Thursday, Nov 8th
The “Real” Social Networking Panel
RADIO PROGRAMMER / MUSIC SUPERVISOR / LABEL / MANAGER/ ARTIST MIXER & ROUNDTABLE
Marianne Goode – Founder / All Media Music Group
Michele Clark – Founder / Sunset Sessions
Esteemed Table Captains:
Alicen Schneider / NBC Universal
Laura Lee / WCOO / Charleston
Billy Gottlieb / Playback Music
Danny Goldberg / GoldVe
Dennis Constantine / KFOG / San Francisco
Chris Jackson / Comcast Entertainment Group
Keith Coes / WRLT / Nashville
Chuck Bein / See Music
Charese Fruge / The Mix / Las Vegas
Frank Palazzolo / Mad Doll Productions
James Howard / DC 101 / Washington DC
Janet Lopez / Neophonics, Inc.
Michelle Wolfe/ KMMS / Bozeman
Jenee DeAngelis / Swill Merchant Music
Paul Jarvis / WBOS / Boston
Jon Ernst / ShowRunner Music
Matt Pinfield / MTV
Madonna Wade – Reed / Whoopsie Daisy
Jack Daniel / WEND / Charlotte
Mamie Coleman / Fox
Mike Karolyi / WCCC / Hartford
Melissa Pradun / Groove Garden
Mike Henry / Paragon
Steve Curran / Harvest Creative Services
Roxy Myzal / United Stations / NY
Melyssa Hardwick / ABC
Rob Goldklang / Warner Bros. Records
Todd Porter / Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Ward Hake / 20th Century Fox TV
Jonathan Clarke / Q104 & Iheart Radio, NYC
Zeb Norris / WNCS,Burlington,VT
Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco— Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon. Santana’s latest album, Shape Shifter (2012) is the first for his new label, Starfaith Records. The 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (only one song features vocals, by Santana’s lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). The album also features Chester Thompson on keyboards, Dennis Chambers on drums, Benny Rietveld on bass, Salvador Santana on keyboards, Raul Rekow on congas and Karl Perazzo on percussion.
Jonathan Clarke: Jonathan Clarke joined New York and America’s most listened to rock station, WAXQ (Q104.3 FM) as an on-air personality in 1997. In addition, Clarke is Host and Executive Producer for “Out of the Box,” where every Sunday night at 9 EST, he serves up deep cuts from new CDs by rock legends, songs from up-and-coming acts, as well as established bands and artists, plus music from the garages and basements of unsigned and undiscovered artists. The show has been No. 1 in its time slot among all NYC rock stations, since it’s inception in 2001. Clarke was the first to play on NYC radio The Strokes, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Robert Randolph among many others. Clarke is also on the air at New York and America’s most listened to music station, No. 1-ranked Hot AC WLTW (106.7 Lite-FM)
Zeb Norris: For Zeb Norris the die was cast for a life in Rock & Roll when, at the age of 10, he won tickets from a Top 40 station to see The Beatles at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. His first show at The Fillmore West was Santana with Grand Funk Railroad supporting, and he also had the distinction of being ejected from a Santana concert at Winterland by famed Rock impresario Bill Graham personally. Norris is known for his humor, his bracingly outspoken nature, and for his 30 years in radio at stations all over the country beginning with KTYD in Santa Barbarain 1976 and including legendary San Francisco Bay Area stations KSJO and KRQR. For the last 7 years he’s been P.D. of 3-time Radio & Records small market AAA Station of the Year WNCS “The Point” in Vermont.
FRIDAY, NOV 9th
Interviewed by Dennis Constantine/ KFOG,San Francisco, Ca
The legendary Stevie Nicks has an instantly recognizable voice that rises above all others that stops you in your tracks – that has inspired and influenced artists for generations. It is at once haunting, romantic, filled with mystery and completely unforgettable. Added to the voice are her extraordinary songwriting talents which have brought joy to her millions of fans for generations. Collectively they add up to one of the most successful female artists in rock history. From the start of her career as a solo artist with the release of her five million seller Bella Donna up to her current critically acclaimed In Your Dreams, Nicks has never failed to deliver unforgettable performances on record and on the stage. In Your Dreams is Nicks’ first album of new material in a decade. “Dreams” was co-produced by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Nicks has been touring the last year and a half for her In Your Dreams Tour and has also appeared with Rod Stewart on the Heart & Soul Tour. “The Gold Dust Woman”is also completing work on a documentary on the making of the In Your Dreams album which will be released at the end of this year.
It will also be screened at the upcoming Hamptons Film Festival and theMill ValleyFilm Festival.
Stevie first came to Sunset Sessions in February 2011, where she treated our attendees to an impromptu performance with Vanessa Carlton! We are so excited to have her back!
Dennis Constantine of KFOG San Francisco: Dennis started in radio when he was five years old; he was the class announcer for his kindergarten class. By the time he was 16, he had a job at the local top 40 radio station in Baltimore helping the deejays at the station and at their record hops. By the time he was 21, he was program director at WYRE in Annapolis,Maryland. After stints in Miami,Florida and legendary stations WYYQ and Y100, he moved to Colorado where he was music director and night deejay at KTLK, and then the morning guy and production director at AOR station KBPI. In 1977, he started KBOC in Boulder and programmed at the station for sixteen years. After consulting two dozen Triple A and and Alternative Stations, he moved to Portland,Oregon to program KINK. After thirteen years there, he moved to the Bay Area where he is now Director of FM Programming for Cumulus San Francisco. He can be heard on the air at the legendary KFOG every afternoon.
