David Isay

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David Isay
Born David Avram Isay
(1965-12-05) December 5, 1965 (age 49)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Radio producer
Known for Founder of StoryCorps

David Avram Isay (born December 5, 1965) is an American radio producer and founder of Sound Portraits Productions.[1] He is also the founder of StoryCorps, an ongoing oral history project.[2]


David Isay grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and Manhattan, New York. He is the son of the psychiatrist, Richard Isay.[3] and book editor and author, Jane Isay.[4] He graduated from New York University in 1987.[5]

Isay produced a wide variety of programs for NPR, including Yiddish Radio Project with Henry Sapoznik, salvaging recordings of Victor Packer.[6] He also produced "The Execution Tapes", nineteen recordings of the 23 electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984.[7]

In 2003 Isay set up an oral history recording booth at Grand Central Station, in New York City.[8] He recruited oral historian, Studs Terkel of Chicago, to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the opening of StoryCorps first booth.[9] Today, StoryCorps has recording booths in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco [10] and in 2005, StoryCorps converted two airstream trailers into a MobileBooth traveling recording studios, launching its first cross-country tour. In 2010, StoryCorps began animating a selection of their interviews with the Rauch Brothers, thus making the leap from radio broadcast to television on shows like PBS’ POV and online animated videos.




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