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Ben Manilla

Ben Manilla

Continuing Lecturer

Office: Room 213 next to The Greenhouse

Office Hours: Wed and Thurs 1-4

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.


  • BMPaudio - President
    Media Mechanics - Partner
    Radio Today - SVP, Creative Director
    WOR Radio - Production Director
    RKO Networks - Features Producer
    WLIR Radio - On-air Personality, Prod. Dir.
    Progressive Radio Networks - Exec. Producer


  • Peabody Award from the University of Georgia
    Major Armstrong Award from Columbia University -
    International Radio Festival -
    3 Grand; 15 Gold; 14 Silver; 6 Bronze
    Ohio State Public Service Broadcasting Award
    Edward R. Murrow Award -
    Scripps-Howard Award -
    Music Journalism Award -
    Associated Press -
    First Place Local; First Place National
    United Press International -
    First Place Local; First Place National
    Radio and TV News Directors Association -
    First Place
    WC Handy Award
    “Billboard” Magazine - Best Syndicated Radio
    Show Award
    National Federation of Community Broadcasters
    Golden Reel, 2 Silver Reel


  • "Elwood's Blues" -2003 - Interviews from The House of Blues Radio Hour


  • Association of Independents in Radio
    Public Radio Program Directors


Sec. Title Time Location
003 J219 MINI: This Audio Life 11/11-12/9 *click here for class dates
Fall 2019
M 4:00 - 7:00 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)
001 J275 Intro to Audio
Fall 2019
Th 9:30 -12:30 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)
1 J275 Intro to Audio
Spring 2019
Th 9:30 -12:30 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)
1 J275 Intro to Audio
Fall 2018
Th 9:30 -12:30 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)
1 J275 Intro to Audio
Spring 2018
Th 9:30 - 12:30 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)


Audio Journalism