Nathan Cone

Director of Marketing & Community Engagement

Texas Public Radio’s Director of Marketing and Community Engagement has been with the organization since 1995.  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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Movies
10:36 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Texas History Behind John Ford's "The Searchers"

Cynthia Ann Parker, c. 1860 or 1861.
Wikimedia Commons

John Ford's 1956 film "The Searchers" is one of the finest of the great director's career. And with its overtones of racism, it's also one of his most complicated. In the movie, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) goes on a years-long quest to find his niece, Debbie, who has been abducted by Comanche Indians. As the search drags on, his hatred for the Comanche intensifies, and by the time he finds Debbie (Natalie Wood), fully integrated into the Comanche Nation, he doesn't know whether to save her or kill her.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

"Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" Live In Cinemas

It's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! like you've never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can't see it -- it's a radio show.

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Movies
2:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"The Girl" Hopes To Change Border Myths

Ashley (Abbie Cornish) and Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez).
Courtesy Photo

In 1998, writer/director David Riker explored New York City’s Latin American immigrant population through the anthology film “La Ciudad,” a film striking for its documentary-like feel. Although he planned to follow up that film with another narrative feature about the US-Mexico border, the wealth of information and research he came across led him to change some of the preconceived notions he had about la frontera

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Community
10:25 am
Fri March 22, 2013

High School Students Can Learn Radio At Camp KPAC

Morning Edition host Crystal Chavez explains the KSTX studio to Camp KPAC students.
James Baker

Are you a high school student who is interested in learning what it's like to work at a radio station?

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SXSW
2:42 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

SXSW 2013: San Antonio High School Students Showcase

O'Connor High students Kyle Curtis (left) and Jonathan Munoz (right).
Nathan Cone

Repeat visits are in store this year for two San Antonio high schools at the South By Southwest Film Festival.  You'll have an opportunity to show your support at a public screening of these and other Texas High School Shorts on Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Austin's Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater. 

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SXSW
4:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

SXSW 2013: Quietly Affecting Family Drama, "This Is Where We Live"

L to R: Actor Tobias Segal, writer/actor/co-director Marc Menchaca, and co-director Josh Barrett
Nathan Cone

The quietly moving rural drama “This Is Where We Live,” follows the friendship that develops between August Sutton, a young man with cerebral palsy, and Noah, a local handyman hired to help August’s family around the house. Their relationship eventually changes the family dynamic and lessens the burden on the matriarch, Diane, who’s been carrying the family on her shoulders for years.

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SXSW
3:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

SXSW 2013: Despite Illness, A "Good Night"

Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Jonny Mars)
Courtesy Photo

What would you do if you were told by one of your oldest friends that you might not see her alive again? That’s the premise of Austin-based director (and high school teacher) Sean Gallagher’s debut feature, “Good Night,” co-produced by Gallagher and one of the film’s stars, fellow Austinite Jonny Mars (“The Happy Poet,” “A Teacher”). 

In the movie, Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Mars) play a reasonably happy married couple, even though Leigh’s terminal illness is putting tremendous stress on the marriage and their finances.

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SXSW
4:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW 2013: Chris Eska, Director of "The Retrieval"

Chris Eska, director

Chris Eska’s film “The Retrieval” is about a young boy sent to turn in a wanted man to a dangerous gang of bounty hunters. Filmed in rural Texas, the movie stars young Ashton Sanders as Will, and Tishuan Scott as Nate, the wanted man. The two form a close bond in the film, yet Will’s knowledge that he may have to betray that friendship casts a shadow over their relationship and adds tension to the narrative. 

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SXSW
2:22 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW 2013: Actress Trieste Kelly Dunn, on "Loves Her Gun"

Sarah (Melissa Hideko Bisagni) teaches Allie (Trieste Kelly Dunn) how to fire a gun.
Romina Olson

“When I came into the process of shooting this film I was much more terrified of guns than I am now,” says actress Trieste Kelly Dunn.  Dunn stars as ‘Allie’ in the new film “Loves Her Gun” from Austin-based director Geoff Marslett.  The movie follows a broken Brooklynite as she leaves her New York home after getting mugged, to tag along with a group of ragtag musicians. Eventually she settles in Austin, but “her paranoia follows her,” Dunn says.

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Arts & Culture
7:54 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Joffrey Ballet Returns To San Antonio With Stravinsky's Notorious "Rite of Spring"

The Joffrey Ballet performs "Le Sacre du Printemps."
Herbert Migdoll

“’The Rite of Spring’ is not about flowers and birds singing. It’s about the power of nature,” says John Toohey, Executive Director of Arts San Antonio. ArtsSA is bringing “Rite” to San Antonio on Friday, March 8 at Lila Cockrell Theatre for the centennial of its notorious debut. The performance also marks the Joffrey Ballet's first performance in San Antonio in more than 20 years.  

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