David Schulman is creator and producer of Musicians
in their own words. He interviews the musicians, writes and mixes
the hour-long programs, and mixes many of the individual features.
He also curates audioambush.org and
consults with public radio stations on new program development, interviewing,
writing for radio, and use of music. In 2006, he worked with staff of The
Story with Dick Gordon and developed the family
of "music tools" that help give that show its distinctive sound signature.
From 2000-2002, he worked at NPR for Performance Today.
Comments and questions about Musicians in their own words can be sent
to David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr is
a producer with NPR's Arts and Information Unit. He co-produces
most of the Musicians in their own words features that air on NPR's
national programs. He's also a fine composer — learn more
at his NPR
Bonnie Grice's warm and intelligent on-air
presence has been a favorite of public radio listeners for more than 20 years.
She created and hosts the award-winning nationally syndicated interview program, "The Song is You," and is
heard as the morning and afternoon voice of "Jazzworks." She has previously
hosted national programs including "Performance Today" and "Anthem."
Bonnie currently hosts a daily arts and culture magazine for WLIU-FM;
in Southampton, N.Y. Hers is a familiar voice to listeners in Los Angeles, New
York and Boston from her days on the air at KUSC, WNYC and WGBH. She is also
an actor, a librettist, and an avid football fan.
Amy Sprague designed this website and audioambush.org.
Click here to
view her impressive portfolio.
Katie Davis is a Washington DC writer and
broadcaster. Her series, Neighborhood Stories, airs on NPR's All Things Considered
and PRI's This American Life. Katie's insightful script-doctoring greatly improved
the hour-long specials. Check out her Kid's
Guide to Recording Stories at Transom.org.
The Musicians in their own words project has benefited from several vital and
creative public radio partners since 2002. From the beginning, staff at CPB
have been instrumental in shaping and refining the project, and in supporting
the Long Island University Public Radio Network, has provided strong support
for production of the hour-long specials.
International (PRI) has stepped up with marketing and distribution
support for the hour-long specials, with an able assist from Creative
The Public Radio
Exchange (PRX) and WUNC-North
Carolina Public Radio were both among the earliest and most avid backers
of Musicians in their own words. PRX hosts a page where its members can audition
the hour-long specials from PRI, and where public radio stations can license
them for local broadcast. PRX also serves as a portal where
members can audition and license for local broadcast some of the earlier standalone
Statement of Purpose
in their own words” project seeks to provide public
radio listeners with engaging and informative programming on music
and musicians. In choosing performers to feature, the project is
guided by musicians’ artistic merit and integrity and by their
expressiveness both as performers and as interview subjects.
Editorial choices about which performers to include are made with the
aim of presenting artists from a diversity of musical and cultural
traditions, whose music and stories will engage, enlighten, and
appeal to a range of public radio listeners. “Musicians in their own
words” is an independent arts journalism undertaking, and care is
taken in the production process to portray each feature subject
fairly, and in a way that is true to the music and true to the
stories the musicians have to tell.