RADIO & PODCAST PRODUCTIONs
live stage Productions
I designed and launched a live variety show called The Sandbox and recruited a team to record and release each episode as a podcast. This was 2009, before podcasting was cool. Each episode featured a signature mix of music, stories, and interviews and I led the charge to book contributors from CNN, NPR, The Onion, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and others. Check out some of my favorite moments from the show.
This bit of experience requires some setup unless you’re a radio industry vet. Pros can skip to the end.
For everyone else, let’s go behind the scenes of a premiere radio or podcast production for a moment, shall we? You’ll often hear an interview on such a program and it’ll sound like the host and guest are sitting across from each other, chatting. In fact, the guest is usually on the phone and someone like me is at the guest’s location holding a microphone in their face.
In industry terms, this is called a “tape sync”. A program’s producers will take 1) the audio recorded on the guest’s end and 2) the audio recorded on the host’s end and sync them together to achieve a clean, “we’re-just-hanging-out-in-the-studio” sound.
But it requires a crack set of recording skills (and often moving the furniture around) to make a guest’s home or office environment function like a recording studio for the duration of a phone call. It’s an unsung and often challenging role that’s vital to quality audio content production.
Without further ado (I generated quite a lot of ado there, didn’t I?), I’ve helped hosts and guests of the following shows achieve the sound of hanging out together in the studio, chatting.