Jay Allison

Jay Allison, Founder/Editor/Producer

Jay Allison has been an independent public radio producer, journalist, and teacher since the 1970s. He is the founder of Transom. 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.

Erika Lantz

Erika Lantz, Teaching Assistant

Erika Lantz is a radio producer originally from Minnesota. Most recently, she worked at WBUR, Boston's NPR station, where she made the radio series/podcast Kind World. Her work on the series won National Edward R. Murrow and Society of Professional Journalists awards for feature reporting. Before that, she held a variety of roles at WBUR and curated and produced PRX Remix. You can find her at or @ejlantz.

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

During more than 25 years as a producer of the nationally-syndicated radio program Echoes. Jeff Towne has recorded interviews and musical performances in locations ranging from closets to cathedrals, outdoor stages to professional studios, turning them into radio shows and podcasts. Jeff is also the Tools Editor for, a Peabody Award-winning website dedicated to channeling new voices to public media. At Transom, he reviews field recorders, microphones and software, helping both beginning and experienced audio producers choose their tools. In his spare time, Jeff will probably be taking pictures of his lunch in that little restaurant with the strange name that you've been wondering 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, a 2017 Dart Award, and was a finalist for a Peabody. Her follow up piece, Living With Murder, was one of eight Frontline features honored with a Gold Baton from the DuPont Columbia Awards in 2019. You can find her collaborative work with photographer Amanda Kowalski at SoundLight Media.