WOUB Public Media Launches New Podcast, Will Feature Variety of Topics

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WOUB Public Media’s new podcast “Spectrum” will feature conversations with an eclectic group of fascinating people. Some of the interviews are from famous people, some are not, but they all have captivating stories.

Spectrum_1200x564Hosted by WOUB’s General Manager and Director Tom Hodson, “Spectrum” is a joint production of WOUB and the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.

Hodson says the podcasts will feature a variety of topics. “We interview celebrities, authors, filmmakers, photographers, journalists, scholars, scientists, professionals and just plain people who have fascinating stories to tell,” said Hodson.

Hodson added having the interviews in podcast form helps to make it easier for people to find and listen to them on a regular basis. “We think it is important to expand our audiences for these conversations beyond our immediate geographical region and to give people across the country the opportunity to hear why we find these people so interesting,” said Hodson.

The first three interviews are available on iTunes and Google Play and feature:

Susan Reimer formerly of the Baltimore Sun.  She is a journalistic pioneer for women and the first woman to cover a major league baseball team.

Ken Ehrlich is the Man Behind the Music. Ehrlich has produced 36 straight Grammy Awards Shows and more than 1,000 hours of music-based television. He discusses his approaches to music on television and his relationships with some famous singers such as Paul McCartney.

Ira Glass is the creator/host of ‘This American Life” and helped create the highly popular podcast “Serial.”  He talks about his creative process and how he puts stories together to make his shows interesting and engaging. It is a behind-the-scenes look into “This American Life” and Ira himself.

Future interviews will include comedienne Paula Poundstone, PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill and Jewish scholar Nehemia Gordon.

“Spectrum” is sponsored by The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, named a center of excellence by the state of Ohio Board of Regents in 2010. Some of the guests on “Spectrum” are Scripps College of Communication alumni. Learn more at

Tom-HodsonAbout the host: Tom Hodson is the director of WOUB Public Media at Ohio University and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact. While at WOUB, he has conducted hundreds of interviews with celebrities, scholars, journalists, scientists, filmmakers, artists and just regular people. He looks for what makes each person’s story unique and fascinating.
Prior to joining WOUB in 2011, he was the Director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University from 2003-2010.  He also is the Joe Berman Professor of Communication in the Scripps College of Communication.

Hodson has a long history in public affairs broadcasting in both television and radio.  He also has been active in sports broadcasting including play-by-play of football, basketball and baseball.

In addition to broadcasting and journalism, Hodson has had an extensive legal career.  He has served as a trial judge in Ohio for seven years as well as an active trial attorney. He also served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States in the Administrative Office of the Chief Justice.