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SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2013 ----  Hyatt Regency ATLANTA
The Content Conversation Continues

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Wednesday, September 18 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
CLASSICAL Format Group

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This year’s gathering of classical colleagues will be devoted to a single, overarching theme: How can stations, networks, and public media service organizations work together to strengthen classical music radio?   Classical music is public radio’s most successful music format, dominating both all-music and news-music mixed- formats, yet it remains poorly represented in the national arena. In this session, we’ll “report out” on “The Houston Summit,” a May 2013 gathering of classical stations and interested parties that asked the hard questions and took a clear-eyed look at the state of the classical music radio industry, as well as its relations with funding, content, service, and research organizations both inside and outside of public media. We promise a lively and robust discussion.



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Tom Thomas

Co-CEO, Station Resource Group
Tom Thomas is co-CEO at Station Resource Group, an alliance of leading public radio stations focused on strategy, policy, and innovation. He has inspired advances across almost every aspect of public media at both local and national levels. He has shaped key policies at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR, the FCC, and in Congress. He helped design and launch PRX: The Public Radio Exchange and Public Radio... Read More →

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St.John Flynn

Program Director, Classical 91.7/Houston Public Media
St.John Flynn is program director at Classical 91.7/Houston Public Media. Born and raised in the U.K., St.John came to the U.S. in 1986 to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia.  He arrived in Houston, TX, in 2008 to take the position of program director, Classical at KUHF/88.7FM, then a dual format station.  Houston Public Radio acquired a second FM signal in 2011 and he developed... Read More →
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Graham Parker

General Manager and Vice President, WQXR
Graham Parker is the general manager and vice president of WQXR, the most listened to classical station in the country and New York’s only all-classical station. Over the past two years, Parker has overseen and implemented an ambitious growth plan that puts WQXR front and center in New York’s thriving classical music scene. During Parker’s tenure, WQXR has launched a new national series, Carnegie... Read More →
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Ben Roe

Managing Director, WGBH/WCRB
Benjamin K. Roe is managing director, Classical Services at WGBH/WCRB, in Boston. Roe guides the overall classical strategy for WGBH, including programming, live performances, special events, videos, podcasts, apps, and its five online classical channels, all under the umbrella of WCRB Classical New England. He has a three-decade career in public media, including 20 years at NPR. A Grammy-Award winning producer... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2013 3:30pm - 5:30pm
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