KPTZ’s In Conversation airs its final episode on Tuesday, July 7, immediately following the Local News at noon. The finale is available just below, for download and streaming.
For over six years host Sheila Bender and sound engineer Charlie Fleishman created In Conversation: Discussions on Writing and the Writing Life. During the show’s run, Sheila interviewed poets, novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, Young Adult writers, journalists, memoirists, cartoonists, nonfiction writers, new and emerging writers, and teachers on teaching writing, as well as youth writers, publishers, editors, and writing program directors.
Sheila’s intriguing questions and Charlie’s expert sound editing had the show’s guests, after they heard their taped program, saying they never sounded so good and so smart. That was one of the great pleasures of sharing the writing life with listeners of KPTZ. As they end the run of the show, Charlie and Sheila hope you’ll listen to the archived podcasts to enjoy the programs.
KPTZ Program Director Larry Stein will miss In Conversation as part of our program lineup. He elaborates, “For many years, Sheila Bender’s personal conversations with authors, editors, publishers, and many other players in the writing world added much to my understanding of the life and craft of the writer. The programs were informed by deep understanding, and very personal experience. They were very skillfully produced for most of the program’s life, by Charlie Fleishman.
“I would often catch the program while driving, and would marvel at the professional tone and production … from our little start-up station, KPTZ. I deeply appreciate Sheila’s and Charlie’s years of hard and careful work that helped KPTZ rise to a very professional level.”