Senior Lecturer in Department of Media
Veteran broadcaster and Emmy-winning sound engineer Stan Sollars was the design team leader for the David Letterman Building’s cutting-edge, surround-sound recording facilities. The studios won a Technical Achievement Emmy Award in 2009. His recording experience ranges from symphony orchestra to solo piano to rock band and traditional worship music. He recorded two CDs and a DVD soundtrack of the Chinese silent film “The Goddess” for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The recordings have also earned positive, national reviews for their recording quality.
A member of the Cinema Audio Society (Burbank, CA), Sollars mixed three documentary soundtracks in 2010, thus continuing his dedication to cinema and television sound. In radio broadcasting, Sollars has also produced and engineered more than 75 hours of programming for National Public Radio, including the acclaimed “Rock and Roll America” series that examined how that genre of music influenced American history and culture of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. “Rock and Roll America” aired both nationally and internationally on NPR.
In radio news, Sollars’ “Morning Edition” newscasts on Indiana Public Radio have garnered 30 Best Newscast Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters, and the Radio Television News Directors Association, including two prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards. He enjoys sharing with his Media students his latest discoveries in storytelling and technology, and listening to his students’ work and viewpoints as they enter the media field.