Thursday, June 21st
Marianne Goode – Founder / All Media Music Group
Michele Clark – Founder / Sunset Sessions & Sunset Sessions ROCK!
Amine Ramer / Music Supervisor, States Of Sound
Melyssa Hardwick / Director of Music, ABC
Tricia Holloway / Creative Director & Music Supervisor, Path Music
Kasey Truman / Music Supervisor, See Music
Todd Porter / Producer & Music Supervisor, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Chuck Bein / Music Producer, See Music
Chris Jackson / Director of Music, Comcast Ent’t Group & NBC Universal (E!, Style, G4 Networks)
Jon Ernst / Owner & Executive Producer, ShowRunner Music
Cybele Pettus / Sr. Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts
Raphaella Lima / Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts
Steve Curran / President & Creative Director, Harvest Creative Services
Gary Jay / LAND SHARK Promotion Studio
Cheryl Valentine / ILG Rock Promotion
Jen Shevlin / KCLB, Palm Springs
Tommy DeBenedictis / RED, Sony Music
Dave Hill / WTYY, Baltimore
Christy Taylor / 91X, San Diego
Jonathan Clark / WAXQ & WLTW, New York
Roxy Myzal / United Stations Radio Network, NYC
Brad Savage / WCNR, Charlottesville
Jerry Rubino / Last.FM CBS, NYC
Friday, June 22nd
CHRIS WRIGHTSMAN Chris is the Production manager for Sunset Sessions for 14 of our 15 years and tours extensively in between all year with many great artists!
Shireen Janti-Reed: LAADAC (licensed drug & alcohol counselor), Manager of MusiCares / Map Fund. Shireen has worked in the field of addiction and substance abuse for over 23 years. She was worked at MusiCares for 8 years serving music industry people across the board with medical, psychological, social, health, addiction and educational services. For more information – www.grammys.org/musicares.
Peter Bunetta: Producer and entrepreneur with 3 decades of success in the music business. With a hand in over 40 million records sold, Peter has collaborated with some of music’s most talented and storied figures, including John Goodman, Steve Goodman, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Ringo Starr & Tina Turner. Peter is also the executive consultant for Playing for Change project as well as their drummer. He is the co owner of Family Affair Productions with his sons Julian & Damon Bunetta. They have a roster of artists, writers & producers. See www.thefamilyofmusic.com.
Jesse Billauer: Life Rolls On provides quality of life programs for young individuals with a spinal cord injury through the platform of action sports. Its signature program, “They Will Surf Again,” empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom and mobility of riding a wave. In addition to producing unique quality of life programs, Life Rolls On fosters spinal cord injury awareness and offers outreach to families and individuals at the onset of injury. Michele got turned onto Jesse by their mutual friend Jason Mraz! For more information visitwww.liferollson.org.
Jim Lindberg: As the lead singer and main songwriter for theSouthern Californiaskate punk band Pennywise, Jim Lindberg toured the world and sold millions of albums worldwide. After being married and raising 3 daughters, he then wrote the book Punk Rock Dad that in turn inspired a feature-length documentary, “The Other F Word”, which was released by Oscilloscope Films in 2011. Jim now fronts a new band called The Black Pacific, and is cofounder and VP of marketing for Havoc Television, a video on demand company based out of El Segundo, California. Jim recently founded Havoc Cares which shines a spotlight on inspirational causes and charities within the action sports and music industries. See www.havoc.tv
Bushwalla: Bushwalla has produced 2 full-length albums and 2 EPs. Ghetto Blaster, his debut release was produced by Spooner Oldham. His full length albums include Autodidactical Freestyle & Radical (2008) and The Man Who Invented the Sky (2010) which features Pigeon John, Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club, Teenie Hodges, Spooner Oldham. He is spending some of his free time finding ways to help the environment and also to teach others how to take care of themselves and the world around them.
Ryan Clark: Co-founder of Liberty Bottle works with CEO Tim Andis. They have built a truly sustainable domestic company whoseU.S.factory produces the country’s only reusable water bottles made from recycled aluminum, and whose isolation practices led the EPA to claim that it was one of the greenest factories they’d ever visited.Liberty’s success throughout the music industry and across the nation has helped to reduce waste globally, support struggling American artists, and donated to important causes like Reverb, The Nature Conservancy, and Special Ops Warrior Foundation with every bottle sold, all the while employing more out-of-work Americans every year in their growing company. Check them out at www.libertybottles.com.
Robert Stein: Many don’t know that Bob Stein (aka Whitehead) was the original white rapper….we’re talking 1983, pre-Vanilla Ice here. Bob and his lovely wife Julie now own Organically Grown and work closely with Stand Up to Cancer. From songs to t-shirts to changing the planet, Bob Stein is a perfect panelist to cover multi facets of our lively discussions. For more info, go to shoporganicallygrown.com and su2c.org .
