Arts Radio Network was founded in 2009 by Caroline Breder-Watts and John C. Watts to profile Palm Beach County’s arts community. The website grew out of Caroline and John’s long involvement in public broadcasting, and a desire to promote the local community through audio, utilizing the NPR model of radio storytelling. ARN was the first-ever recipient of the Creative Endeavor grant from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and in subsequent years extended its scope throughout South Florida. Many of ARN’s interviews were heard on 91.3 WLRN, South Florida’s public radio station, on Sunday mornings at 8:34 a.m. as part of Sunday Breakfast with the Arts, hosted by Caroline Breder-Watts.
Caroline and John have also developed two others facets of Arts Radio Network – radio theater and film programming. The Arts Radio Network Theatre Project partnered for several years with WLRN to present WLRN Radio Theatre, and performed at venues including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ New River Room, Old School Square, the Seminole Theatre, the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival and the Studios of Key West. Also in partnership with WLRN, ARNTP received a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation “What’s Your Best Idea” grant to write and perform radio plays based on news stories. Now known as Radio on the Lake Theatre, we bring classic and contemporary radio drama to Northeast Ohio. Caroline has also developed and curated film programming for the past 20 years. Please visit the corresponding pages on this website for more information.