Obama in Denver

My wife and I were in the crowd of more than 100,000 that gathered to hear Barack Obama yesterday at Civic Center Park. I caught just a few glimpses of him, but it was still a rare treat to be there. I kept trying to embed the memory deep in my mind, so I'd be able to recall it when I'm an old man.

Click here for a pretty good four-part video of the entire speech.

Update: I just received an email from Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper with this video excerpt from the speech. On Sunday Obama noted that our beloved mayor is "another skinny guy with a funny name."


Monday, October 27, 2008

Waiting for Obama

Civic Center Park, Denver

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Stay Tuned for These Montana Arts Podcasts

The seven arts organizations at the Montana Arts Council's Marketing Tune-Up today created pilot podcasts. After an energetic pitch on behalf of podcasting, I had a chance to demonstrate the technical gremlins which often intervene. What happened was that after doing all seven podcasts, with the recording light on my Edirol R-09 working, levels showing, all normal--none of the .mp3 files appeared on my computer when I attempted to upload them to Libsyn. I re-recorded all of them, but somehow deleted the second take for the Missoula Cultural Council. The third take also wouldn't take, and neither Tom Bensen nor I had the heart to go for a fourth attempt. I will say that Tom did an excellent interview with Marilyn Bruya, and I hope they follow up by creating the "Cultural Moment" podcast which they did such a good job experimenting with.

Seven pilot podcasts survived the gremlins, as follows:

The Stevensville Playhouse Podcast by the Chantilly Theatre in Stevensville, (soon to change their name to the Stevensville Playhouse), featuring Ben Courteau and Harold Shinsato.

Red Truck Review by the Missoula Children's Theatre, featuring Don Collins, co-founder and senior development officer.

Chorus Clatter by the Missoula Community Chorus, featuring Kevin Johnson, treasurer.

"The Downbeat Down Low with Darko" podcast by the Missoula Symphony, featuring Music Director Darko Butorac. Darko also volunteered earlier in my presentation for this video clip.

The Montana Rep Podcast by the Montana Repertory Theatre, featuring Greg Johnson, artistic director.

Sunburst Arts Update by the Sunburst Foundation in Eureka, Montana, featuring Keri Goodwin.

Click here for a list of links I mentioned in my presentation to this very engaged and promising group of potential podcasters.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Missoula Morning

Getting ready for today's presentation at the Montana Arts Council Marketing Tune-Up in Missoula. We have an engaged group of participants attending, about 35 in all, representing the Chantilly Players from Stevensville, the legendary Missoula Children's Theatre, the Missoula Community Chorus, Missoula Cultural Council, Missoula Symphony Association, Montana Repertory Theatre, and the Sunburst Foundation from Eureka.

My co-presenters are Jim Copenhaver and Dale Erquiaga, whom we are zooming in via the wonders of Skype video and a backup speaker phone, which we had to use briefly yesterday when the Skype audio went south. Plan B kept Dale's image on the screen while we listened to him on the speaker phone. I hope the Internet is kinder today, when I'll be hooking up with Robert John Cook from Cape Cod to give a brief testimony on how podcasting has opened up surprising new doors in his career as an artist and musician.


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