As the host and executive producer of The Sound Podcast, Ira brings almost 20 years of experience working in all facets of media in Canada. He has always had a passion for music and saw his first Grateful Dead show on December 28, 1991 in Oakland, California. When he isn’t listening to music or enjoying a live show, you can catch him watching a Toronto Blue Jays or Toronto Raptors game. Ira is the proud father of two teen girls who hate Dad’s music :).
Adam fell in love with the Grateful Dead in 1990. He saw his first show on March 20, 1992, Hamilton, Ontario and never looked back. His immense love for the band and their music has only grown over time. With over 20 years experience in radio and audio production, it seemed the right fit to parlay his passion and skills into something meaningful, something he could share with all the fans of this great community. Adam is married and a proud father of two girls.
The buttery soft woman’s voice you hear on everything The Sound Podcast produces belongs to this insanely talented woman. Andrea’s voice is synonymous with goodness, and it can be heard throughout Toronto as one of the Toronto Transit Commission voices. She has spent a career in media, and continues to lend her talent to various radio and TV commercials, corporate videos and much more. She’s a huge music fan and has a gorgeous painting of Jerry Garcia hanging in her office. She saw her first Grateful Dead show at Kingswood Music Theatre June 30th, 1987. She’s a Mom to two, a wife to one and a master juggler.
J.D Cohen is a Boston based photographer who has been involved in the live music scene in New England and the Tri-State area for many years. His obsession with music and photography started at a very early age- he attended his first Grateful Dead show in New Haven, CT in 1978. His first official shoot was for The Eric Krasno Band and The Marcus King Band at the Brighton Music Hall early in 2017. Since then, J.D has been laser focused on adding to his portfolio, photographing JRAD, Dead & Company Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio, The Tedeschi Trucks, Moe, Umphrey’s McGee, Wilco, Steve Earl, Stanley Jordan and many others; he has also been a staple at Jam Band Music Festivals. When he is not in the pit, J.D enjoys the being active and outdoors skiing, mountain biking, softball, golf and hanging out with his 2 sons, who are very fond of travelling internationally.
Michael Nadler is a full time dad, seller of second hand LEGO, and occasional stand-up comic who loves whatever music Ira tells him to. His first experience in the scene was with Ira at a Phish show in 1991 and then 24 years later at Fare Thee Well. In Chicago, he began to understand the enormous love and importance of the Deadhead and wider Jam Band community, fell in love with Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance and learned how starting the day with a joint and a double Caesar can lead to great things. Since The Sound Podcast launched, Michael has been assisting in business development, curating content and assisting in the organization and direction of the group. Michael once forgot to turn the camera on for an interview with a major Canadian icon, wishes Ira wouldn’t geek out with the musicians so often, and is even starting to appreciate New Grass
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