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  • Steve Mencher
    Posted by Steve Mencher

    Hi friends –
    I’m in production of two podcasts – one a commercial venture about jobs and working, the other a production of my new station – KRCB in Santa Rosa – about Environmental Justice.

    If you have experience in producing wonderful 20 to 30 minute stories, and have an idea for either, then write to me at menschmedia at

    1 – Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast (working title) is a sound-rich, character-driven look at why some people and communities bear a disproportionate cost connected with our uneasy relationship with the earth. Stories from the middle of the country are particularly encouraged, although I’ll look at anything. We’ll be launching in early spring and have a monthly episode for a year. Fees and costs are negotiable.

    2 – “On the Job: Season 2” is a deep dive into the working life of individuals who have had a circuitous and perhaps bumpy ride in their careers – I’d like to find people who are not all professionals, not all completely successful or settled. timeline here is much more compressed – I need completed work in February and March.

    If you’re interested in either send me a couple of sentences about the stories – and I’ll respond. I’d also like to listen to something you’ve done in the 20 minute range that demonstrates your approach to long form story telling.

    Jarrod Sport
    Posted by Jarrod Sport


    Hello, my name is Jarrod Sport, and I’m an independent radio producer. I’m writing to you to pitch for “On the Job”.

    I produced a story about Janis Stoner, the first female land surveyor in Alaska. Below is her story, presented briefly in written narrative. I can send you the audio to listen to via Gmail or a Dropbox link.

    In her six years on the job, Jan faced gender-based discrimination on a daily basis, but tensions came to a head during the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. She was out with her all-male crew surveying a site miles from camp in the deep Alaskan wilderness, and an argument flared following Riggs’ surprising defeat. Unable to come to grips with a man losing to a woman in the highest-watched sporting event ever (to that point), her crew members complained that King cheated. Jan simply responded, “She won”, and dismissed their protests. She repeated these words of defiance with every accusation, but Jan recognized that she was lighting a fuse with men who could kill her in an instant with their lethal tools, and bury her in the frozen tundra.

    At this point, Jan had a decision to make: did she continue to assert her pride for women’s empowerment, or did she shut her mouth to escape violence and possible death?

    Let me know if you have any questions about this story, or if you’re interested in hearing more.


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