Third Coast Conference


The 2017 Third Coast Conference will be November 9-11 (Thurs - Sat) at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive, Chicago.

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NEW: Volunteer applications for the 2017 Third Coast Conference will open July 11 and close August 4. We'll send out notifications to all applicants by August 25.


Registration opens August 22 :

  • Earlybird: $435
  • Main: $495

Special Third Coast group rates for the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place:

  • Single or Double: $165
  • Triple: $175
  • Quad: $185
    (Add 17.39% tax to the rates above)


  • Pre-Conf. Activities: Thursday, Nov 9, 1pm - 4pm
  • Conference official start: Thursday, Nov 9, 5pm
  • Conference official close: late night, Saturday, Nov 11 (after the Awards Ceremony + after-party)

Other important details:

  • Your registration fee includes all of your day-time meals (breakfasts, lunches, afternoon snacks), dinner is not included.
  • New: Half of the registration spots have been set aside for Earlybirds, once those are gone we’ll offer Main registration prices
  • New: Your registration is not refundable but it IS transferable, up through October 31 at midnight
  • We will announce volunteer and scholarship opportunities later this Spring

Send us your suggestions or pitch a Conference session by April 7.

The Third Coast Conference convenes in the Chicago area for three days each fall. Radio producers, podcasters, journalists, documentarians, audio artists, and students come together, listen to each other’s work, share ideas and expertise, and make priceless connections with future colleagues and new friends. Sessions and discussions cover the art and craft of audio storytelling, and all include plenty of listening.

The weekend culminates with an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

All sessions are recorded and available in our Audio Library and on the Third Coast Pocket Conference podcast, the start of your next great story!

2016 Third Coast Conference

This fall, over 750 producers, artists, students, and audio enthusiasts joined us in Chicago for the 2016 Third Coast Conference, November 11-13. Hear all of the sessions!