Who needs the Academy Awards when you have the Third Coasties?
Re:sound Host Gwen Macsai sits down with winners of the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition awards to hear choice bits of their prize-winning work, mine the stories behind their stories, inquire about their inspirations and ask about, of course, what mics they used!
This Oscar, Shmoscar! session includes winners Adam Burke, Adam Fowler, Bridgette McGee and Joe Richman.
Gwen Macsai is host of Re:sound, the Third Coast Festival’s weekly program on Chicago Public Radio. An award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Macsai’s radio work has aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition Saturday. She's also the creator of the television sitcom What About Joan starring Joan Cusack, and author of Lipshtick, a book of humorous first-person essays.
Adam Burke is an independent audio producer. He lives in a tiny rural Colorado town, and roams the world recording sound and producer stories and news features. His work has aired on NPR, APM and BBC programs.
Adam Fowler has been a freelance radio producer, presenter and reporter for sixteen years, mostly for BBC Radio 4. He has received many plaudits for his journalism, his intelligent production style and the quality and originality of his final mixes. Fowler was nominated for the Radio Academy’s “Best Factual Producer” Award, 2010. He won a Sandford St. Martin Premier Award for Radio 2010 and a Sony Gold in 2009 for “A Sound Fix”, his nine-part series for the Prison Radio Association about drugs in prison.
Bridgette McGee-Robinson lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she was born to Mary McGee the youngest daughter of Willie McGee. She holds a very special loving and caring relationship with her Auntie Della McGee-Johnson, Willie McGee’s oldest daughter. Bridgette now lives with husband and works as an executive general manager. She is the mother of 2 birth children and 3 adopted children, and a wonderful Nana to her grandchildren. She started the research of her Grandfather Willie McGee in 1998, planning a family reunion event for her family in Las Vegas.
Joe Richman is the founder of Radio Diaries, a non-profit organization. Over the past 15 years, Radio Diaries has helped to pioneer a model for working with people to document their own lives for public radio. Richman has collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers to create award-winning productions including: Teenage Diaries, Prison Diaries, My So-Called Lungs, New York Works, Thembi's AIDS Diary, Mandela: An Audio History, and Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair. Before Radio Diaries, Richman worked for many years as a freelance reporter and producer for NPR programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition-Saturday, Car Talk, and Heat. He also teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Listen to the Friday session of Oscar, Shmoscar!, featuring winners Laurence Grissell, Virginia Millington, Shea Shackelford, and Sofia Saldanha.