I spent a few years as a radio producer and created some stories that I’m still proud of. I created other stories too, but those tapes have long since disappeared. At some point I’ll post more stories and create a groovy audio player using Flash and Ruby on Rails, but for starters I’ll just put up some mp3 files.
Chinese New Year with Scott Haas
Here and Now, March 1st 2000
Scott and I worked together for years producing food radio stories all over the world. In this story we visit the Super 88 market in Boston’s Chinatown and help prepare a New Year’s feast. The Boston Globe recently published a top-notch story by Scott that examined sky-high prices in local restaurants. I think he’s eating at home more often now.
Banana Chutney with Kathy Gunst
Here and Now, April 5th 2000
Kathy Gunst is a talented cook book author whose recipes and ideas were perfect for our radio show. This story featured a Caribbean recipe and a tropical music theme to boot.
Apple Picking with Jon Marston
Here and Now, October 13th 1999
I spent most of my radio career as a producer, but on this day the Talent had a scheduling conflict so I went to Russell Orchards in Ipswich Massachusetts and did the whole thing myself.
Jonathan Allen Obituary
Here and Now, April 28th 2000
Jonathan Allen was a pioneer in synthesized speech and later became the director of MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics. I produced this story on a tight deadline and scrambled to find one of his contemporaries to tell his story; eventually I persuaded his wife to offer a story. A few days later I told my father about the challenge of producing the obituary and he told me “Oh I used to work with him! In the 1970s I was building an optical character recognition system and together we collaborated on a reading machine for the blind. You could have called me.”
Lantern Ceremony in Jamaica Plain
Here and Now, July 14th, 2000.
Sound essays were one of my favorite story formats. This story documents a community lantern lighting ceremony to honor the dead.
Trouble in Allston
Morning Edition, February 4th, 2002.
After the New England Patriots won their first Super Bowl I took my microphone outside to record the celebration. It turned out that the Boston Police did a poor job in planning their shifts and didn’t have enough cops on the street to keep things calm. This scene played out a few more times over the next couple years as the Patriots and Red Sox won several championships, eventually escalating to full scale riots and leading to a handful of deaths.
Young at Heart Chorus with Bruce Gellerman
Here and Now, October 19, 1998.
Old folks do Jim Morrision! My wife Sheela actually produced this one, I just did the sound mix for it. We were just friends back then.
Back Waxing with Jon Marston
Next Big Thing, July 21st 2002.
I turned in the original tapes for this story to my producer at WNYC on September 6th, 2001. Needless to say, it sat on the shelf for awhile waiting for a time when New Yorkers were ready for it.