Welcome Gina James!

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If someone were to draw a picture of me when I was a little girl: I’d be standing in the middle of a tomato garden with seeds and juice dripping off my chin.

If someone were to draw a picture of me last year: I’d be on stage, at a Moth StorySLAM, baring my soul to complete strangers.

If someone were to draw a picture of me last month: I’d be in a hot & sweaty muscle confusion class, Eye of the Tiger blasting in the background.

If someone were to draw a picture of me last week: I’d be sitting on a porch swing next to a 95 year old farmer in West Virginia, recording his life story.

If someone were to draw a picture of me today: I’d be literally jumping up & down with excitement – I’m an official part of the PRX Crew as the newest Manager of Development and Operations!!!

My name is Gina James. After studying Cultural Anthropology + Business Administration at BU, I’ve journeyed through various industries (education, travel, hospitality, tech) … to finally land where my heart has always been: public radio.

For the last 12 months I have focused mostly on the craft of gathering oral history. It was this past year when I had an ‘aha’ moment of a lifetime. I love listening to stories via audio because unlike other forms of media, you must rely on your heart to truly assess the content. You are able to experience an individual’s true voice instead of the masks that can be created through literary tricks.

Radio is Real.

I can’t wait to bring more of it to every pocket of our world.

One thought on “Welcome Gina James!”

  1. Dear Gina ~

    I’m currently working on a 12 episode story based podcast for release in Dec 2015. I’m trying to understand the relationship between podcasting and the use of music. I notice Nick Dimeo of The Memory Palace uses a lot of music from all manner of artists. The music is almost always downloadable and credited on his webpage.

    What sort of arrangement do PRX podcasters have with musicians and record companies? Does the public broadcasting aspect, and the non-profit aspect, create some kind of window, permitting podcasters so use — and by way of the shows and the purchase links on the episode webpage – already recorded music without seeking clearance.

    In every way, a song or composition played on a podcast, is a form of free promotion for the musician and record company. And having the ability for the listener to instantly buy the song from Itunes seems like a good deal for the artist and the label.

    But is this so? Can you share with me any ideas on the relationship between the Public Radio Not For Profit aspect of Podcasting and musicians and their record labels.

    Failing that, is there someone, to whom you could send me. I need to this know, as I’m going to have to drive of this bridge soon enough and I want to do the right thing for both my podcast and for the artists and musicians.

    Thanks for your times.

    Best

    Clive Desmond
    Pod Planet
    Toronto

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