Beginning of a Stellar Career
An active participant of theater, writing and various other extra-curricular activities, Ira Glass polished his spoken skills while attending Milford Mill High School. He also performed in some of the major Milford’s theatrical productions like South Pacific and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. After high school, he joined Brown University to study Semiotics and graduated in 1982. His exposure to public radio began when he joined National Public Radio as an intern at 19. During the period, he worked as a reporter and host for various programs like Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered.
In 1990, Glass began to co-host a Chicago Public Radio based program, The Wild Room. The show was a success and continued to air its transmission till 1995. He remained a part of many successful shows and made a name for himself during his association with both the radio channels.
Rise to Fame
In 1995, Ira Glass started to host and produced the show, This American Life, which was broadcasted from WBEZ. The show became an instant hit and in June 1996, it turned into a national phenomenon. Besides its home station, the show was nationally distributed by the Public Radio international. Due to its unique journalistic format and themes, the show gained immense popularity and was adapted to a television show that premiered on Showtime. The original stories featured in the show have also been adapted to movies.
This American Life made Glass a widely known celebrity and he also received critical acclaim for hosting the show. The show’s home station, WBEZ has earned numerous awards for the show including a Peabody Award. With millions of listeners tuning in to the show, This American Life continues to amuse its fans till date.
Besides being a key player in the public radio, Ira Glass undertook numerous other successful ventures. Since the start of his career, he has been an active writer and producer. He has written material for various other radio personalities including Johnny Walker. Glass has collaborated with Jessica Abel for the acclaimed comic book, Radio: An Illustrated Guide. He has also contributed as one of the executive producers and writers of the films like Sleepwalk with Me and Unaccompanied Minors. Apart from radio, he has made numerous television appearances in shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Ira Glass Live
In addition to his radio show, Ira Glass tours around the US for his live shows. His live shows feature various comic acts, fictional stories and his insightful commentary on different subjects. Ira Glass tickets sell well among other show tickets as fans love his quirky material and compelling style. Glass has lined up a number of shows in various cities of the country. Enjoy his interesting commentary on a variety of topics when he comes to your city.