WSB radio producer Shane Backler is moving to sister newspaper to lead the growth of his podcasts. | Story
After spending the past 25 years in radio, Shane Backler moved from the WSB Atlanta newscast to its sister Cox Enterprises newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he was hired as the newsroom’s senior audio producer. Backler will be responsible for producing current podcasts like AJC’s Breakdown and Politically Georgia podcasts, while helping to develop new shows.
Shane is a producer in the truest sense of the word,” said AJC Podcast Manager Jay Black. “He knows how to push the right buttons to get the most out of talent and push them to a level they didn’t know they had. Everyone from a seasoned broadcaster to a newbie podcaster will work better with Shane,” he said. he said in an ad on the newspaper’s website.
Backler has been with WSB since 2006 where he held various roles, including as executive producer of “The Herman Cain Show.” He also helped launch Erick Erickson’s radio show when Cain ran for the White House in 2012. The AJC says he also worked behind the scenes to help develop, coach and pitch some of the WSB’s most successful talk shows.
“Most of the hosts I’ve worked with have never had experience behind a microphone,” Backler said in a statement. “I start from scratch, putting hosts at ease and giving them direction and guidance so they can tell stories, provide analysis and present their opinions with confidence.”
Backler is not new to podcasts. Three years ago, he brought together the WSB and AJC to produce the seventh season of the Breakdown: Judgment Call podcast. Backler also started producing independent podcasts last year.
“He’s also an elite sound designer, which you can hear in Breakdown,” Black said.