From baseball greats to high wire artist Phillipe Petit, who walked between the Word Trade Towers, to cat resorts and fly fishing in Montana, Mary Saner has done stories for NPR, CBS, Voice of America and more, sometimes hip-deep in trout streams, other times riding motorcycles, always getting close to the action with her mic. Both memoir and how-to, the book offers insights for those who listen to radio, but more important, she offers a succinct primer for anyone wanting timeless tips on how to succeed in radio today. A must-have for media students.
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“Local Author Mary Saner Talk and Book Signing March 31” from the Chestertown Spy, March 17, 2019.
Head to Wind Publishing is delighted to announce the release of What Else You Got? Freelancing in Radio by Kent County resident, Mary Saner. Her award-winning documentary on teen pregnancy, Babies Having Babies, helped launch her radio career, but it’s her smoky voice and her fascination with people – from tennis star Boris Becker to presidential candidate Bill Clinton to the woman whose pet bat lives in her sleeve – that’s kept it going and sent her around the nation producing shows for NPR, Voice of America, CBS and more. But Saner didn’t start out in media. Like many, she hadn’t known what to do when she graduated from college, so she continued her studies until something came up. A Master’s degree in history followed by studies toward a PhD at George Washington University, with an eye to teaching would seem an unlikely preparation for a career in radio. But not for Saner, whose love of sports and nose for offbeat stories like the circus camp for kids and the luxury cat hotel in Maine have had her working alongside some of radio’s greats, including CBS’s Charles Osgood. In this her first book, she not only unfolds the trajectory of her career, but generously shares what she’s learned along the way. A fun read that’s also a must-have primer with timeless tips for anyone entering the media today. Saner will be at The Bookplate in Chestertown on Sunday, March 31 at 2PM for a talk and book signing about her off-the-beaten-path career.
About the Author
A longtime figure in American radio, Mary Saner’s distinctive voice and her natural curiosity about human stories sent her around the nation producing shows for NPR, Voice of America, CBS and more. Known for her award-winning documentary on teen pregnancy, Babies Having Babies, Saner’s work took her to interviews with notable Americans, from presidents to sports icons.
After earning a Master’s degree in history, Saner pursued a PhD at George Washington University with an intent to teach history. This interest in the broad context of the past shows through in her fascinating interviews, which find a compelling story even in unlikely places. This is her first book.