New York, NY (March 17, 2021)—A panel of top podcasting professionals will share their insights and knowledge at the upcoming Pro Audio & Radio Tech Summit on April 1. Produced jointly by Mix magazine, Pro Sound News and Radio World, the event is a free one-day virtual trade show where radio and pro audio professionals can learn about new products and technology and network with colleagues and manufacturers.
Podcasts have exploded in popularity over the last five years, inspiring millions of people to start their own shows, in part due to the low cost of entry-level audio gear. In reality, however, the DIY days of podcasting are long gone; today, audio quality is a crucial factor in building and keeping your audience. In the kickoff panel, Podcasting: ‘Good Enough’ Audio Is Not Good Enough, Chris Crump of Comrex Corporation, Fela Davis of One of One Productions, Dallas Taylor of the hit podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz, and Frank Verderosa of Digital Arts NY, will share their insights and real-world experiences, discussing superior audio tools, developing and applying best practices, and more.
Chris Crump has served as the Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing for Comrex since 2004. In 1987, he began his professional radio career at ABC/Cap Cities Detroit before taking the Features Editor position at MediaBase Research/Monday Morning Replay. On-air, remote broadcast engineer, Creative Services Director roles followed for Capitol Broadcasting (subsequently Paxson Communications) in Orlando and the Ron & Ron Radio Network in Tampa/St. Petersburg. In 1996, Crump moved to the manufacturing side of the broadcast business performing sales & marketing roles for Spectral, Inc., Euphonix, Symetrix and Klotz Digital America. Crump resides in Buford, Georgia (outside of Atlanta) with his wife Seval, 15 year-old daughter Zara and their Affenpinscher Olive. He is a CBNE certified member of SBE Chapter 5 in Atlanta as well an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troops 597 and 5597 in Dacula, GA.
Fela Davis is a graduate of Full Sail University with 20 years of experience in audio engineering and inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 2020. Her live mixing experience includes Ron Carter, Brian Blade, Jose Feliciano, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Bilal. She is front of house engineer for six-time Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, mixing sold-out shows across Asia, Europe, Canada, and America. Fela records, mixes, and edits at her One of One Productions Studio located 5 minutes from NYC in Fort Lee, NJ. The One of One Productions studio also specializes in podcast recordings for top 200 Apple Podcasts like Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams and The Art of Music Tech Podcast that she hosts with her business partner, Dennis. The Art of Music Tech Podcast highlights the latest in audio gear, mixing techniques, and interviews with top audio engineers, musicians, and producers (Leslie Ann Jones, Jeff Bova, Jett Galindo, Patrick Smith) about their journey in audio. It’s also featured with many of her writings for Pro Sound News Magazine & Podcast Pro Newsletters.
Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Dallas is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series. Dallas is a sought-after speaker at conferences, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.
Frank Verderosa (www.frankverderosa.com) is a 30-year veteran of the New York audio industry, fighting the good fight for film studios, ad agencies and production companies, but secretly loves mixing music most of all. These days, he plies his trade at Digital Arts in NYC, but he has additionally taught hundreds of voice-over artists how to record professionally while at home during the pandemic, and is also a longtime engineer for a number of high-profile podcasts.
The Pro Audio & Radio Tech Summit will also feature a virtual exhibition floor, live chat and a separate track of presentations showcasing technologies and trends in pro audio.