On Air Fest 2024 New Wave Talent & Schedule Revealed
On Air Fest Adds Serial, Ira Glass, Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner, Laurie Anderson,The Kitchen Sisters, Weight For It, Switched on Pop, Sheroes, Hang Up!, Brand New Series From WBUR, Programming From iHeart Podcasts, ESPN 30 for 30, Netflix & More To 2024’s Preeminent Sound & Storytelling Event
New Wave of Talent Joins Malcolm Gladwell, Exclusive First Listen of Limited Series From Fresh Air’s Tonya Mosley, Live Tapings of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Talkhouse Podcast, The Allusionist & Sing For Science, With Full Lineup & Three-Day Schedule To Be Revealed Soon
February 28th-March 1st at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel
Today, with the immense addition of several renowned headliners and an astounding breadth of audio programming, On Air Fest has reaffirmed and further expanded its place as the preeminent destination for storytellers and listeners alike. From February 28th-March 1st at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel, 2024’s event is about to bring together the vast vanguard of those shaping the culture of sound and the future of podcasting, pushing the medium far beyond the limits of personal listening devices. Described as both the Sundance of Audio and “the Coachella of podcast festivals” (Fast Company), On Air Fest is led by a lineup that places media powerhouses alongside emerging voices, visionary thinkers, intrepid musicians and more. Across three different stages and an array of live sessions, conversations and multi-sensory experiences, On Air Fest gives artists the opportunity to step forward and people the chance to connect as a community. With this colossal new wave of talent that has just been revealed, here is just some of what attendees can expect throughout the event’s three days and nights:
Wednesday, February 28th will bring the return of the industry-shaping, invite-only Hot Pod Summit. Presented in collaboration with Hot Pod and The Verge, and this year’s official lead sponsors, AdsWizz and Simplecast, this 2024 edition will see host Ariel Shapiro talk to Ira Glass (Host & Executive Producer, This American Life), with additional panel discussions and programming to be revealed soon.
Thursday, February 29th kicks off On Air’s packed schedule of public festivities, with this first day and night featuring a special session from Serial co-creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, Laurie Anderson in conversation with radio legends The Kitchen Sisters, a live version of Weight For It with host Ronald Young Jr., and Sheroes with host Carmel Holt. Additionally, Tonya Mosley – creator and host of Truth Be Told and co-host of NPR’s Fresh Air – will present an exclusive first-listen of her new limited series, She Has A Name, produced by TMI Productions and APM Studios. All of this joins the lineup alongside previously revealed, interactive editions of The Allusionist with host Helen Zaltzman, and Sing For Science with neuroscientist Bevil Conway and rising superstar musician Sid Sriram.
Friday, March 1st continues On Air Fest’s groundbreaking slate of public offerings, highlighted by 2024’s Audio Vanguard Award recipient, Malcolm Gladwell. In addition to a wide-ranging conversation between Gretta Cohn (CEO, Pushkin Industries) and the bestselling author, journalist and hit podcast host, the third and final day of the festival now features the very first look at WBUR’s Beyond All Repair, a brand new series from Amory Sivertson (WBUR’s Endless Thread) and Zac Stuart-Pontier (Crimetown, HBO’s The Jinx), exploring the relationship between a journalist and alleged murderer who maintains her innocence, and Sivertson’s three-year investigation into the case. Also joining the lineup is Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner in a career-spanning conversation with Hot Pod’s Ariel Shapiro, musical mysteries from Switched on Pop and hosts Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, live tapings of reality dating show Hang Up!, long-running Dungeons & Dragons podcast Join The Party, and the previously announced Design Matters with Debbie Millman, and Talkhouse Podcast. Friday’s festivities will be hosted by Vulture Critic, Nick Quah.
Both February 29th and March 1st will also include a series of group listening experiences with Audio Flux, happy hours and performances in the theater with iHeart Podcasts, a creator space with ESPN 30 for 30 where producers can pitch podcast ideas and interact with 30 for 30 editors, and the Now On Netflix Lounge, a premium takeover of Bar Blondau with skyline views of the city and all day networking and hospitality, and even more to be announced – from Main Stage headliners to live tapings in the Podcast Penthouse, evening events in the cinema-style Screening Room, and an array of unexpected audio installations.
Produced by work x work – the go-to creative agency that's been powering the podcast revolution, bringing major brands like Meta, Sonos, Spotify, Squarespace, Target, Sony Music Entertainment and many more into the audio movement – On Air Fest has premiered dozens of award-winning podcasts, produced hundreds of live sessions, convened thousand of fans each year, and has grown to encompass not only a bi-coastal, bi-annual festival, but also a a touring vertical called On Air Presents, and On Air: The Podcast Experience, the first-ever immersive podcast experience that premiered at this past year’s Brooklyn edition. On Air has managed to take something as intangible as an “audio community” and gather it together in a room, and this year it looks forward to welcoming a widening definition of podcasting and a new, original and optimistic class of creatives.
ON AIR FEST 2024 LINEUP
Wednesday, February 28th
Hot Pod Summit presented by AdsWizz and Simplecast, with Ira Glass (This American Life) + More TBA
Thursday, February 29th
Serial, Laurie Anderson & The Kitchen Sisters, Weight For It, Sheroes, She Has a Name, The Allusionist, Sing For Science, Talkhouse Podcast, Group Listening Experience with Audio Flux, ESPN 30 for 30, Now On Netflix Lounge, Happy Hour and Performances with iHeart Podcasts + More TBA
Friday, March 1st
Malcolm Gladwell, Beyond All Repair, Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner, Switched on Pop, Hang Up!, Join The Party, Design Matters, Group Listening Experience with Audio Flux, ESPN 30 for 30, Now On Netflix Lounge, Happy Hour and Performances with iHeart Podcasts + More TBA
Presenting Sponsors Include:
iHeart Podcasts, Netflix, AdsWizz, Simplecast, ESPN 30 for 30
Program Partners Include:
Hot Pod, The Verge, Vox Media Podcast Network, Radiotopia, Pushkin Industries, Talkhouse, APM Studios, Multitude, Audio Flux, WBUR, Slate, Wythe Hotel, work x work
ABOUT ON AIR FEST
On Air Fest is advancing the culture of audio. We bring together an expansive range of emerging and established voices to explore the creative possibilities of sound. Created and produced by work x work, On Air Fest has evolved into the premier cultural event for audio storytellers and inspired listeners. Throughout the year, we produce a range of cultural programming, from annex events, to our residency program, creative collaborations to cultural campaigns and podcasts. On Air Fest carves a place for artists and storytellers who are defining this moment in audio.
ABOUT WORK X WORK
work x work is a full-service creative agency amplifying the world's leading brands through storytelling, design and experiences. Our innovative work has made us the go-to agency for organizations looking to participate in audio culture. In addition to design, strategy and events, we create multi-channel campaigns, original content and produce podcasting's premier cultural event, On Air Fest.