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Liam McBain

New Voices '22

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a radio/audio producer and occasional oral historian interviewer! I’m a trans dude originally from Seattle, living in Brooklyn, and my karaoke song is Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani (ft. Akon).

A piece of yours or project (in any medium) that you'd like to share.

I loved producing this interview between Anna Sale and Davey Davis on their book, X: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/29/1108557553/x-davey-davis-explores-pleasu…

What draws you to storytelling?

Listening can be transformative, and I’m always chasing that kind of change in my work.  I’m less interested in sharing my own stories, personally, but I love twisting the way we think about stories in our culture through my radio pieces. As an oral history interviewer, listening to a narrator’s story has changed me several times over – and I’m deeply compelled by the exchange that’s greater than just the act of hearing and being heard.

What excites you the most about being a New Voices Scholar?

It’s been really great to connect with all kinds of people in the radio and oral history worlds that I likely wouldn’t have met otherwise – and learning from their experiences has shaped what I imagine for my own career.

What’s playing on your radio/audio streaming service right now?

NORMAL GOSSIP. Can’t get enough of this show.

What’s the most underrated tool (technical or not) that you use in your creative process?

It’s not particularly groundbreaking, but I really love my planner – it’s a bigger one, so it has space for notes and it keeps me on track! Just bought mine for next year: https://slingshotcollective.org/the-organizer/

What is something you want to see more of in the industry?

I want to see more experimental work or work that’s tied to place or community get the kind of funding it deserves, lol, but also more well-funded translations of oral history projects into the audio world – there are some really great ones out there! But would love to hear more of them!

What are your radio/audio aspirations?

I want to integrate oral history into my audio practice more solidly, but in general I aspire to make more weird shit that’s just for me/2-5 other people!

Anything else you'd like to add?

Follow Liam on Twitter and LinkedIn.