John Asante is a curious producer devoted to crafting stories that bring light to underserved communities. Before joining Neon Hum Media, he developed, produced, and launched several podcasts at Stitcher. His work has also been heard on WNYC's The Takeaway and There Goes The Neighborhood; NPR's Talk of the Nation, Ask Me Another, Morning Edition and Tell Me More. In his spare time, John hosts Play It Back, an independent podcast telling stories about the songs that have changed your life. Forever he loves Atlanta, yet he loves exploring Los Angeles.
John Asante is our guest this week on PodBites. We chat with the long-time radio/podcast producer about tons of podcast-related topics including advertising, finding the right guests, the "right" show length, and more. Tune in to hear a shoutout to PodNews editor James Cridland, among a bunch of other can't-miss back-and-forths. John Asante is the Managing producer at Neon Hum Media, a podcast production company based in Los Angeles. Previously, he was a producer at Stitcher.
As a Black kid growing up in a tumultuous home environment in 1970s Hollywood, singer-songwriter The Reverend Shawn Amos faced an identity complex. But when a friend introduced him to The Who's 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia," he connected with one particular song about rebellion on a personal level. "Cut My Hair" helped Shawn find clarity, and eventually, his true love: playing the blues.Listen to "Cut My Hair" and all the songs featured on the show on our Spotify playlist. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Play It Back is *finally* back in action -- Season 2 drops this October! Check out this trailer for a taste of what's coming up. Get ready for a bunch of new stories about powerful songs from groups like The Who, Geto Boys, Radiohead, and Dixie Chicks that have changed the lives of music lovers far and wide.In the meantime, revisit episodes from Season 1, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Music producer Benjamin de Menil's earliest music memory was hearing “Yellow Bird” played by a steel drum band in Jamaica. The experience was a formative one, kindling a raging love affair with Caribbean arts that would lead to his eventual career as a label owner, producer, and academy founder specializing in bachata, the popular traditional music of the Dominican Republic. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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