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Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay Cowit is the technical director for The Takeaway.  

He hates polar bears. But he loves radio, and has for over a decade. He's been with The Takeaway since 2008, starting as a board operator and quickly developing a two Redbull-a-day habit.

In 2009, Jay was named Technical Director, and switched from Red Bulls to coffee with tons of sugar and a strict no-vegetable diet. He credits this for his raging insomnia, fledgling insanity and most certainly convivial demeanor that allows him to preside over live hours of radio each morning. He speaks mainly in movie quotes and catchphrases. And he carries a bat.

However, he wants you to know that he is extremely grateful to be working with an absolutely amazing staff, who work harder (and faster and better and, well, longer) than anyone he's ever seen. He also works with the  the best hosts who has ever lived in John, and for that, he's honored to walk through the studio doors each day.

Cowit lives in Prospect Park-Lefferts Gardens with his incredible and wonderful wife Cate Contino Cowit and their two cats, one of which is kinda a jerk, albeit a cute jerk. He also plays drums in Wounded Buffalo Theory, writers of The Takeaway's Theme Song, and The Sometime Boys. Reach him at jcowit@wnyc.org.

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

The Ultimate Playlist of the 2016 Election

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

From Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," we've crafted a playlist for the mayhem of the 2016 election. 

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Marco Benevento: 'The Story of Fred Short'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ubiquitous jazz and jam-band musician Marco Benevento's latest solo album, "The Story of Fred Short," is named for a Native American man who lived on his land in Upstate New York. 

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If Dr. Dre Had a Public Radio Show

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fans of public radio will find something fresh and familiar in TJ Reynold's new album NPR. He has remixed the theme songs of The Takeaway, Marketplace, The Diane Rehm Show and others.

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Listen to This Sarah Palin Rap Mashup

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

You're welcome.

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Here's The Cheap Trick/N.W.A. Mashup You Never Knew You Wanted

Thursday, December 17, 2015

You're welcome.

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Radio Drama: If Drones Replaced Santa’s Reindeer

Friday, December 04, 2015

What's on your Christmas list? Robot drones are this year's must-have toy—about a million drones will be sold during the holiday season.

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The Biggest Challenges Facing America and The World

Monday, September 07, 2015

From extreme poverty to inequality and climate change, The Takeaway explores how citizens and governments are acting to better the world in the 21st century.

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The Eclectic Sound of DJ Goldroom

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

DJ, producer, songwriter, and bandleader Josh Legg, known as DJ Goldroom, is an electronic artist inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and Nirvana.

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A World Music Tour Worthy of Its Name

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Takeaway Weekender Podcast hears from singer-songwriter Joss Stone about her music's world influences. Her new album "Water For Your Soul" dropped on Friday.

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The X Ambassadors: From The Basement to The Billboard Charts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We speak to the band the X Ambassadors about their new album, "VHS," and how their mostly shared childhood shaped their musical paths.  

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Atticus Finch as a Racist: Listeners React

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

With the knowledge that Atticus Finch is racist in Harper Lee's new book, "Go Set a Watchman," we asked listeners their thoughts on the new book. 

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After Bitter Debate, South Carolina Votes To Drop Confederate Flag

Thursday, July 09, 2015

"I'm willing to remove that flag from the pole at some point if it causes a twinge in the hearts of my friends," Rep. Michael Pitts said as South Carolina votes on the Confederate flag.

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Band "Bash The Trash" Turns Rubbish Into Music

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The two couples in "Bash The Trash" scour junk for pieces that could make music. Then they make instruments, embodying science, art and sustainability in their sound.

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Amy Helm Carries Her Father's Legacy In Solo Debut

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm of The Band, releases her solo debut later this month. She joins us to talk about following her dad's footsteps and the music community.

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Tales From The Towers

Friday, July 03, 2015

This holiday weekend, we're exploring a special place that's come to represent an enduring symbol of patriotism and freedom in American culture: The World Trade Center.

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The Radical & Distinctly Modern Sound of Sam Lee

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mercury Prize-nominated British folk polymath Sam Lee drops by to discuss his new album and perform in-studio.

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Help Us Pick The Ultimate Summer Anthem

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer is not official until there is an anthem, and 2015 is missing a summer song. 

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Fighting Fracking With Music

Monday, June 15, 2015

The new record "Buy This Fracking Album" hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking.

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The Weekender: Love, Marriage and The Law

Saturday, June 06, 2015

This weekend, The Takeaway explores love and marriage as we await the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

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The Surprising Origins of 6 Classic Songs

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The guitar riff to "Can't Get No Satisfaction" was nearly lost while Keith Richards was on a booze and drug-filled bender. We explore other popular songs that have unlikely origins.

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