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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Cowit appears in the following:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
What will the world look like in 50 years? While we don’t have a time machine yet, we do have science fiction writers to take us there.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Country music isn't all cowboy hats and heartbreak — if you dig a little deeper into America’s heartland, you can also find some new and diverse faces.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Grant Hart helped foster the hugely influential hardcore punk sound of Hüsker Dü, which inspired artists from Dave Grohl to Ryan Adams, to The Pixies and thousands more.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Brooklyn-based Afro-beat band Antiblas is moving away from current day political conflicts and focusing instead on historical wrongs.
Friday, August 11, 2017
As John Hockenberry says goodbye, he sits down with Director Jay Cowit to discuss how The Takeaway approaches sound design and the news.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
"Prog Rock" or progressive rock is a morphing of classical, rock, and improvisational sound. A new book explores how the genre has changed since the 1960s.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
It's the free market that decides which jobs stay and which jobs go, and technology and innovation are changing the present and shaping the future of the U.S. labor market.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Colonel Bruce Hampton, who inspired bands like Phish, Widespread Panic, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Gov't Mule, died last night after collapsing during a performance in Atlanta.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Here's a playlist of some pioneering female musicians to help you celebrate International Women's Day.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
In part IV of the new series, "Commuted: Life After Prison," The Takeaway travels with former inmate Aaron Glasscock to the halfway house where he will start his new life.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
In part III of the new series, "Commuted: Life After Prison," Aaron Glasscock is finally free and talks about his expectations and worries as he heads to a halfway house with his family.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In part II of the new series, "Commuted: Life After Prison," The Takeaway travels with the family of Aaron Glasscock as they meet him for the first time as a free man.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Aaron Glasscock was just 22 when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1999 for a non-violent drug offense. Now 20 years later, Aaron’s sentence was commuted. This is his story.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Writer, feminist, and humorist Lindy West says she's leaving Twitter because she says that the social media service hasn’t done enough to reign in trolls and hate speech.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Pianist Holly Bowling has spent her entire life listening to the band Phish, and now she's re-imagining Phish and other jam bands like The Grateful Dead for piano solos.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Locals are concerned that the expansion of San Diego's deep water cargo port could lead to more pollution.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Simon Reynolds, author of the new book “Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century” explores the evolution and cultural impact of glam.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
It's been an intense campaign, but we couldn't pass up one more chance to look back at the highs and lows of the 2016 election.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
The Cubs did it! Here's how announcers from Chicago to Russia called the 2016 world series.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
An audio essay by Takeaway Host John Hockenberry was selected for two Edward R. Murrow awards. Listen to the award-winning piece, and hear what John has to say about the win.