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WCA #302 with Leslie Gaston-Bird – Black Women In Audio, AES, Recording The TV, Dolby Atmos, Morph The Cat, and Running vs. Pancakes

My guest today is Leslie Gaston-Bird. She has been in the industry for over 30 years. Twelve of that in public radio (including National Public Radio), Seventeen in sound for picture, and Thirteen years as an educator. She’s the author of the book “Women in Audio.” She’s a member of the AES, where she chairs numerous committees and on the board of governors. She runs Mix Messiah Productions as a freelance re-recording mixer and sound editor. She was a tenured associate professor of recording arts at the University of Colorado Denver and is co-director for the Sound Girls, UK chapter and Sound Girls scholarships, travel grants. She’s been busy, to say the least, and I’m thrilled to have her on the show. Leslie Gaston-Bird, coming up here on the Working Class Audio Podcast.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing Up In Ohio
  • Dads’ Reel to Reel
  • Recording The TV
  • Making $4.10 an Hour
  • NPR
  • The Magic Number
  • The Arrakis Workstation
  • Sounds Restoration For Film
  • Academia vs. the Private Sector
  • AES
  • Unicorns
  • Black Women In Audio
  • Dolby Atmos
  • New Mixing Space
  • Rate Cards
  • Networking
  • Morph The Cat
  • Being a Planner
  • Chicken Heads
  • Languages
  • Running vs. Pancakes

Matt’s Monologue: Labeling Your Work

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Leslie Gaston-Bird
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab