Nathan Cone

Director of Marketing & Community Engagement

Texas Public Radio’s Director of Marketing and Community Engagement has been with the organization since 1995.  He leads the organization's outreach, marketing, and social media efforts. Nathan began at TPR working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.”  He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. Since then he has worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Marketing and Digital Media.

A native of Spring, Texas, Nathan began his broadcasting career while studying at San Antonio’s Trinity University, where he majored in Communication, with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.  At Trinity University’s KRTU, he was a student manager, serving as Jazz Program Director and Operations Manager.  Nathan graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Trinity University with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.

Currently, Nathan enjoys studying classic and contemporary films, especially those of the late director Stanley Kubrick.  He's the curator of Texas Public Radio's popular summer film series, Cinema Tuesdays.  He’s a musical omnivore, with a house full of classical, rock, and jazz compact discs and LPs. His favorite classical composer is Beethoven. His favorite jazz performer is Miles Davis, his favorite rock band is The Beatles, and his favorite film is Singin' in the Rain, which he enjoys watching with his wife and two children.

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Classical Music
11:06 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

A Hollywood Composer's Family Legacy Continues

Maria Newman, in 2007.
Credit Courtesy photo

Multiple Academy Award-winning composer Alfred Newman was the most well-known member of a family dynasty of musicians, composers, and conductors that includes David Newman (“Hoffa”), Randy Newman (songwriter and composer), and Thomas Newman (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “American Beauty”). Two new arrivals to KPAC offer a welcome introduction to Alfred Newman’s youngest child, Maria Newman.

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Soaring A Second Time In "Dragon 2"

Credit Dreamworks Animation

“How To Train Your Dragon 2” is a rare sequel that lives up to the original, here in both visual quality and tone. Sometimes, animated sequels tend to go off the razzle-dazzle rails in an attempt to prove their worth (see: “Shrek” franchise), but HTTYD2 eschews flash in favor of keeping with the spirit of the first film, a great animated adventure with heart. 

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Movie Reviews
10:42 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

A Documentary That's "Partly Fiction"

Credit Adopt Films

With close to 200 appearances on screen, Harry Dean Stanton is one of our best character actors, and it’s often through his quiet moments that he does great work, from a rare starring turn in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” to a blue-collar space engineer in “Alien," to Lyle Straight, brother of Alvin Straight in David Lynch’s “The Straight Story,” to the sympathetic father of Molly Ringwald in “Pretty in Pink.”

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Music Reviews
8:44 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Klezmer Jazz Goes To The Movies On "The Big Picture"

Credit Table Pounding Records

Jazz and classical performers have been cashing in on movie themed compilations since nearly the advent of talking pictures, and most of them suffer from being either too syrupy and sentimental or overly bombastic. Rare is the album where I find the artist has taken the material and not only made it his own, but transformed it into something that transcends the films from which the themes originate.

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Arts & Culture
11:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Enjoy Red White & Blue Sounds During Fiesta With USAF Band

L to R: Senior Aiman Dan Thrower, Tech Sgt. John Caputo, Master Sgt. John Rider, Master Sgt. Hughey Hancock, Staff Sgt. Laura Kluga
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Members of the Gateway Brass recently visited the TPR studios for a performance and conversation about their careers in music and in the U.S. Air Force. You can hear three songs recorded in our session at the bottom of this page.

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Movie Reviews
11:31 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

"Rio 2" A Colorful Yet Crowded Travelogue

20th Century Fox

The gang’s all here again in “Rio 2,” a bright animated musical that’s sure to please the kids in the audience, and likely to at least hold the interest of the grownups. Jesse Eisenberg is back as the neurotic Blu, a suburban spix’s macaw now living in Rio de Janeiro along with his wife, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and three kids. When a television report tips Jewel off that their family might not be the only blue spix’s macaws left on earth, the crew flies into the heart of the Amazon to find the rest of their family, and meet up with Blu’s former caretakers Linda and Tulio.

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Classical Music
10:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Rock Guitarists Go Symphonic On New Disc

Credit Universal Music Group

Rock and classical have been mixing together like peanut butter and chocolate since the 1960s. On one side, there were groups like Electric Light Orchestra, ELP, Gryphon, and Yes adding symphonic elements to rock music, and on the other, composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Ennio Morricone, and George Crumb borrowed the amplified sounds of rock in works such as “Black Angels” (Crumb), “A Rainbow In Curved Air” (Riley), or pretty much the entire output of Glass’ work in the 1970s.

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Local Music
11:40 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Girl In A Coma Side Project Gets 'Ugly'

L to R: Jenn Fea, Aaron Feo, Theresa Fea, Phanie Fea.
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Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva, two-thirds of the power-punk alternative trio Girl In A Coma, want to emphasize that their new project, FEA, doesn’t mean the popular San Antonio-based band is breaking up. But with singer (and Phanie's sister) Nina Diaz embarking on a solo record, Alva (bass) and Diaz (drums) felt the time was right to flex their creative muscles.

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11:47 am
Thu March 27, 2014

TPR Mourns The Loss Of Volunteer Roger Miller

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Texas Public Radio learned late Wednesday night that one of our volunteers, Roger Miller, was killed in a head-on collision near Floresville. Roger was truly a civic-minded individual. A former SAPD officer, Roger started volunteering at TPR last year. Please join us in thinking of Roger's friends and family at this time.
A former La Vernia and San Antonio Police Officer was killed in a car crash Thursday morning. La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey confirmed Roger Miller died in a crash on Highway 97. Miller was also a former La Vernia city council member. There were no other details of the wreck were immediately available.
KPAC Blog
9:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

"Fantasia" Video Game Mixes Bruno Mars And Mussorgsky

Credit Harmonix/Disney

Here at KPAC, we’re excited about discovering new music, and we’ve found that video games, like cartoons and movies before them, are a great way to introduce kids to classical music. Disney is taking the lead this year with a new game for Xbox based on their classic animated film “Fantasia,” called “Fantasia: Music Evolved.” In the game, players "enter the magical realm of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice."

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