Ben Manilla

Continuing Lecturer, Director of Audio

Ben Manilla is one of America's foremost audio producers. His 30-year career spans all aspects of creative sound production. He has invented series for National Public Radio, The Disney Company, The Library of Congress, CBS, PBS, and many others. For over 20 years he has collaborated with Dan Aykroyd on the House of Blues radio series. Together, they wrote the book, "Elwood's Blues". Ben's work has been honored with the Peabody Award, the Major Armstrong Award, The Edward R. Murrow Award, The Music Journalism Award, The Ohio State Public Service Broadcasting Award, Billboard Magazine's Syndicated Radio Show Award, and many more. Ben has a degree in Drama from New York University.

Books:

Elwood's Blues

Written with Dan Aykroyd, "Elwood's Blues" contains a series of interviews conducted for The House of Blues Radio Hour. It includes conversations with several artists no longer with us including Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny Winter, and Bo Diddley.

Other interviews in the book include BB King, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', and Charlie Musselwhite.

Awards:

The Peabody Award (June 2013)
Ben’s work has been honored with the Peabody Award, the Major Armstrong Award, The Edward R. Murrow Award, The Music Journalism Award, The Ohio State Public Service Broadcasting Award, Billboard Magazine’s Syndicated Radio Show of the Year Award, The International Radio Festival Grand Award, The W.C. Handy Award and many more. The Peabody is for the series, "Inside the National Recording Registry," created for Studio 360.