Irene Trudel

Senior Broadcast Engineer, Soundcheck

In the summer of 1994, Irene Trudel began a long and happy run as an engineer at WNYC Radio. In addition to her many tasks at Soundcheck, which includes mixing all the audio and live bands for the show, she is a part of the concert crew for New Sounds and WQXR live music broadcasts and recordings.

The radio bug bit Irene Trudel in the '70s while attending Morristown (N.J.) High School, which owned a 10-watt student-run station, WJSV. Around that same time she made her first tentative steps toward becoming a recording engineer by taping local folk singers at a coffeehouse for later broadcast.

Years later, following a grossly unsatisfying start in the commercial broadcast world, Irene realized her heart was in non-commercial radio. Preceding her stint at WNYC, in 1986 she joined the DJ staff at WFMU and has been quietly producing the kind of radio that has sadly disappeared from most other stations. Irene has hosted shows at WFMU for over 20 years and still finds great music and live bands to share with the listeners. Music is one of the many reasons she enjoys working with the Soundcheck crew at WNYC.

Irene's home is in New York City with husband Peter Keepnews and kitties Gracie, Nica, 'Nello, Fellini and Pixie Gato.

Irene Trudel appears in the following:

In-Studio: Matt Herskowitz Trio with Philippe Quint Bring Jazz to Bach

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Matt Herskowitz Jazz Trio came to the WQXR performance studio with two violinists from the classical world – Philippe Quint and Lara St. John – to swing Bach.

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In-Studio: Alina Ibragimova Performs Bach and Ysaÿe

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in recent years has developed a following in Europe, especially in the U.K., where she studied and came of age. Here's why.


A Flavor Chemist Explains Burger Toppings

Monday, June 22, 2015

The order of your toppings affects how your burger tastes. We find out why, and dig into the science of burger smashing.

Pete Seeger in Conversation with Steve Post

Monday, March 16, 2015

Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger reminisces about life, politics and narrow escapes.
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Yo La Tengo Says Goodbye To Maxwell's

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Maxwell's is closing in July. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, Soundcheck's Irene Trudel, and listeners share their memories of the beloved venue.

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Maxwell's Moments: Looking Back At Hoboken's Music Institution

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Maxwell's, the internationally renowned rock club in Hoboken, N.J., is closing its doors for good after July 31. Soundcheck's Irene Trudel shares some of her favorite musical and pers...
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Irene Trudel's 2012 Music Survey

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Soundcheck's technical director shares her favorite music and moments of the year.

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