The Transom Radio Hour is a limited series of hour-long programs on the art of making radio. Each hour-long program focuses on a theme, category or format (e.g. radio diaries, portraits, interviews) and offers thoughts on informed listening. Jay Allison interviews producers about their work relevant to the theme, and presents pieces that have featured on the Transom website. Like Transom.org, the series has a practical and instructional tone, encouraging people to do it themselves.
The series is hosted by Jay in conversation with exemplary radio producers, like The Kitchen Sisters (Talking to Strangers), Dave Isay (Family Interviews), Joe Richman (Audio Diaries), Rob Rosenthal (Learning the Craft), David Greenberger (Conversations with our Elders), and Benjamin Walker (Experimenting with Sound). The hours showcase the work of those producers, and new work from the new voices featured on Transom.
This hour has special guest Joe Richman (Radio Diaries) in conversation with host Jay Allison discussing the ways of making engaging radio diaries. Works include excerpts from Joe Richman’s work as well as other pieces: Jake Warga’s "Home from Africa" and David Sommerstein’s "A Survivor of Cutting."
Conversing with Our Elders
This hour has artist David Greenberger (Duplex Planet) in conversation with host Jay Allison discussing the ways of conversing and recording our elders. Works include excerpts from Greenberger’s work as well as Transom pieces Jimmy and Jewel produced by Jason Rayles and from WNYC Radio Rookie Katie Bulnes: Esther and Abuelita.
This hour has special guest David Isay (Storycorps and SoundPortraits) in conversation with host Jay Allison discussing the ways of recording family. Works include excerpts from Isay’s work Ghetto Life 101 and StoryCorps as well as Transom pieces, "The Day My Mother’s Head Exploded" from Hanna Palin and "Family Sentence" produced by Jeanine Cornillot and Viki Merrick.
Learning The Craft
This hour features Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Radio Guy, Rob Rosenthal, talking with host Jay Allison about learning the craft of radio, the way they do it in Portland, Maine. Works include "Jaz, The Cleaning Woman" by Jamie York, "Johnny Comes Home" by Rupa Marya, "Sound of Democracy" by Elizabeth Chur, and "Cathy, 16, Mom" by Sarah Elzas.
Talking With Strangers
This hour has producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (The Kitchen Sisters) in conversation with host Jay Allison discussing the ways of approaching and talking with strangers. Works include excerpts from The Kitchen Sister’s work as well as Transom pieces Metronaps by Chelsea Merz, Death Qualified by Alison Freeland; Buffalo Turkey Tail by Andy Raskin.
Experimenting With Sound
This hour features Benjamen Walker, talking with host Jay Allison about pushing the edge with experiments in sound. Works include excerpts from Walker’s series: The Theory of Everything; Time Delay from Jonathan Katz; Craziest by Liz Dubelman; Stress Test by Hans Anderson; Impersovader by Sean Cole and Benjamen Walker.