By Mainline Marketing
Sound Connections is all about connecting with people from around the world of A/V. That means podcasters, musicians, journalists, broadcasters, and anyone who works with sound. It also means the manufacturers who continue to produce amazing products that allow us all to see, hear, and connect with each other every single day.
Everyone’s got a story to tell. We want to hear them, and if you do too then make sure to subscribe and tune in each week.
Everyone’s got a story to tell. We want to hear them, and if you do too then make sure to subscribe and tune in each week.
The Return of Joe Atanacio!
A guest so nice we wanted to feature him twice. Joe Atanacio makes history as our first returning guest here on the Sound Connections podcast! Joe of course joined us on our special Veteran's Day 2021 episode a few weeks ago, talking about his experiences as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Now, Joe is back to talk more about his time after the service working for large productions like Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil, the early days of the pandemic, and why he feels like he wasted those first several weeks during the shutdown. But despite those challenges, Joe is still working as a freelancer and even had the opportunity to work at the Super Bowl in Tampa last year! Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
December 9, 2021
Mastering the RF Dark Arts with Shure’s Jason Waufle
This week on Sound Connections, we caught up with Jason Waufle, Senior Specialist in Market Development at Shure! Before joining Shure, Jason had a long career in broadcast entertainment. He sat with us to talk about how he broke into the industry, what he loved about it, and why he left. Managing RF can feel like a form of mystical art, especially if you don't have a ton of experience working with it. But then there are people like Jason, who are masters of RF. Jason told us about how answering a Craig's List ad got him his first job in the industry, where he was able to learn all about RF. Those skills led to a career where he worked for major productions like Showtime Boxing, Super Bowls, Country Music Awards, Grammy's, Billboard Music Awards, and more! Now as a member of the Shure Pro Audio team, Jason cultivates industry relations, research, insights, and market development for the pro audio line of Shure products related to broadcast, touring, houses of worship, live events, and everything high tier wireless. Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
November 24, 2021
Veteran's Day 2021 Special
Happy Veteran's Day! To celebrate and honor our veterans today, we are having a special Veteran’s Day episode. We sat down with two incredible veterans who were in town for the recent Infocomm Conference. Listen in to see how they served their country, then went on to have successful careers in the A/V industry. Joe Atanacio served with the U.S. Air Force, working with a lot of great talent on several different USO tours. After leaving the Air Force, he continued to work with incredible acts like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. Ray Biba is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Ray has had a long and successful career since leaving the Marines, even starting his own rep firm at one point. He now currently works at QSC as the Director of Systems Sales for the U.S. West and Florida territories. Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
November 11, 2021
On The Field With Scott Adams, Sideline Reporter for the UCF Knights
It's a sports-filled episode this week as we sit down with Scott Adams, sideline reporter (and so much more) for the UCF Golden Knights! Scott has been a broadcaster with the UCF Knights for nearly 20 years. Besides being the sideline and locker room reporter for the UCF Football radio broadcasts, he is the play-by-play announcer for the Women's Basketball team, and has also worked with the Men's Basketball and Baseball broadcasts. Scott also does on-air commentary covering the UCF Knights Athletic Teams through UCFKnights.com and their flagship station, WYGM 96.9 FM. We spoke with Scott about what it takes to be a professional sports broadcaster, from the amount of work required to sound "natural" on-air to the surprising skills needed to succeed. We also find out which sport is Scott's favorite to call on the radio, and how the lack of fans at games last year not only impacted the players but the broadcast teams as well.
October 28, 2021
Getting Techy With It feat. Ed Veeser from QSC!
We're diving deep into the tech space this week as we are joined by Ed Veeser from QSC talking all things Q-SYS! Ed stopped by our Experience Center for an in-depth conversation with Pat and Neil Hufford from Mainline Marketing. After explaining what brought Ed to QSC, we learn what makes Q-SYS so special, how they handle updates, and what is in store for us in the future. (New to the Q-SYS Ecosystem? This hilarious 5-minute video will get you up to speed on everything you need to know!) We also find out why everyone in the U.P. of Michigan is a Green Bay Packers fan, how COVID impacted the industry, and his love of Wisconsin. Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
October 14, 2021
Interview With Musician, Entrepreneur, and Teacher... Rhaelee!
Rhaelee is a musician, producer, teacher, audio engineer, and entrepreneur. And somehow she still found the time to join us on the latest episode of the Sound Connections podcast! Her career has already seen her working with Prince, KT Tunstall, Andrew McMahon, Quinn, and more. We had a blast talking all about the songs that inspired her, how she approaches her work, and what music means to her. Rhaelee is a musician, producer, teacher, audio engineer, and entrepreneur. And somehow she still found the time to join us on the latest episode of the Sound Connections podcast! Her career has already seen her working with Prince, KT Tunstall, Andrew McMahon, Quinn, and more. We had a blast talking all about the songs that inspired her, how she approaches her work, and what music means to her. In addition to Rhaelee's music career, she runs her own company Androgynous Audio. She is also a teacher, sharing her knowledge with the next generation at the First Institute in Orlando. Listen to hear how guidance from her mentor pushed her into a career setting up hydraulic staging for large concerts and music festivals, why she believes she learns from all of her students just like they are learning from her, and why Captain and Tennille holds a special place in her heart (even if love ultimately didn't keep them together). Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
September 30, 2021
Spend Some Time With the Best Friends You Haven’t Met Yet - Interview With The No New Friends Podcast!
