Nathan Cone

Director of Cultural & Community Engagement

Nathan has been with the organization since 1995.  He leads the organization's cultural and community engagement outreach 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. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, 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 Disney movies and 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.

Ways to Connect

StoryCorps

"Music has no ethnicity. Music comes from the heart."

Music brings people together no matter where you are in the world, says 75-year-old Rodolfo Lopez, the director of Conjunto Heritage Taller. When the StoryCorps Mobile Booth was in town earlier this year, the organization's managing director, Yadhira Lozano, asked him about spreading the love of conjunto music far and wide.

"Everywhere you go, people are people," Lopez says. And the music transcends cultural identity. 

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. As of 4:00 this afternoon, The Big Give S.A. has suspended donations on its website, but plans to resume doing so tomorrow, from 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. During a press conference, San Antonio Area Foundation President and CEO Dennis Noll announced, "We are hopeful that tomorrow we will once again be able to accept donations." Big Give S.A.

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“A lot of people see ballet as being highbrow,” says Judith Gani, the executive director of Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre. “Of course nothing could be farther from the truth,” Gani says with a smile. “It’s very exciting. It’s lots of fun… I mean, ‘Alice’ is full of things that I’m laughing at, and then I get tears in my eyes at the end! It’s very emotional.”

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Pro sports in San Antonio was the main topic of a panel discussion hosted by District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg at Hills & Dales Ice House on the Northwest Side, held on Tuesday, April 26.

Representatives from the San Antonio Missions, the City of San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the nonprofit San Antonio Sports all weighed in on the city’s present flirtation with luring a Triple-A baseball team, as well as future dreams such as a Major League Soccer team or an NFL franchise.

StoryCorps

"I heard somebody say, 'Terrorists, go back to your home. You don't belong here.'"

Sarwat Husain came to America with her husband from Pakistan. She’s Muslim, but she didn’t always wear a hijab, the traditional head scarf donned by Muslim women outside the home. After 9/11, she gave it a try, and experienced a very different reality than the one she had previously known. "Now I knew that something had to be done," she remembers. Husain reaches out to all faiths and works to educate the public about Islam.

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