The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt

Jay Thunderbolt's business card is a little mysterious. It reads, "Thunderbolt - Party Naked" and gives a phone number.

Best Documentary: Gold2011 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2011 / Brendan Baker / Nick van der Kolk / Nick Williams / Love + Radio podcast, USA

Jay Thunderbolt's business card is a little mysterious. It reads, "Thunderbolt - Party Naked" and gives a phone number.

Call the number and Thunderbolt will invite you over to a private strip club that he runs out of his bungalow in a working-class neighborhood in east Detroit. But that's only part of his long, tangled, and surprising story, rendered here in a hybrid of interview and song.

WARNING: As you might've guessed, this story is for mature audiences only.

The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt won the Best Documentary: Gold Award in the 2011 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced by Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker with Nick Williams, for the Love + Radio podcast from Chicago Public Media.


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Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker (@BrendanPBaker) specializes in creative editing and sound design for highly-crafted radio and podcast productions.

Nick van der Kolk

Nick van der Kolk (@nickvdk) is a radio producer, sound designer, and events organizer whose work has aired on numerous radio outlets worldwide.

Nick Williams

Nick Williams is tough to pin down, but for now we'll call him a multi-media artist and pop culture expert currently living in Chicago, IL.


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