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:

International Women's Day 2017 Playlist

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Here's a playlist of some pioneering female musicians to help you celebrate International Women's Day.

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Life After Prison: A First Step Towards A New Beginning

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. 

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Life After Prison: High Hopes For an Uncertain Future

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.

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Life After Prison: An Anxious Ride on the Road to Freedom

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.

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Commuted: Life After Prison

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.

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Calling Twitter Unusable for Anyone But Trolls, Lindy West Signs Off

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.

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Holly Bowling Turns Jam Band Songs into Piano Solos

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. 


Barrio Logan Raises Concerns Over Port Expansion

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Locals are concerned that the expansion of San Diego's deep water cargo port could lead to more pollution.


How Glam Reinvented Rock, Identity, and Culture in the 1970s

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.

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LISTEN: The Entire 2016 Election in Just 4 Minutes

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. 


LISTEN: Announcers Around the Globe Call the 2016 World Series

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Cubs did it! Here's how announcers from Chicago to Russia called the 2016 world series. 

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A Wheelchair Pilgrimage: Behind The Scenes With John Hockenberry

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.


Remix: Congressman John Lewis' Speech to Congress On Gun Control

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We put a beat to the congressman's impassioned words. 

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Your Conversation: Recovering From a Tragedy Like the Orlando Massacre

Monday, June 13, 2016

Takeaway listeners from around the country discuss the Orlando massacre that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured. 

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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. 


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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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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