Bringing the archive of Soundings recordings into the 21st century has been a significant undertaking, and it would not have been possible without the efforts of a dedicated few people.
Phillip Barron, Digital Media Specialist at the National Humanities Center (2003 — 2010), coordinated the institutional cooperation between the NHC, RENCI, and the University of North Carolina; filmed, edited, and produced the documentary echoSoundings; and — with Joe Hope — has designed and manages the Soundings Project website. Phillip holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill respectively.
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Marie Brubaker is the Fellowship Program Assistant at the National Humanities Center. Marie spent tireless hours creating the dataset that serves as the basis for all metadata on each episode.
Ethan Clauset is a Research Assistant with the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Josiah Drewry, Associate Librarian at the National Humanities Center (2007 — 2010), researched the name authorities for all interviewees and contributed bibliographic information to the database that eventually became the basis for this website.
Joe Hope is the webmaster and interface developer at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and holds a B.S. in engineering from North Carolina State University. For the Soundings Project, Joe used the Docsoft:A/V appliance to create time-coded transcriptions for every episode. With Phillip, Eliza and Steve’s assistance developed the large dataset that is used to search the archive along with the transcriptions.
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Eliza Robertson is director of the library at the National Humanities Center. She holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College and an M.L.I.S. from North Carolina Central University. For the Soundings project, Eliza coordinated data input at the Center as well as the transfer of the physical collection to UNC. She now manages permissions for use of the audio content.
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Gerald Schoenherr is a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and has been involved in music and audio recording since the mid-1980s. For the Soundings Project, Gerald digitized and restored the original radio programs from various formats including DAT, open-reel tape, LPs and CDs. Currently he the assistant engineer and studio manager at Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, AZ.
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Steve Weiss is director of the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a B.S. in Audio Technology from American University and a M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan. For the Soundings project, Steve oversaw arrangement and description of the Soundings Collection and the digitization of original Soundings episodes for preservation and access.
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