Jon Tjhia is a Melbourne-born radio maker, musician and writer whose career-long focus has been on dissolving distinctions between pop and experimental forms. He is the co-founder of the podcast Paper Radio, and works as the Wheeler Centre’s digital manager – where (amongst other things) he produces audio features and podcasts including Better Off Dead, Housekeeping and other collaborations currently in progress.
He has been an audio artist-in-residence at Wiluna Remote Community School, Western Australia, performed radio stories live onstage at Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House, and co-written the audio guide for NGV’s Monet’s Garden exhibition.
In 2010, with collaborator Jessie Borrelle, Jon created Paper Radio – a podcast bringing high production values and ambitious sound design to stories (both tall and true) from Australia and New Zealand. The podcast has been featured on Radio National, WBEZ (USA), CBC (Canada), at Manchester Literature Festival (UK) and podcast The Truth, and profiled in the New Yorker and the Age.
Working for the Wheeler Centre, Jon was part of the team that produced the podcast Better Off Dead – a collaboration with Andrew Denton, exploring voluntary assisted dying. It was a finalist at the 2016 New York Festivals Radio Awards.
Jon’s pitch for a new podcast, Reflected Message, placed as a top ten semi-finalist in Radiotopia’s inaugural ‘Podquest’. The pitch outlined an approach informed by popular music, narrative features and abstract sound work. He’s currently working on other projects exploring the same territory.
Jon currently plays and produces music with Speed Painters.