Jay Cowit

Technical Director, The Takeaway

Jay has been with The Takeaway since its on-air inception in 2008, and has been the Show Director, Technical Director, and sound designer since 2009. Prior to WNYC, he worked at Air America Radio, also as a director, and WNYU, in various on-air and management roles. In 2016, he additionally took on the role of technical director for Freakonomics Radio, working both that show and The Takeaway for more than a year, before returning to The Takeaway in full capacity in 2017.

He is responsible for the show's aural style, including, but not limited to, selecting the music used on the show, mixing interviews, producing the daily podcast version of the show, and creating sonic design used to convey news concepts. Additionally, he directs the live broadcast and works with talent.

He is still thrilled to be working with an absolutely amazing staff, who work harder (and faster and better) than anyone he's ever seen.

Jay currently lives in Prospect Lefferts-Gardens with his amazing and wonderful wife Cate Contino Cowit, along with three cats. He produces music under the name J. Cowit, including music for The Takeaway and other podcasts.

Please reach out with any questions on music or otherwise at jcowit@wnyc.org.

Jay Cowit appears in the following:

Songs of Summer

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Listeners share their favorite summer anthems for 2019.

New York Islanders' Shannon Hogan on Breaking Gender Barriers in Sports Broadcasting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

This season, Shannon Hogan was joined on the MSG Network by an all-women team of analysts, a first for a pro-sports team.

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Does the GOP Have a Woman Problem?

Friday, December 21, 2018

This hour on Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway we'll look at the GOP's growing gender gap among voters and elected officials.

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Putting Together the Pieces of Mueller's Investigation Puzzle

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday host of the Takeaway Amy Walter takes stock of what we've learned so far and what questions remain in Mueller's complex investigation.

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DJs Speak Out After Leaving WBAI Over Leonard Lopate Hiring

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Two former WBAI DJs discuss leaving the station after the hiring of former WNYC host Leonard Lopate. 

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On Memorial Day: Stories of Trauma, Survival and Renewal

Monday, May 28, 2018

This Memorial Day, The Takeaway brings you five stories that deal with trauma, survival, psychedelics, music and convalescence.

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Drawn Out: The Value of a Vote, From Pennsylvania to the Supreme Court

Friday, February 16, 2018

The nation finds itself at a turning point in a major fight over redistricting and gerrymandering. This special podcast takes you on a tour to find out if we can fix the system.

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Earth, 2067: Technology Will Spell the Death of Independent Thought

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.

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Karen and The Sorrows: Reinventing Country Music For a New Age

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. 

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RIP Grant Hart: 15 Hüsker Dü Songs You Should Listen To

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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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.

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Afro-Beat Band Antibalas Searches for the Rhythm of Change

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Brooklyn-based Afro-beat band Antiblas is moving away from current day political conflicts and focusing instead on historical wrongs.

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Crafting The Sound of The Takeaway

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. 

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The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

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. 

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The Shift: Exploring America’s Rapidly Changing Workforce

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.

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The World Loses a Jam Band Legend: Colonel Bruce Hampton Dead at 70

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. 

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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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