The music meeting is a time-honored tradition at radio stations in which new music is played and judged. The SXSW version will feature an esteemed panel of music and radio pros listening to previously unheard songs from veteran acts and newcomers. How will these songs fit into radio? Who's the next big thing? The audience and panel will offer their opinion in this always-lively panel.
SEAN COAKLEY has spent the last eighteen years running his own marketing and promotion company that specializes in rock and Americana music for adults. Previously, he headed MMA Management/rooArt Records, North America (1991-93) which followed twelve years of promotion and marketing at Arista (1983-91) and ATCO/Atlantic (1978-83). Through it all his mantra remains the same: good music is worth fighting for.
DON STRASBURG is VP/Senior talent buyer of AEG Live Rocky Mountains. Don started his career when he and his partners opened the Fox Theatre in Boulder Colorado in 1992. Don remains a co-owner of the Fox and Boulder Theatres.
NORM WINER is Program Director at WXRT/ Chicago. He entered the world of free form progressive radio in the '70s, as DJ and/or PD at the legendary WBCN/Boston and KSAN/San Francisco. An idealist and perennial industry award winner, his extended tenure as XRT Program Director and former CBS VP of Rock is as unlikely as the City of Chicago declaring "Norm Winer Day" on July 4, 1996. Although industry pundits may consider XRT a "Triple-A" outlet, Norm prefers to call it "progressive," with on-air and streaming listening at all-time highs, website usage growing exponentially, and a broad music palate that's never been more adventurous.
Tastemaker DJ, and two-time Grammy Nominee CHRIS DOURIDAS delivers his impeccable taste each day on KCRW-FM and KCRWmusic.com from Los Angeles to a worldwide audience. He's also the man behind the music on some of the coolest movies ever made. From Austin Powers to American Beauty, from Grosse, Point Blank, to Shrek 2. Through his work with some of the top filmmakers in the world, including Rob Reiner, James Brooks, Wim Wenders and Michael Mann, Chris makes eclectic music global.
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