Third Coast International Audio Festival

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The Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF or TCF), based in Chicago, curates audio stories from around the world and showcases them in various mediums. It is informally referred to as the "Sundance of Radio".[1][2]

The festival was affiliated with Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ and features a weekly radio show and podcast, a national broadcast, occasional competitions and challenges, and public listening events. Speakers at TCIAF's annual conference have included Jay Allison, Jad Abumrad, Joe Frank, Ira Glass, Robert Krulwich, the Kitchen Sisters, and Nancy Updike.[3][dead link]

The term Third Coast refers to the idea that the U.S. population tends to be higher on the east and west costs, and that Chicago, lying on the shores of Lake Michigan, is the country's third largest city.


  1. ^ Feder, Robert (October 17, 2011). "Audio visual: ‘Filmless Festival’ honors radio docs as art form". Time Out Chicago. 
  2. ^ "NEA Spotlight". WBEZ Alliance (Chicago, IL). National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Annual Conference". Third Coast International Audio Festival. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 

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