ABOUT Rhody Radio 

Rhody Radio: A Very 2020 Solution

Rhody Radio is Rhode Island’s first collaborative state-wide library radio project. Born in a time when libraries were closed to the public due to a worldwide pandemic, Rhody Radio has become a long-term programming outlet for libraries. Rhody Radio is a twice-weekly podcast produced by library staff and their communities. It captures conversations, lectures, and performances with many talented Rhode Islanders all in a format as welcoming as libraries themselves, available 24/7 wherever you find your podcasts. If you are a library staff person, presenter, performer, or community organization that would like to get involved with Rhody Radio, contact us at rhodyradioonline@gmail.com

Project Team


Nicolette Baffoni, OLIS Liaison and Community Engagement

Nicolette Baffoni is the Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator at the RI Office of Library & Information Services, where she coordinates continuing education for library staff,  supports adult programs, and works to connect other state agencies and community organizations to public libraries. Nicolette also serves on the Advisory Board of the Rhode Island Center for the Book. Nicolette would frequently record herself reading books when she was a child, and became a school librarian for many years, in part so she could continue reading books out loud; exploring podcasting through Rhody Radio has been a great substitute for reading out loud now that she no longer works in a school. Contact Nicolette at nicolette.baffoni@olis.ri.gov.


Dave Bartos, Audio Recording and Technology

Dave Bartos is the Coordinator of Adult Services at the Cranston Public Library, where he focuses on collection development, professional library services, and community programming and engagement. In April 2020, he co-launched the podcast Down Time with Cranston Public Library with Tayla Cardillo, branch librarian at CPL’s Oak Lawn Branch, as a venue for the community to connect with library staff book and movie suggestions during lockdown. He then applied this on-the-job experience of recording, editing, and distributing a podcast to Rhody Radio as this project was in development in the Spring and Summer of 2020. He is the main point of contact for audio editing and technical questions, training, and support. You can contact him at davebartos@cranstonlibrary.org and find him on Twitter @davebrarian.


Jessica D'Avanza, Project Lead

Jessica D’Avanza is the Community Engagement Librarian at Barrington Public Library. She has hosted over a thousand public programs for adults, including author talks, lectures, film series, writing workshops—even bird walks and kayak tours— and her personal favorite Cookbook Club. A listener of podcasts since 2007, and a woman who is always creating something, she helped spark Rhody Radio in the spring of 2020. As the project lead, she is the main point of contact for the Humanities in the Age of Social Distancing Grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and acts as a liaison to Ocean State Libraries. She loves chatting about the project’s goals and episode ideas. You can contact her at jessicad@barringtonlibrary.org or find her on Instagram @inthelibrarianskitchen.


Emily Goodman, Marketing and Production Support

Emily Goodman is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the North Kingstown Free Library, overlooking beautiful Wickford Cove. When she’s not producing episodes of Rhody Radio, she is dreaming up library programming, connecting with library partners, and creating yet another graphic for library marketing on Canva. She brought her intimate relationship with Canva to light on the Rhody Radio Editorial board, creating the logo, episode frame template and public marketing materials. For marketing queries and requests, general questions about episode production, or to chat about her passion for sustainability and low(ish)-waste living, you can contact her at egoodman@nklibrary.org 


Wil Gregersen, Storytelling and Sound Design

Wil Gregersen is Community Services Librarian at Warwick Public Library where he’s responsible for the library’s adult events. As a child, he caught the radio bug, and throughout his life, he’s been fascinated with the potential of sound for telling stories and arousing feeling and thought. Rhody Radio has given him the opportunity to continue working on the possibilities of storytelling and sound design, and he’s ready to help others develop their sound skills, too. He is also the Executive Producer of New & Notable Books. Contact Wil at wilgregersen@gmail.com.