Team 2016

Meaghan Lee Callaghan – Producer

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I love New York because … of our deep connection with the water. Whether its a walk near a seawall-edged park on the East River or sitting in sand on a barrier island, the water is part of our blood.

Why Radio, why now? Radio is just for you. You can listen to a storyteller narrate, underlain with ambient noise of the outdoors or listen to a host interview a local politician, and feel like you’re really there and part of the conversation.

If I can host any radio program … I would host Science VS on Gimlet Media. There is a need to combat issues with real science. What does the research say?

After graduation I plan to … rest. Lots of rest. Then I’ll be looking for a job at a science publication.
My zodiac sign … I’m a leo, vain and proud.
My favorite podcasts … I absolutely love the informational podcasts from How Stuff Works, especially Stuff to Blow Your Mind. After those, I always look forward to Radiolab, This American Life, and other NPR-affiliate programs.

 


Raul Hernandez – Producer

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I love New York because …it’s everything at once. It’s mainstream, it’s counterculture. It’s rich, it’s poor. You can see all the positives and negatives of people without every leaving the city.

Why Radio, why now? Radio is an evolving medium at the moment and there is nothing more exciting to me than getting in on the ground floor of something new.

If I can host any radio program … I would love to host Planet Money or Marketplace. I love that type of business reporting. They are able to make these complicated economic stories very accessible for a wider audience.

After graduation I plan to … I’m going to take a very long nap.

My zodiac sign … Aries

My favorite podcasts … Planet Money, Serial, Slate’s Political Gabfest


Joanna Purpich – Assistant Producer

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I love New York because … the city has a nice energy. It’s so vibrant.

Why Radio, why now? Why radio ever? Radio is exciting and great storytelling. Plus I love its history.

If I can host any radio program … Reply All because Alex and PJ can’t have all the fun.

After graduation I plan to … Well my friend’s wedding is that day so flying out for that.

My zodiac sign … Scorpio – beware!

My favorite podcasts … Reply All, Revolutions, Very Bad Wizards


W. Harry Fortuna – Assistant Producer

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I love New York because … it is at the center of it all, culture, science, media, and fun, it’s all here. Also, of all the places I’ve lived, New York is definitely the most diverse.

Why Radio, why now? Everyone always has time to listen.

If I can host any radio program … RadioLab cause I’ve got the jones for science, especially weird science.

After graduation I plan to … I’ve never been to a tropical paradise, so I’m hoping that I could take a short trip to someplace warm and sunny, to relax for a while.

My zodiac sign … Virgo I think.

My favorite podcasts … RadioLab, History w/ Dan Carlin, This American Life


Joaquin Cotler – Music Producer

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I love New York because … in New York, anything can happen.

Why Radio, why now? Because podcasting has blown the world of audio journalism wide open.  Radio can be anything you want it to be.

If I can host any radio program … I’d love to work on 99% invisible, in any capacity.  But specifically, I’d love to host it.  I think I have a good voice for it.

After graduation I plan to … Hmmm…at this point I’d sleep until Christmas Eve.

My zodiac sign … I’m a left-handed Cancer

My favorite podcasts …  AUDIOFILES! Also Studio 360 and Chances With Wolves.  And big up to THE REFRESH!


Jaja Grays – Music Producer

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I love New York because … there is never a dull moment–diverse scenes and diverse people, all in one city.

Why Radio, why now? I love radio because it’s one of the quickest ways to have your voice heard.

If I could work on any radio show … it would be on “The Read” because Crislle and Kid Fury OR “2 Dope Queens” and work with Jessica Williams!

After graduation I plan to … I will be sleeping because I anticipate celebrating until the sun rises! So excited.

My zodiac sign … I am a LIBRA, of course.

My favorite podcasts … The Read, 2Dope Queens and “Another Round.


Stephanie Daniel – Co-Host

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I love New York because … The energy, the abundance of great food and culture, and walking/biking through the city’s unique neighborhoods.

Why Radio, why now?There’s so many podcasts and shows now, I feel like I can find my niche and report the stories I’m passionate about.

