On Air Fest Adds Jason Derulo & Alexandra Shipp To On Air LA Annex: Debuting Their New Romantic Thriller Podcast, Underwater | Shore Fire Media

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3 October, 2023Print

On Air Fest Adds Jason Derulo & Alexandra Shipp To On Air LA Annex: Debuting Their New Romantic Thriller Podcast, Underwater

Additional Headliners Include Lost NotesLet's Make a HorrorSpooked & Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso, Live at KCRW on Nov 1-2: TICKETS

Initial Programming Revealed For On Air Open House, An All-Day Immersive Sound Event at dublab on Nov 4, Featuring Installations From Tenderfoot TV's High Strange & Dear Alana, PRX/Radiotopia's Ear Hustle & Dolby Atmos: DETAILS

Submissions For On Air Official Selects Close Oct 4: Don't Miss The Chance to Showcase Your Short-Form Audio Story as Part of Interactive Exhibit, Awarded by Industry Leaders

Jason Derulo by Martin "DEPICT" Murillo, Alexandra Shipp by Monika Sedziute

Today, On Air Fest announces Jason Derulo and Alexandra Shipp as the Thursday night headliners at the upcoming On Air LA Annex, further expanding the event's vanguard of storytellers, audio creatives and inspired listeners who are shaping the culture of sound. The two talents will join each other on-stage for the very first time following the premiere of Underwater on October 31st, the new romantic thriller podcast from Warner Music Group's Interval Presents, which stars both the platinum-selling singer, songwriter and TikTok king alongside the breakout actress, singer and songwriter. Together with Allan Coye (SVP of Digital Strategy & Business Development, WMG + General Manager, Interval Presents), Rich Statter (GM, Clamor) and Alex Addison (Head of Digital and Strategic Initiatives, Temple Hill Entertainment), Derulo and Shipp will bring attendees further into the deep, dark and deceptive world of Underwater. An exclusive visual journey into the first episode will be augmented by a cast and creator talkback, and audience Q&A. 

Taking place Wednesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 2nd at KCRW's Annenberg Performance Studio in Santa Monica, as well as Saturday, November 4th at dublab in University Park, the annual West Coast edition of New York City's influential On Air Fest is pushing podcasting further into the future, and revealing new answers to the question of "what's next?" (WIRED). In addition to Underwater, the first two nights of On Air LA Annex will feature a sneak preview of KCRW's highly-anticipated Lost Notesreturn, and an interactive rendition of CBC Podcasts' Let's Make a Horror on Nov 1st, then a live performance of Spooked from Snap Judgment, PRX and KQED, and a taping of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso on Nov 2nd, hosted by actor Michael Greyeyes, with more to still be added. 

Read more about each session in the schedule below, and find tickets to On Air LA Annex: HERE

On top of the latest headliners, On Air has just announced details for On Air Open House, an all-day immersive sound event on Saturday, November 4th. Hosted at dublab, the event is free and open to the public. On Air Open House will focus on exploring sound and storytelling in immersive new ways, bringing everything from a Dolby Atmos immersive audio installation to foley performances, sculptures you can hear and listening booths, vibrating drinks and bass waves, live radio broadcasts, in-studio podcast tapings, DJ sets and more from Ear HustleESPN 30 for 30Joanna FangKamranVLAist's How to LA and Imperfect ParadiseRadio NopalTenderfoot TV's High Strange and Dear AlanaThe WindWestern Sound and others detailed in the lineup below. RSVP here

Furthermore, on the heels of the inaugural On Air: The Podcast Experience earlier this year, a multi-room installation that "transformed the podcast into a groundbreaking immersive experience" (Associated Press), the On Air Open House will include the debut of a new exhibit. Guests will move between different stations to interact with the first-ever collection of On Air Official Selects.

Launching as part of On Air LA Annex 2023, On Air Official Selects is an open, global call for short-form audio stories. Between now and October 4th, any creative can submit an original piece under 10 minutes in length, with an emphasis on experimentation and boundary-pushing approaches. A panel of leaders, tastemakers and judges – including Alejandro Cohen (Executive Director, dublab), Gina Delvac (Head of Podcast Audience Lab, KCRW), Marshall Lewy (Chief Content Officer, Wondery), Ben Adair (Founder and Executive Producer, Western Sound), Christy Gressman (Vice President, Podcasts, Topic Studios) – will award 10 works with an honorarium, as well as the opportunity to showcase their piece for all the attendees of On Air Open House. 

Learn more about On Air Official Selects and apply here:


Since 2017, On Air Fest has increasingly become the most important, influential event for storytellers, listeners and the audio community at large, having premiered dozens of award-winning podcasts, produced hundreds of live sessions, and convened thousands of fans across both coasts. Organized by work x work - the creative agency powering the podcast revolution - 2023's LA Annex will continue to elevate the artform and reaffirm its place as "the Coachella of podcast festivals" (Fast Company), showcasing emerging and established voices across the eclectic schedule below: 




12:00-5:30PM | On Air LA Business Summit

This year's invite-only On Air LA Business Summit is convening executives in podcasting and media who are shaping the future of the industry. The gathering will bring together a curated cohort of business leaders alongside those who think critically and purposefully about our industry. The event opens with a leadership lunch, followed by stage programming including a conversation with Bloomberg's Ashley Carman and a town hall at KCRW's theater.


7:30PM | KCRW's Lost Notes

A sneak preview of the revelatory series' highly-anticipated return, unspooling the real stories behind LA's soul music scene with co-hosts Novena Carmel (Morning Becomes Eclectic) and Michael Barnes.


