Radio Free Brooklyn is led by a management team that guides day-to-day operation of the organization including studio operations, program management, editorial, marketing, and community engagement. The overall mission, fundraising strategy and long-term direction of the organization are guided by our Board of Directors, who are all leaders in the community and in their respective fields of expertise.
Tom Tenney (Co-founder) Prior to starting RFB, Tom was the founder and Director of the annual RE/Mixed Media Festival in NYC. He has been producing theatrical events since the 1980’s, working with a diverse group of artists – from Robert Wilson to DJ Spooky – and his long-running late-night series Grindhouse-A-Go-Go! was the flagship show at Surf Reality’s House of Urban Savages on the LES from 1998-2002. Tom got his M.A. in Media Studies from the New School and his B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fun Arts) from Ringling Brothers Clown College. He has been a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and a Media Studies professor at Hofstra University and New Jersey City University. Tom is the host of Frequency Theory on RFB.
Robert Prichard (Co-founder) Before RFB, Rob was the co-founder and proprietor of Surf Reality’s House of Urban Savages, a seventy-seat black-box performance space on the Lower East Side from 1993-2003. He has produced several theatrical productions including Radical Vaudeville at Mo Pitkins and Bowery Poetry Club, and 64: A Vaudeville of the Mind at the HERE Art Space 2012. He’s also known for his work in the 1980s TROMA cult films The Toxic Avenger and The Class of Nuke ‘Em High. He is the producer and host of Bushwick Garage and hosts the Thursday edition of Brooklyn Bandstand on Radio Free Brooklyn.
Rachel Cleary (Music Director) Rachel Cleary is a Brooklyn native who has been involved with Radio Free Brooklyn since 2015. She produces and hosts Hear and Now with Rachel C., a show inspired by her experience in NYC’s downtown performance arts scene. She has appeared in and co-produced several independent films, and her story was the subject of a one-act play titled Marathon Play, which was featured in the Prelude Theater Festival in 2014. She was also a staff reporter for The Shadow Press. Rachel holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College and an M.S. in Urban and Multicultural Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Contact Rachel
Shane Gasteyer (Station Director) is a union organizer, musicians’ rights activist, and crazy cat gentleman, as well as the writer and co-host of NYC’s best (and only) regular Music Trivia night. He is also the host of Everybody Plays the Fool, a weekly music show on Radio Free Brooklyn. Contact Shane
Eryn Levine (Programming Director) Eryn Levine is an avid pursuer of storytelling. In the past she has written fiction, made Youtube videos, performed at The Moth, and worked in book publishing. She is overjoyed to have found in Radio Free Brooklyn a buzzing hub for local stories and experiences, and a home for her own work in radio producing. As Director of Programming on the RFB management team, she oversees new show onboarding, show schedules, the rotating hosts of Pot Luck Dinner, and more. You can also find her playing dungeons & dragons and other nerdy/storytelling/role-playing games as the host of Game Play Radio. Contact Eryn
Calvin Williams (Technical Director) Calvin Williams, a native of Brooklyn, is part music geek, part tech geek, part oddball creative. By day, Calvin battles the slings and arrows of network and communications technology as an IT and VoIP Professional, and by night, he can be found either in his bedroom working on music/graphics/code or learning something new and geeky, out at a concert (likely with DSLR in hand), or, on any given Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, can be heard on the Radio Free Brooklyn airwaves as host of the music show Lush Vibes Radio. It has been an unlikely journey from long time listener, to show host, to management team member, but Calvin is grateful to be lending his skills and talents to RFB and playing a role in its continued growth and success. Contact Calvin
Noel Dinneen (Director, Mobile & Archiving) is an actor and improvisor who came to New York from Canada by way of Chicago. He has appeared in Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s Show Me a Hero, the film and stage versions of Charlie Victor Romeo, as well as many things best forgotten by time. Noel is co-host of the comedy show Get Rich Quick with Josh and Noel currently airing on Radio Free Brooklyn. He is honored to be able to aid in RFB’s ability to create, foster, and promote community and art. The best things often come from unexpected places. Contact Noel
