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Kye Yves O-P

Oakland , California,  94608

Available For : Acting, Documentary production, Field Recording, Grant Writing, Interviewing, Music programming, Promotion and Marketing, Tape Syncs, Public Radio, 

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, On-air talent, 

Lauren Ober

Washington , District of Columbia,  20010
United States

Available For : Field Recording, Interviewing, News Reporting, Tape Syncs, Multimedia, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : DAT Recorders, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Soundslides, 
Hindenburg Journalist

Media Experience : Television, Print Media, Multimedia production, Podcasting, 

Bio : Lauren Ober is a radio producer at WAMU 88.5 FM, the NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C. Her radio work on topics like affordable housing, Persian dodgeball and transgender Latinos has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, PRI’s The World, 99% Invisible, Only A Game, The Story and the BBC, among other outlets. She has collected a few accolades for her work, including an Edward R. Murrow and a PRNDI award.

Prior to diving into radio, Lauren was an award-winning newspaper reporter, writing about everything from Canadian border security to dairy farming to all things maple syrup.

Lauren has accumulated a couple of college degrees, including a masters in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop in the dreamy radio wonderland of Woods Hole, MA.

Originally from the great City of Pittsburgh, Lauren naturally has a deep and abiding love of pierogi. Befriend her on Twitter at @oberandout.

Kara Oehler

Oakland , California,  94609


Available For : Consulting, Mentoring, Program development, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Web Design, Print Media, Mobile media development, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Podcasting, Slideshow production, Social media strategy, 

Bio : Kara Oehler is Co-Founder of Zeega, a new platform for creating interactive videos that has been used for everything from memories of the 1963 March on Washington to meditations on a post-apocalyptic future where motorcycle gangs rule the Earth. Her Peabody-award winning documentary work has aired on Radiolab, Morning Edition, Studio 360 and others; and exhibited at MoMA and SFMoMA. She is co-creator of Mapping Main Street, YellowArrow: Capitol of Punk, UnionDocs Collaborative and MAP Productions, leading the interactive design of AIR’s Localore. She was a Radcliffe/Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard and a Rockefeller Fellow with United States Artists. @karaoehler

Andres OHara-Plotnik

New York , New York,  11102


Nannette Drake Oldenbourg

594 West Falmouth Hwy
Falmouth , Massachusetts,  02540-2116

508-548-5944 (Office)

Equipement/Studio : Hard Disc/Flash recorder, 

Media Experience : Community Radio, 
Public relations for non-profits, print reporting about AIR members and other storytellers

Bio : Voices she\\\\\\\'s brought to the air on the Cape and Islands NPR stations include an all-night grocery cashier enjoying music genres in the aisles; a fisherman identifying shellfish that live upside down in New Jersey; and historians who give a hot tips about easy bean cooking, a recipe for Gatorade\\\\\\\'s gingery 19th century predecessor, and background for playing marbles.

She compiled and edited AIRwares, a collection of work by 40 independent producers

and Summer 2006 AIRspace about teaching and producing.

She\\\\\\\'s also written articles about AIR members and their work including audio artist Joan Schuman and Joseph Orozco at KIDE, and Larry Berger in Pittsburgh.

Her other work has includes public relations for non-profit educational and medical organizations, college teaching and creative writing workshops. Her graduate work involved multimedia and linguistics.

Lu Olkowski

Brooklyn , New York,  11231

718-834-9137 (Office)

Available For : Arts reporting, Commentary/editorials, Documentary production, Field Recording, Interviewing, Promotion and Marketing, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Cassette Recorder, DAT Recorders, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, Minidisk Recorders, Pro Tools, 

Media Experience : International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Television, 

Bio : Lu Olkowski is a writer and producer who regularly files pieces for Studio 360. Her work has appeared on All Things Considered, Day to Day, Radio Lab, This American Life and Weekend America. Additionally she's worked with Radio Rookies and On The Media. Lu studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

Notes : Lu has received honors for her radio work from the American Women in Radio & Television, New York Festivals, The Missouri Review and the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Simone Orendain

Chicago , Illinois,  60637


Available For : Acting, Arts reporting, Consulting, Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Field Recording, Interviewing, Mentoring, News Reporting, Non-English Languages, Promotion and Marketing, Sound Editing and Mixing, Tape Syncs, Print Reporting, Public Radio, Voiceover, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Commercial Radio, International Reporting, Radio Documentary, Print Media, On-air talent, 

Bio : Independent radio producer currently based in Manila, Philippines. General assignment reporting and feature reporting for international public radio programs. Public radio reporter/producer and host at NPR member stations in Chicago, Northern Illinois and Charlotte, NC from 2000-2010, won numerous awards. General assignment reporter with expertise in education, banking/business and religion reporting. Work has aired on NPR\\\\\\\'s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Day to Day, Weekend Edition, PRI\\\\\\\'s The World, American Public Media\\\\\\\'s Marketplace, Voice of America, World Vision Report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Environment Report. Formerly a commercial radio news writer at WGN radio and special sections print freelancer both in Chicago. MA Public Affairs Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