President of GoldVe Entertainment which manages, world-wide, the careers of The Cranberries, Steve Earle, The Hives, Peaches, Blitzen Trapper, Ben Lee, The Old 97′s, School of Seven Bells, and Tom Morello among others. In the 1990′s, Goldberg was the president of Atlantic Records, Chairman of Warner Brothers Records and President of Mercury Records when each led theUSin market according to Soundscan. Prior to that he ran Gold Mountain Entertainment who managed Nirvana & Bonnie Raitt among others. Before that, in the 1970′s, Danny was the Vice President of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records. Goldberg is the author of the bookBumping Into Geniuses, which was published in 2008. Danny moderated the Moguls Of The New World panel in February and has been so helpful in launching the first Sunset Sessions ROCK in June of 2011! Danny is one of the most amazing, inspirational and important people in our music industry history and we are beyond grateful that he makes time to share his vast wisdoms with us all again. Check out www.goldve.com.
Bill Armstrong: Co-founder of local rock label SideOneDummy Records, has been working on a side project. His vision was to create a website for independent labels to give away free music. The site, TheNewRecord.com, would probably still be in the planning stages had Armstrong not sold his house to fund it. He’s partners with Kevin Lyman and Joe Sib and has done so much to nurture and support our inaugural Sunset Sessions that we will be forever in his debt! Chekc them out at www.sideonedummy.com.
Ron Spaulding:The recently named President of In Grooved/Fontana—the independent music arm for Universal Music Group—has learned the ropes from his days as Vice President of Sales at Priority Records, the groundbreaking hip-hop label, where he managed to grow sales from $30 million to $300 million during his eight-year tenure from 1992-2000. That label was known for releasing hit albums by such legendary west coast gangsta rappers as N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Master P, Snoop Dogg, Mack 10, Eazy-E, Ice T and Westside Connection, establishing a lucrative independent distribution network that challenged the majors at their own game. See www.ingroovesfontana.com.
Kevin Zinger: A successful entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years creating and building an underground empire. In addition to his independent label Suburban Noize Records, he also owns management firm The Regime, lifestyle clothing brand SRH and the Skratch N Sniff radio program. He’s a rockin surfer, is involved in more cool artists than you have any idea (Everlast, Unwritten Law, Mickey Avalon and Versus the World who’s kicking off this year’s event!) Kevin also happens to be one of the coolest people you’ll ever get to meet, and he and Michele started the very cool Malibu Music Club – still in it’s infancy stage. More info at www.suburbannoizerecords.com.
Peter Katsis: An American music manager and partner inProspectPark, a music management and tv/film production company. Katsis was closely involved with the birth of house music and has been involved with the careers of over 30 platinum recording artists including Jane’s Addiction, KORN,The Smashing Pumpkins, Limp Bizkit, Audioslave, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Backstreet Boys.His accomplishments include producing the only concert by an American rock band in the Castro era in Cuba, when Audioslave played a free show in Havana in 2005 for over 100,000 fans.
Debbie Wilson: Owner and President of Wilspro Management. For thirteen years now, Wilspro Mgmt has represented the interests of such artists as Joshua Radin, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Kelly and Kate Voegele. Debbie has been an avid supporter of Sunset Sessions for many years and this woman knows how to break artists! To learn more about Wilson Productions and the artists she represents visitwww.wilspro.com
Laurel Stearns: Above all things I am a fan of music, I find when your passion is pure, a human is tireless. I have 20+ years of experience in this ever changing industry. major label a&r to my own indy label, I ran multiple recording studios that were the home to many incredible records. 2 major management companies to my own company presently. I love the transition we are in, it’s evoking innovation and that will keep us all attentive and focused on building a better business for what we all love, MUSIC.Laurelwas responsible for the very first Sunset Sessions “Bed In” in June 2011.
Marianne Goode: Marianne launched ALL MEDIA MUSIC GROUP in 2010 to leverage her expertise and relationships in creating and maximizing opportunities between artists, songwriters and media content providers. Her clients include broadcast and cable networks, independent brand content producers, record and artist management companies. Prior to founding All Media Music Group, she was Senior Vice President, Music at Lifetime Networks. Marianne began her career in music publishing at Rondor Music International, the esteemed music publishing company started by A&M Records founders, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
Raphael Domalik: Well-known and eminent South African music industry player. Having nurtured a multitude of South African artists, most notably The Parlotones –South Africa’s most successful musical export. He createdSouth Africa’s version of MySpace (widely regarded asSouth Africa’s largest music portal) “Powerzone”. Within 18 months Raphael had branched out and established Sovereign Entertainment, a company that embraces the 360 model of business, offering artists a total career management solution which included promotion, publishing, recording, booking and management. Sovereign Entertainment operates inSouth Africa,UK, Europe and theUSA. Specialties; Artist Management,BrandBuilding, Marketing, International business development.
Saturday, June 23rd
In a world of group pds, consultants, indies, owners and more releases than ever! How does that ONE record get a chance on a station? From new indie lables to major label records a lot- What cuts through the muck?
MIKE KAROLYI, WCCC/HARTFORD
2011 Mike attends Sunset Sessions Rock and discovers the band Dead Sara. He selects “Weatherman” as the first single and listener reaction was so strong the song went on to be the #2 most requested song at WCCC in 2011. 800 spins later Dead Sara have signed a record deal, toured with Bush, Chevelle and The Used and are about to head out on Warped Tour. Dead Sara also played the WCCC Big Gig on May 19th to 12,000 fans. 6,000 albums sold and over 10,000 single sales to date as the rest of the rock and alternative panel catches up.