Earlier this year we set out in search of the Finest Florida Podcast, and we hit the jackpot! We found a ton of incredible podcasts made by talented people right here in the Sunshine State. When we decided to start our very own podcast, we knew we wanted to sit down with some of these fellow Florida-based creators. So we invited Scott and Mary from the No New Friends podcast to come down to our Experience Center for a long and winding conversation that dives into everything from their philosophy on podcasting, to why the Purple Wedding in Game of Thrones is one of the more satisfying moments in life. If you want to follow more of the No New Friends podcast, they are constantly pumping out incredible content on their Facebook and YouTube channels. And you can check out their podcast over on their Anchor.fm page of course! Want to hear more from the Finest Florida Podcasts? We caught up with the winners of our contest, the SoundGirls, in a recent episode. Click here to listen! Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
September 16, 2021
Icons of A/V: Our Interview With Kristin of Our DJ Rocks
Kristin is an entrepreneur, running an all-female entertainment company out of Orlando, FL. She's also an incredible DJ and brings her infectious energy to the latest episode of the Sound Connections podcast! Like many DJ companies, Kristin started out working gigs by herself. But her energetic hosting skills and her music mixing talent soon meant her schedule was completely booked. That led to her having to find other DJs to train, and soon Our DJ Rocks would become known as the #1 all-female DJ company in Orlando – rocking between 800 - 1,000 events annually. Kristin is now one of the most sought-after female DJs and entrepreneurs in the country and is also an author, speaker, and educator for the events industry. Kristin is also a big believer in the quality of QSC products and has become a featured DJ with QSC, producing content with other top talents from across the country. In this episode, we dive into Kristin's favorite bands, her eclectic collection of first albums, and her first-ever concert (NKOTB fans will be happy!). We also learn about Kristin's early time building Our DJ Rocks, and its sister company Photobooth Rocks, the devastating impacts of COVID on her industry, and how she was able to keep everything together and position her companies to succeed as weddings and live events return. Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
September 2, 2021
The Legend of the SM58 Tattoo
Leading up to this year's SM58 Day celebration we stumbled across a picture posted online of a man who had a tattoo of a Shure SM58 microphone on his forearm. Since that's not something you see every day, even in our line of work, we did a little digging and realized that the arm in question belonged to a man named Frank who just so happened to be the lead singer in a band AND lived here in Florida. We immediately reached out, packed our gear, and drove out to St. Augustine to sit down with Frank and discuss music, his band, and his love for the SM58. Frank is the lead singer of the band Sladicidal, a Suicidal Tendencies cover band. Frank grew up around music, so when it came time for him to pick a mic he knew it was going to be the Shure SM58 dynamic vocal microphone. And when it came time for him to get a tattoo, it was his wife who suggested he go with the legendary microphone. We also get into the history of the St. Augustine musical scene, specifically at Shanghai Nobby's who were gracious enough to let us record the podcast live at their bar and also happened to be the spot where Frank and Sladicidal first performed. Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
August 19, 2021
Interview With The SoundGirls!
Earlier this year we went out in search of finding Florida's Finest Podcast. Simply put, we wanted to find and connect with fellow Floridians who are hard at work putting out great content. And if we could help make their podcast sound a little bit better, then that would be a win-win for everyone! So we put together a Podcasting Prize Pack (we love alliteration around here) featuring two Shure MV7 podcasting microphones, cash, and more, and set out to find ourselves some amazing podcasts. This week on the Sound Connections podcast, we're sitting down with the WINNERS of our Florida's Finest Podcast contest, the SoundGirls! In case you haven't heard of them before, SoundGirls.org is a support network for women and non-binary people working in the professional audio industry. Women make up just 5% of the professional workforce in audio and music production, and SoundGirls provides an opportunity for women to network, share advice, and provide support to one another while also working to inspire and empower the next generation to enter the world of professional audio and music production. Each week on the SoundGirls Podcast they interview audio professionals who share their stories and offer tips and tricks from what they've learned in their careers. Now, we were able to flip the tables and interview two of the SoundGirls podcast hosts, Susan Williams and Tori McCook! Susan started the SoundGirls podcast back in May of 2020, while Tori has recently taken over hosting duties for the show. We get to hear about their backgrounds, why the podcast was formed, and what we can expect from the show moving forward! Listen and subscribe to the Sound Connections podcast on your favorite podcasting apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!
August 5, 2021
Talking A/V Karma With Mainline Marketing's Clinton Muntean
Our first episode of the Sound Connections podcast has arrived and we couldn't think of a more perfect person to talk with than the man himself, the President of Mainline Marketing, Clinton Muntean! Who else do you know that went to school, was hired out of college to their dream job, realized they hated their dream job, didn't know what to do next, only to wind up in a career that was perfect for them? And who is a big believer in A/V karma? Clinton discusses why the podcast is called Sound Connections, and how the name itself was part of what made him and the rest of the team here at Mainline Marketing so excited to get this project off the ground. Making connections is part of what Mainline Marketing does every single day. We connect our brands with resellers, resellers with end-users, and end-users with brands that have the products they might not even know they need. Clinton also dives into his backstory. After attending Full Sail University Clinton got his dream job working for a studio making movies and TV shows. Only, he quickly realized that his dream job wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After wondering what his next steps would be, he ended up getting hired at Mainline Marketing. And from there, the rest is history! Finally, Clinton explains his philosophy of A/V karma. It's not about winning at all costs. Rather, it's about doing your best to help others. And that philosophy has lead to Clinton having great relationships, even with competitors.
July 22, 2021
Sound Connections Trailer
We're talking with podcasters, musicians, sports broadcasters, DJs, audiobook narrators, and more! Each episode of the Sound Connections podcast will feature a conversation with a different guest from a wide range of backgrounds, but all related to the world of A/V.
June 23, 2021