My former life was spent in the theater. Which explains, to some extent, why I came to the audio business with a desire to tell stories, or at least to help people tell stories. Back in the '90s, as a part of New York's downtown theater scene, it may not have been fashionable to prefer straightforward narratives over nonlinear abstraction, but that's what drew me to theater in the first place: great stories that pulled you in and wouldn't let go. That were that dirtiest of words on the indie scene: entertaining. Enter Scott Simon. Jay Allison. Dave Isay. Daniel Zwerdling. The Kitchen Sisters. Jad Abumrad. Brooke Gladstone. Starlee Kine. Alex Blumberg. And of course Ira Glass. Reporters, hosts, and storytellers that put the focus on others, that shone the spotlight on the world around them, not their navels. They were what drove me, in the spring of 2005, to blow my tax refund on audio equipment, to teach myself to use Audacity and to spend three weeks of a summertime writer's conference locked in a stifling hot room, editing and editing and, yes, editing. Everyone has a story. Yarn features a few of them -- recorded, mixed, and edited to sound their very best. To make an impression, and -- if I've done my job -- entertain.
Eric Winick hails from Marblehead, Massachusetts, birthplace of the American Navy. "How Are You Who You Are?" (co-produced with Jay Allison) appeared on Transom.org; a 12-minute version (with additional production by Larry Massett) appeared on Hearing Voices and aired on NPR's "All Things Considered." His pieces "Blue Collar Babysitter" and "All Grown Up Blues" have aired nationally on APM's "The Story." In addition, his pieces have been broadcast in Anchorage, Austin, Birmingham, Champaign-Urbana and DeKalb (IL), Chicago, Minneapolis, New England, Portland and Salem (OR), Santa Monica, and Seattle. His pieces "Seating Mr. Pacino" and "The Bakers of Butter Lane" and his co-production (with Wayne Liebman) of "Meal Ticket" were PRX News Station Picks of the Month. Eric serves as Chief Marketing Officer at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
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