About the Yiddish Radio
A co-production of Sound
Portraits Productions and Living
Traditions, the Yiddish Radio Project is dedicated to rescuing every
surviving recording from the golden age of Yiddish radio and to disseminating
knowledge and interest in the forgotten radio renaissance these recordings bring
to life. Through a series of NPR documentaries, a national
tour of live events, an accompanying website, and CD
compilations, the Yiddish Radio Project is committed to making a
lasting educational, cultural, and artistic contribution to the appreciation
of this important, overlooked chapter in the American experience.
Yiddish Radio Project Staff
Henry Sapoznik, Producer
Henry Sapoznik is also a record producer, composer, author and performer of
traditional Yiddish and American music. A pioneering scholar and performer of
klezmer music, he founded the Archives of Recorded Sound at the YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research and was its first director from 1982-1994. Spearheading
the renewal of interest in klezmer music with his pioneering group Kapelye,
he is also co-founder and Executive Director of "Living Traditions," sponsor
of the internationally acclaimed Yiddish cultural event "KlezKamp: The Yiddish-Folk
Arts Program." Henry is a Grammy-nominated producer/performer of historical
and new recordings of Yiddish instrumental and vocal music and designed the
score for the Aviva Kempner documentary film The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.
His book Klezmer!
Jewish Music from Old World to Our World (Scribner, 2000) won the 2000
ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Scholarship.
Dave Isay, Producer
Dave Isay is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions. Over the past thirteen
years his radio documentary and feature work has won almost every award in broadcasting
including three Peabody Awards, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and two Livingston
Awards for young journalists. David has also received the Prix Italia (Europe's
oldest and most distinguished broadcasting honor), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994)
and most recently a MacArthur Fellowship (2000). He is the author (or co-author)
of three books based on Sound Portraits radio stories: Holding
On (W.W. Norton & Co., 1995); Our
America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago (Scribner, 1997);
(Random House, 2000).
Yair Reiner, Producer
Yair Reiner joined the Yiddish Radio Project team team in July 1999, whereupon
he was requested to learn Yiddish by September. Among his current assignments
are creating the Yiddish Radio Project Web site and co-producing the Yiddish
Radio Project: LIVE! road show. Prior to joining the Yiddish Radio Project,
Yair was the managing editor of Suitcase: A Journal of Transcultural Traffic.
He is also the translator of The
Aquariums of Pyongyang, the first book-length account of life in the
North Korean gulags.
Additional staff: David
Miller (Associate Producer), Karen Callahan (Production Assistant), Tony Field
(Production Assistant), Michael Hsu (New Media Producer).