Sue Schardt

I am a media strategist, a swimmer, and lately focused on the wonders of the Barix encoder.  I’ve got live mixes streaming from Dorchester & WMBR-FM into the MOCA galleries in Los Angeles, and soon into the Mystical Theology Network’s conference happening at Boston College…

My path continues to unfold in wonderous & unexpected ways. For the time being, I am fully immersed in my music and radio world.  I’m one of 36 artists in the exhibition One Day at a Time, Manny Farber and Termite Art, an homage to the legendary film critic, teacher, painter and his concept  of termite art (1962).  The show is up through March 11, 2019.  Go see it if you’re in L.A.!

“The important trait of termite-fungus-centipede art is an ambulatory creation which is an act both of observing and being in the world, a journeying in which the artist seems to be ingesting both the material of his art and the outside world through horizontal coverage.”

March 1st through 3rd, I’ll be spreading out and simulcasting the MOCA stream into O’Connell House on the campus of BC where mystics and theologians will be flocking for their annual conference.

You can follow my Instagram playlists (embedded above) @ITMOTO.listen.  Check it out.

I’m at a major juncture in my work life after working for several decades in public media.  It’s a good time to be with my termite, mystic, and artist people.

My most recent public-facing work has been leading AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, an engaged and ubiquitous network of audio-centric media makers.  My passion and focus over the last decade has been to create conditions where gifted, diverse, talent can do their best work and open the way for producers can bring their generosity, brilliance, and vision to their craft. I learned that, when we’re successful with that part of it, talent rises and leads us through change.

In 2010, we launched the first in a series of national productions, Localore. Hundreds of independent, station-based, and community producers the first in a series of a pop-up network, taking up to a year to explore and create new/nascent approaches to making stories.  Localore producers are pioneering new paths for public media stations to get closer to more people in their communities. Their work continues to evolve and grow.

I’ve had the immense honor of working with hundreds of amazing, passionate, beautiful people who inspire others to be bold and take risks. Together, we’ve reached millions of people with our work and made thousands of stories distributed via broadcast, social, and “street” or community-based platforms.

My life is enriched by this talent, the work they make, and the new trails they blaze.

This site is a work in progress. You’ll find links to my media work, various media studies I’ve been involved with, speeches and remarks, more.  I present across U.S. public media and overseas, including at the 2017 3D Journalism Conference in Moscow, the Australian Centre for Moving Image’s Co-Creative Communities forum, NEA’s National Council meeting, the European Radio Features “think tank” in Leipzig, and the FCC’s Future of Media in the Digital Age. I was a member of a delegation of advisors to the National Public Broadcasting Corporation of the Ukraine in 2015 at a time when they were trying, with some desperation, to navigate Russia’s disruptive dis-information campaign. We had no idea at the time that we’d be confronted with some of the same challenges back home just a year later.

All for now.  Read, absorb, reach out!


  • Sue Schardt, 10-14-18