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:

Remembering Richard Hake: Longtime WNYC Host, Colleague and Friend

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

On Friday, the Takeaway and WNYC family lost a friend and beloved co-worker, Richard Hake. He died in his home at age 51.

The Challenges of Parenting During a Pandemic

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Parents are feeling a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety from having to manage working from home while also homeschooling and entertaining their children.


San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City's Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We spoke with the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, about the tough choices ahead.

How Coronavirus Has Hit Local News

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The news industry has been struggling to stay afloat for years. But local news has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19.

What COVID-19 Means for the American South

Monday, April 06, 2020

What was initially contained to the coasts is now starting to engulf the rest of the country, including states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. 


Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega on Motherhood and Social Isolation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Host Tanzina Vega gives us an update from her home in Queens, New York, where she is on maternity leave.


What the Hell Is Super Tuesday?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The first episode of How to Vote in America takes a look at the history of Super Tuesday and how the most influential day in the presidential primary process came to exist.

Nevada Goes for Bernie

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sanders racks up another win in Nevada, growing his lead in the primary. 


Extra: Nevada Goes for Bernie

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sanders racks up another win in Nevada, growing his lead in the primary. 


Politics with Amy Walter (Extra): Nevada Goes for Bernie 2020-02-23

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sanders racks up another win in Nevada, growing his lead in the primary. 

Politics with Amy Walter: Should We Be Worried About a Recession?

Friday, August 23, 2019

How much uncertainty has the trade war with China introduced to the market? Plus, a look at a new trading block in Africa. 

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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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