HostCon Fund Inc.

Photo courtesy of Parker Miles Blohm at KNKX Public Radio in Seattle

About Us


We host an annual conference providing professional development for Morning Edition hosts and producers from across the country. We’ve had people from stations as big as WNYC in New York and as small as KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska.

More than 50 Morning Edition hosts and producers attended the 2019 HostCon in Culver City, California.
Photo by Felicia Friesema 

HostCon 2021

Friday Nov. 12

1 p.m. ET

NPR’s newscaster extraordinaire, Korva Coleman, will talk you through how to stack the best newscast for your listeners, how to write for your voice when doing rewrites, how to handle breaking news during your shift and answer questions you have. Korva offered this training earlier this year and it was a big hit, so she’s generously returning to share her expertise with us.

Saturday Nov. 13

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET 

What’s Next for the “Big Show”?

HostCon welcomes NPR Morning Edition Host Rachel Martin. The Big Show has undergone a lot of changes in the past year — from David Greene’s departure to the addition of A Martinez and new executive producer Erika Aguilar — and Rachel will update the group on the direction Morning Edition is headed. Plus, she can offer some advice on dealing with burnout in the face of an unrelenting news cycle.

1:15 to 2:45 p.m. ET

The Feeding and Caring of a Morning Edition Host Part II

We continue with the topic of burnout through a dedicated session with Bruce Shapiro, the Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. He will discuss self-care, stress management and strategies for setting boundaries, all while taking any questions you might have. Our conference attendees clearly got a lot out of a similar session we did last year, so we’re offering the opportunity again.

3 to 4:30 p.m. ET

How Do I Talk to My Program Director?

As the host of one of the most important programs at your member station, having a solid relationship with your program director is important. Michigan Radio’s Zoe Clark brings her PD experience to us to offer insights.

Saturday Nov. 20

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

As if one weekend wasn’t enough, we’re providing access to bonus training. Christina Shockley wants you to sound the best you can and the most “you” possible. As host and chief announcer at Michigan Radio, Christina will walk you through how to be a warm, friendly and authoritative voice for your listeners by way of one-on-one sessions. There is space for 11 people. Email hostconfund@gmail.com to schedule and get more details.

Registration Information

This year’s registration cost is $125. You can register for the conference here.

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HostCon Fund
PO Box 61363
Seattle, WA 98141
hostconfund@gmail.com

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