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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


46 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: The King of Pop
A tribute mix to the "King of Pop" who changed and shocked the world over his short fifty years in front of us all.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2009
  • Length: 28:23
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Mix

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KMUN, WNMU-FM, KZYX, KVSC and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2006
  • Length: 29:27
  • Purchases: 50
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An hour-long retrospective of the year 2007

Bought by Remix Radio, WCAI / WNAN, WJFF, Marfa Public Radio, KWIT and more


  • Added: Dec 29, 2007
  • Length: 59:33
  • Purchases: 11
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An hour-long retrospective of the year 2006

Bought by KGLT, KUT, KVMR, North Country Public Radio, and WNED


  • Added: Dec 22, 2006
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
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A year end retrospective of 2005

Bought by WMBR and KVMR


  • Added: Jan 06, 2006
  • Length: 59:36
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Fight Them!
A look back at the year--2003

  • Added: Jan 02, 2007
  • Length: 59:44