GSLIS grads working on Studs Terkel Radio Archive


From left, archive manager Allison Schein GSLIS ’12, retired associate program director Lois Baum, director of network syndication for the WFMT radio network Tony Macaluso, and assistant archive manager Grace Radkins GSLIS ’14, all of whom have worked to digitize the thousands of radio programs that Studs Terkel left behind from his 45 year career at WFMT.

January 22, 2016

Allison Schein GSLIS ’12
and Grace Radkins GSLIS ’14 have been working tirelessly on a project called the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. The project aims to create a complete online archive of The Studs Terkel Program, which aired on 98.7 WFMT Chicago between 1952 and 1997. The one-hour program was broadcast each weekday during those forty-five years.

Terkel, who passed away in 2008, received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for "The Good War". He is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans.

Schein is manager of the archive, and Radkins has assisted with the archiving, social media and a Kickstarter campaign that launched Jan. 21. The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $75,000 by Feb. 25. To contribute to the campaign, click on this link.

Neither Radkins nor Schein had previously listened to Studs' radio show until joining the project. They were but toddlers when he went off the air. But they have listened plenty in the last two years and they were asked to name a favorite program, so far.

Schein: "His interview with Elsa Knight Thompson, who was kind of his West Coast counterpart. They go into specifics of his interviewing technique and style, which I believe is of great importance to current and future listeners not only to get a glimpse behind the curtain but because it can inform how people talk to each other, for the radio, podcasts or just because."

Radkins: "I have two. I really love the John Cage/Merce Cunningham show. The way they talk about art and performance, experimenting, chaos, and just trusting what comes out of the randomness. And his Laurie Anderson show, where she talks about her 'United States' performance, because I am a big fan of the 'Big Science' album, which features parts of that performance. And then in that interview they talk about Cage and Cunningham."

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