The Podcast Connection

Watching the tweets from the National Arts Marketing Project Conference—#NAMPC—this past weekend, I was struck with an overwhelming sense of deja vu. Talk of storytellers lulling audiences into a comfortable dream state, of the surprisingly intimate relationship between podcasters and listeners…it was all in the keynote by Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad. It’s also part of a session I gave at #TCG14 with Jason Snell of the Incomparable Radio Network. (Full disclosure: I’m also part of several shows on the Incomparable Radio Network.) If you’re curious, we recorded that session and put it online … Read more

Why Can't Artist Bios Be Better

Why Can’t Artist Bios Be Better?

Concert season is here and with it, program creation season!  My organization, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is a mid-level organization that produces about 30 concerts with programs each year, usually featuring a guest artist and their bio. Right at the start of our concert season, on September 17, 2015, NPR’s Deceptive Cadence blog posted an article called “Why Can’t Artist Bios Be Better?” by Anastasia Tsioulcas.  If you, like me, have read artist bios, you have probably uttered those words many times as you re-write the bio so it’s not white … Read more

a heart is born

A Heart is Born

If your Twitter feed was anything like mine on November 3rd, it was approximately 50% rants about Twitter replacing Faves with Likes, 50% essentially claiming the change is a “first world problem”, and 1% kittens (percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding). If you’re just catching up, Twitter has replaced the Favourites button (or star) with a Like button (or heart). This, of course, aligns with many other social media channels like Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Casey Newton at The Verge posted a brief history of favourites and how this change came to … Read more

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