SonicSF is a new breed of radio show that takes its humor and narrative tendencies from pop culture and its editorial standards from public broadcasting to deliver an addictively entertaining and thought-provoking series. We’ve coined the term “reality news” to describe our unflinching, up-close and personal style. You’ll find no traditional rehashing of who, what, when and where on our airwaves; instead of reading to you from a script, we’re embedded in the city. SonicSF is real people, intrigued, surprised, and immersed this ever-evolving metropolis. We believe small moments can be revelatory. We carry our unique experiences and perspectives with us into the newsroom to deliver factual information in a way that is both personal to us and relatable to a new generation of listeners. Storytelling is a shared experience—welcome to SonicSF.
We’ll keep you posted when we are in iTunes and on PRX in the coming weeks. In the meantime, listen to us here, and on Soundcloud!
P.S. Here’s a throwback to our sorely unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign. We still like the video, so we kept it around. Our next campaign will blow our last one out of the water! (Hopefully.)
Dana has spent the last five years working in fundraising and communications for nonprofits in San Francisco. With friends, she produces a calendar of Jewish bachelors called “Mensch of the Month: Chosen but Not Taken,” which marries her biggest strengths: appreciating Jewish men, fundraising, and humor. In her off hours, Dana enjoys stamp collecting, challah baking, and buying Groupons for exercise programs.
Born in Los Angeles but raised in the Philippines, Ellison had no distinct memory of showing interest in audio production until his third year in college. After dabbling in film and industrial design, he discovered a passion for radio. When he took a stab at production, he fell in love and bought the most expensive mic a broke college student could afford. He enjoys finding short routes around the city on his bike, getting his groove on at Madrone’s “Motown Mondays,” and rooftop barbecuing.
Maggie moved to San Francisco from New York City lured by romantic notions of beat poetry readings, late-night, Malbec-fueled intellectual conversations, and California sunshine. Instead she is reading up on how to “optimize page views” and “leverage search engines and social media,” drinking two-buck Chuck with former frat boys, and doesn’t leave the apartment without a scarf. Still, she is an indomitable optimist, a soccer enthusiast, and perpetual Olympic hopeful.
Olivia was born, raised, and educated in San Jose, California. Her hatred of minivans and parking lots drove her to move to San Francisco in 2001. She is a lover of dark beer, high heels, and corn dogs. Olivia’s professional career used to be dedicated to working with and on behalf of elected representatives and nonprofit organizations serving the Bay Area’s most vulnerable communities—but then the economy went to pooh. Now she spends her days redirecting her bitterness about being underemployed into writing slightly insulting e-cards for her site, CrassEcards.com.
Rob grew up with his face pressed against the glass of the reptile house at the San Diego Zoo. Having grown accustomed to the fit of the glass, he later applied his face to the side of the Pacific Giant Octopus tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. His face has slowly shifted back to its original shape, but his mind has never fully recovered. He now studies biology at City College and volunteers as a docent at the San Francisco Zoo. In his spare time, he makes screeching noises, both verbally and with the help of instruments, at home and on stage with the band Psychic Hiking. Other interests include learning about insects, synthesizers, film, short stories, and sketch comedy. But mostly he just does calculus homework.
Adam is a composer, performer, and producer of new music. He is also the co-founder of Emerging Arts Professionals (2008) and the Center for New Music (2012). When he’s not co-founding, he can be found confounding others with his fondness for baseball, coffee, experimental poetry, and meetings recounting meetings that summarized meetings.
ELLISON LIBIRAN AUDIO PRODUCER | MUSIC DIRECTOR
(This is going to sound familiar:) Born in Los Angeles but raised in the Philippines, Ellison had no distinct memory of showing interest in audio production until his third year in college. After dabbling in film and industrial design, he discovered a passion for radio. When he took a stab at production, he fell in love and bought the most expensive mic a broke college student could afford. He enjoys finding short routes around the city on his bike, getting his groove on at Madrone’s “Motown Mondays,” and rooftop barbecuing.
CHLOE DAVIDSON – AUDIO PRODUCER | SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Chloe always has a story to tell. This might be why she holds a degree in broadcasting from SFSU. She started showing signs of becoming a crazy cat lady at a young age, and is definitely following through on that path, spending much of her time taking pictures of cats. As much as she loves these aloof, dismissive creatures, she also doesn’t miss an opportunity to wave to every dog she passes on the street. Chloe grew up in sunny San Diego, but responds to the cooler SF weather by haunting pool halls and ping pong palaces, where she kicks butt with her table game skills until the beer gets the better of her. Here’s a rad blog she wrote about animals, back in the day: [http://chloebdavidson.wordpress.com/]
NICK LAMB – AUDIO PRODUCER | AUDIO ENGINEER
Armed with an audio engineering degree from SFSU, Nick is SonicSF’s studio manager and mixing engineer. In addition to fine-tuning tracks in SonicSF’s newsroom, he enjoys reading sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, and dystopian fiction and tinkering with things—he intends to a have a small-scale working trebuchet soon. Generally an easygoing guy, he claims he has no hot buttons, except for the ones his sister can press.
RENE HURLBUTT – EDITOR, EPISODES 1-3
Renae is a language enthusiast, painter, thrift-store thrill seeker, and frequent tea drinker. When she’s not agonizing over story lines for SonicSF, she can be found walking up hills, reluctantly engaging in off-color conversation with strangers at bus stops, or pinpointing just how, exactly, to drop it like it’s hot at Dance Mission Theater. Her editorial handiwork has graced the pages of Believer, San Francisco, DivineCaroline.com, Angeleno, and The Rumpus.
COLLIN CHESBRO – COORDINATING PRODUCER, EPISODES 1-3
Collin graduated with a degree in broadcasting from San Francisco State University, where he worked as the production manager for the school’s radio station, KSFS. He enjoys riding his bike around the city, playing music with friends, and practicing kung fu. To pay his rent, he works as an assistant manager at the carousel on Pier 39. In June 2012, he embarked on a one-month journey to Ghana. While there, he filmed a documentary about an NGO called UNITED. Upon returning from this trip he realized that media has a profound power to change the world. He plans on applying that realization to his work at SonicSF.
STACY BOND – CREATOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Stacy got her start as a producer in the late 1970s suburbs of Dallas, where, at seven years old, she impassionedly coerced the other neighborhood children to participate in her elaborately staged garage productions of “The Donny & Marie Show” (on ice). Thus began an ongoing compulsion to make things that involve a lot of people and little to no resources; a tendency that has led her down a path requiring a pocketful of stitched-together Muni transfers and a packed lunch of fare similar to that from a French farmer’s larder in the late 1800s. But the current bee in her bonnet, SonicSF, is so rad, it’s all going to be worth it. Really.