New HowSound: Making Sense Of A Pile Of Tape
(December 12, 2018)


In this episode of HowSound Rob discusses what may be every radio producer’s dream . . . or nightmare: the gift of a pile of tape. Why? Because a pile of tape just might be a treasure trove of radio gold, or it might be a slog in a swamp.

In any case, how do you make sense of it all and manage the pile? Bianca Giaever has some answers, based on a moving documentary called “Two Years with Franz” produced with Jay Allison over at Transom.

To listen to their conversation, click here.

Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange, HowSound delves into the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling in conversations about everything from fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics.

Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Alix Spiegel, Roman Mars, Joe Richman, Kelly McEvers, and Anna Sale. HowSound also features work from new producers, including students from the Transom Story Workshop.

Host Rob Rosenthal launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He’s an audio guy through and through, producing documentaries, features, multi-media, audio tours, sound art, podcasts, commercials, and public service announcements as a freelancer.

Since the fall of 2011, Rob has been the lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, teaching eight-week workshops twice a year in Woods Hole, as well as weeklong workshops around the country.