arts + audio projects, planning + engagement

Audio - Heather McDougall

Audio production and projects of Heather McDougall.
Programs and projects of WFMT Radio Network and RTÉ lyric fm.

Credit: Joshua Albanese

Credit: Joshua Albanese


  • Editorial oversight: 4+ years recruiting and engaging hosts, producers, editors and composers; also, devising program structure, outline and content, reviewing draft scripts and audio in feedback loops, and addressing fair use, licensing and other contractual matters both independently and in consultation with legal counsel

  • Audio recording, editing & analysis: 7 years’ experience in academic, broadcasting and archival settings, including in-studio and in the field (using tools such as Zoom and Marantz recorders, Adobe Audition, Soundforge, Jutel Edit Pro, ProTools and Sonic Visualiser)

  • Production: 7 years researching, editing and scripting for, briefing and leading production teams, for work product including short features/packages, documentaries, magazine-style programs and promos

  • Hosting: voicing short packages/features, promos and intros and outros for once-off programs, for RTÉ lyric fm and WFMT Radio Network

  • Operations: project management (at WRTI) of automation and music programming systems migration and creator/implementer of new workflows for music library; jointly managed music database(at RTÉ lyric fm), including devising house style guidelines for metadata, placement of tracks into categories and leveraging categories to devise program playlist templates; jointly managed automation system (at RTÉ lyric fm), placing sweepers, promos and ads in accordance with station policy

  • Music rights: conversant in copyright law, music licensing practices and relevant bodies, including DMCA, fair use, mechanical and public performance rights, PROs, Soundexchange, and the processes of licensing and commissioning with record labels, composers and sound designers for radio and podcast projects. Familiarity with variance in U.S. and European law re: fair use versus fair dealing.


  • Co-executive producer, Breaking Glass podcast, an Opera America-funded co-production of the WFMT Radio Network and Glimmerglass Festival about opera, race and social justice

  • Managing producer for Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing podcast (NEH-funded podcast inspired by the Studs Terkel Radio Archive) and Giving Thanks to Music with Nadia Sirota radio special, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra-On Stage radio series, Shanghai Spring series and the Taloa series (MacArthur Foundation-funded co-production with Radio New Zealand)

  • Producer of Artszone (selected episodes), Gardening with Helen Dillon and the Quiet Quarter (daily new Irish writing feature) at RTE lyric fm (2007-10)

  • Panelist: Conversations in Publishing: Podcasting (Rosemont College, Philadelphia, February 2019)

  • Moderator: Podcasting at the Intersection of Opera, Race and Social Justice (Opera America Conference, St. Louis, July 2018)

  • International liaison to European Broadcasting Union, attending and presenting at meetings in Vienna, Paris, Riga, Glasgow, Geneva and New York (2016-present)

  • Jury member & US rep, Euroradio Jazz Competition 2018 (Jazz at Marciac Festival, Marciac, France)

  • Sponsor of the first US musician in the 50-year history of the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra, an international ensemble residency program for early-career jazz musicians (Riga, Latvia, 2018)

  • Rep at national and international radio and music rights conferences, on behalf of WFMT Radio Network and WRTI (incl. Public Media Music Rights Summit, EBU Music Rights/Contracts Group, Public Radio Program Directors Conferences (2015-18), and Noncomm Music Alliance (2019))

  • Liaison with in-house and external counsel for the WFMT & WFMT Radio Network


Director of Classical Music, WRTI (Philadelphia), a Top 10 market public media organization, serving more than a quarter of a million listeners each week in the Tri-state area (April 2019-present)

Project Manager, WFMT Radio Network (Chicago), a leading U.S. producer and distributor of arts-based radio and podcast content nationally and internationally (2015-present)

Production Coordinator, RTÉ lyric fm (Limerick, Ireland), the national classical and fine arts radio station, part of Ireland’s public service media organization, RTÉ (2006-2010)