If I can host any radio program … I listen to a diversity of podcasts, so it’s impossible to choose just one. But I want to be host or report for a narrative storytelling show that focuses on health and criminal and social justice issues.

After graduation I plan to … Be completely spontaneous.

My favorite podcasts … Aries

My favorite podcasts …  I tend to binge listen to podcasts so right now Criminal, Radiolab and Planet Money are in the rotation.


Brandon Nix – Co-Host

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I love NY because… The city never sleeps and there’s always something do.

Why radio, Why now? I’ve loved radio for most of my life and the radio industry is booming with new podcasts. I feel like there’s more room to grow in radio where other people think it’s becoming more saturated.

If I can host any radio program … The BS Report because of the mixer of sports and pop culture. Also cause the name is dope.

After graduation I plan to … Celebrate with my family and probably go to the strip club later that night.

My favorite podcasts … Virgo

My favorite podcasts …  BS Report, Another Round, Rap Radar


Christopher Inoa – Co-Host

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I love New York because … of our deep connection with the water. Whether its a walk near a seawall-edged park on the East River or sitting in sand on a barrier island, the water is part of our blood.

Why Radio, why now? Radio is just for you. You can listen to a storyteller narrate, underlain with ambient noise of the outdoors or listen to a host interview a local politician, and feel like you’re really there and part of the conversation.

If I can host any radio program … I would host Science VS on Gimlet Media. There is a need to combat issues with real science. What does the research say?

After graduation I plan to … rest. Lots of rest. Then I’ll be looking for a job at a science publication.

My zodiac sign … I’m a leo, vain and proud.

My favorite podcasts … I absolutely love the informational podcasts from How Stuff Works, especially Stuff to Blow Your Mind. After those, I always look forward to Radiolab, This American Life, and other NPR-affiliate programs.


Nomin Ujiyediin – Co-Host

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I love New York because … there’s millions of things to do and people to meet.

Why Radio, why now? I’ve always been obsessed with radio and podcasts, and I came to school to learn how to make them.

If I can host any radio program … I would love to host Snap Judgment.  One of my goals is to sound as exciting as Glenn Washington, the current host, when I’m tracking.  And the stories on the show are always fun.

After graduation I plan to … After graduation, I’m going to sleep forever and then go to some museums.

My zodiac sign … Cancer

My favorite podcasts … My weekly must-listens are Reply All, Risk! and Another Round.


Victoria Edwards – Reporter

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I love New York because … there’s so many amazing cultural things to do, and there are so many interesting and diverse people.

Why Radio, why now? I love how radio tells the story of the human experience. I haven’t found something more thoughtful, or emotionally invoking than radio.

If I can host any radio program … It would be StoryCorps because that show tells the deepest stories of connection between people. I can’t listen to StoryCorps in public without crying. It reminds me of the beauty and complexity of human connections.

After graduation I plan to …  I’m going to drink a lot. And then I’m going to desperately search for a job in radio.

My zodiac sign … Virgo

My favorite podcasts … StoryCorps, This American Life, Gabfest- Slate’s Political Podcast


Devin Holt – Reporter

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I love New York because … I like the subway.

Why Radio, why now? It’s less complicated than video.

If I can host any radio program … AudioFiles. Because that’s the show I’m working on now.

After graduation I plan to … Sleep. Read the paper. Hit the gym. Get a job.

My zodiac sign … Libra.

My favorite podcasts … Snap Judgment. On The Media. Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.


KalaLea – Online Producer

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I love New York because … all of the misfits live here.

Why Radio, why now? Audio storytelling and radio is captivating. It demands the attention of the listener. It’s flexible and growing rapidly.

If I can work with any radio program … So many choices…My wish listers are: Story Corps, This American Life, On Being and The Upstanders. I also love what the people at Gimlet and Radiotopia are doing.

After graduation I plan to … Travel to a warm place (BEACH!) and catch up with friends plus watch a lot of movies. And of course, make some money!

My zodiac sign … Gemini … Twinsies!