Matthew Potter / WYBB,Charleston
John Perry / WIIL,Chicago
Jave Patterson / KDOT,Reno
Jacent Jackson / WLUM,Milwaukee
Sean Demery / X96,Salt Lake City
Garret Capone / Crush Management
Thursday, Feb 16th
MARIANNE GOODE – Founder/ All Music Group
CHRIS MAYS – KINK/Portland, Or
Marianne Goode / All Media Music Group: Marianne launched ALL MEDIA MUSIC GROUP in 2010 to leverage her expertise and relationships in creating and maximizing opportunities between artists, songwriters and media content providers. Her clients include broadcast and cable networks, independent brand content producers, record and artist management companies. Prior to founding All Media Music Group, she was Senior Vice President, Music at Lifetime Networks. Marianne began her career in music publishing at Rondor Music International, the esteemed music publishing company started by A&M Records founders, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
Chris Mays / KINK: Chris Mays has been a leading AAA Program Director for over 20 years. She started 103.7 The Mountain in 1991 and programmed it for 15 years. She worked in progressive rock prior to that at KZEL, Eugene and KZAM, Seattle. She has also worked in other music formats, including AC and Hot AC. She currently programs KINK, inPortland, where she has had significant success in repositioning KINK over the past year and a half with substantial ratings increases.
Charese Fruge / KSCF
Zeb Norris / WNCS
Sky Daniels / KCSN
Michelle Wolfe / KMMS
Mike Allen / WCOO
Thorn / KTCZ
Paddy Mac / KTAO
Fish / KMTN
Diane Michaels / KPND
Fred Buc / WRLT
John Bissell / Mothlight Music
Madonna Wade Reed / Whoopsy Daisy Music Supervision
Chris Jackson / Comcast Entertainment Group/NBCU
Tony Von Pervieux / ABC Studios/Network
Steve Curran / Harvest Creative Services
Janine Scalise / Starz!
Trygge Toven / Lussier
Tricia Holloway / Path Music!
Chuck Bein / See Music!
Jenee DeAngelis / Swill Merchant Music
TOM DAVIS / President Davis Media LLC
Tom Davis is the President of Davis Media, LLC, with current radio station holdings inWilliamsburg,VirginiaandWilmington,NC. Mr. Davis has owned and managed radio stations in various markets since 1990, and has a long record of profitable radio properties relying exclusively on local and hyper local content and revenue.Davis’ proprietary radio/digital and sales models include Listen and Click, Inner Circle Sales and the Save 30 Store.
Beau Gunn / WUIN
Gary Chetkof /Owner of WDST
FRIDAY, Feb 17
Keynote conversation: Artist + label = modern day partnership. Explore the relationship between multi-media, visionary artist and music company partnership. How do innovation, creativity and partnership co-exist?
Livia Tortella / Co-President and COO of Warner Bros. Records: Livia Tortella is Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros. Records, which has been one of the top three labels in theU.S. every year since 2003. Tortella is further developing the careers of internationally-known artists including Michael Buble, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, My Chemical Romance, Josh Groban, Linkin Park and Jason Derulo. Recently, Tortella has led Warner Bros.’ initiative to launch developing artists signed to 360 deals, including Theophilus London, Neon Hitch and Gary Clark, Jr. Over the years, Tortella has been integral in the success of established artists like Paramore, The Zac Brown Band, Death Cab For Cutie, Rob Thomas, and Kid Rock, as well as the best-selling Twilight soundtrack franchise for which Tortella served as executive producer.
Wayne Coyne / The Flaming Lips: Wayne Coyne is the founding member and lead vocalist for the experimental psychedelic rock band, The Flaming Lips. Since the formation of the band in 1983 Coyne has been focused on creating music with lush, multi-layered melodies and mind-expanding space rock lyrics. The band is highly acclaimed for their elaborate live shows that feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and front man Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble (in which he traverses the audience). Q magazine has named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die”. Today, Coyne remains dedicated to his musical roots while simultaneously exploring various avenues of creation such as film direction and experimental art.
discussions of the changing recording business – The dramatic changes in the record business in the last decade have given rise to a new group of influential leaders from the independent world whose approach the development of musical artists from a very different perspective and group of strategies than those of the “major” labels.
Danny Goldberg / President, GoldVe Entertainment: Danny Goldberg is President of GoldVe Entertainment which manages, world-wide, the careers of The Cranberries, Steve Earle, The Hives, Peaches, Blitzen Trapper, Ben Lee, The Old 97s, School Of Seven Bells and Tom Morello among others. In the 1990’s, Goldberg was President of Atlantic Records, Chairman of Warner Bros Records and President of Mercury Records when each led the United States in market share according to soundscan. Prior to that he ran Gold Mountain Entertainment who managed Nirvana and Bonnie Raitt among others. In the 1970’s he was Vice-President of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records ran. Goldberg is author of the book Bumping Into Geniuses which was published in 2008 and started as a journalist writing for Billboard and Rolling Stone.
