Michael Vuolo

Former OTM producer Mike Vuolo was reared in the bucolic wilds of New Jersey, on a neighborhood block populated entirely with Italians and Jews - including his own childhood home, which contained both. It was a time filled with exaggerated hand gestures, loving care, and hysterical worry, all now channeled productively into public radio. Mike is an alumnus of Brown University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Michael Vuolo appears in the following:

Pitch Perfect

Friday, July 06, 2012

Barry Becher, co-creator of the Ginsu knife and the master of the hard sell TV pitch died recently. In memory, we are re-airing an exploration of the world of television pitchmen by erstwhile OTM producer Mike Vuolo.


Weird Al Yankovic - Mr. Popeil

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Lexicon Valley takes on Mad Men

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mad Men's fifth season is over. From it's start, part of the show's allure has been the way it meticulously creates Manhattan in the 1960’s. Period specific language is part of that, but verbal anachronisms sneak in with surprising frequency. In this excerpt of the Lexicon Valley podcast, Bob Garfield and former OTM producer Mike Vuolo discuss the linguistic anachronisms in Mad Men.

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Mike Vuolo and the Lexicon Valley

Friday, July 08, 2011

For almost seven years Mike Vuolo produced On the Media, until he left last week. Mike was a brilliant producer and a real mensch but he was also a language obsessive who wrote crossword puzzles on the side and always knew just what you meant to say and how to correctly say it.  He produced a few podcasts about language before he left and in his honor we're airing one of them this week.  We invite you to join us in missing Mike very much. 

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