September, 2020 Update: Even though the Third Coast Residency won’t convene at Ragdale this year...

... we can still find community, together, in Third Place: a new, ambitious world of Third Coast digital programming that we’re building for the last two weeks of October. We hope to bring back cohort-based residencies in 2021.

In a time when we’ve lost so many spaces (also known as third places), including the in-person audio community that meets up in venues, theaters, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, we’re opening up a new Third Place, where we can explode experimental audio programming in an array of formats, events, creative wormholes, community conversations, and more. Stay connected by signing up for our Third Place newsletter!

You can read more about the Third Coast Radio Residency, founded in 2016, and use the drop-down menu on the right-hand side to learn more about the cohorts from each year.


Each year, the Third Coast Residency offers radio producers the opportunity to focus their creative energy on an audio story or documentary project away from the stress and regular deadlines of their jobs & home life. Each year, 8-10 Residents spend a week at Ragdale, an interdisciplinary artist community in Lake Forest, IL with a five-acre campus and adjoining 50 acres of prairie to themselves. In 2020, our focus will be on strengthening opportunities for Chicago area audio producers, reserving more spots in the Residency than ever before for local producers.

Unique in the world of audio and to Chicago, the Third Coast Residency serves producers at a variety of experience levels who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in public media and podcasting such as race, ethnicity, economic background, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location. Through a mix of independent work time, optional group activities, workshops, support from Third Coast staff and access to a Third Coast-selected Editorial Mentors who can provide one-on-one guidance and editorial sessions, the Residency offers producers an unparalleled opportunity to build their community of peers and to do sustained work on a project that is meaningful to them.

To get to know the past Third Coast Residency cohorts, check out the menu to the right and choose the year (2016-2019) you’d like to learn more about!


At Third Coast, accessibility is at the core of our programming; we believe that all people should have access to the art, craft & resources of audio storytelling. We are committed to making our programming and the audio industry at large a more equitable and inclusive space. We acknowledge this work is never complete. We remain in dialogue with you, our community, through the belief that there is always more work to be done.

Third Coast covers all of Residents’ travel, food & lodging costs, thanks to Ragdale Foundation’s generosity, Third Coast supporters & the Third Coast Fund.

Do you want to help us further accessibility efforts at Third Coast? If so, contribute directly to The Third Coast Fund, an initiative to increase access across all Third Coast programming!