Gregg Latterman / Aware
Bill Armstrong / SideOneDummy
Kevin Lyman / Warped Tour
Alex Patsavas / Chop Shop
Grover / Collective Sounds
Gene Rumsey / Concord Music Group
Greg Hammer / Red Bull Records
Kevin Zinger / Suburban Noize Records
with Agape International’s Michael Beckwith
Michael Beckwith / Agape International: With the release of his genre-bending, ecstatic dance CD, TranscenDance, on Agape Media International (AMI), Michael Bernard Beckwith, sets the standard as a transformational music artist. Already a world-renowned spiritual leader and best-selling author featured in the mega-hit film and book, The Secret, with his own, acclaimed PBS Special: The Answer Is You, Beckwith is Founder & Spiritual Director of the Agape international Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, a trans-denominational, multi-cultural community, where music has a significant place in the weekly celebrations, classes, and conferences. He and his wife, Rickie Byars Beckwith, have written over 200 songs that are performed by artists worldwide at spiritual centers and conscious-living festivals such as Harmony Festival, Earthdance, Burning Man, Bhakti Fest and Lightning-In-A-Bottle. Beckwith shares, “There is no point in time when the mysticism of music has not been a vital component in all of my creative expressions. The inspiration and healing elements of music are integral to the unfoldment of the soul, and it has played a major role in my own transformational practices.” Beckwith encourages listeners to be aware of the soundtrack within their own lives. Are they moving to a rhythm of victim songs or to anesthetize themselves? Or are they living in cadence with the musical notes of inspiration, upliftment, triumph, and joy? Sunset Sessions is proud to present Michael Beckwith inspiring you to listen and dance to the beauty of your own true nature.
SATURDAY, FEB 18
Rita Houston: WFUV
Allen Kelper: Broadcast Archtecture
Kristen Kurtis / KGSR
Reverend Keith Coes / WRLT
Brad Dolbeer / KINK
Carmel Holt / WDST
Brandon Bell / KMXB
Janine Kerr / NBC
Bonnie Greenberg Kasey Truman / Chop Shop
Ben Fong-Torres / Journalist: Former senior editor and writer at Rolling Stone, also is a veteran broadcaster, a three-time Emmy winner for his work on television. But his passion is radio. He was a DJ on free-form pioneer KSAN from 1970-1981 while at the magazine, wrote and narrated a Billboard award-winning syndicated special, hosted “Fog City Radio” on KQED-FM, hosted “Backstage” on KFRC-FM, and writes the “Radio Waves” column in the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of eight books, subjects ranging from Gram Parsons and the Grateful Dead to Top 40 radio and his own memoirs. He is a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
Dennis Constantine / KFOG: Dennis started in radio when he was five years old; he was the class announcer for his kindergarten class. By the time he was 16, he had a job at the local top 40 radio station in Baltimore helping the deejays at the station and at their record hops. By the time he was 21, he was program director at WYRE in Annapolis,MD.After stints in Miami at legendary stations WMYQ and Y100, he moved to Colorado where he was music director and night deejay at KTLK, and then the morning guy and production director at AOR station KBPI. In 1977, he started KBCO in Boulder and programmed the station for sixteen years. After consulting two dozen Triple A and Alternative stations, he moved to Portland to program KINK. After thirteen years there, he moved to the Bay Area where he is now Director of FM Programming for Cumulus San Francisco. He can be heard on the air at the legendary KFOG every afternoon.
Chris Wrightsman / Production Manager: Chris is the production manager for Sunset Sessions for 14 of our 15 years and tours extensively in between all year long with many great artists!
Kevin Lyman / Warped Tour
Doug Gibeaut / UPS
Bob Stein / Organically Grown
Conor Gaffney / Café Gratitude
Stephen Powers / Agape International
Bushwalla / Artist
Erica Krusen / Music Cares
Jim Lindberg / Havoc TV
Bill Armstrong, Co-Founder, SideOneDummy Records
Elias Chios, General Manager, Religion Music
Currently the GM of Religion music Elias Chios started his career as a receptionist at RCA Records in 1995. He then worked his way up as promo assistant/RCA and then Head of college/specialty shows Promo /RCA ’97-’99.Chios then served as NE Regional Promo for Roadrunner 1999-2001 and promoted to Sr. Director of Promo until 2011 when he joined Religion Music.
Tommy DeBenedictis, Director of Promotions & Artist Development, Sony/RED
Bob Divney, VP of Marketing & Promotions, Carved Record/HOR Entertainment Group
Bob Divney is currently VP of Marketing and Promotion at Carved Records and consults for labels and artists in the areas of brand and music marketing. Previously, Bob Divney was a VP of Alternative Promotion at Reprise Records, The Firm Management Company as well as being a partner in CO5 Promotion and AMG.
DZL, APD/MD and On-Air Host, WEND/ Charlotte
DZL is the host of WEND 106.5 The End’s afternoon drive radio show, known as the “Budweiser Lounge.” DZL also hosts a night show on WTKX (TK101) in Pensacola,FL, and a morning show at KCCQ 105.1 Channel Q in Des Moines,IA.In addition to three daily radio shows, DZL is a nationally syndicated radio host. DZL has worked in radio for over 12 years, and got his start at WZGC in Atlanta in the 1990s. Since then, he has worked in South Carolina and New York and has been in Charlotte for the last six years.
Daniel Glass, Founder & President of Glassnote Records Daniel Glass is Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group. Daniel began his musical career as a DJ at the famed Regine’s Discotheque in New York City. He went on to SAM Records and continued at Chrysalis, then SBK Records. Daniel’s path in music lead him to become President/CEO of EMI Records Group N.A., a founding President of Universal and President of Artemis Records before eventually starting Glassnote.
Danny Goldberg, President, Gold Village Entertainment Danny Goldberg was the founder and President of Gold Mountain Entertainment, a personal management firm and also formed and previously ran the indie label Artemis Records. Goldberg has served as Chairman and CEO of the Mercury Records Group, CEO of Air America Radio, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, President of Atlantic Records, also a division of the Warner Music Group, and Vice-President of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records.
