Powered By Laughter

Katie West smiles to change the world. (Photo by Avery Moore.)


Radio producer Avery Moore heard the following mantra for *four* years at journalism school: DON’T USE MUSIC!

Over and over, DON’T USE MUSIC was beaten into her.

Journalistically speaking, the logic is simple — don’t use music unless it’s part of the story. If it’s not part of the story, then the music is not germane and it shouldn’t be in the piece. Secondly, the argument continues, music can be emotionally manipulative — stick to the facts not manipulation.

That’s what Avery was taught and come hell or high water, she was going to stick with that philosophy… until late one night, sitting in front of her ProTools session at Salt, producing a profile, Avery did the unimaginable… and felt nauseous.

Click and listen.


PS – Listen to the band Saregama here.

If you’re on the hunt for copyright free music, try these sites:







And here’s a link to the Creative Commons page with lots of links to other sites.


  1. 5 Responses to “Powered By Laughter”

  2. By Brock Lueck on Aug 28, 2010

    This as the last year of Saltcasts have been really great. They are a nice mix of creative and technical issues (can you seperate those?!) that makes me feel that each podcast is a mini class. Thanks so much and keep up the good work.

    Brock Lueck, Edinburgh

  3. By robert on Sep 8, 2010

    Thanks Brock. Good to know we’re coming in loud and clear in Edinburgh!

  4. By marty pieratt on Oct 18, 2010

    Good stuff. Played today in my broadcast journalism class at Indiana University

  5. By Rob Rosenthal on Oct 18, 2010

    Marty — What did the students say?


  6. By Marty Pieratt on Mar 15, 2011

    They loved it. Sorry so late. Use your stuff a lot.

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