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|"Cool As Hell Theatre Podcast" to Launch on KQED Interactive|
March 16, 2007
San Francisco, CA -- The Cool As Hell Theatre Show, one of the most prolific arts interview podcasts on the web, has been selected for weekly presentation as a "KQED Independent," a new feature of KQED's Arts & Culture Online. The podcast will be presented by KQED Interactive in association with AudioLuxe.
The Cool As Hell Theatre Show (CASH), hosted by Michael Rice, is a roller-coaster ride of candid interviews, exuberant humor, theatre news and reviews -- featuring established greats and emerging artists of regional and national interest.
Rice is a professionally trained actor and director with a unique interview style that guests and audiences love. The show has featured MacArthur Fellowship recipient Naomi Wallace, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, and Brian Copeland, author of "Not a Genuine Black Man," the longest running one-man show in SF history.
Rice created The Cool As Hell Theatre Show to help theatres promote themselves to younger audiences on a regional and national level, using technology to bring theatre coverage into the future. The show has been cited as a Top Ten News Source by top10sources.com and nominated for a Pubby by the SF Bay Area Publicity Club.
Here's what Critic Chad Jones says about the show:
Rice is a completely original voice, and his conversations with Bay Area theater people often take surprising turns and result in refreshingly candid interviews and abundant humor….if you're not listening to The Cool As Hell Theatre Show, you're missing out!
An independent production, CASH was scouted and incubated for KQED Interactive by SF-based AudioLuxe, a new media production company founded by public radio professionals, including a former producer of KQED's The California Report. The organization trains emerging producers, incubates independent programming, and creates original media for distribution by public broadcasting stations.
The Cool As Hell Theatre Show joins KQED Independent "Nest of Vipers" on KQED's Arts & Culture Blog, which is expanding the broadcast station's reach with webby-recognized audio and video online-originals, such as "The Writers' Block," and "Gallery Crawl," programs that reach more than 1/2 million people worldwide.
Contact: Stacy Bond
415-279-3046 | 415-553-2346
About KQED Interactive
KQED Interactive (www.kqed.org) develops content and applications for digital platforms and mobile devices. Since 1994, KQED Interactive has provided users with a place to interact, learn more, and connect with others on the issues and topics explored on radio and television. The website hosts online services for KQED Public Television, Public Radio, and Education Network, and serves as a community convener, providing event listings, resources, online polls, podcasts, blogs and other items of timely interest. KQED Interactive functions as KQED's third media platform, delivering content specifically acquired and produced for the Web.