Just Another Fish Story

You didn’t hear this from me, but sometimes the best approach to working on a story is to not have much of a plan. (cough)

I actually can’t believe I just wrote that.

I’m a firm believer in working with a penciled-in plan before embarking on a story. Starting out, a producer should have a pretty good sense of who to talk to, where to record active tape (people doing stuff), and a rough idea of how the story might be told. It’s advice I doggedly offer students at Salt.

Producer Molly Menschel ignored most of those recommendations and ended up assembling what I believe is the best student piece produced at Salt. Molly followed her instincts rather than the rules.

Inspiration struck after she stumbled across a ten-year old story about a beached whale in Lubec, Maine. Armed only with a little preparation, she grabbed her microphone, some camping gear, and her curiosity then drove four hours to Lubec and interviewed anyone she could find for four days straight.

The result is “Just Another Fish Story.” Have a listen.




  1. 2 Responses to “Just Another Fish Story”

  2. By Sykie Toles on Jul 20, 2010

    This story came on as I was washing dishes and when I heard “Lubec, Maine, beached whale story” I flipped! I live near Seattle now, but I grew up in Lubec. Listening to the voices sent chills up and down my spine. The cadences, accents, turns of phrase, sly humor…I was telling my 10-year-old, listen, listen! Thank you for letting me spend a little while with the people I grew up around.

  3. By jessie tyler on Jan 1, 2012

    i love this my grandfather Maurice Allen was the main narrator in this story , sadly he passed away in august 2010 , this story gives my children a memory of there great grandfather he was a local legend and will be truly missed !!

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