7:40PM | An Audible Original Showcase

Listen in on a special audio showcase from Audible. In this exclusive session,

Audible will dive into one of their highly anticipated Audible Originals.

Audible is the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, offering global audiences a powerful way to enhance and enrich their lives through extraordinary content.


8:25PM | Let's Make a Horror

Part improv comedy, part horror film, and all plot twist, this interactive rendition of the acclaimed show from CBC Podcasts and Kelly&Kelly will take the stage for a brand new, spooky story right on the heels of Halloween. Comedians Ryan Bell, Maddy Kelly and Mark Chavez will be joined by a special guest to be announced. 



Hosted by actor Michael Greyeyes


7:30PM | Spooked

From the creators of Snap Judgment, presented by PRX and KQED, comes Spooked. Host and Snap Studios founder Glynn Washington opens the second night of On Air Fest LA Annex with a live performance. This installment of the popular paranormal podcast will reveal a true-life tale of the supernatural. Spooked explores the Shadowlands – daring listeners to confront the unknown. Be afraid…


7:45PM | Underwater

From Warner Music Group's Interval Presents comes Underwater, a romantic thriller podcast starring Jason Derulo and Alexandra Shipp, and featuring original music from Derulo. In this On Air Fest exclusive, the show's lead talent will take guests on a visual journey through the first episode of the podcast and give a behind the scenes look at their creative approach to storytelling, moderated by SVP of Digital Strategy & Business Development, WMG + General Manager, Interval Presents, Allan Coye, and featuring series producers, Clamor's Rich Statter and Temple Hill Entertainment's Alex Addison.


8:15PM | Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

The revered host returns to On Air Fest for a live taping of the intimate, in-depth interview podcast that has welcomed such greats as Carol Burnett, David Byrne, Fran Lebowitz, Lorde, Oscar Isaac, Padma Lakshi, Questlove, Quinta Brunson, Tom Hanks and many others. 



Foley Performance from Joanna Fang

Gutting a cantaloupe. Crackling celery. Hear how Emmy award winning Foley artist Joanna Fang transforms everyday objects into visceral soundscapes for PlayStation video games.  Joanna and Foley Mixer Blake Collins will perform live foley with a cast of unexpected props, and then give a "sound sermon" on how they build entire worlds through sound.


Stories from Imperfect Paradise

In this performance, the creators and voices behind award-winning LAist Studios show Imperfect Paradise including Antonia Cereijido and Brian De Los Santos present stories from a beautiful and flawed utopia: California. 


Ear Hustle Installation

What do the daily realities of life inside prison sound like? Ear Hustle is the podcast that brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. For this listening station, tune into a story created by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods from the show's decorated 12th season. Ear Hustle is a part of Radiotopia from PRX. 


Tenderfoot TV Experience

Step into the story as two of this year's most gripping podcasts come alive, Tenderfoot TV's Dear Alana and High Strange. Travel across the history of the unknown universe with High Strange, the investigative podcast breaking UFO stigma. Then go deep with Dear Alana, the #1 podcast that explores sexuality and faith through a young woman's journals. Uncover, question, touch, discover... And listen deeply.


How to LA

 What is the sound of your LA? Brian De Los Santos is the host of LAist Studios' own How to LA and he wants to know. Sit in as Brian chats with a cast of his favorite local Angelenos, to highlight stories for LA and by LA. 


KamranV: The History of Spatial Sound

Arts Technologist, MIT Spatial Sound Lab Researcher & dublab board member KamranV has pushed the boundaries of spatial audio technology for decades. Hear from Kamran on how he reimagined Moogfest, built immersive installations at LACMA and MOMA PS1, and produced the first quadraphonic vinyl record in 30 years with Suzanne Ciani. 


The Wind

Aspen leaves are shimmering overhead. Soft grasses tease your legs. Behind you, acorns fall heavily to the ground. This is the world of The Wind, a podcast made at a handmade desk high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. For this installation, radiomaker Fil Corbitt brings their recordings and reflections on learning from soundscapes to dublab.


On Air Official Selects

Listen to the winners of On Air Official Selects 2023, the global program for creative short-form audio storytelling. Each piece has been rigorously judged and represents creative excellence. 


Step Inside Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos allows creators to place sounds in a multidimensional space that creates an audio-only experience so rich and life-like, it transports listeners into the story. On Air Fest's LA Annex attendees will be able to experience podcasts and audio experiences in Dolby Atmos in the studio and in the car.


Inside Every Shell, A Story

Pick up a seashell and place it to your ear. What do you hear? From Lost Hills and Western Sound comes a whole new way to listen to stories.


A Mixer with ESPN's 30 for 30

Share drinks and sports stories with the team behind 30 for 30 Podcasts. Plus, a new look at Shima Oliaee's Pink Card, one year later.  





On Air Fest is advancing the culture of audio. We bring together an expansive range of emerging and established voices to explore the creative possibilities of sound. Created and produced by work x work, On Air Fest has evolved into the premier cultural event for audio storytellers and inspired listeners. Throughout the year, we produce a range of cultural programming, from annex events, to our residency program, creative collaborations to cultural campaigns and podcasts. On Air Fest carves a place for artists and storytellers who are defining this moment in audio.



work x work is a full-service creative agency amplifying the world's leading brands through storytelling, design and experiences. Our innovative work has made us the go-to agency for organizations looking to participate in audio culture. In addition to design, strategy and events, we create multi-channel campaigns, original content and produce podcasting's premier cultural event, On Air Fest.



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