Our highly qualified engineers and staff will work with you at Fraser, or will assist your own engineer.
Music Recording/Production Engineers
Jim Donahue has been at WGBH since 1988. His great musical mentors include Thomas Dunn, for score reading and the historic pronunciation of German in Haydn’s time, Karel Husa at Cornell for music composition, and John Moriarity at the Boston Conservatory, who was his coach for opera and linguistics.
At 'GBH, Jim is currently in his 19th season as the Boston Symphony’s broadcast and recording engineer. He has taken part in incredibly diverse music projects: from rock groups like Aerosmith and Creed, to large scale operas, symphonic orchestras, period instrument ensembles, blues bands, Celtic and jazz ensembles. One particularly unique project was the shooting of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mantra in hi-def video. Other remote recording highlights include a live NPR broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival live broadcast with vocalist Diana Krall.
Jim's first engineered and produced album, Handel’s Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society for Sine Qua Non records was released in 1976. Since then, he has recorded many CDs for many labels with a diverse group of artists. Two have been nominated for Grammy’s, including a WGBH co-production with Red House Records: My Last Go Round with Rosalie Sorrels.
Alan Mattes has been at WGBH since 1991.He studied jazz performance and audio engineering at Berklee College of Music and began his audio career in 1980. At WGBH he has recorded hundreds of live in-studio and remote jazz and classical performances, as well as live rock simulcasts for WBCN. He has worked with ensembles as diverse as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the New England String Ensemble to such jazz notables as McCoy Tyner, Shirley Horn, Joe Lovano and Roy Hanes, as well as Smashing Pumpkins and Jewell. He as also recorded ethnic music albums for the world music ensemble, LibanaMany of his jazz recordings have been featured on NPR’s national show “Jazz Set”.
Among local artists, Alan has worked with Herb Pomeroy, Gunther & George Schuller, Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Jerry Bergonzi, Daniel Smith, Bill Pierce, John Lockwood, Ralph Peterson, and the Jazz Composer’s Alliance, among others. Alan has also engineered the New England Foundation for the Arts award-winning productions: A Jazz Portrait: featuring Archie Shep, Jackie McLean, Alan Dawson, Herb Pomeroy and Jimmy Guiffre.
Alan is also a performing musician on saxophone and flugelhorn with Rakiya, a Boston-based Balkan Gypsy ensemble.
Robin Moore has been at WGBH since 1998. She is an electrical engineering graduate from Brown University and has also studied music production and engineering extensively at the Berklee College of Music. She has been engineering music recording projects since 1988, and her complete audio engineering discography includes projects for major labels like Sony/Epic Records and Motown Records. Additionally, she is a musician and composer with a strong background in MIDI computer music and keyboard instruments.
Robin works in the studios at WGBH engineering live performances of classical chamber ensembles, orchestras and blues and folk groups. Along with postproduction and mastering, she mixes “The World”, a public radio daily national news show broadcast. She also produces and hosts a weekly House Music internet radio show called “House of Jamnation” every Saturday on www.HandzOnRadio.fm
Robin did extensive audio console research prior to the final selection of the Solid-State Logic C200 digital audio production-mixing console for the Fraser studio’s control-room 1. She takes special pride and interest in exploring the depths of the C200’s capabilities to carry out complex project demands. The combination of her technical and creative backgrounds has been a valued asset to our 'GBH Fraser staff.
Antonio Oliart has been at WGBH since 1995. His training includes a Masters of Music degree in flute performance from The Mannes College of Music in New York City. He also holds a Masters Degree in Sound Recording from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He has produced CD's for labels such as Analekta Records, Warner in Japan, Centaur, Hungaroton and has worked for Philips, Erato, Teldec, Telarc, Koch International, Deutsche Grammophon and many other record companies as a recording engineer, editor and mastering engineer.
As part of his responsibilities at WGBH, Antonio records concerts around New England for broadcast of major music ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, New England String Ensemble, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. He is also in charge of the technical set up and execution of national radio shows like Toast of the Nation and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. He also works in the studios at WGBH engineering live performances, post-production and mastering for various radio shows, CD projects, and podcasts.