Paloma Orozco
WFMT Radio Network

4022 W. 56th PL
Chicago , Illinois,  60629
United States
773-791-9526 (Cel)
773-279-2086 (Office)

Available For : Arts reporting, Consulting, Documentary production, Field Recording, Music programming, Non-English Languages, Post production, Sound Editing and Mixing, Public Radio, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Cassette Recorder, DAT Recorders, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Minidisk Recorders, Pro Tools, Recording Studio, Reel to Reel Tape, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Commercial Radio, Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Radio Drama, On-air talent, Podcasting, 

Tanya Ott
Georgia Public Broadcasting

3309 Castle Crest Drive
Vestavia Hills , Alabama,  35216

205-223-4304 (Cel)
404-685-2460 (Cel)

Available For : Consulting, Documentary production, Environmental Reporting, Interviewing, Mentoring, Public Radio, Voiceover, Program development, 

Equipement/Studio : Adobe Audition, Hard Disc/Flash recorder, FTP, ISDN etc, Recording Studio, Specialized mics, 

Media Experience : Audio Art, Community Radio, Radio Documentary, Television, Print Media, Multimedia production, On-air talent, Social media strategy, 

Bio : Tanya Ott is Vice President of Radio for Georgia Public Broadcasting. Prior to joining GPB in May 2013, Ott spent 24 years as an award-winning journalist and news manager at public radio stations in Florida (WUFT-FM/Gainesville), Colorado (Colorado Public Radio/Denver) and Alabama (WBHM-FM/Birmingham). She reported extensively for national and international news organizations including NPR, Marketplace, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Deutsche Welle, the Osgood File, Voice of America, AARP Radio, American Composers’ Forum, and others. Ott has trained journalists and radio programmers at more than 100 public media stations through her work with PRPD’s Morning Edition Grad School (MEGS & JMEGS) and the PRNDI NewsWorks Program. Ott has helped shape some of the top public media research projects including the Editorial Integrity in Public Media project, The PRPD Core Values of News, Localism and Morning Edition, and the Association of Independents in Radio Code of Fair Practices and Freelancer Salary Survey.

Tim Owens
KDB / Santa Barbara Foundaiton

2852 Ben Lomond Drive
Santa Barbara , California,  93105
805-963-1873 #127 (Office)
805-966-4131 #373 (Office)

Available For : Consulting, Interviewing, 

Media Experience : Commercial Radio, Radio Documentary, Television, 

Bio : News Release Contact: Alixe Mattingly
March 2, 2010 963-1873, ext. 123

Tim Owens Joins the Santa Barbara Foundation as
Executive Vice President of KDB (93.7FM)

The Santa Barbara Foundation is pleased to announce that Tim Owens has joined its leadership team as the new executive vice president of KDB (93.7FM). Tim will oversee all operations of the Foundation-owned classical radio station that serves Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

“KDB is launching an initiative to enhance its programming in our community and Tim will lead that effort,” said Foundation President & CEO Ron Gallo. “He brings to this initiative over thirty years of experience in broadcast production and management, notably as an award winning producer with National Public Radio and director of programming at WETA-FM in Washington, D.C., a classical music station.”

“KDB will retain the classical music that Santa Barbara County listeners enjoy, while tapping into the pulse of the county’s arts organizations and other nonprofits to bring their stories to listeners through news, interviews and features. This effort will further the Santa Barbara Foundation’s potential community impact and service to our donors,” Gallo added.

“Our objective is to connect KDB to the community in exciting and engaging ways,” says Owens. “On the enhanced KDB, listeners will soon begin hearing from local celebrities and heroes, as well as world renowned artists performing in our area.”

Owens broadcasting career began right here in Santa Barbara. While attending UCSB, he served as the general manager and program director of KCSB-FM. It was on his watch that the station relocated its transmitter from the campus to Broadcast Peak, increasing the station’s signal to all of the South Coast. Tim was also the anchor of KCSB’s live broadcasts on the well-remembered Captain Joel Honey hearings in 1971, following the Isla Vista disturbances in 1970. He could also be heard on both KACL-AM and KTMS-AM, reporting on Isla Vista’s Community Council meetings.

Owens moved to San Francisco in 1972 to begin freelancing as a reporter with the start up of National Public Radio and its flagship news program “All Things Considered.” In 1977, Owens moved to Washington, D.C., NPR’s headquarters, where he was asked to create a jazz performance series for the media organization called “Jazz Alive!” In 1980, that series garnered him the first of two prestigious Peabody Awards, the top honor in radio broadcasting. He joined WETA-FM in 1984, where he doubled the listening audience for the station and produced the nationally syndicated and award-winning “Music In Washington” series, featuring classical performances from the Kennedy Center and other cultural institutions in the area.

Owens returned to NPR to create more network jazz programming in 1993. He created and produced “Jazz Smithsonian” with Lena Horne as his host, “Billy Taylor’s Jazz At The Kennedy Center,” and “Jazz Profiles,” the acclaimed jazz documentary series hosted by Nancy Wilson that garnered him his second Peabody in 2001.

In 1997, Owens returned to Santa Barbara to live and continued to work for NPR. In 2002, he joined with Jim Russell of Minnesota Public Radio\'s Marketplace Productions to co-create and senior produce \"Public Radio Weekend,\" which eventually became \"Weekend America.\"

In 2004, Tim joined Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic as its new executive director. Over the next five years, he led that organization’s success at quintupling the number of students served with its audio textbook service, quadrupled its revenue and increased RFB&D’s awareness in the community.

Owens is married with one daughter and also has three stepchildren with his wife, Rebecca.