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Shortcuts

Series produced by Peter Bochan

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Mixing music, dialogue from soundtracks, press conferences, sound effects and other sources, Shortcuts has presented a wide variety of themes over the past forty years, including programs on growing up, growing old, going crazy, being afraid, alone, in love; shows on music, space, race and politics from Watergate to Obama Care, plus retrospectives featuring the major events of each passing year. Recorded and mixed digitally, shortcuts features no narration, it's message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of the various elements.

Daily News: "a stunning stereo mix of music, news, movie dialogue, commercials and other sound sources...shortcuts is a theme-oriented program with no narration, a splice-of-life montage.... After the Three Mile Island catastrophe, Bochan produced "A Shortcut to Harrisburg" in which a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official repeatedly assured the public that "everything was under control" while Elvis Costello sang "Accidents Will happen" in the background."


"The yearly Shortcuts series has become a genuine pubradio tradition-- something we radio folk look forward to, secure in knowledge our listeners are gonna love it. It's a musical voxpop & sound-bite tour of the past year, and a tour de force of sonic-editing sweat, song, speech, and segue. 2007's Shortcuts got it all: global warmth, Imus' hot seat, The Sopranos swan song, steroids in baseball, and Bhutto's assassination. Instant nostalgia, history and overview. Weeks after we broadcast the 2006 Shortcuts we were still getting gushing listener calls" "What was that great hour you played with news-clips and pop-culture and music and all kinda mixed together and..." etc., etc. Shortcuts is an annual audio extravaganza and audience pleaser.

(Producer) Barrett Golding , KGLT
Bozeman, MT
January 4, 2008 Hide full description

Daily News: "a stunning stereo mix of music, news, movie dialogue, commercials and other sound sources...shortcuts is a theme-oriented program with no narration, a splice-of-life montage.... After the Three Mile Island catastrophe, Bochan produced "A Shortcut to Harrisburg" in which a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official repeatedly assured the public that "everything was under control" while Elvis Costello sang "Accidents Will happen" in the background." "The yearly Shortcuts series has become a genuine pubradio tradition-- something we radio folk look forward to, secure in knowledge our listeners are gonna love it. It's a musical voxpop & sound-bite tour of the past year, and a tour de force of sonic-editing sweat, song, speech, and segue. 2007's Shortcuts got it all: global... Show full description


47 Pieces

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Caption: George McGovern
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama completely mixed up in a special "Election Shortcut". The first Shortcut was broadcast in November of 1972 in reaction...

Bought by KBRP Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 24, 2012
  • Length: 59:56
  • Purchases: 1
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a rough mix of a rough year--a moody retrospective "All Mixed Up"

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:12
  • Purchases: 1
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A unique audio retrospective...A Shortcut Back through the 20th Century is an impressionistic glance back at the last one hundred years, featuring ...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:36
Caption: Obama Yes We Did!
A review of the past ten years, from January 2000 through December 31st 2009. Mixing words, music and sounds from all the major events of the 21st ...

Bought by KUT, Remix Radio, and KGLT


  • Added: Dec 30, 2009
  • Length: 03:03:17
  • Purchases: 3
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"A Mother's Shortcut" - a nostalgic look back at Mother's Day, mixing music, comedy and archival material

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WMPG, KMXT, KVSC, KGOU and more


  • Added: May 03, 2006
  • Length: 28:25
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Santa Claus Jr.
A Holiday Classic! Join Howdy, Mickey, John, Paul, George & Ringo on this "wild and crazy joyride" to Santa's workshop in the northern most reaches...

Bought by KRZA, KVSC, KMXT, KFAI, KRZA and more


  • Added: Dec 16, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Buddy Holly
A ninety minute documentary about Buddy Holly and the Crickets, celebrating his life & music, on the anniversary of "The day The Music Died".

Bought by Prairie Public, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, and KGLT


  • Added: Jan 23, 2009
  • Length: 01:24:23
  • Purchases: 3
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A hour-long retrospective of the past year, including the historic election of Barack Obama* mixed with the sounds, music and major events of 2008.

Bought by KUT-HD, Marfa Public Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KWIT, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jan 01, 2009
  • Length: 59:14
  • Purchases: 10
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Barack Obama-The Campaign for President

Bought by KUER, KUCB, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, WMNF, KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and more


  • Added: Dec 02, 2008
  • Length: 54:17
  • Purchases: 24
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George Carlin's 7 Dirty Words - RIP Mixes (clean)

Bought by XRAY.fm, Moab Public Radio, KGLT, Marfa Public Radio, and KVMR


  • Added: Jun 23, 2008
  • Length: 21:02
  • Purchases: 5
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A Presidential look at misconduct, dirty politics and Impeachment

Bought by KVMR, KZYX, KMUN, KTNA, WJFF and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2006
  • Length: 58:40
  • Purchases: 9
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A Father's Day Special, a classic mix of memorable music, clips and interviews with Dad

Bought by Moab Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KUT, PRX Remix, KGOU and more


  • Added: May 17, 2007
  • Length: 27:37
  • Purchases: 6
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Sounds and Emotions of 9/11

Bought by KMXT, KISU, WAMU, KUT, WMNF and more


  • Added: Sep 08, 2006
  • Length: 29:17
  • Purchases: 10
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A Classic Halloween Special recorded and mixed on a two track machine and spliced together by hand--"from the bodies I took from graveyards..."

Bought by KMUN, KMUN, WCAI / WNAN, KUT, KUT and more


  • Added: Sep 27, 2006
  • Length: 54:37
  • Purchases: 16
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Tribute to The Godfather of Soul!

Bought by WYSO, KFAI, KGLT, and WYSO


  • Added: Dec 27, 2006
  • Length: 25:25
  • Purchases: 4
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What Is Life? What's the Meaning of It All?

Bought by WAMU, Moab Public Radio, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 17, 2009
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 3
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1968-The 40th Anniversary Mix

Bought by WJFF, KGLT, and KFAI


  • Added: Feb 15, 2008
  • Length: 37:32
  • Purchases: 3
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The 45th Anniversary Mix

Bought by KMUN, KMUN, KZYX, WUIS, WRVO Public Media and more


  • Added: Aug 05, 2009
  • Length: 55:31
  • Purchases: 6
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Historical look at Presidential Elections

Bought by KBRP Community Radio and KGLT


  • Added: Feb 19, 2008
  • Length: 27:36
  • Purchases: 2

  • Added: Jul 02, 2008
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 23