Antonio has won several awards for his work at WGBH including three New England Emmy awards for outstanding individual achievement in audio.
Jane Pipik has been at WGBH since 1989. Previously, she studied piano, electronic music and composition at Cleveland State University and New York’s Hunter College and worked as a recording engineer in New York for 10 years. Her work at GBH has involved all aspects of both studio and remote live recordings, including post-production for all media related audio and CD mastering.
Jane has recorded a wide variety of musical genres: from Anthrax to large orchestras, Joan Baez to Yo Yo Ma. Her live shows have been on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Bluestage, Jazz Set, New Music America, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, This American Life and Marketplace. She has mixed music for WNYC, WBCN, WFNX, MTV, and the BBC. WGBH National Music Productions include her recordings and mixes from the Newport Folk Festival, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Masters of the Folk Violin, Steel String Guitar and Banjo series, A Jazz Portrait featuring New England jazz musicians and the Lowell Folk Festival, among others. She has also worked for PBS Television's America Playhouse, The American Experience, Nova, Zoom, Fetch and the Boston Pops.
Pipik has mixed hundreds of other productions, including radio drama, documentaries and music programs, garnering Armstrong, Gabriel, Clarion, American Women in Television and Radio, CPB, NFCB and Pri Italia Nominee Award winners. Recent CDs include Renaissanics “Carols For Dancing”, Recordings for the Thalia Zedek Band “Lies and Prayers”, and Tom Alden’s “Opening Meditation” CD.
Mike primarily works on the production and live broadcast of "The World," a daily, one-hour international news program emanating from WGBH. He enjoys being involved in the dynamic WGBH radio environment - producing and engineering live radio news and music programs, as well as meeting other engineering demands and challanges.
After a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps, Mike discovered his passion for radio in college. He worked his way up through several commercial AM and FM radio stations before joining the public-radio sector as an audio engineer for Monitor Radio. When Monitor Radio ceased operations, Mike brought his expertise to WGBH, where he remains a vital part of the WGBH, BBC, and Public Radio International co-production, "The World."
During the baseball season, Mike works as an engineer for the Spanish Beisbol Network at Fenway Park. (No, he can't get you tickets. Sorry.) Mike also remains active in the area's electronic dance music scene.
Jon Frank was first bitten by the broadcasting bug at age seven when his father took him on a tour of the NBC studios in New York City. By age, 16 Jon was frequently spending time with a close friend who was working at the Trinity College student radio station. In 1971, Jon joined the New York University student radio station while pursuing a degree in film and television. During Jon’s freshman year he began his professional broadcasting career at WRVR in New York. At WRVR, Jon worked as both an engineer and Jazz DJ. One of his most memorable accomplishments was mixing live Jazz broadcasts from a Greenwich Village club twice a month.
Upon graduating from NYU Jon came to New England as Chief Engineer of WCOD on Cape Cod. From there he moved to Boston working at WVBF and WJIB before landing at WHDH radio where he advanced to the position of Chief Engineer. In 1987, Jon moved in to television at Channel 68, Channel 7, and Cramer Video productions. In 1991, Jon joined the engineering staff at WGBH. Since arriving Jon has been involved with many projects including the updating of radio studios at the old WGBH Western Avenue location, and the installation of four television transmitters. Most recently, Jon helped plan and supervise the construction of the WGBH Radio facilities at our new Brighton Landing location, including the installation of the SSL C200 music mixing console used in conjunction with the Fraser performance studio. In addition to his Radio duties Jon also works for WGBH TV as a transmitter maintenance engineer.
Miles Smith has been a studio maintenance engineer for Fraser Studio and WGBH Radio since 1990. He has been involved in the design and construction of dozens of studios, including radio broadcast studios, recording studios, and post production facilities. While most are in New York City, others are in Boston, Washington DC, Haiti and Grenada.
He is also involved in all areas of pro audio equipment maintenance- from fixing mic cables to major console and multi-track overhauls.
