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 in 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.
Sara joins the team after successful stints at Corus Entertainment and in project management for a digital marketing and infrastructure company. She is well aware of Ira Haberman’s passion for The Grateful Dead, and the Jam Band community having worked by his side for eight years as the National Manager of digital content for Corus Entertainment’s radio division. Sara has blogged, created awesome content, and overseen social media practice for many Canadian radio stations. Sara is a music aficionado too, and would love to tell you about her passion for singer-songwriters with bushy beards (not that she has a type). Sara is the proud mother of a son and an adventurous golden retriever. There is a good chance, if Sara sees this picture she is going to kill Ira.
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.
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.
Ari Reis has been mixing music and hosting shows since he first got his hands on a double tape boom box as a kid. For the last ten years he hosted the ‘Golden Brown’ radio show at WVEW in Vermont, which featured a wide variety of music, as well as guest interviews and live performances. Ari has travelled extensively throughout the country to attend hundreds of concerts and is always happy to entertain you with his wild tales from the road. In addition to his DJ work, he is a writer, poet, and teacher. When not at the Sound Podcast, you can find him hiking trails and reading ancient mystical literature with his two sons in the shady groves of London, Ontario.