Jonathan B. Lerner (Director of Community & Social) joined Radio Free Brooklyn in November of 2016. Since then, he’s been the producer and host of The Next Best Thing, every Monday night from 10-midnight. He’s also produced live events, and is the intrepid leader of RFB’s internal Feedback Committee, designed to help hosts learn, grow, and improve their shows. While studying vocal performance, conducting and music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Lerner served as producer and host of The Bloomington Morning Buzz on 99.1FM WIUX. He now works as a Digital Project Manager for Cadence13, a premium podcast company, and division of RADIO.com. While not creating content, Jonathan lives life as a singer, news junkie, observational comic, and huge fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs! Contact Jonathan
Orie Givens (News & Community Engagement Director) is a multimedia journalist, communications manager, and co-founder of LGBTQ podcast network Radio QueerMinded. Orie’s published work includes features for The Advocate, Harlem Focus, Daily Xtra, JJIE.org, Outlook Ohio and other outlets. Orie is also the host of Radio Free Brooklyn’s Queer State of Mind, a live two-hour music and talk show focused on LGBTQ people, news, events and stories from around Brooklyn, New York City and beyond, and the Executive Producer/Moderator of RFB’s first politics and current events program, the forthcoming Objection to the Rule. Orie has a B.A. in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and a M.A. in Journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Contact Orie
Board of Directors
Betsy Finston: Betsy Finston is a Marketing Strategist at Publicis New York. She works on a variety of brands including Citibank, Smucker’s, Milk Bone and Oral B. She has over 20 years’ Digital Marketing experience helping corporations such as Columbia University Medical Center, Herman Miller, Sheraton, Oxygen Media and Zee TV using digital media and data to increase visibility, generate leads and drive new business.
Phil Buehler(Vice President)Phil is a visual artist and a strategist in advertising and media. He has held senior management positions in strategic planning at several advertising agencies, including Young and Rubicam and Ogilvy & Mather, and has helped define strategies for numerous brands, including American Express, AT&T, Ford, Marriott, and Verizon. Known as a pioneer the use of ethnographic research in advertising as well as data analytics, he now runs Data Dialog, a boutique consulting firm. Phil is also recognized as an early urban explorer and photographer, His work has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums, including a solo exhibition in 2017 at Front Room Gallery on the remnants of the Cold War. Phil has served on several not-for-profit boards, including HERE Arts Center and Momenta Art. He lives in Bushwick with his wife, visual artist and performer Lisa Levy.
Catherine Patterson (Secretary) Catherine is the Executive Director of Experiential Campaigns at Young & Rubicam. Her expertise is in designing, architecting and producing world-class experiential programs for clients such as Nestle, Nikon, Navy, Pepperidge Farms, Xerox, Dell, MasterCard, the Explorers Club, New York International Children’s Film Festival and the National Parks. Her work is developed at the crossroads of technology, content and culture, and has delivered significant wins in design, branded content, immersive/OOH, social, mobile, and mixed reality/experiential.
Asha Saluja (Treasurer)Asha is a business operations specialist residing in Brooklyn by way of Miami, Florida. She’s worked in finance and operations roles at various NYC media companies. She currently works as a senior analyst on the business operations team at Pandora Radio. Asha’s professional goal is keeping art and journalism free, fair, and accessible in the age of the internet. She has a B.A. in economics from NYU with a minor in Media, Culture, and Communications.
Bob Holmes: Bob is an international recording artist and the CEO of Sudden Industries, an award-winning digital agency with a focus on creating engaging digital entertainment across all aspects of the youth market, working with artists including the Elvis Presley estate, P. Diddy, Foo Fighters, MTV, VH1, and Fuse. As a musical artist and producer, he founded and led the pioneering punk country band Rubber Rodeo, and has produced for a diverse range of artists including David Bowie, k.d. lang, Nils Lofgren, and Treat Her Right.
Cara Bowler: Cara Bowler is a marketing and fundraising professional with over 20 years experience and a passion for enriching the lives of New York City dwellers through arts, culture and compassionate community building. As Membership Director at WFUV Public Radio for 12 years, she built strong relationships between donors and the radio station. Prior to WFUV, Cara was the membership marketing manager at the National Audubon Society and worked at direct response advertising agencies before that. Her focus has now moved towards serving communities in need of a voice. Cara lives in Brooklyn with her cat Willow, who are both music lovers!