Miles also works on special installations of sound systems for interesting projects and builds user-friendly interfaces for non-technical personnel, while retaining maximum flexibility for advanced applications. These have included museum systems, performance artist projects, and community radio facilities
Miles is the recording and mastering engineer for the NPR program Selected Shorts. He is the Chief Engineer for the Spanish Beisbol Network, and works with This American Life as a technical consultant. He has been tech director of several radio conferences and music festivals, and has engineered three Grammy nominated records. He has done stereo sound gathering for radio productions in Wyoming, Texas, Vermont, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Pakistan, India, and many other locales.
Tom Devlin has been working in Public Radio since his college days. After spending many years working in Worcester, he made the leap to WGBH in 1996. Since then, he has been working as the Radio Operations Supervisor.
At WGBH, Tom oversees that engineering staff and the Radio facilities and ensures that the equipment is working from day to day.
Since moving to the new headquarters at 1 Guest Street, he has been excited about the prospect of having recordings of all sorts made in the Fraser Performance Studio. The size of the room combined with its excellent acoustics makes it one of the best recording studios in the Northeast. The SSL board can accommodate any task at hand. The other part of the equation that makes the room exceptional is the staff with which performers will work. They are all highly trained and customer oriented.
Tom looks forward to working with you in making your next recording project your best ever.
Andrea Rule has been at WGBH since 2007. Andrea hails from Jacksonville, Florida and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Music from Stetson University in Central Florida. After migrating north she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree at Emerson College and is focusing on radio and audio production.
Andrea has had the privilege of working in the Radio Music Library, Classical Department and now the Operations Department at WGBH. Don’t hesitate to give her a call if you have any questions about our wonderful facilities!
John Voci is a thirty-two year veteran of public radio who has worked in all areas of station operations. Joining WGBH in 1981,John has worked in the Operations Department managing the broadcast and production facilities including WGBH’s expansion and development of new radio channels and its move to new facilities. He has also produced programs for National Pubic Radio, Public Radio International and television projects for WGBH's Basic Black. Since 1987, he has managed WCAI and WNAN through its start-up and development. In 2004, he coordinated WGBH’s role in the FCC auction that resulted in the acquisition of WZAI, WGBH’s newest station in Brewster on Cape Cod. In 2008, he was appointed General Manager of WGBH Radio.
Steve Colby holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. While completing his studies, he began freelance engineering and production work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic, becoming the principal recording engineer for the New York Philharmonic Radio Broadcast series.
In 1977 he joined WGBH Boston, specializing in on-location audio production for television and radio.
In 1987, Colby formed Evening Audio Consultants, providing location recording and broadcasting services, facilities design and high fidelity sound reinforcement.
Mr. Colby serves as the principal sound reinforcement engineer for the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has been the sound designer and mixer for numerous tours of the United States and Japan.
In addition, he has provided sound design, mixing and consultation services for the Atlanta, Baltimore, Utah, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and the New York Philharmonic. Other sound reinforcement projects have included sound design and mixing for a stadium performance of Aida in Shanghai, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest opera production every mounted.
Colby’s album credits range from Aerosmith to Peter, Paul and Mary, Andy Williams to Phish. His mixing credits for radio and television include the PBS series “Evening At Pops”, and specials for James Taylor, BB King and Kenny Rodgers.
Recent CD projects include engineer/producer duties for the Boston Pops “Red Sox Album” recorded live in Symphony Hall.
Frank Cunningham has been affiliated with WGBH since 1983. After studying acoustics and electrical engineering at MIT, he pursued dual careers in both recording and design engineering. For WGBH, he has engineered live broadcasts, concert recordings, and film soundtracks for Nova and the Vietnam Television History. As a designer, he built audio facilities for Bose and Digital, and helped develop the Lexicon digital reverberators.
As a freelance engineer, Frank continues to record, edit, and master albums of chamber, choral, and orchestral works for Centaur, New World, Albany Fleur du Son, and numerous Boston composers and performers. He has worked closely with several New England musical groups: Dinosaur Annex, Collage New Music, Boston Musica Viva, Cantata Singers, Spectrum Singers, and The Lydian Quartet.
Fraser Performance Studio | WGBH Radio
One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135
For rates and booking information, contact Tom Devlin at 617-300-2322
Fraser Performance Studio
One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
For rates and booking information, contact Tom Devlin at 617-300-2322
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