One thing you might not know about Fresh Air is that many of our team members have been with the show since the beginning–or practically the beginning, over 30 years ago. One of our engineers, Joyce Lieberman, is one of those people.
“I began working with Terry Gross several years after she started doing her show at WHYY when it was a three-hour, local, live program. I engineered many of them. In 1987 Fresh Air went national on NPR as a live, one-hour, popular culture show. I was selected to be the primary engineer driving the program.
To get ready for a national stage Danny Miller, the Executive Producer, and I went to NPR to get ideas for production, directing and engineering. Then I worked with other engineers to build the room, select the equipment and install everything. Now I am the Radio Engineering Supervisor for WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. I take care of lots of the equipment and systems and drive the show if needed.
In this photo I’m at the Amek Angela console in the Fresh Air Control Room in 1990. We moved into a new building in 2000 so the Fresh Air Control Room is different now.”
How she got started:
“I was a volunteer at WHYY when there were mostly volunteers doing programs. I joined a group at WUHY, which is what WHYY was called then, called Radio Free Women. Then I decided to get some engineer training. I went to Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute, and then the station got a Minority Training Grant from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting to hire a woman in TV and Radio. I got the job and was trained in every job at the station. I was asked to join the staff after the year and a half training was over.”
Today we had a technical crash minutes before we went live. Good thing we’ve got an amazing crew!
“Hats off to the control room crew - Roberta (right), Audrey and Joyce - who did a phenomenal job today, dealing with a massive technical crash which revealed itself right before we went on the air. And thanks to Joyce and Audrey who will be chasing down the problem, apprehending it, and telling it very sternly not to mess with us again.
We’ll leave out the details–sometimes it’s better not to know how even a really great sausage is made. But it was a doozy.”
“If it wasn’t for The Princess and the Frog I don’t think I would’ve found to drive to go back to school. Tiana was fearless, dedicated and always went after her dream even when everyone said she’d never make it. I’m now in college in Radio & TV News Production, because everyone said I’d never go back to college. I’m almost there, thanks to Tiana”
The really beautiful “Hybrid” radio by Mathieu Lehanneur presents a clash of technology and nature. Woven rattan is used as a contrasting, natural element to an otherwise technology driven product. Poetry in design.