For nearly 15 years, Robert Goldstein has held a unique position in the world of public radio: that of National Public Radio’s (NPR) music librarian. Goldstein advises the network on the music used throughout its 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. Along with his responsibilities to oversee NPR’s constantly growing music resources, he also advises NPR about music initiatives such as the new project to digitize its music collections.
As a guitarist and songwriter, he has recorded two albums with his band Urban Verbs and worked with Grammy-winning music producers Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite. As a composer, he has composed and recorded musical scores for more than 40 films and television and theatrical productions. His clients have included ABC, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, he has worked as an exhibit consultant for museums and private galleries, spent six months on a kibbutz, lectured at the Phillips Collection Museum, and met the two idols of his youth, Roberto Clemente and Keith Richards.
Goldstein lives in Washington D.C. and is thankful that his partial colorblindness prevents him from fully comprehending the national terror alert color chart.