Public radio junkies, unite! If you listen to the Moth podcast while working out, can hum the “All Things Considered” theme song from memory, or consider Ira Glass to be your hero, you’ll definitely want to check out Thursdy’s Meet the Press talk by Jay Allison, executive producer of The Moth Radio Hour and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). A six-time Peabody Award winner and storyteller extraordinaire, Allison also founded the very cool website Transom.org and was the mastermind behind, and the voice of, This I Believe. If you haven’t heard of Jay Allison, trust us, you probably should look him up and definitely be at this talk. To say it bluntly: Allison is a really fuckin big deal.
Basically, Allison is universally understood to be the best and most innovative radio producer working today, and maybe ever. If you’ve been to Middlebury’s “The Moth,” you might not have realized that it’s not just a “Midd” thing, rather it’s a spin off of an incredibly successful program run by NPR, and started by Allison. Along with Moth, PRX, Transom.org and This I Believe, Jay also runs a public radio station in Woods Hole, MA where a number of recent Middlebury media stars cut their teeth, including Sarah Harris, now a public radio reporter, Bianca Giaever, now at This American Life, and Andrew Forsthoefel, whose This American Life piece about walking across the country will soon be published as book.
At the Meet The Press talk (an awesome series that brings media and journalist professionals to campus), Jay is going to play some of his favorite pieces, include some from Midd grads, and will answer questions about radio, podcasting, journalism and life. If you’re remotely interested in any of these professions, it’d be a complete shame to miss this event.
Jay will also be telling a story at this Friday’s first Cocoon event, a more formal spin-off of The Moth, tickets are available at go/boxoffice.
What: Meet the Press Talk with Jay Allison
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 4:30 – 6pm
Place: McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220