Happy Birthday Studs!

Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912.

Studs Terkel smoking a cigar in a recording studio, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1960.

Studs Terkel smoking a cigar in a recording studio, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1960.

1912 was quite a year.  The Titanic made its first and last voyage, the Republic of China was founded, the African National Congress was formed, and Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard A. Taft, and Eugene Debs all ran for U.S. President.  (Wilson won, and women couldn’t vote yet!)

What better way to celebrate his birthday than hearing from those who admired him most?


Thanks to our friends at MediaBurn for providing this video montage of Studs’ memorial service.  You can view the full 2 hour version here.

Photo credit: Chicago History Museum, ICHi-65442; Stephen Deutch, photographer

In Praise of the late Jim Unrath: Studs’ Great Producer

jim-unrath_CROPPED-e1335893182170The Stud Terkel Archive and WFMT Radio lost one of the greats this weekend when Jim Unrath passed away of heart failure at his home in Stockton, California. Tony Macaluso, Archive Director here at The Studs Terkel Archive, wrote a short piece about Jim and his work with Studs, including a few great audio clips.

In recent years, I’ve had the immense pleasure of listening to many of the programs Jim Unrath produced with Studs Terkel. His work as an editor and co-creator is remarkable. It’s complex, witty, profound, full of surprises and charts its own path. His role in expanding the possibilities of radio as an artistic medium is tremendous.

And here’s a marvelous interview with Jim from Transom by Sydney Lewis:
About Born To Live with Jim Unrath


And perhaps my favorite, the program “Come in at the Door” based on the writings of Nelson Algren (in two parts):

Consider taking a moment to listen to some of Jim’s remarkable work.

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Did you ever meet Studs?

Studs was always meeting new people and making connections, and not just with the rich & famous!  He often spoke with “regular people” – children, teachers, bartenders, taxi drivers, and people he met on the street – if you were one of those people, we’d love to hear from you!  Were you or a relative or friend interviewed on his show?  Perhaps you ran into him on one of his many jaunts through Chicago with his recording equipment.

Your memories can help to make the archive an even better reflection of Studs’s life and work.  If you have a Studs story (or photograph) to share, we’d love to hear from you!  Please get in touch with Allison Schein, the Archive Manager, at aschein@wfmt.com.  Thanks!