Jay Allison

Jay Allison, Founder/Editor/Producer

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

Rob Rosenthal

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast - a joint project of PRX and Transom - on radio storytelling. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. And, he is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011. You can follow HowSound on Facebook or Twitter.

Leila Day

Leila Day, Teaching Assistant

Leila Day is an editor and producer from San Francisco. She works with KALW public radio and has produced content for NPR, AARP, USA TODAY, AJ+, and various podcasts; winning local and national awards for her reporting. She's been teaching audio production at KALW's Audio Academy and at San Quentin State Prison, where she conducts workshops and edits stories for air. Leila's currently creating a new podcast called "The Stoop"...'a griot, newsroom, hair salon and your mama's kitchen all in one.' In 2015 she was the recipient of the USC Annenberg Reporting on Health Journalism Fellowship, reporting on mental health care within black communities. Creating artful narrative driven journalism is a skill that she's built upon since studying radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies--you can find some of her reporting advice on NPR's Training site.

Viki Merrick

Viki Merrick, Voice Coach

Viki Merrick 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 the two Peabody Award-winning series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. She was the Senior Editor on the NPR series This I Believe and is currently co-producing The Moth Radio Hour with Jay Allison.

Jeff Towne

Jeff Towne, Tech & Tools Guru

Jeff Towne has been producing radio programs since he was a teenager, back then with a portable Marantz cassette deck and a Teac four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder, and now with digital recorders and computer workstations. After honing his broadcasting skills at high school and college radio stations, Jeff has spent over two decades as the producer of the nationally-syndicated radio program Echoes. At Echoes, he has done extensive recording of interviews and musical performances, produced documentary features, and prepared daily programs for satellite and internet distribution. As's Tools Editor, Jeff has reviewed dozens of audio recorders, editing software, and microphones, and written guides for recording, editing and mixing audio for radio and the web. Jeff has also taught classes and presented talks on various aspects of audio production. When not tweaking audio files, Jeff can probably be found eating (and compulsively taking pictures) at that little restaurant with the unpronounceable name that you always wondered about.

Sydney Lewis

Sydney Lewis, Administrative & Energetic Support

Sydney Lewis is the author of three oral histories, and for close to thirty years transcribed for and otherwise assisted oral history maestro Studs Terkel. She co-authored his memoir Touch and Go. Sydney currently works as a freelance editor, and at Atlantic Public Media and where she is Senior Editor.

Samantha Broun

Samantha Broun, Admissions, Etc.

Samantha Broun is a radio and video producer and the Managing Editor for Transom. She works with Atlantic Public Media on all projects including the Transom Workshops. Her radio documentary, A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice And My Mother was given the silver award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2016, was honored with the Silver Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2016, with a 2017 Dart Award and was a finalist for a Peabody. You can find her collaborative work with photographer Amanda Kowalski at SoundLight Media.