Marianne Goode, Founder, All Media Music Group (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions in February 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007)
Having most recently served as SVP in charge of Music for Lifetime Networks, Marianne launched her own company, ALL MEDIA MUSIC GROUP in early 2010 to leverage her experience and relationships to create and maximize opportunities for between artists, songwriters and media content providers. Her clients include Lifetime/AETN, independent brand content producers, record and artist management companies. Marianne began her career in music publishing at Rondor Music International, the esteemed music publishing company started by A&M Records founders, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
Randy Hawke, Program Director, WJJO/Madison
Randy Hawke is program director for WJJO, a station that went from classic rock to “solid rock” around 13 years ago. He has been in radio for 19 years and has also been PD of WAPL inAppletonas well as WLUM inMilwaukee.
Dave Hill, Program Director, WIYY/Baltimore Program Director for WIYY Baltimore since August 2002, Dave Hill started his career in radio as music director at WRAS Atlanta 1992. A year after landing his first gig in radio, Hill joined WGST Atlanta as a producer and then went to WNNX Atlanta as an on-air talent the following year. Dave Hill has also served as PD for WQBK Albany as well as for WMRQ Hartford.
Paul Jacobs, General Manager, Jacobs Media
Paul Jacobs is VP/General Manager of Jacobs Media and a leading radio consultant, specializing in generational marketing, sales development, and research. He runs day-to-day operations at Jacobs Media and its successful mobile apps division, jacAPPS. In 1991, he joined his brothers Fred and Bill at Jacobs Media.
Allen Kepler, President, KEPLER CONSULTANTS (Also a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2011)
Allen Kepler’s first professional stint in radio came in 1985 with San Diego’s Smooth Jazz pioneer, KIFM. Two years later Kepler moved to Chicago’s WNUA, where he worked on air, in programming, and served as Marketing Director before moving to Princeton to join Broadcast Architecture in the winter of 1990. In 1992 Kepler founded BA’s now legendary smooth jazz consulting arm, the Smooth Jazz Network™. In January of 2007, Kepler took the “Smooth Jazz Network™ to new heights with the launch of the new 24 hour format. The ‘Superstation’ concept is new for radio.
Raphaella Lima, Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts Raphaella Lima has been with EA for nine years. In her position as Music Supervisor, she oversees the selection of licensed music and the creation of custom songs for several EA franchises. Raphaella also heads the production of EA Recordings, a division in charge of digital releases of all EA-owned music assets. She is the liaison with musical talent for all PR and marketing executions, including interviews, appearances and events, nurturing relationships with artists and managers and building long-term partnerships with great impact on artists’ career development.
Daniel Mendoza, Regional Manager, The Recording Academy
Daniel Mendoza, is the Regional Manager, Chapter Operations for The GRAMMYs/The Recording Academy. After spending a decade as an event producer and music buyer, he joined The Academy in 2006 working as the right hand to the West Region Director, conducting extensive outreach to the Latin, Indie, and Dance Music comminutes to educate artist and business professionals about the organization.
Lisa Minajeres, Director, Digital Media, Local Media (91X/San Diego, Magic 92.5, Z90.3)
Lisa began her career in Digital Media during the Dot Com boom of the mid-90′s and hasn’t looked back! After unintentionally falling under the spell of radio in 1999, Lisa has had the privilege of working directly with some of the Industries’ most influential movers-and-shakers in both San Diego and Los Angeles.
Eric Page, Managing Editor, NBC San Diego/SoundDiego.com
Eric S. Page is the managing editor of NBC San Diego’s music blog, SoundDiego, a heavily trafficked site dedicated to covering the local music community. He has been a working journalist in San Diego for the past eight years and, prior to that time, worked as a filmmaker and was on the staff of Rolling Stone and People magazines.
Ryan Patrick, Program Director, KAZR/Des Moines
Ryan Patrick’s career started in ’93 at WGRF in Buffalo in promotions and on-air at his college station, WBNY (BuffaloState). After graduation he started doing the overnight gig at WEDG/Buffalo and then moved to Albany for afternoons at WXCR (Classic Rock). He then crossed back over the border for round two at WEDG as MD and morning show producer and at the end of 2003, became the PD at KAZR Des Moines.
Cybele Pettus, Senior Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts
As the Worldwide Sr. Music Supervisor for Electronic Arts, Cybele Pettus has supervised the soundtracks for such top-selling EA franchises. Cybele is part of the Artwerk Music Publishing team, participating in the A&R process of signing artists to the Artwerk roster, which is EA’s joint venture with Nettwerk Music. Prior to joining the music department at EA in 2002, Cybele held A&R positions since 1992 at Warner Bros./Reprise and EMI Records.
Todd Porter, Producer/Music Supervisor, Goodby, Silverstein, & Partners
Todd Porter is a music supervisor and commercial producer who has been working at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners for the past ten or twenty years. After placing music in many many spots, interactive pieces and pitch videos they created a department and gave him the additional title of Music Supervisor, (the first in the agency’s history.) He is currently like a kid in a candy store. He loves to give money away to talented people with great tunes.
Jordan Silverberg, Director of Music, Transit, LLC.
Jordan Silverberg has been working as a supervisor for movie trailers since 2001, having worked on campaigns for such projects as Tron: Legacy, Star Trek, SinCity, and Lord of the Rings. He currently holds the position of Director of Music at Transit, a brand new trailer house based in Santa Monica.
