Caryl Wheeler Owen is a 13th generation New Yorker with a deep fondness for Wisconsin. She attended Ripon College where she pretty much lived in radio station WRPN; later she graduated from NY’s Ithaca College. She worked for Public Television in Milwaukee, then decided to follow her ears into the rock and roll NY netherworld where she engineered album projects with artists including Ian Hunter, the dBs, Al DiMeola and King Crimson.
Belatedly deciding that hearing was an important sense, she abandoned the high volume rock studios for the relatively saner and quieter world of National Public Radio in Washington DC.
NPR, impressed perhaps with her ability to function well in loud, crazy environments shipped her back to the network’s New York Bureau where she met and engineered for David Isay’s Sound Portraits Productions, picking up three Peabody Awards, two Prix Italias, a Columbia-Dupont and an R. F. Kennedy award along the way.
Recruited by TTBOOK’s engineer Marv Nonn, she embarked on her third Wisconsin experiment; following Marv’s retirement Caryl joined the TTBOOK staff as Technical Director in time for TTBOOK’s Peabody Award.
Caryl loves eavesdropping on interesting conversations, recording audio in strange environments and working with highly creative people, which makes being TTBOOK’s TD her dream job. She also loves her husband, their cats, and their house in the woods.