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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TPR Community
12:22 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retired Schoolteacher Helps TPR Win First "Rusty Hubcap" Award

Donald Braun, with the "Rusty Hubcap" award.
Nathan Cone

Texas Public Radio was tickled to learn recently that the first ever Rusty Hubcap Award has been bestowed upon the organization by the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. Donald Braun, a Floresville native and current resident of San Antonio, donated his 1948 Buick Roadmaster to the program, identifying TPR as the recipient of the gift.

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Love, Public Radio Style
5:23 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Do You Support TPR? This Couple Says "I Do!"

Kristi Soch and Chris Hendricks, public radio fans.
Nathan Cone

“It was the magic of public radio and social sports,” laughs Chris Hendricks, as he’s asked about how he and his fiancée, Kristi Soch, met.

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Movie Reviews
8:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animals Behaving Badly In "The Nut Job"

"Surly" spends most of the movie looking like this.
Open Road Films

A movie stuffed with squirrels behaving badly, “The Nut Job” dilutes its kid-friendly message of working together to get things done by stuffing its cast full of fuzzy animals that are pretty mean to each other for nearly the entire length of the movie. Set in a vaguely 1940s-era urban landscape (the one thing I did enjoy), the movie opens on the denizens of a park worrying about having enough food for the winter.

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Music Reviews
10:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Music You Never Heard From "Breakfast At Tiffany's"

Credit Intrada Records

A staple of easy listening radio throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Henry Mancini’s gifted songwriting abilities often overshadowed the films he scored. Despite winning an Oscar for his score for “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” (in addition to another Oscar he shared with Johnny Mercer for “Moon River” from the same film), the complete score for the picture has gone largely unheard on compact disc until now.

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Movie Reviews
11:39 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Courage Under Fire In "Lone Survivor"

L to R: Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch
Universal Pictures

I’m guessing that anyone that goes to see a movie named “Lone Survivor” will assume from the title of the film that only one man comes out alive, right? And that when the producer of the film, Mark Wahlberg, is also the star, that he’ll be the said survivor, yes? Wahlberg plays Houston-born Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who with three fellow SEALs was ambushed by Taliban forces during a special operation on a remote Afghani mountain in 2005.

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Home Video
12:10 am
Tue December 24, 2013

"City Lights" Shines On Blu-ray

The Tramp woos a blind flower girl in "City Lights."
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

At one time in America, “The Little Tramp” was one of the most recognized characters in the world. Among classic movie characters, I think Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” has since surpassed him, but I’ve been doing my part to introduce my own kids (now 8 and 6) to the joys of silent cinema, and Charlie Chaplin is their favorite star from that era.

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Holiday Programming
3:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

"Peabo's Christmas Holiday" Airs Christmas Eve

Peabo at the mic.
Carin Lamontagne

KSTX's most unusual holiday tradition continues this year with "Peabo's Christmas Holiday," hosted by Nathan Cone, David Furst, and Peabo, the unofficial Texas Public Radio mascot.

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Home Video
9:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

"Mary Poppins" Makes For A Jolly Holiday On Blu-ray

Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber.
©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

This Christmas, the new film “Saving Mr. Banks” premieres in theaters. The movie tells the story of the long courtship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, whose books about a magical nanny had enchanted Walt and his children.

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Music Reviews
4:21 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Canadian Group Fuses Bluegrass And Tchaikovsky On Holiday CD

Pipistrelle Music

Every year, radio stations are deluged with new Christmas albums, and Texas Public Radio is no different. This year, I came across one that made its way to the top of my listening stack. The Canadian group Ensemble Polaris boasts diverse instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bagpipe, musical saw, recorders and winds.

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Movie Interviews
5:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Despite Personal Heartbreak, 'Zuzu' Still Believes "It's A Wonderful Life"

Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu, and Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey
Paramount Pictures

Her line is one of the most iconic in all of film history: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

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