2004 Unanimous Choice Award Recipient – Outstanding Use of Independent Music – 14th annual LA Music Awards
Music Librarian & Product Owner at National Public Radio
Washington, District Of ColumbiaBroadcast Media
National Public Radio
Robert Goldstein, Warner Brothers Records
Georgetown Uiversity School of Foreign Service
Robert Goldstein has one of the most unique positions in public radio: for 20 years he’s served as NPR’s only music librarian. He is the behind-the-scenes music advisor responsible for finding and recommending music used throughout NPR’s award-winning programs. Susan Stamberg often refers to him as “NPR’s secret weapon.” His role also includes developing music services and resources for NPR staff and serving as an advisor on NPR music initiatives.Most recently, he coordinated the design and development of Orpheus, NPR’s new music content management system that has become an integral part of daily NPR production. His current work focuses on the future development of this product at NPR and exploring its potential growth throughout the public radio system.
Prior to arriving at NPR, he was an active musician and composer, creating and recording scores for more than thirty film, television and theatrical productions for clients such as ABC News, PBS, Discovery Channel and the Kennedy Center. As a guitarist and songwriter, his band Urban Verbs recorded two albums for Warner Brothers Records and worked with Grammy-winning music producers Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite. Along the way, he started what became Washington, DC’s famed 930 Club.
He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
National Public Radio
March 1992 – Present (23 years 6 months)
Advises on music use throughout NPR’s award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Over 25 million weekly listeners hear the results of his work on more than 800 public radio stations. Responsible for growing NPR music resources. Advisor on NPR music initiatives. Supervise selection, implementation of new company-wide music database.
1983 – 1995 (12 years)
composer for film, television and the stage
Warner Brothers Records
1979 – 1982 (3 years)
recording artist under contract to Warner Bros Records