Tony Macaluso, Archive Director (and Director of Network Marketing & Syndication for the WFMT Radio Network): As the Director of Network Marketing & Syndication with the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago, Tony Macaluso oversees the distribution of several dozen classical music, jazz, folk, science and public affairs radio programs to radio stations throughout the United States and internationally including Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and others. He also helps develop new series and radio specials.
Born in the Chicago suburbs, he grew up listening to WFMT (and especially Studs Terkel’s daily interview show), studied journalism and Chinese, lived and taught in China and received a MA in Theater History from the University of Illinois. He then worked as an artist and arts administrator with several Chicago Theater companies (Redmoon Theater and the Neo-Futurists), an architectural boat tour guide and served as the Director of Marketing for the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park.
He is the author of Sounds of Chicago’s Lakefront, a book about the history of outdoor music in Chicago’s Grant Park and is currently working on a book about the cultural history of spaces at the tops of Chicago’s historic skyscrapers and an online cultural history of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.
He serves on the board of the literary magazine The Chicagoan and Opera-Matic, an outdoor spectacle theater/music company that creates site-specific work for Chicago neighborhoods.
He resides in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square with his wife Glenda and son Giulio.
Allison Schein, WMFT & STRA Archivist: Allison Schein holds her Master’s degree from Dominican University in Library and Information Science where her focus was access, advocacy, and reference; and she became a certified archivist in 2013. She organizes several outreach events in the Chicago area that bridge musicians, community archives and scholars that continue the conversation surrounding advocacy and access through her work with the Creative Audio Archive. In addition she is connecting youth to the Studs Terkel Radio Archive by inviting them to add their own narrative to the original programming. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Young Mazzuchelli Model award.
Previously, Allison worked for Columbia College Chicago in the Audio Arts and Acoustics department where she received her B.A. in Audio Design and Production in 2009.
Grace Radkins, Digital Content Librarian: Grace joined the Studs Terkel Radio Archive team during the summer of 2014. In addition to managing and often writing posts for the blog, she transcribes and tags interviews, meets with potential partners and collaborators, and hunts through the archive for interviews on specific topics. (Actors? Cab drivers? Scientists? Got it!) Grace received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University (and met Allison Schein in the process), where she focused on cataloging and metadata, and learning how to improve users’ access to information. She has previously worked with the Gail Borden District Public Library (Elgin, IL) and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her undergraduate degree is in art history, with a focus on works on paper: prints, drawings, manuscripts, and photographs. She meant to get her library science degree in order to learn how to maintain and conserve these items, but was distracted by databases and digital libraries somewhere along the way.
Grace grew up on the northside of Chicago and first encountered Studs Terkel in her high school history class, where she read Hard Times. The daughter of artists-turned-teachers, she has always been interested in the different ways people share their stories, and so working with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive is a natural fit. She is looking forward to seeing how students and other listeners incorporate their own stories with those of Studs and his interviewees.
Grace serves as Secretary for the non-profit organization Human Library Chicago. When she’s not working, there’s a good chance she’s knitting.