Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan
Now lives in: Fairbanks, Alaska
Professional experience/background: I worked as a video producer in the midwest for six years before moving into academia in 2005 to teach documentary filmmaking. I’m the chair of the Journalism Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
What’s playing on your radio right now? “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
What do you want to learn about your craft? I have a lot to learn about the technical side of producing for radio. I edit my programs in the AVID video editing software right now, for goodness sake, because I haven’t had time to teach myself any of the audio editing applications. I’m also ignorant of many of the producing terms folks are throwing around on the AIRdaily, so I’d love to learn the ropes of professional radio producing as well.
What piece of audio do you love to share with others? I’ve been producing a storytelling event/podcast/radio program for about two years now called Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska. We’ve told a lot of stories in that time, but my favorite is still a story from our first event in April 2014. Melissa Buchta is legally blind and shares what it’s like to live in Alaska when you can’t really enjoy its renowned scenery and wildlife. It’s example of my favorite type of story: one that makes you laugh, then cry, then laugh.
What’s inspiring you right now? Feeling like we can really make something great if we just stick to it and keep pounding the pavement. When you know you’ve got something good, you’ve got to go all in.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received about audio? Don’t look at the levels. Get a good reference sound for levels and then edit the rest of the audio levels for your ear. I can’t believe I spent 20 years in video before somebody told me that.
Who have you always wanted to interview? Garrison Keillor. He’s my idol, which makes me officially a dork. Sorry, Mr. Keillor.