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.


1:21 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

"Notorious" An Overlooked Hitchcock Gem


Among Alfred Hitchcock’s many great films, “Notorious” is one of his best, and yet I somehow get the feeling that it’s overshadowed by its more famous cousins from the 1950s and 1960s, such as “Psycho” or “The Birds.”  Released in 1946, and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains, the film utilizes brilliant camerawork, unconventional characters, and an excellent script to deliver a nail-biting thriller that leads up to a doozy of a final scene.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

San Antonio Soars Again with "Wings" Restoration

Left to right: Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow, and Richard Arlen on the set of "Wings."
©Paramount Pictures

This week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years.  The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was “Wings,” shot right here in San Antonio.

“Wings” is the story of two young men, played by Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen, who enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War I.  Released in 1927, it’s been sitting in Paramount’s vault for years.  After a lengthy restoration process, the film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever.

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Classical Music
10:00 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Soundtrack Reviews: "War Horse" And "Tintin"

Sony Classical

Steven Spielberg has asked John Williams to score almost every single movie he’s ever directed since “Jaws,” which won Mr. Williams his second Oscar, and his first for Best Original Score.  It’s a working relationship that has lasted nearly 40 years, and given us some of the most memorable melodies of our time.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Tue October 18, 2011

"The Tree of Life" Alterna-Soundtrack

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Probably my favorite movie I’ve seen so far this year, “The Tree of Life” approaches for me a kind of magical or spiritual experience. It was recently released on Blu-ray/DVD.

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TPR Cinema
10:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Julianne Moore: Mom, Actress, Author

Julianne Moore, at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Nicolas Genin Wikimedia Commons

“In all these books, I wanted the children to solve their problems, to not have to run to an adult or authority figure to solve them.” 

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Classical Spotlight
5:56 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

A Jolly Holiday with Disney Songwriter Richard Sherman

"Mary Poppins" songwriter Richard Sherman (above right) with new "Poppins" songwriters Anthony Drewe and George Stiles (seated).

In the late 1930s, still fresh off the success of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Walt Disney came across a story by the English writer P.L. Travers about a magical nanny that visits the Banks family — young Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. Disney became fascinated with the stories, and felt they’d make an ideal setting for a motion picture. He pursued Travers for some 20 years until she finally relented and allowed Disney to adapt her books.

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Bloody Sam Unleashes Hoffman

Credit ©TCFHE

Few films manage to push as many buttons as “Straw Dogs” does 40 years after its release. Sam Peckinpah’s film is not in the business of entertaining you, enlightening you, or teaching you a lesson. It does not want you to cheer for the hero, although you might. “Straw Dogs” is populated with characters that we actually despise to varying degrees. And yet its genius is that you may find yourself understanding their actions, but then feeling uneasy about yourself for doing so.

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Movie Reviews
4:49 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Blu-ray Review: "The Mikado" and "Topsy-Turvy"

Kenny Baker (Nanki-Poo) woos Jean Colin (Yum-Yum).
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

A painter may paint a picture, a composer may write a beautiful melody for solo piano, but in the world of the theater (and here I count motion pictures as well), one person may have a vision, but production is a collaborative art. W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan worked together on a total of 14 comic operas, of which “The Mikado” is far and away the most popular, and arguably the best. Two new releases from the Criterion Collection highlight the work of Gilbert and Sullivan in different ways.

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Movie Interviews
5:40 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

"Natural Selection," A Dark Comedy That Lit Up SXSW

From left to right: "Natural Selection" director Robbie Pickering, and the film's two lead actors Rachael Harris, and Matt O'Leary.
Nathan Cone

"Natural Selection," shot in Smithville with a Texas crew, won a total of six awards at the South By Southwest 2011 Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize and the audience pick for Best Narrative Feature.

The movie is a dark comedy about a woman (Rachael Harris) who goes searching for answers when she finds her husband's been keeping secrets from her — including fathering a son (Matt O’Leary). 

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Movie Interviews
1:39 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Awards Season Perspective, with Amy Nicholson of Box Office Magazine

David J. Dowling

As the holiday season winds down, another season important to movie lovers is shifting into high gear.  Awards season has expanded from just the Oscar race to a dizzying parade of broadcasts and ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, the SAG Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Directors Guild Awards, and many other “kudocasts,” as the industry sometimes calls them. 

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