a benefit for NYPR’s radio and news organizations and affiliates: WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist and The Greene Space.
While WNYC is the flagship for the City’s public radio stations, WQXR serves as New York City’s only classical music radio station. On the other hand, the Gothamist provides online news, arts and events, and food and The Greene Space curates performances and discussions for New Yorkers through local live art, theater and journalism.
The party was epic, with a needed confirmation that rich and substantive news lives on. But, like always, the next day was back to the news grind and growing the network.
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