Executive Editor
Paul Brown brings more than twenty years' experience to radio, and a lifetime of involvement with music to Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues. A producer of CD's on several labels and a Rounder recording artist himself, Paul has played mountain style banjo since his childhood. He spent years learning from fiddle and banjo masters in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. He worked at historic Bluegrass and country music radio station WPAQ in North Carolina in the 1980s, and has been in public radio since 1986 as a station-based employee, freelancer, and as NPR's executive producer for weekend programming.      
Senior Producers Kathie Farnell is a radio and television producer based in Alabama. She co-produced the award-winning PRI series Remembering Slavery which used rare voice-recorded interviews with former slaves. She founded Artemis Media Project, a nonprofit corporation, in 1998. Her current projects include Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues, and Voices from Slavery a one-hour documentary for Alabama Public Television

Margaret Moos Pick is the founder of Pacific Vista Productions, which specializes in national broadcast development and production, with emphasis on quality entertainment. Current productions include: Riverwalk, Live From The Landing, weekly hours tellling the story of classic jazz in live performances by jazz greats and the country's finest actors; BMG's Classic Encounters with Robert Winter, a new series combining entertaining information about classical music with full-length performances. American Stories, radio and television project in development combining live storytelling performances with real stories from ordinary people.

Ms Pick is also the founding producer of of the nationally acclaimed weekly live radio series, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. She produced that series from 1974 through 1987.

Steve Rathe is the founder of Murray Street, a production, marketing and consulting organization. They specialize in working with cultural institutions to create radio, audio and Internet programming. Murray Street productions and co-productions, include:
The Territory of Art, with Eric Bogosian and Whoopi Goldberg
One People, Many Voices, with Theodore Bikel
The Ellis Island National Park audio installations
HEAT with John Hockenberry
Future Forward
Jazz From Lincoln Center with Ed Bradley

Rathe's work has been recognized by the Prix Italia/RAI Music prize, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and
honors from the Ohio State Awards, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the International Radio Festivals, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and three Grammy nominations. The company was founded in 1981 by Steve Rathe In 2000, Rathe was honored among NPR Cultural Programming producers at the White House, with the National Medal of the Arts.

Coordinating Producer

Leda Hartman is an independent public radio reporter and producer based in North Carolina with 20 years of journalism experience. She has won many awards, including a Peabody (shared) and two from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a regular contributor to many public radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Living on Earth, Latino USA, PRI’s Marketplace and Voice of America. She also plays and sings old-time mountain music.

Matthew D. Payne has been a part of Murray Street Productions for almost two years.  In that time, Payne has assisted in live broadcast recordings, Winter Solstice Live 1999 and Still Standing Tall, a special edition of Talk of the Nation, featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; marketed Pulse of the Planet and Voices of Innovation; and assisted with production on both Jazz From Lincoln Center, Jazz Riffs, and Jazz Profiles.  Aside from his work with Murray Street, Mr. Payne is also the Secretary to the Board of the Association of Independents in Radio.  He speaks fluent German, and has traveled extensively.  No stranger to radio, having been the Jazz/Specialty Director for 3 years at WICB-FM in Ithaca, Mr. Payne also has numerous film projects in the works, and will have a chapter of an international media study, Global Media Generations, published by Peter Lang in Fall 2003.

  Segment Producers David C. Barnett is a producer for ideastream, a new, multi-platform information entity formed by the merger of 90.3 CPN and WVIZ/PBS. David has produced a number of musical profiles for National Public Radio, ranging from Alan Freed’s Moondog Coronation Ball to modern music composer Donald Erb. His three-hour radio documentary on Woody Guthrie won the Gabriel Award and was syndicated by PRI to 170 stations.

Jesse Boggs has written, designed and produced a wide variety of media over a span of more than twenty years. His projects and products include exhibition media and object theaters, media centers, original music, radio and television programs, Web site and CDROM content, audio tours, posters and games, books on tape, and classroom and curriculum-based activities. He was a founding member of Roy and the Adults, a string/swing band that had a modest but intense following a long time ago.

Heath Curdts has been telling stories all his life and has been paid to do so for the past 25 years, working as a writer, producer, director, editor and cameraman. In 1982 he founded Palmer Media, which provides creative production services to broadcast, corporate and non-profit organizations. He also brings to the Honky Tonks project over 30 years' experience playing Southern old-time music.

Barrett Golding has been an Independent Audio Producer of features, documentaries, and sound-portraits since 1983. His works have been broadcast by NPR, PRI, BBC, CBC, VOA and CBS on All Things Considered, (the Peabody Award winning) Lost & Found Sound, CBS Radio's The Osgood Files (hosted by Charles Osgood), NPR's The DNA Files w/ John Hockenberry (duPont-Columbia Silver Baton and Peabody winner), Morning Edition, Marketplace, SoundPrint, New American Radio, Performance Today, Beyond Computers, Living on Earth, and This American Life. Has also won the Scripps Howard Awards for Journalism Excellence, American Bar Association Gavel Awards, and the Golden Reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Larry Massett is a senior independent radio producer who covers a wide range of topics, from international development to science to music and the arts to travel. He was a co-founder and for many years host of Soundprint. Recently he was one of the producers for the Armstrong-award-winning DNA Files, and is currently doing programs on Romania and the Republic of Georgia for Savvy Traveler. His work has been supported by NEA, NEH, CPB, UNDP, and others.

Jacquie Gales Webb is the first recipient of a Public Radio International Fellowship that funds her work as an arts reporter for 88.5 WAMU in Washington, DC and WNYC’s “Studio 360.” For eleven years she produced video and radio for the Smithsonian as senior producer for Smithsonian Productions where she produced the radio documentary "Jazz Singers," hosted by Al Jarreau, the award-winning Remembering Slavery series and the Alfred I. du Pont and Peabody award-winning series Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was hosted by Lou Rawls. Webb has also hosted the number one Sunday afternoon gospel music program on 96.3 WHUR, Washington since 1990, and is the winner of 6 local EMMY awards and 14 nominations for her work in television production.

  Web Producer

Andrew Rosenblum is an independent Internet consultant, as well as a UCLA doctoral candidate in American literature. He worked in radio production, marketing, and webmastering for Murray Street Productions from 1997-9, and has done Internet production for Jazz From Lincoln Center, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry.

  Scholars, experts, & advisers

Guy Bailey - provost of University of Texas San Antonio, a nationally-known linguist, and author of The Emergence of Black English and others

Francis Davis - author of The History of the Blues

John Edward Hasse - Curator of American Music, Smithsonian Institution

James Horton - Professor of American Studies, George Washington University

Kathleen Hudson - director and founder Texas Heritage Music Foundation, director of a significant oral history project on Texas musicians, and the author of numerous works on Texas music

Kip Lornell - Professor of African Studies, Music and American Studies at George Washington University and Research Associate at the Smithsonian. Author of Happy In The Service of The Lord: African American Sacred Vocal Harmony Quartets in Memphis, and others

Bill Malone - Professor Emeritus of history (retired), Tulane University

Robert McElvaine - Professor of history (chair), Milsaps College

Brad Paul - Vice-president, Rounder Records

Thomas Wilmeth - Associate Professor of English at Concordia University, Mequon Wisconsin. Author of The Music of The Louvin Brothers: Heaven's Own Harmony

Joe Wilson - executive director, National Council for the Traditional Arts

Charles K. Wolfe - Professor of English and folklore at Middle Tennesse State University, author of: In Close Harmony: The Story of the Louvin Brothers, University Press of
Mississippi; & The Devil's Box


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