Sounds and stories from the national pantheon. Told live from the deck of the 1940′s Steam tugboat Captain Bob
Built in the 1940′s to carry wartime supplies across the ocean, the tugboat is now on the Willamette River north of Portland OR.
Outside of a business or non-profit framework, the Syndicate’s mission is to create an outlet for artists and ideas that challenges and expands the ways we listen. Or In summary: We don’t sell tote bags, we make radio
John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, …
The Amazons (Greek: Ἀμαζόνες, Amazónes, singular Ἀμαζών, Amazōn) are a nation of all-female warriors in …
An astronaut or cosmonaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, …
The show will be broadcast live from the deck of a 150’ steam WWII tugboat in the Willamette River. Broadcasts will combine elements such as authors reading their work, ensembles performing music, people telling true stories from their life, found sound, reporting and radio drama. Each episode explores a single archetype such as The Industrialist, The Amazon, The Cowboy, The Mad Scientist. etc.
The mission of the syndicate is to create an original space for hosting artists and telling stories outside of many of the common frameworks of our culture. To produce original and compelling radio through a horizontally organized and collectively run syndicate. To challenge the meaning and the place of symbols and figures in the pantheon of American culture.
Format: Each episode has a different host who introduces sections and performers. The show moves fairly quickly with each segment lasting between 2-6 minutes. Longer stories (such as a longer reading of fiction or a more “reporting” focused feature) are split up over the course of the show, interwoven with music and shorter pieces. Often one or two stories form the central thread of the episode with other segments serving as counterpoint to the main theme. The point and counterpoint format can be used to present both a classic interpretation of a common archetype and a complication or contradiction of that symbol (for example, telling a classic high-octane police procedural alongside personal essays from those incarcerated through modern day US drug policy).
Each show is produced with a small “in-house” audience. While they are not concerts open to the public, an audience of 20-40 people creates an energy and enforces the intensity of a live broadcast from the deck, boiler room and engine rooms.
Steam Radio Syndicate is the name we’re giving the space itself as it is built out towards being a broadcast studio and venue. At the moment, the Great American Myth concept is the only project on the table. In the future the space may be host to many other audio-based projects, podcasts, music, readings. Partnering in this project are Mark Fisher and Matt Stein, who run Green Anchors the old shipbuilding yard that is the current homebase of the Tugboat (more info on their project at www.greenanchorsenterprises.com). The venue and broadcast spaces on the boat will remain as the forward sections of the boat are developed into a hostal run by the non-profit Green Anchors. Eventually when the hostal and the venue/studio spaces are complete they will compliment each other; Green Anchors providing comfortable lodging for visiting artists and Steam Radio Syndicate’s venue as a place to host concerts open to travellers at the hostal and visitors of the Green Anchors project.