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

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

From Ukraine to Carnegie Hall

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.


The DeflateGate Verdict: Fans React

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Takeaway shares reactions to NFL's investigation into deflategate scandal, and Host John Hockenberry gives his own take.

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The Best Six Things Online This Week

Friday, May 08, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.

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The Weekender: Searching For Justice and Empathy

Saturday, May 02, 2015

In a special extended interview, actor Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" discusses the unrest in Baltimore, inequality, and police brutality.


The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, May 01, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Plays Free Concert to Lift City's Spirits

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The musicians wanted to give back to the city they love, so they played an impromptu concert on the lawn outside their home base at the Joseph Myerhoff Hall in downtown Baltimore.


Artist Vijay Iyer on Finding Music in Empty Spaces

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pianist, composer, writer and Harvard Professor Vijay Iyer joins The Takeaway to discuss his new album.


Baltimore Burns as Anger Boils Over

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chaos and violence broke out in the streets of Baltimore on Monday following the funeral service of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who was fatally injured while in police custody.

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Real Voices of Baltimore

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

As the city looks to heal, we're bringing you a few moments after a night of fear, violence, and heartbreak. 


Bhi Bhiman on The Music of Protest

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For singer and songwriter Bhi Bhiman, the path to protest took form in his catchy and heartfelt compositions.

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Drew Holcomb on Life, Music and 'American Beauty'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Folk rock musician Drew Holcomb jams with Takeaway Host John Hockenberry and talks about life, family, and growing up in the south. 

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The Weekender: Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and her new documentary.


Ballpark Figures: The Unsung Heroes of Baseball

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 


'Game of Thrones' Won the Internet This Week

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just the scent of new Game of Thrones episodes was enough to throw the internet (plus Seth Meyers, Sesame Street, and Key and Peele) into a tailspin this week. 

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The Takeaway Weekender: ZIP Code Decode - Mapping America's Health

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 


Rising Nigerian-Australian Hip-Hop Star Remi Splashes Onto American Scene

Monday, March 30, 2015

Australian-born to Nigerian immigrants, Remi is a rising hip-hop star. The "intelligent" tagged rapper joins us to discuss the influence that Nigerian politics is having on his work.

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The Takeaway Weekender: To Have or Not to Have Children

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This weekend, the Takeaway Weekender Podcast looks at family.

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Listeners Respond: Why I'm Childfree

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Takeaway listeners from around the country explain why they have decided to forgo parenting. 

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I Never Want Kids. I'm Not Sorry.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed: that's how a lot of adults get pegged for their decision to forego parenthood. Not so fast. Our listeners weigh in on being childless by choice.

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The Ted Cruz/John Lennon Mashup You Never Knew You Wanted

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz sounded a lot like John Lennon today when he announced that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. So we mashed his speech up with Lennon's "Imagine." 

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