The Team

Jay Allison- Producer/Editor/Founder

Jay Allison has been an independent public radio producer, journalist, and teacher since the 1970s. His work has won most of the major broadcasting awards, including six Peabodys. He produces The Moth Radio Hour and was the curator of This I Believe on NPR. He has also worked in print for the New York Times Magazine and as a solo-crew reporter for ABC News Nightline, and is a longtime proponent of building community through story. Through his non-profit organization, Atlantic Public Media, he is a founder of The Public Radio Exchange,, and WCAI, the public radio service for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. More about Jay, more than you’d reasonably need to know, is available at

Samantha Broun- Project Manager/Editor

Samantha Broun is a latecomer to radio. For 15+ years, she worked with and around youth in urban schools and mentoring programs. In the fall of 2005, realizing she couldn’t fight the pull any longer, she attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine where she learned everything radio. She now happily lives in Woods Hole, MA and works with Atlantic Public Media. You can find her multimedia work produced in collaboration with photographer, Amanda Kowalski, at SoundLight Media.

Sydney Lewis- Editor

Sydney is the author of three oral histories, and for close to thirty years assisted oral history maestro Studs Terkel. She co-authored his memoir “Touch and Go.” She has edited award-winning radio essays for WBEZ radio in Chicago. Her only previous radio experience was in the eighties, as an administrative assistant in WFMT radio’s program department. Sydney left Chicago for Southeastern, Massachusetts in 2001 and has been working with Atlantic Public Media ever since.

Viki Merrick- Editor

Viki is an independent radio producer and editor. She began as a radio stringer for ABC News in Rome, Italy, while working as a location/production manager for film documentaries. Since the founding of Atlantic Public Media in 1995, she has been producing essays and features for national broadcast on NPR and for the Cape and Island public radio stations. Viki is an editor for Transom, and a collaborator on four Peabody Award-winning series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project, and The Moth Radio Hour. She was the Senior Editor on the NPR series This I Believe and is currently helping to produce The Moth Radio Hour.

Barrett Golding- Web Wonk

Barrett makes radio and web work. He is Fearless Leader of the Peabody Award-winning pubradio series Hearing Voices from NPR and a United States Artists Rasmuson Fellow in Media. He was General Manager of KGLT-Bozeman and an NPR Audio Engineer in DC. Other accolades include: the NFCB Silver Reel, the Scripps Howard Award for Journalism Excellence, the ABA Gavel Award, Harvestworks Artist-in-Residence, Montana Arts Council Fellowship, and grants from CPB, NEA, Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundations. He is a 35-year volunteer DJ/producer at kick-ass KGLT.

Jeff Towne- Tools Column

Jeff started in radio in the late 1970s at his high school’s 10-watt FM station, and continued in college at the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN. For over 20 years, Jeff has been producing interviews for radio, at first with a Marantz cassette recorder and a four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder, and now on digital recorders and computer editing systems. In his more than ten years with Echoes (the nightly music program distributed on over 160 PRI affiliates where Jeff is co-producer, engineer and webmaster) he has done extensive remote recording of interviews and musical performances, produced short-form documentary-style features, and prepared shows for uplink on the public radio satellite system and web distribution.

Rob Rosenthal- Lead Instructor, Transom Story Workshop & Traveling Workshop

Rob Rosenthal is a radio teacher and producer. For eleven years he ran the internationally renowned Salt Institute for Documentary Studies radio program. Now he’s lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop. He has presented training sessions for National Geographic, the National Press Photographers Association, Third Coast Festival, and in college programs. Rob produces the HowSound podcast on audio storytelling for PRX (Public Radio Exchange). He specializes in local stories for local audiences, content that connects people to place, such as his Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Best Left Untold and the audio tour Deep Woods and River Roads. Rob also works internationally. Two of his recent multi-media pieces are Justice Denied and Rights Not Rescue.

Sarah P. Reynolds- Emeritus Associate Instructor, Transom Story Workshop

Sarah is a radio producer and multimedia storyteller. She reports and produces stories for NPR and other national radio programs and specializes in digital storytelling, devising and producing multimedia projects for non-profits. Her investigative and reporting work covers subjects as diverse as the housing crisis, hate crimes and migrant workers, much of which has culminated in a series of reports for national organizations working to change policy. Sarah has made radio for the tiny WCAI public radio station in Woods Hole, as well as the bigger WNYC in New York. She’s taught radio with WNYC’s Radio Rookies and at NYU in New York. You can find more of Sarah’s work here.

Robert DeBenedictis- Emeritus Web Director

Robert came to Transom through the Public Radio Exchange where he helps out with assorted coding projects. For several years he was the co-chair of the Freedom To Marry Coalition where he developed web pages that made it easy for marriage equality supporters to contact their legislators. In addition to working with Transom and PRX, Robert serves on the board of Common Cause Massachusetts.

Holly North- Web Consultant

Holly North is a user experience designer with over 12 years experience in the user-centered design field. She works with clients in the US, UK and Europe and has designed solutions across a variety of industries including retail, publishing, media and entertainment and the nonprofit sector. Holly specializes in the design of multi-platform interactive experiences, in addition to rich media applications, touch interfaces, social media applications and eCommerce solutions. See her work at

Jared Benedict- Emeritus Web Director

Jared came to Transom through the Public Radio Exchange where he works on the technical aspects of numerous projects. His past includes building community driven web sites, primarly in the field of Higher Education. A typical day for Jared includes listening to four to six hours of spoken word audio from Public Radio and Podcasts.

Joshua Barlow- Emeritus Web Director

Joshua came to us from National Public Radio Online, where he produced for both news and cultural Web sites. Projects he helped create and produce include Changing Face of America, Election 2000, MLK Celebration 2001, and Lost & Found Sound, which won the 2000 Webby Award in the radio category. He served as NPR’s photo journalist for their coverage of Election 2000. In addition to his work for the Web and public broadcasting, Joshua has served the U.S. State Department in Croatia as a monitor for their 2000 presidential election, and is a freelance composer, who has written for dance, theater, film and, most recently, the Department of Homeland Security.

Barrett Golding- Original Web Developer

See bio above.

Josef Verbanac- Original Web Developer

Joseph is a Composition & Technical Writing Instructor at Montana State University and announcer with KGLT-FM in Bozeman, Montana. He’s collaborated with Barrett on DreamWave, KGLT‘s web presence, and upcoming Hearing Voices projects. He also handles the care and feeding of the MSU English Dept.’s website.