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Soundcheck® is WNYC’s destination for music fans to discover their ongoing personal soundtrack. It features insight from musicians, journalists and tastemakers, listener-created content, a blogger bullpen and daily Gig Alerts, plus in-studio performances representing what’s new and compelling in New York City. 

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  • Michael Katzif - Online Producer, Soundcheck

    Michael Katzif is Soundcheck's Digital Producer, where he serves as writer and site copy editor, photographer-videographer-editor, social media dude, and so on. He previously worked as an audio producer, video editor, and writer at NPR and NPR Music on All Songs Considered, the Tiny Desk Concerts series, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and a boatload of other things. He likes loud music.

  • Joel Meyer

    Joel joined Soundcheck in 2007. Prior to that, he worked at Air America Radio’s The Al Franken Show, Broadcasting & Cable magazine and WRHU-FM in Hempstead, N.Y. His radio career began at the college/alternative station Radio K in Minneapolis.

  • Dan O'Donnell - Digital Producer

    Dan came to Soundcheck from Fast Company magazine, where he produced live storytelling events. A Michigan native, he spent a good amount of time in Wisconsin, and no matter where he lives or for how long, he still sounds 100% Canadian. 

  • John Schaefer - Host, Soundcheck and New Sounds

    John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

  • Paul Schneider

    Paul Schneider joined the world of listener-supported radio in 2006 after his listener-supported band ( stopped being so self-supporting.  Luckily, he landed a position as a staff engineer at WNYC. 

  • Irene Trudel - Senior Broadcast Engineer, Soundcheck

    In the summer of 1994, Irene Trudel began a long and happy run as an engineer at WNYC Radio. In addition to her many tasks at Soundcheck, which includes mixing all the audio and live bands for the show, she is a part of the concert crew for New Sounds and WQXR live music broadcasts and recordings.