Over the last 41 years, Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and loves learning about their stories.
Growing up in Dallas, John Thomasson found the bass guitar the same way many did - a friend started a band and no one else played bass. He attended the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and then the University of North Texas, where he studied music. After that, he was part of a band called Little Sister (later changed to Sister 7) and had some minor radio hits in the 90s. After moving to Austin, John started playing with one of his heroes - Davíd Garza, playing on his first major label record called This Euphoria. In 2000, John got married, quit playing music for the most part and went back to school to get a degree in Psychology and focused on musical cognition. After working some tech jobs at Apple and Hewlett Packard, he wanted to play a little bit more while preparing for grad school. He started recording and touring with Matt Nathanson in 2004, and one of Matt's songs that John played on was "Come on Get Higher", a double-platinum single. Working with Matt also gave him the chance to play on the original Conan O’Brien show and Late Night With David Letterman.After the birth of his first son, John and his growing family moved to Nashville in the fall of 2009. There, he learned about the family-friendly way that Nashville acts toured and that sealed the deal for him. He landed the gig with Little Big Town in April of 2010 and has toured with them ever since. During that time, he also recorded with LBT on numerous successful records, including: Tornado (platinum album) which featured hit singles "Pontoon" and "Tornado", Pain Killer (Platinum album) which including the triple-platinum single "Girl Crush" and gold single "Day Drinking", The Breaker, Wanderlust (produced by Pharrell Williams), and most recently, Nightfall (Self Produced).Spotify playlist of some of John's work:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0s9wubeza5T6XMKuZNyeED?si=vj4C1X7fTiWhrsQnU7E-MwJohn Thomasson on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/johnthom/Little Big Town website:http://www.littlebigtown.com/Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9JCBNUCRNRVKY&source=url)
This time, we step into the world of broadcast TV sports - specifically, the sound. From stringing miles of audio cables to placing dozens of microphones, find out what it takes to bring the sound from the playing field right into your living room!After spending decades in video production as an editor and videographer, Scott Sandstrom is now a freelance sound engineer for live broadcast sporting events of all sorts. He spends long days in college and professional sports venues around the midwest, working in various audio support roles, to help bring the exciting sounds of live televised sports into your home.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9JCBNUCRNRVKY&source=url)
Since earning her degree in Theater from Calvin College, Emily Diener has been working onstage and off, in numerous community theater productions over the last ten years. Some of her favorite roles include Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Grand Rapids Civic Theatre), Katherine in Freaky Friday (Circle Theatre), Cathy in The Last Five Years (University Wits) and Mother in Ragtime (Grand Rapids Civic Theatre) for which she earned a Grand Award (the Tony Award of the Grand Rapids theater scene). Emily also performs in numerous cabaret shows each year in West Michigan. Follow Emily on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/emily.diener.music/Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9JCBNUCRNRVKY&source=url)
Ross Kratter is a bass player, tuba player, and composer based in New York. He is equally at home on string bass and electric bass, both fretted and fretless, 4, 5, and 6 string, as well as on tuba. While primarily known as a jazz musician, he is equally comfortable in any and all styles of music. Ross has performed with such notable and varied artists as Joshua Redman, the Drifters, Bob Franceschini, Victor Wooten, Bob Reynolds, Alex Sipiagin, and many more. He was the bass player on the 2019-2020 First National Tour of Bandstand the Musical, the 2018 national tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live, and the 2016-2017 national tour of FAME the Musical. He has also served as a Musical Director for P&O Cruises and Queen’s Room Orchestra Leader for Cunard Line. Kratter released his debut album "It’s Time" with his working quartet in October 2018.For more on Ross:https://www.rosskratter.comhttps://facebook.com/rosskratterhttps://facebook.com/rosskratterjazzorchestrahttps://www.instagram.com/rosskratterhttps://www.youtube.com/user/rosskrattermusicSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9JCBNUCRNRVKY&source=url)
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