Eileen McAdam fell in love with sound recording about 5 years ago when she first put on a pair of headsets, held a microphone in her hand and pushed that little red record button. A whole new world opened up to her and she has not stopped recording since. She began recording ambient sound and the stories of some of the old timers in her rural town of Stone Ridge, NY. She learned how to do sound editing and production while producing personal audio profiles that she gave to families as gifts. The interest and gratitude that these gifts received propelled her to take her hobby to the next level by starting the Sound and Story Project.
Producer/Chair, World Sound Foundation
Jim Metzner has produced more than 4,000 short-format radio programs since 1979, winning over a dozen broadcasting awards, including the Public Radio Program Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Grand Award at the International Radio Festival of New York, and a Silver Medal from the United Nations. Jim’s weekday radio series, Pulse of the Planet, provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of planet earth and is heard worldwide by a million listeners a week on 180 broadcast outlets, including WAMC-FM in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Zach Rausch is a senior student at the State University of New York, New Paltz where he studies Sociology with a concentration in Human Services, as well as Religious Studies. This is my first media production work! His passion is to explore the subtler dimensions of life that found and shape the relationships within ourselves, each other, and the world around us. He seeks to find deeper connection, learning, and transformation through constantly reawakening our hearts and our ears to the world around us; becoming curious, sensitive, and interested in all the uniqueness that may often seem mundane. "Through each personal history I listen too at Sound and Story, my world becomes a little more expansive and I am able to see the Hudson Valley with a little more color. I hope to be to be able to come home every night looking at the world a little bit differently with a bit more humility, awe, and empathy. And this I what I hope to share with the others."
Many thanks to our former interns:
Lucas Willard is a Fall 2010 graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine where he studied Radio Documentaries. He has worked with the Albany Broadcasting Company and the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast. Currently, Lucas is WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief.
Kristin Charles-Scaringi is a longtime Hudson Valley resident with a passion for storytelling. She has a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a master's degree in information and library services. Kristin carries a pen, camera, and now, an audio recorder wherever she goes.
Matt Dorsi-Todaro is a senior at SUNY New Paltz where he studies Radio and TV Production. He co-manages two musical groups called Ten Speed and Daybreak. After graduation Matt plans to get more involved in the audio industry.
The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley is a non- profit organization whose mission is to strengthen community through the power of listening. We believe by sharing the stories of ordinary people we can help each other become more aware of our own history and more connected to each other and the place where we live.
Our stories come from many places. Some are in library and museum oral history collections. Some come from recordings we have made. Some have been found by people like you in shoe boxes in the backs of closets. And some have yet to be told. Share with us your story or favorite sound of the Hudson Valley.
The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley is a program of the World Sound Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit organization.
The Sound and Story Project
of the Hudson Valley
PO Box 919
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
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