Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. – Albert Einstein

About Us:


From the heart of Lower Manhattan, Murray Street has built an international reputation for innovation in audio, radio, podcasting and digital media – from production and technical direction, to marketing and distribution.

Our network of independent producers and engineers has crafted programs for public radio, broadcast live events, helped pioneer books on tape, fashioned audio installations, built a sports broadcasting network and created a groundbreaking, rule-breaking, award winning daily series. Now our activities include digital media such as live web streaming, podcasting and satellite broadcast.

Murray Street productions and co-productions, including The Territory of Art, One People Many Voices, Passover Dreams, HEAT with John Hockenberry, Independent Minds, Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues, Future Forward and Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, have won two George Foster Peabody Awards, as well as honors from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the International Radio Festivals, the Catholic Academy, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with three Grammy ® nominations.

Murray Street collaborates with some of the most respected presenters in the world of performance including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, National Park Service and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). We maintain longtime alliances with National Public Radio, Public Radio International and Public Radio Exchange. In addition, Murray Street has a history of distributing programs directly to public and commercial radio stations, including Sounds of Science, Pulse of the Planet, Voices of Innovation, The DNA Files, Independent Minds and many other specials. Murray Street is a founding member of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).

Steve Rathe formed the company in 1981 and continues as senior producer for specials and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio series. Utilizing his extensive background in production, high energy and an ear for detail, he consults often on program development and marketing.

David Goren, writer and producer for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, also serves as our technical director. He's been a key player on the Murray Street team since 1997 and is responsible for the rich sound of many of our programs.

Lauren Krenzel, producer and senior editor, has worked with Murray Street since 1987 in a multiplicity of roles. Most recently, she's been writing and producing our podcast projects for IMNG and Price Waterhouse Coopers. She continues as writer and senior script editor for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio.

Saudra Palmer-Grassi (Palmer-Grassi Recording) is our lead music recording engineer, responsible for vibrant live performance mixes heard on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, Symphony Space Live, and the Essentially Ellington CDs.

Josh Landes is our assitant producer. He was once an intern; now he works on Jazz At Lincoln Center Radio.

Andrew Rosenblum has worked with Murray Street since 1997, joining to work on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio. He continues to serve as our webmaster and, since finishing his PhD, is also writing for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio.

Supervising daily operations in the Murray Street office is our team of pet project managers: Jamie and Lulu.


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Murray Street Graduates:

Simon Renter was the associate producer for WC Handy's Blues and was a writer and associate producer for our Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio with Wynton Marsalis. He was marketing manager for Pulse of the Planet, European Jazz Stage, The Paul Winter Solstice and many other programs.

Alexa Lim was our associate producer for Jazz At Lincoln Center Radio from 2008 to 2013.

Matthew Long-Middleton was our marketing manager. He parlayed his summer internship into a position handling direct promotion to stations for a diverse range of programs.

Chris Roose assisted in both production and marketing efforts as well as acting as our friendly IT expert. European Jazz Stage and Pulse of the Planet are two programs which have benefited from his efforts.

Margaret Bresnahan was our Summer 2009 intern and became a valable production coordinator soon afterwords.  Armed with a degree in English Literature from Smith College, Margaret plans to find her place in Radioland, traversing the airwaves and surveying soundscapes until she finds the right frequency.

Adam Pogoff was our Winter 2009 intern and was weaned on the clean water of Minnesota and the fresh sounds of Minnesota Public Radio. He currently lives inside a large antique cabinet radio somewhere in Brooklyn and is working on bridging the terrestrial-digital divide as an independent producer.

Jocelyn Bonadio, our summer 2007 intern, kept the office running smoothly by working on everything from prepping mailings and buying supplies to editing audio and booking interviews.


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