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 email@example.com.
Jay Cowit appears in the following:
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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Mercury Prize-nominated British folk polymath Sam Lee drops by to discuss his new album and perform in-studio.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Summer is not official until there is an anthem, and 2015 is missing a summer song.
Monday, June 15, 2015
The new record "Buy This Fracking Album" hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking.
Saturday, June 06, 2015
This weekend, The Takeaway explores love and marriage as we await the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
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.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
The team behind the new documentary "Hot Girls Wanted"—co-directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, and producer Rashida Jones— discuss their new film.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Last month, 24-year-old Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii made his American debut at Carnegie Hall after playing for nearly his entire life in Ukraine.