Otto’s involvement with the Lehigh Valley music scene began in the early 1990’s, when he discovered Godfrey Daniels, and soon found himself performing there at open mike nights and volunteering there as a sound engineer. When WDIY went on the air in 1995, Otto polished up his broadcasting skills (as a high school student in North Carolina, he once won a journalistic excellence award for a radio documentary he produced about Frank Zappa), and he began hosting occasional folk music programs on WDIY. In January 1996, he became the producer and host of Acoustic Eclectic, the Monday-night folk program known for its focus on contemporary acoustic music and its in-studio performances and interviews. Acoustic Eclectic ended its ten-year run in December 2005, and Otto turned his attention to broadcasting the news, becoming WDIY’s Thursday-afternoon host for NPR’s All Things Considered. From his office in South Bethlehem, he runs FolkDude Creative Services, developing custom software and websites for Lehigh Valley businesses. He currently resides in Lower Saucon Township.