Cheryl Valentine, VP of Rock Promotion, Reprise
Zigz, APD/MD and On-Air Host, WBUZ/Nashville
Nashville, born and raised, Zigz is the on-air talent at WBUZ The Buzz. You can hear his show weekdays from 3-7PM. Prior to joining WBUZ, Zigz worked at both WNPL and WWRQ.
Natalie Baartz, Music Supervisor, Ignition Creative (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2010)
Chuck Bein, Founder, See Music
Chuck Bein is an accomplished composer, engineer and music supervisor who has produced work for the likes of McDonald’s, Chevy, Nintendo, BlackBerry, Allstate and more. Previously a music producer at Leo Burnett, Artists and Brands, and Jira, Chuck has years of experience working directly with ad agencies as well as musicians. He recently started his own company called See Music, where he handles music supervision for advertisements and operates a recording studio for custom music and production.
Fred Buc, General Manager, WRLT/Nashville (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2009 & 2007)
A radio industry veteran for over 35 years, Fred spent nine years at WKDA and WKDF/Nashville (1976-1985) in various on-air and operational capacities, rising to Program Director of Country WKDA in 1980. Later, Fred was in Corporate Operations at Jefferson-Pilot Communications in Charlotte,NC(1989-1990), and an on-air personality at KCFX/Kansas City (1990-1992). While in K.C., he co-founded a national advertising agency before returning to his Music City roots in 1992 as Production Manager for Lightning 100. In 1995, he became Director of Operations for the station’s parent group (Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc.) and was named General Manager for the group’s five Nashville-area properties (WRLT, WRLG, WYYB, WDBL-AM & FM) in 1998.
Dennis Constantine, Program Director, KFOG/San Francisco
Veteran Triple A programmer Dennis Constantine has taken over the PD chair at Cumulus’ KFOG/San Francisco, after 11 years at KINK/Portland. Constantine has been programming successful stations for decades and was part of the team that launched what many consider the first Triple A station, KBCO/Boulder, when it was a locally owned and operated with a signal that didn’t cover the entire Denver metro. Constantine will also program sister station Classic Rock KSAN (The Bone).
Thomas Golubic, Music Supervisor, Supermusicvision Thomas Golubic is a music supervisor, record producer and DJ. Thomas formed his company SuperMusicVision with pal and fellow KCRW DJ Gary Calamar (The Open Road) and enjoyed great success working on the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” which twice garnered the pair Grammy nominations. As a record producer, Thomas has assembled various remix projects for EMI-Capitol Records and MGM, including reinterpretations of the work of Peggy Lee, the Beach Boys, Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther theme, and EMI’s Christmas Classics compilation ‘Merry Mixmas’.
Marianne Goode, All Media Music Group (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions in, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007, bio listed under Sunset Sessions Rock! 2011)
Mike Henry, CEO, Paragon Media Strategies (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2008)
Mike Henry is CEO of Paragon Media Strategies (programming research & consulting), Paragon Consulting Network (multimedia consulting), a partner in Media Mechanics (multiplatform producers), and in early 2009 he led the formation of The Radio Workout Team to address the dramatically changing needs of media lenders, brokers, receivers, trustees and owners. Henry has been a leading innovator of new radio formats for over 30 years, including “Alternative,” “Triple A,” “Modern AC,” “All News,” “NPR News,” and “Adult Hits.”
Rita Houston, Music Director, WFUV/New York
A nationally recognized tastemaker filled with a broad knowledge and passion for music, Rita Houston shapes the musical direction of WFUV’s acclaimed and unique music format. Houston came to WFUV in 1994 from Westchester’s WXPS – also known as X107 – where she hosted ‘Starlight Express,’ a show close in style to FUV’s. After anchoring the midday there for six years, she left the station to join FUV, where her discerning and varied tastes have found a welcome home. A Westchester native, Houston moved to Nyack,NY from the East Village in 2002, to plant basil and perfect her fireplace skills.
Bob Hughes, Owner, KPRI/San Diego (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2010 and 2007)
Hughes is president and CEO of Compass Radio, which independently operates KRPI (102.1 FM), and he’s also one of the dee-jays. KPRI does “Rock Without Rules”—playing acoustic hours on the weekends, classic rock, indie singer/songwriter tunes and/or anything across all genres for its 25-54 demographics. Hughes, a true maverick guitarist in cover band Left4Dead—had the station’s transmitter reposition to double its potential audience.
Allen Kepler, President, KEPLER CONSULTING (bio listed under Sunset Sessions Rock 2011)
Mark Ramsey, Founder and President, Mercury Radio Research Inc.
Mark Ramsey is founder and president of Mercury Radio Research, Inc., a leading strategic consultant and research firm for radio broadcasters and satellite radio. Ramsey also publishes the Radio Marketing Nexus blog the radio industry’s best known source of marketing wisdom. Previously, Ramsey was president of Nova Marketing Group, a company of Clear Channel Communications. In 2001, Nova conducted nearly half of all Strategic Research for Clear Channel. Ramsey did some of the earliest research work in developing formats such as Alternative, Smooth Jazz, and the new JACK format.
