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.
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.
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 personal memories of the beloved venue.