About the Greylock Glass
What is the Greylock Glass?
Our podcast network, the Greylock Glass, was born two years ago as an alternative news outlet to serve unmet journalism needs in the region. Since then, people have downloaded about 50,000 hours worth of our podcasts covering the arts, business, politics, community, food, and more.
We present stories that are so insightful and unique, audiences are surprised to find their appreciation of our region’s treasures grow even more, whether as residents or visitors.
The Greylock Glass keeps a fiercely local focus in its programming. Our coverage of area news, issues, and events is currently through our podcasts, text articles, and livestreams.
Greylock Glass Staff
This is as good a place as any to mention that we’re looking to add to our staff. Interested? Contact us for details.
Right now, it’s mainly just me, Jason Velázquez, founder and editor of the Greylock Glass. I’ve worked in journalism and publishing for the better part of 20 years now, even though I know it’s a filthy habit. I write the shows, set up and record the interviews, edit the audio, and publish the episodes. I also handle the web page maintenance, marketing, sales, finance, and administration. The desire to bring some buccaneers on board to help man the sails should be pretty obvious…
I’ve had some company in this endeavor off and on, such as the incredibly knowledgeable Gail Burns, who has taken over the management of Berkshire on Stage from her very dear departed friend Larry Murray. I’ve also had the pleasure of handing off the microphone for a season or so to the very talented Kate Abbott, whose writing can be found on her site, BTW Berkshires, as well as in other local online and print publications.
A Worker-Owned News Coop
This is one of the most exciting changes to come to the Greylock Glass since we began. All very hush-hush for now. We’ll have more info about this soon enough!
Our general news show is concerned with Massachusetts’ northwestern-most corner, with occasional forays into southern Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley.
The BBO is a check-in on the local economy through business profiles and interviews with professionals who understand issues relating to local commerce.
This weekly exploration into the Berkshires arts world offers behind-the-scenes insights with news, exclusive interviews, and analysis of the ever-fluid state of our cultural organizations.
This is the show with raw, youthful energy that celebrates the unfiltered creativity found in the area’s wealth of Indie music, theatre, film, and other arts. Sometimes rated PG-13.
On our weekly “agriculinary” show, we explore everything related to our daily repast, from the exploding farm-to-table scene, to getting the most out of our own kitchen efforts. Because our diet is global, our scope may be as narrow as your own kitchen garden or as broad as climate change.
Listeners can access shows directly from the website, subscribe via iTunes, or download using a mobile or desktop podcast player app.
Why the name the “Greylock Glass?“
Part of the explanation goes back to when I was commuting to Lenox from the Hilltowns of Franklin County. I’d usually take the scenic route past the historic home of author Herman Melville—it was slower, but quicker. The inspiration for his great white whale, Moby Dick, was apparently ignited by the sight of Mount Greylock off to the north, rising up out of a rolling sea of green. I imagined Melville standing atop his hill, spyglass to his eye, trying to pierce through the mists hanging over forest and field toward the highest peak in Massachusetts, and sensing a mysterious power at the core of that iconic Berkshire landmark.
Like a spyglass, the Greylock Glass is intended to be a precision instrument that enables the user to see what’s happening a greater distance than is possible with the naked eye. Sometimes that distance is measured in miles, sometimes in cultures, sometimes in seasons, sometimes in ideologies. The broader landscape of life, however, is better understood because of the improved view.
A telescope is, of course, exactly the wrong optical tool to help make sense of the scene that lies right in front of us. Clarity is achieved, then, through the help of a magnifying glass. This lens produces a revealing focus on issues and objects whose component parts might have been taken for granted without a closer look. Sometimes the finer details are blurred or obscured, and only a magnifying glass can allow the eye to recreate the finer points of the story.
Lastly, the Greylock Glass is meant to offer, at all times, an accurate reflection of our lives and times in the Berkshires by taking the form of a looking glass. At times, the scope of reflection will be modest, restricted even—like the mirror tucked away in a compact—and the study of our subject will be limited to a very narrow portion of our total field of vision. Occasionally, our efforts to reflect life will be as grandiose as the ornate oval looking glass glorifying an antique vanity. Most often, a hand mirror will suffice.
I do hope you look, long and often, into the Greylock Glass, whatever range or depth of focus is required by your interests. We will keep our optics polished as we strive to reflect or refract the news and views of Western Massachusetts.