Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound' Sound was serious business for Bill Deputy, an audio engineer and All Things Considered technical director for many years. Deputy died Sunday at the age of 58.
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Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound'

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Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound'

Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound'

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, a moment to remember a colleague. Bill Deputy was a sound engineer and an ALL THINGS CONSIDERED technical director for many years. He died yesterday of lung cancer in New Orleans at the age of 58. Sound was a serious business for Bill. When he wasn't sitting in our control room combining words and sound with music, he traveled with us on reporting assignments. In 2006, he was the recording engineer who captured me with commentator Andrei Codrescu in the midst of a bawdy St. Anne's Mardi Gras parade in the French Quarter the spring after Katrina.

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ANDREI CODRESCU, BYLINE: Well, so far this is the sorriest excuse for a parade.

SIEGEL: It's so disorganized and late that they haven't come here yet.

CODRESCU: Well, it imitates the chaos of the city. So they are laggardly, and here they come.

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SIEGEL: This was no easy task. Half-naked revelers jostled Bill. But somehow he was able to get voices and the music on his recording machine sounding clear and on the air within hours that day. We worked together everywhere from Baltimore to Gaza City, and his assignments with my colleagues were equally far-flung. His touch could often be heard in our stories, sometimes in big ways, other times in a small adjustment of volume or timing. So I'm not saying these words simply to acknowledge the passing of one of our friends. He was your friend too, making radio storytelling better over his two decades here. Bill had talents beyond radio - photography and music. Here he is playing the Dobro with friends in 2009.

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SIEGEL: Bill Deputy, our guardian of sound and friend, died yesterday in New Orleans at age 58.

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