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WCA #304 with Joyce Lieberman – Hitchhiking, Woodstock, Electronics School, Fresh Air, WHYY, and the Avocado Cutlass Supreme

My guest today is Joyce Lieberman. Joyce has been working at WHYY in Philadelphia for the last 44 years, starting in 1976. She worked for 11 years as a Technician, 11 years as a Technical Director of Fresh Air, and 22 years as a Radio Engineering Supervisor. Joyce and I met at a dinner in Los Angeles four or five years ago. I discovered that she worked for WHYY and Terry Gross, and I began lobbying her to come on the show. Fast forward five years later, I get an email from Joyce saying, “Hey, I’ve got some free time. I’m ready to do this.” So we have a great conversation about Joyce’s career and all the details of WHYY. Very excited to bring you, Joyce Lieberman, here on the Working Class Audio podcast.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Radio Roles
  • Terry Gross and Fresh Air
  • Music
  • Long Island
  • Math and Science
  • Hitchhiking
  • Woodstock
  • The Cutlass Supreme
  • Philadelphia 
  • WHYY
  • Nurses and Teachers
  • Feminism 
  • Cuba
  • Basic Electronics Theory
  • Radio Theory
  • Television
  • Electronics School
  • Breaking into Radio
  • Bicycling Tapes
  • Salaries

Matt’s Monologue: The Passing of Moto, Recording, and Perspective

Links and Show Notes


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