News & Events

Updates and announcements about APM’s work, both local and national. Includes press links, special events, and other activities that have been keeping us busy.

New HowSound: The Megan Tan Way

Megan Tan’s first appearance on HowSound was some time back when host Rob Rosenthal talked with her after she’d decided to end her very popular podcast Millennial. In a new HowSound, Rob catches up with Megan in a conversation about a very unusual and successful production choice she made producing a story about dating during[…..]

New Tools: Mixing Tune Up

Some time back, independent producer Andrew Wardlaw wrote a Recording Kit Tune Up article for Transom, and now he’s back with an equally valuable companion piece. This time out, Andrew takes on mixing with tips on how to set up both your physical space and your head space so you can mix and think like[…..]

New Series: Starting Out, #2

The second issue of Transom’s new monthly feature, “Starting Out” is now available as a newsletter and a Transom post. Developed specifically for people entering the audio industry, by producer/reporter Alice Wilder, it’s got advice from experienced producers, entry-level job listings, and resources for building skills (this month: tips on writing cover letters). As a[…..]

Recent Tools: Updated Guide To Loudness

Loudness technology accounts for how people perceive sound, and since it was first introduced, streaming and broadcast platforms have put it to good use. in 2015, Transom published knowledgeable producer Rob Byers’ “The Audio Producer’s Guide to Loudness,” and he has kindly revisited and updated the post. Indispensable! Click here for more.

New Manifesto: How To Build Your Editorial Muscles

Transom Story Workshop alum Catherine Saint Louis is now an editor for Neon Hum Media, and over at Transom, she shares a roadmap for honing editorial chops. Whether your goal is to become an editor, or simply improve your storytelling instincts, her words are of use. Click here to find them.

Bittersweet News: Changes at Transom

After so many years helping to steer the ship, Samantha Broun and Rob Rosenthal are leaving Transom to work on exciting new projects. At Transom we’re all about providing people with the tools and encouragement to tell their own stories with sound. We hold open the door to public media for anyone who wants to[…..]

New Tools: Riverside & Talk Synch

Early in the pandemic, Jeff Towne quickly pulled together a post outlining best practices for recording people safely. He also reviewed several remote recording platforms, sharing the pros and cons, and giving producers easy access to ways to cope in this new reality. The pandemic is abating, but given the convenience and geographical range remote[…..]

Recent Manifesto: Anna Sale

In the podcast Death, Sex & Money, Anna Sale uses her interviewing skills to ask tough questions with sensitivity and strength. She puts a great deal of thought into preparing interview questions and into establishing a relationship with the interviewee. Sale understands the artistry involved in connecting deeply, sharing insights and guidance in her new[…..]

New Show: The Long Lonely Lake

Transom is featuring a new show from Colorado Public Radio reporter Dan Boyce, who has dealt with bouts of severe depression his entire adult life. One bout led to a mental breakdown from which Boyce struggled to recover. With co-producer Bishop Sand, he created a personal and impactful feature about his recovery, and they discuss[…..]

New Tools: Spanish Translation, Podcasting Basics 5

Transom has completed its Spanish translation of a series on Podcasting Basics, newly posting the fifth and final article. The series covers everything from recording gear to distribution. In Part Five, NPR Production Specialist Rob Byers looks at the differences in loudness when mixing for podcasts vs. radio. He explains how to achieve both standards[…..]

Recent Manifesto: This Story Changed My Life

Filmmaker and audio producer Josh Baker is no stranger to high-risk reporting — it’s pretty much his regular beat. In a new Transom Manifesto, he describes his work process for the making of his I’m Not A Monster podcast, a series that follows an American mother and her son’s journey to ISIS and back. You’ll[…..]

Recent Manifesto: Alice Wilder

In early February, Jay Allison noticed Alice Wilder’s Twitter thread offering up a Google doc she’d developed about trauma informed interviewing techniques. Impressed, he asked her to turn that Google doc into a Transom Manifesto. Transom has now posted her guide, which shares personal experience, supplemented by professional insights from therapists, social workers, educators and[…..]

New Ideas: Bethel Habte

Leaders in industries across the country are being asked to reflect on the level of diversity that exists in their workplace and public media is no exception. Especially in a field where asking questions come with the job, heads of departments are being urged to seriously reflect on hiring policies and workplace conditions and culture.[…..]

New Techniques: Reporting in Dangerous Situations

Following up on a recent HowSound episode, Casey Martin from Seattle’s KUOW details how he prepares to report when the situation could be dangerous: what gear to bring, how to deal with law enforcement, and how to stay safe — both physically and emotionally. If you cover events where there is a potential for violence,[…..]

New Show: Hexagon Heart

Transom is pleased to feature Hexagon Heart, a piece by Marjorie Van Halteren, one of Transom founder Jay Allison’s earliest audio colleagues. Marjorie’s recounting of her journey from America to France, from marriage to other affaires of the heart, from artistic baby steps to work that masterfully blends sound art, poetry, music, and theatre. Click[…..]

Recent Techniques: Going Narrative

How can you tell great stories when you can’t be on scene, or the events have already happened, or you have no budget? Karen Given, Executive Producer and Host of WBUR and NPR’s Only A Game, which ended its 27-year run last September, has some answers. Given the strictures of life in Covid times, Karen’s[…..]

Recent Show: FRAN

Lydia Keating describes FRAN as “True Detective meets Dirty Dancing meets Ozark.” But what is FRAN? It is, in fact, Keating’s unconventional and engaging pilot for a longform digital storytelling project. We love audio, but we also love comedy and drama, and FRAN delivers both. Click here to see the video and read her thoughts[…..]

Good News: “Our Show” – The Atlantic’s Best Podcast

As this difficult year draws to an end, we have the happy opportunity to share celebratory words from Executive Director Jay Allison: We’re so pleased to note that Erica Heilman’s Our Show was recognized as the #1 Best Podcast of 2020 by The Atlantic. This was among some super-worthy contenders. Here’s the list: The[…..]

New Tools: Shure MV7

Over at Transom. TOOLS guy Jeff Towne puts Shure’s newest mic, the MV7, through its paces. The MV7 is a smaller, less-expensive mic than most other Shure mics, and has both XLR and USB connection. Jeff says a few key features, like both XLR and USB connection, and decent sound, make it worth a look.[…..]

New Show: Everybody’s Home

This Thanksgiving, Transom is featuring work from our old friend and contributor David Greenberger and his friend Tyson Rogers. Here’s Jay Allison talking about this special show: “We have a remarkable series for you this holiday. It’s warm, strange, unsettling, beautiful. It’s a marriage of music and voice, of thought and feeling, built during and[…..]