MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Paul Chuffo began his radio carrer at WKCR-FM while studying literature at Columbia University in New York. In 1995, he became associate producer at Murray Street Productions, working for four years on NPR's Jazz From Lincoln Center and many live broadcasts and radio specials. He directed the series' host Ed Bradley (correspondent for 60 Minutes), wrote and edited scriptes, and produced live recording for many venues.
In 1999, WNYC - New York Public Radio - brought Paul on as head of Special Projects. He wrote, directed and produced cultural programs, news pieces, serveral national classical music series, and over 100 live broadcasts. While at WNYC, Paul spearheaded the creation of a daily talk show about music, "Soundcheck with John Schaefer" and continued as Senior Producer for 3 years.
In 2001, Paul co-founded Joyride Media, and independent radio production company that has crafted over 130 hours of content. These programs center on music and the people who create it - from Johnny Cash to Nina Simone to The Rolling Stones. They have aired on over a thousand stations nationally and internationally. As producer, Paul conceives, researches, interviews, engineers, and writes scripts for these documentaries.
In 2010, Paul produced a television special called GoGreener for PBS and co-authored a companion book. The project offered helpful tips on reducing energy costs at home and in the office.
Paul won a 1997 Peabody Award, Several AIR Awards and numerous Zeitgeist Awards for most-listened-to and downloaded programs on the website prx.org, where hundreds of public radio stations find content.
Paul is a proud father of two with artist Heidi Neff. He also dabbles in filmmaking and was once a drummer who toured in 19 countries and 48 states.