Meet the Radio Team

Meet the people behind From the Top’s weekly NPR radio show!

Megan Swan, Director of Production Operations and Programming, joined From the Top as Music Director in 2019. Megan has enjoyed tenure as a creative producer, artistic programmer, educator, and musician having held positions in Strategic Initiatives, Artistic Programming, and Operations with the LA Phil/Hollywood Bowl, San Diego Philharmonic, and Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, respectively.  With dedication to engaging diverse communities and expanding outreach, Megan has a love for creating multidiscipline programming in radio, film, theater, dance, live events, and community-based projects. As an educator, Megan taught music in schools and privately, as well as co-founded the Young Musicians Performance Academy, a jazz studies program that focused on performance, history, touring and recording.

Megan manages the production and admissions teams at From the Top, directs the content of the radio program for each From the Top radio episode and other creative programming, oversees production logistics, and contributes to the Learning and Media Lab Fellowship program.

John Escobar, Associate Director of Audio Technology and Engineering, has worked with From the Top for many years. He is an engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator. John is well known for his versatility, which he attributes to his culturally diverse upbringing. His work has spanned many genres over the years, allowing him to work with such great artists as the multi-Grammy nominees Highly Suspect, the jazz guitar virtuoso Larry Coryell, Grammy-winning folk artist Sarah Jarosz, indie pop band Fences (featuring the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis), and classical violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, among many others. He has taught Berklee College of Music, Boston University, University of Southern California, Northeastern University, and Harvard University. He enjoys sharing his real-world knowledge with up-and-coming talent in the music industry.


Rodrigo Cuenca, Audio Engineer and Associate Producer, is a sound engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and has been passionate about music from a young age. He has degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and University of Westminster in London, UK.  Rodrigo spent five years at Grammy-winning studio Lurssen Mastering as the lead post-production editor, his projects included the remastering of John Lennon’s Imagine. In his professional work, Rodrigo treats every project with special care and takes pride in his detail-oriented approach to post-production work.

Rodrigo edits, mixes and masters the weekly radio program, posts the weekly radio feed, and provides technical support to stations as needed.   



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