Andrea von Foerster, Music Supervisor, Firestarter Music Andrea von Foerster got her start in the music business while attending the University of Southern California. Andrea started working at Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group in the music department for live action features during her junior year on such films as Armageddon, Gone In Sixty Seconds and her favorite High Fidelity. Andrea has done music supervision for both film and television for the last ten years. She is currently working on Oprah’s new reality show The Big Give, MTV’s Run’s House and Life Of Ryan and three Hallmark Hall Of Fame films for CBS.
Natalie Baartz, Music Supervisor, Ignition Creative (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2011, bio listed under Triple A 2011)
Nick Bedding, VP Promotion, Hollywood Records
Geoff Bywater, Head of Music, 20th Century Fox TV Records
Brian Corona, VP, Atlantic Records (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2007), Prior toAtlantic, Brian was a promotion guru at Capitol Records.
Marianne Goode, Founder, All Media Music Group (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions in February 2011, 2009, 2008, and 2007, picture and bio listed under Sunset Sessions Rock! 2011)
Dominic Griffin, VP of Licensing, Disney Music Group
David Hall, On-Air Host, WRLT/Nashville (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2007)
“David Hall rocks y’all” every afternoon from 3-7pm, as he has on Lightning 100 since 1993. David came to Nashville in 1980 and had long runs on the air at WKDF from 1980-1988 and WGFX from 1988-1993 while they were rock stations, so no one has continuously rocked Music City as long. David also hosts the “Lightning 100 Unplugged” show on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11am. Then on Sunday nights he’s the MC for Lightning 100′s weekly live music series “Nashville Sunday Night” at 3rd and Lindsley 8-10pm.
Bob Hughes, Owner, KPRI/San Diego (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2007, bio listed under Triple A 2011)
Chris Jackson, Director of Music, E! Entertainment
As Director of Music for the Comcast Entertainment Group, Chris is responsible for the “sound” of the E!, Style, G4 and Fearnet Networks. Prior to CEG, Chris was a partner in Beatscape, providing music supervision for Film, Television, Trailers and Videogames. He also co-founded MustVote, a groundbreaking voter registration campaign coupling viral and social media marketing with the passion of music fans. Chris also co-founded Rightspring, Inc. a pioneering marketplace for searching, licensing and digital delivery of creative assets to professional users.
Tracy McKnight, VP of Film and Music, Lionsgate
A celebrated music supervisor, Ms. McKnight brings a broad diversity and great depth of experience to her position as head of Lionsgate’s Film Music division. Prior to Lionsgate Ms. McKnight co-founded Commotion Records with former CBS executive Walter Yetnikoff, with the vision to bring innovative music from groundbreaking films into the world. Furthermore, Ms. McKnight headed two film music departments – at Good Machine and Independent Pictures.
Mike Mullaney, APD/MD, WBMX/Boston
Mike Mullaney started out doing research at WZLX, he graduated to overnight producer and then moved to morning show producer for Alan Colmes and Jeff Gonzer. After returning to Bridgewater State College, where he ran the radio station, he spent four years at Triple A WBOS as APD/MD. In 1995 he got the chance to launch a brand new rival AAA WXRV with Joanne Doody and Steven Silberberg. In 1998 he got the call to come to WBMX from Greg Strassell and SVP Mark Hannon and he’s enjoyed a great run ever since.
Julie Muncy, National Director of Alternative Promotion, Warner Bros. Records (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2007)
Brian Phillips, Music Director, WXRP/New York
Alicen Schneider, VP of Music Creative Services, NBC Universal Television Music (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2009)
Alicen co-leads the NBC Universal Television music department heading up the creative division. She serves as music liaison between Network and Studio creative executives for stunt casting and on-camera opportunities and works with composers on the creation of original compositions and recordings for episodic series and promos. Before coming to NBC, Alicen was an A&R assistant in the television and film division of Warner Special Products (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records) as well as a deejay for KXLU-FM,Los Angeles.
Bob Sinclair, Owner, Sinclair Broadcasting Thorn, Music Director & On-Air Host, KTCZ/Minneapolis (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2009)
Thorn’s radio career began at Radio K, the University of Minnesota’s college radio station, where he served as the station’s first program director. He went on to write and produce for the National Alternative Network while spending his afternoons on air at REV-105, also serving as the station’s assistant program director; a stint as associate program director/music director for Zone 105 followed in 1997. Thorn joined the Minnesota Public Radio family in 2001, serving as the director of distribution for MNN Radio’s sports broadcasts of the Twins, Timberwolves, Vikings and Wild. In 2004, he helped launch MPR’s national distribution arm, American Public Media, serving as its production manager.
Trina Tombrink,Universal Republic
Trina Tombrink was appointed to Sr. Director/AAA Promotion at Universal Republic Records in 2008. Tombrink is responsible for overseeing AAA projects for Universal Republic Records as well as Brushfire. Most recently, Tombrink was Sr. Dir./AAA Promotion for Columbia Records, and before that was Dir./Rock Promotion for the same label.
Kevin Weaver, Executive VP, Atlantic Records Group
The Los Angeles-based Weaver, who began his music career with Atlantic in 1994, was most recently senior VP of the company. In his post, he oversees the creation and placement of Atlantic-affiliated music and artists across all visual media—including film, TV and videogames—as well as being responsible for developing and overseeing soundtrack projects, strategic alliances, licensing opportunities and marketing initiatives. In this role, he works closely with film and TV studios as well as production companies.
Debbie Wilson, President and CEO, Wilspro Management (Also was a speaker at Sunset Sessions 2007)
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