My favorite podcasts … Radiolab, Criminal, Snap Judgment, Invisibilia, Love + Radio, Radio Diaries, Only Human, This American Life, Reveal, Strangers, Latino USA, Planet Money, Reply All, Life of the Law, The Upstanders, Politically Re-active … there are soooo many delicious podcasts these days.


Guglielmo Mattioli – Online Producer

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I love New York because … because of its buildings. New York is like the Lego city I imagined when I was a little child. I actually still have some pics of it. But my own Lego NYC buildings were all yellow, blue, red, black and white.

Why Radio, why now? Radio is hot!  And also as a non native speaker radio helps me listen to what I say, to curate my words and also I have a sexy voice, ahahahaha.

If I can host any radio program … I grew up listening Caterpillar. It’s an Italian radio show which spanned from politics, culture and news. I loved how the voices of the hosts sound familiar after a while and I would always learn something new.

After graduation I plan to … I gonna jump on an airplane either to Mexico or Italy, still have to decide!

My zodiac sign … I’m a Gemini! And de facto twin, basically there is 4 of me.

My favorite podcasts … All Things considered, 99℅ invisible, and the Bowery Boys.


Michael O’Brien – Reporter

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I love New York because … Where I grew up, in Los Angeles, I was ensconced in chaparral. It was just so dry and brambly. Here in the north east we’re well-nestled in a temperate deciduous forest. A man needs seasons. Also, I really like the blue whale at the Natural History Museum.

Why Radio, why now? It’s the most personal way to tell a story! And it’s probably not going anywhere anytime soon – we need something in the background while we wash dishes! I also like the idea of people having to hear my voice during their commute.

If I can work with any radio program … I wouldn’t want to put a competent host out of a job, but, it sounds like those guys over at Stuff You Should Know are enjoying themselves.

After graduation I plan to … The day after graduation? Like, literally the next day? Probably return my gear to the equipment room and take the Iron Maiden poster down from the inside of my locker.

My zodiac sign … I think it’s an insult to the cosmos to imagine that human beings have somehow deciphered anthropocentric meaning behind the arrangement of the heavenly bodies. But I’ve been told that I’m a water-bearer.

My favorite podcasts … Radiolab, On The Media, In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg. And of course, nothing is more comforting than The History of Rome.


Angely Mercado – Social Media Editor

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I love New York because … it’s home, it always was and it always will be.

Why Radio, why now? I’ve never known much about how to write and report for radio until I came to CUNY J, and once here I learned about the different opportunities in podcasting and now I’d like to learn as much as I can. I’ve liked being exposed to different podcasts and styles, and it was great to see how I would write stories to suit radio.

If I can work with any radio program … I wouldn’t mind working with Latino USA or Planet Money. They both cover a wide range of topics and interesting stories within two specific type of shows. It has taught me the different ways of approaching stories and they both just have interesting and entertaining content.

After graduation I plan to … The day after graduation, I will sleep a full 8 hours. I will take a walk outside without having to worry about a deadline, and I will eat a full meal at an appropriate time at a table without my laptop in front of me. If all of those things happen, then it’ll be a Christmas miracle.

My zodiac sign … I’m a Taurus.

My favorite podcasts … 97.9 FM La Mega, Dear Prudence Podcast (Slate), and Latino USA


Anna Roberts – Reporter

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I love New York because … of the creative energy that the city encourages. This is one of the most diverse places in the world– you can discover anyone and anything if you’re willing to dig a little.

Why Radio, why now? Radio has everything. It’s performative, it’s newsy, it’s creative and it’s intimate.

If I can work with any radio program … I would love to host Code Switch so talking about race, identity and politics could be my actual job.

After graduation I plan to … This winter I’ll be traveling overseas for a couple of weeks, then back to New York to beg someone to hire me.

My zodiac sign … Leo… rawr.

My favorite podcasts … Reply All, Another Round, Mystery Show and the NPR Politics Podcast


Zach Ripple – Reporter

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Why Radio, why now? Audio is conversational and allows for creative storytelling, so why not radio now?

After graduation I plan to … I’m definitely going to relax, but odds are I get caught up looking for an opportunity at a sports publication.

My zodiac sign … Virgo