We, Them & Us

Jeff Jacoby, Host & Executive Producer
Jeff currently performs as Associate Professor of Audio & Radio for the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State University, and faculty advisor to student-run radio station, KSFS. Jeff has practiced radio, audio, and video since 1975, winning an Emmy and numerous other awards for his efforts. He was previously on the faculty of Quinnipiac University, Real Art Ways, & The Media Arts Center in Connecticut, and currently serves on the Board of Directors at The National Radio Project in Oakland, CA. Ongoing projects include The Traveling Radio Show, CitySonics, and The Freedom Fries Art Collective. In addition to his Emmy & two Emmy nominations, Jacoby has been awarded two Ciné Golden Eagles, two Benjamin Franklins, two Crystal Radios, a Gold Cindy, and artist grants from the Connecticut Arts Commission and San Francisco State University.

Thomas Hood, Co-Host & Co-Producer
Thomas Hood has been involved in music and sound recording since 1970. He established Hood's Woods Music, a recording and production facility in Portland, Oregon. Hood contributes programming at community radio stations nationwide, performs as a sound and radio artist, and is producing independent radio programs on a wide variety of topics.

Franklin Ruetz, Actor & Co-Producer
Franklin Ruetz has been producing and hosting radio programs since 1973, beginning his career at KPFK in Los Angeles, California. His work with The Traveling Radio Show began at KAOS and continued at KBOO-FM Portland, Oregon, where he developed characters that are still used in the program. Ruetz has also taught audio skills workshops at the college level and was honored as a 25-year station veteran at KBOO's 30th anniversary.

David Gordon, Actor & Co-Producer
David Gordon’s career in radio began at KAOS in Olympia, Washington, where he hosted and produced several programs, including working with the original Traveling Radio Show. He traveled with the original troupe and developed a knack for on-air character improvisation. He continues to develop new characters and concepts for our show.

Nikki Levine, Road Manager
Nikki Levine is a former student intern of Jeff Jacoby. She road managed for The Traveling Radio Show in New York City. She currently lives in Hollywood, California and works in the world of independent feature films on such projects as "I'm Reed Fish and The Fallen".

These wonderful players recorded the music for the San Francisco episode. Gaucho, a gypsy jazz sextet, was formed in 2002. The lineup consists of Dave Ricketts & Michael Groh on guitars, Ari Munkres on standup bass, Rob Reich on accordion, Ralph Carney on horns and Pete Devine on drums & percussion. On occasion, guest artists bring their own spice to the mix. For booking or more information, visit www.gauchojazz.com.

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, TRS musical themes
Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights are the Jug Band of the 21st century. Originally founded in 1986, they continue to perform at major folk and roots music festivals throughout North America. Their first CD was released in 1996 to critical acclaim. W.S.B.L. maintains the spirit, humor, creativity, and musicality of the Jug Band tradition of our American musical heritage. For Booking or more information email us: petermenta@cs.com.