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What is Think Out Loud?
We sometimes call ourselves the radio show that listens. Or the show that's talking about what the Northwest is talking about. Or maybe: the radio show with a Northwest heart, a global head and internet fingers. The fuller answer is that we're a daily show about politics and global issues, music and sports, books and the environment — anything and everything that can sustain an hour of live, unscripted conversation. And, crucially, we're a web site that feeds into — and off of — that radio conversation.
Think Out Loud was born from the desire to create a space in Oregon and southwestern Washington for a civil, engaged, far-ranging dialogue informed first and foremost by experience. On the air and online, we strive to be a show on which listening to each other is more important than talking at each other.
We want to create a space where entrenched views are challenged, surprises are welcomed, and a globally concerned conversation is expanded by a regional lens.
And we want to hear from you: about show topics and guest suggestions, about articles we should read and sites we should visit. We want to hear about your passions and your concerns, your curiosities and questions. We want to know what we're doing right and, even more importantly, what we can do better.
So: welcome. We hope you'll stay a while, commenting and calling and questioning and listening.
ATTN: Think Out Loud
7140 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97219-3099
call-in phone number:
888-665-5TOL (or 665-5865)
general Think Out Loud staff email address:
thinkoutloud ((at)) opb.org
- David Miller
David Miller has had a long and noteworthy career in public broadcasting. He was a senior producer for the nationally distributed Open Source radio program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also created a series of radio documentaries with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and aired stories on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend America. In New York City, David was a producer for Sound Portrait Productions with award-winning producer David Isay and contributed to several public broadcasting shows. He recently produced and hosted The Speakeasy, an OPB series of programs on arts and culture in Oregon.
- Sarah Jane Rothenfluch
- Executive Producer
Sarah Jane Rothenfluch moved to Portland from San Diego where she worked for the NPR/PBS affiliate, KPBS. During her three years there she worked as the station's special projects producer and as the senior producer of their daily call-in show, These Days. Originally from Canada, Sarah spent a number of years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer for numerous national shows, including This Morning, Sunday Morning, and Richler on Radio. She also spent five years as a television field producer for TVOntario.
- Allison Frost
- Senior Producer
Allison Frost started playing with microphones and tape — way back when there was such a thing as tape — at a tiny community radio station in Fresno, California when she was in her 20s. Some years later, the University of Oregon lured her to Eugene for a master's degree, and she's been hosting and producing radio for Oregon Public Broadcasting since 1998. As a senior producer and editor, she's led an incredible team of journalists who've won too many accolades to count. She's also contributed to OPB's award-winning arts show Oregon Art Beat. As the only Oregonian in her family, she's not ashamed to admit she loves the state motto, "She Flies With Her Own Wings." Allison is regularly heard on air in her role as the occassional host of Think Out Loud.
- Julie Sabatier
Julie Sabatier is proud to be a part of the Think Out Loud production team after working with OPB as a freelance reporter. She came to Portland from Baltimore in 2003 after graduating from Oberlin College. She started learning the art of radio at KBOO Community Radio, where she served as interim evening news director in 2005. In the past, her radio work has also been featured on The NPR Station Showcase and The Splendid Table. She has produced feature stories and a radio documentary for Pacifica's Free Speech Radio News. Her print work has appeared in many local publications, including Willamette Week and Just Out. Julie also produces the radio show Destination DIY.
- Dave Blanchard
Dave Blanchard comes to Think Out Loud by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate, KUOW. He worked at a number of shows there including Weekday, The Conversation, and Speakers' Forum. Dave graduated from Whitman College in Walla, Walla in 2009. After a lifetime in the Evergreen State he decided he was ready to head a little ways south and jumped at the chance to produce for Think Out Loud. Dave expects Portland is up to the task of sustaining his conditioned penchants for canines, coffee, and conifers.
- Steven Kray
- Technical Director
Steven began his audio odyssey at OPB when he was hired on to be the sound designer for Unfinished Journey, a series distributed nationally through PRI. He moved to Portland by way of Dubuque, Iowa where he manned the console for live television news morning and night at station KFXB; Dallas, Texas where he was a sound designer for commercials that primarily involved people eating chips; and Orlando, Florida where he learned the joys of 4 a.m. lab hours at the Full Sail recording arts program. Steven enjoys hunting for rare rhythm and blues music, playing the drums, pinball, and tasting various cakes. You can hear Steven spinning the super heavy funk every Saturday night on KMHD 89.1 in Portland.
- Jonathan Newsome
- Audio Engineer
Jonathan grew up playing bluegrass and gospel music with his family in North Carolina. This early exposure to music shaped his future because it got him hanging out in recording studios and playing in bands for most of his 20's. Having been surrounded with the technology of the audio recording world for the better part of a decade, making the switch to the other side of the glass came easily. Jonathan is also technical director for Live Wire! Radio, which airs on the stations of OPB. When he's not mixing shows or music for other people, Jonathan enjoys making weird dadaist electronic music and strumming the banjo for his baby Maggie.