PODCASTS

It was an episode of Nashville Public Radio's Neighbors called "The Tuba Man" that first showed me how powerful audio storytelling can be. What started as investigating an odd fixture in the Nashville community turned into an empathetic and compelling human story.

I can still remember sitting on my mom's front porch in Pennsylvania during the summer before my senior year in college, listening to it for the first time, laughing and crying and enraptured for the whole 17-minute story.

That's when I knew I needed to chase that type of powerful audio storytelling. I'm still chasing it to this day.

Below, you can learn more about the stops I've made along that journey and can listen to my narrative- and interview-style audio storytelling work.

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THIS IS COMMUNITY—SEASON ONE

Purpose Built Communities is a national network of local leaders working to improve equity and opportunity in neighborhoods across the United States. The on-the-ground organizations (known as "community quarterbacks") leverage a holistic community revitalization model that focuses on mixed income housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline, and community wellness within a defined neighborhood in order to address systemic and historical racial inequity, differential health outcomes, and economic immobility.

The first season of This is Community, Purpose Built Communities' highly produced narrative podcast series, addresses how intergenerational poverty is segregated into some neighborhoods and not others; how housing, education, and wellness are all interconnected and central to a vibrant neighborhood; and how leaders in neighborhoods across the country are tackling these issues and fostering transformational revitalization in their communities.

I was the producer, director, and editor for Season One and was involved in and responsible for:

  • Concepting & creative strategy

  • Budgeting

  • Project management

  • Research

  • Scheduling interviews, recording sessions, client meetings, etc.

  • Recording & leading interviews

  • Transcribing interviews

  • Scriptwriting

  • Directing voice talent for narration

  • Editing in Hindenburg Journalist PRO

  • Client feedback & revisions

  • Publishing to LibsynPro w/ metadata, scheduling, connections to major listening platforms

  • Promotion strategy

  • Writing promo copy for Purpose Built's channels—website, social media, email, brochures, reports, etc.

  • Analytics dashboards and reports to client & team

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THIS IS COMMUNITY—SEASON TWO

The second season of This is Community threaded recorded sessions from the annual Purpose Built Communities conferences and additional interviews to show how systemic racism has played a role throughout American history in creating intergenerational poverty—and what can be done to begin to break down and reverse those impacts.

I was the producer, director, and editor for Season Two and was involved in and responsible for:

  • Concepting & creative strategy

  • Budgeting

  • Project management

  • Research

  • Scheduling recording sessions, client meetings, etc.

  • Transcribing conference sessions

  • Coding transcripts 

  • Scriptwriting

  • Directing voice talent for narration

  • Editing in Hindenburg Journalist PRO

  • Client feedback & revisions

  • Publishing to LibsynPro w/ metadata, scheduling, connections to major listening platforms

  • Promotion strategy

  • Writing promo copy for Purpose Built's channels—website, social media, email, brochures, reports, etc.

  • Analytics dashboards and reports to client & team

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BEYOND THE SURFACE

Shaw Industries supplies carpet, resilient, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia with salespeople located throughout the U.S. as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Shaw's VP of Sales wanted a monthly podcast series where he would interview relevant people both inside and outside the company to help the thousands of remote residential flooring salespeople all around the county 1) feel connected to Dalton Corporate HQ in Dalton, GA, and each other; and, 2) learn about things critical to their work and personal lives, such as sales tips from top performers, how to manage their 401k, what Shaw's senior leadership's biggest goals for the future of the company, and why the company supports St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, among other topics.

As the Producer & Editor of Beyond the Surface, I was responsible for working with the VP of Sales to:

  • ​Brainstorm episode themes

  • Coordinate with interviewees

  • Prepping and directing the host before interviews

  • Record the remote interviews

  • Edit the episodes

  • Publish the episodes privately via SoundCloud

  • Work with the internal Shaw team to integrate the episodes into the company intranet

Listen to Episode 6 with Shaw President Tim Baucom.

Listen to Episode 10 with Shaw VP Residential Sales Scott Sandlin on Shaw's philanthropy with St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.

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