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Jay Allison

Jay Allison (@jay_allison) is an American independent public radio producer and broadcast journalist.

Over the last 30 years, he has independently produced hundreds of documentaries and features for radio and television, and has won virtually every major industry award, including six Peabodys. He co-created the acclaimed websites and the Public Radio Exchange. He also founded the public radio stations for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where he lives. Allison is currently producing The Moth Radio Hour.


This hour: we're diving into the archives and rewinding our way to the 1970s and 80s, sampling some of the fascinating, strange, and hilarious work that was produced when public radio was a medium without a real template.

This hour: producers and sound artists go to the audio playground and remix to their heart's content.


In Praise of the Sandbox

What inspires those who inspire us? Seasoned producer Jay Allison shares work that inspired him a long time ago and inspires him today, work that contains a healthy measure of invention and play -- key ingredients of creativity, even in a serious world.

Keyboard Audio

This panel, moderated by Melissa Giraud, brings together two producers (Jay Allison and Elizabeth Meister) who were among the first in public radio and audio production to bring their innovation to the Internet, for a conversation about translating radio stories onto the Web and creating new art forms altogether.


Jay Allison leads a discussion about the ways in which documentarians must be skilled in the art of trespassing...

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