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PR is a tricky business where one comment can make you the hero or the goat depending on how it’s said, phrased, or heard. What does it take to connect with reporters in this 24/7 multi-media world you ask? We asked, too! Join Rich and Millie, two PR folks from Connect2 Communications, as they uncover the what, the why, and the how of building good relationships with key editors. In this slightly awkward, sometimes funny, and often insightful podcast, your hosts will turn the tables on key r ...
 
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Fictional Father begins with an apology of a kind — or, at very least, an acknowledgement. Told as a self-effacing autobiographical strip, the preface notes the accidental similarity to the real life story of Dennis the Menace and the 1999 novel, The Funnies. But maybe some stories are too good not to tell through a different lens. “I’m sure you’ll…
 
Do you ever wonder how to keep reporters interested and engaged during a briefing? On today’s episode of ConnectThe2, co-hosts Millie and Rich speak with editors, analysts, and journalists about the importance of capturing and holding a reporters’ attention during an interview.Connect2’s approach…At Connect2 Communications, Millie and Rich encourag…
 
“We are the apes that are starting to understand the universe and our place in it,” José González says in a statement released ahead of his latest album, Local Valley. The comment refers specifically to the track “Visions,” but the sentiment can be applied to many of the thoughts that occupy this mind. A one-time PhD student for biochemistry, the m…
 
Introducing Storyology...Storyology is a new series on the ConnectThe2 Podcast! On this series, co-hosts Millie and Rich talk about their process at Connect2 Communications and how they shape stories at the right place and time to appeal to storytellers. The storytellers in question are reporters and the companies themselves. Co-host Rich explains …
 
This month, Numero Group issued I Shall Wear a Crown, an expansive five-LP set that explores the life and work of T. L. Barrett, a Chicago-based Pastor and musician. It’s a testament to the musical genius and master communication of an overlooked artist getting a long-overdue second life. It’s what the label does best, through compilation series li…
 
Lauren Horwtiz is a Senior Content Director for Informa, writing primarily for IoT World Today. Prior to her role at Informa, Lauren was Managing Editor of Cisco.com and Senior Executive Editor in the Business Applications and Architecture group at TechTarget. With over 20 years of experience in the digital publishing industry under her belt, Laure…
 
Advice from professionals can go a long way. Today’s retrospective episode of ConnectThe2 features accounts from six of the reporters that hosts Rich and Millie have interviewed on past episodes. Each reporter answers one of the age-old questions in the PR world: what makes an effective and persuasive pitch? Tune in to hear these seasoned professio…
 
It’s been a big couple of years for Shirley Manson — not something every artist can say, as a global pandemic stretches into its second year. Nor, is it something many bands can say staring down their third decade of existence. Our call is scheduled early — another rarity in this world. When we connect, the musician explains that’s she set to go ex…
 
Sky Lebron is a Morning News Anchor and Multimedia Producer for WUFT News in Gainesville, FL. Sky is also a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Sky has worked with just about every medium, from radio to newspaper to TV. He joins ConnectThe2 to discuss his diverse experiences in journalism, how to find a reliable expert sou…
 
When the interview suggested he might be a spiritual person, Ben Chasny blanched, explaining, “I'm actually a total nihilist.”Sixteen years later, he confesses that the answer was contrarian to a fault. It’s easy to arrive at the conclusion, listening to a lengthy back catalogue that finds him releasing the 20th album under the Six Organs of Admitt…
 
My Begging Chart finds Keiler Roberts exploring the in between moments. She’s content to mind the little things that would not only find their way on the cutting room floor of most memoir, but might otherwise be forgotten by the end of the day. It’s not for lack of material. Conditions like bipolar disorder and multiple sclerosis can loom large in …
 
When it comes time to record, Laura Stevenson is honest to a fault. 2019’s The Big Freeze may well have been her most personal record to date, but the album has nothing on her recently released self-titled followup. Plenty had happened in the intervening years — some things she’s happier to speak about than others. Stevenson is clearly protective o…
 
We are thrilled to have Tobias Mann, Editor at SDxCentral join us on the podcast this week. Tobias covers the SD-WAN, SASE, optical networking and semiconductor industries. ConnectThe2 gets the inside scoop on Tobias’s early days working as a reporter in the newspaper industry and what it was like reporting on local crime in Winona, Minnesota. We a…
 
The latest issue of The Nation — a double-issue on the subject of utopias — features a sprawling cover illustration by Michael DeForge. A group of smiling people are making art, making dinner, making out. Throughout it all is the constant presence of technology. It’s a fraught subject for any artist, but DeForge especially, whose work so often touc…
 
Even among a list of peers that includes names titles like Eightball and Hate, there’s a strong case to be made that Love and Rockets is the most influential comic of its generation. It’s a fact that puts the series high on the all-time list. The 40-year-old series began in 1980 as a self-published book that was soon picked up by Fantagraphics. Two…
 
Sean Buckley is the Executive Editor at Broadband Communities. His journey in tech journalism began 20 years ago and his writing has since appeared in popular industry publications like Telecoms Magazine and Fierce Markets. He joins ConnectThe2 to discuss his new podcast for Broadband Communities, how he got his start in journalism and the various …
 
“I know that I literally wrote the best book about pencil sharpening techniques that has ever existed or ever will exist,” David Rees explains, confidently. It’s a hard claim to refute. Rees knows a good niche when he sees it. It’s a characteristic that has lead to a both fascinating and nearly impossible to define career. Perpetually-correct Wikip…
 
The pandemic found Lou Barlow enamored with a surprising new creative outlet. The musician took to social media like Instagram and YouTube, playing songs, performing covers and celebrating holidays with his young family. In one video, he’s dressed as the Easter Bunny. In another, he’s covering the Paw Patrol theme with his own lyrics. It’s a side o…
 
Thirteen is a long time for any act to go between albums. That’s not to say that Johnny Brennan hadn’t kept busy in the meantime. The years included plenty of voice over work — including, most notably, a regular gig on Family Guy, courtesy of long-time fan, Seth MacFarlane. The Jerky Boys, too (Brennan is quick to point out) stuck around as well, s…
 
In June of last year, Chris Carrabba’s motorcycle crashed. It was another terrible event in a year of them. A handful of months after the pandemic engulfed the U.S., the singer embarked on a series of surgeries and rehab. The world had thrown another wrench into what should have been a triumphant year for Dashboard Confessional. To mark its 20th an…
 
It’s clear that Pell is calling in from a hotel room. He’s back in Los Angeles, wearing a Dodgers hat to match his former adopted home. Like so many, however, the pandemic brought the importance of home into stark relief for the rapper/producer. This latest trip to Southern California mostly involves moving some belongings and tying up some loose e…
 
This January, Chris Murphy was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Later that month, the Sloan bassist posted a photo on Instagram, stating, in part, "It’s a drag but it could be worse. I have a great doctor who is on top of my treatment. Of course, I hope I get better. If I had to sum up my feelings in a facial expression, it’s the one I have." It summed…
 
Clint Boulton, Senior Writer at CIO.com joins us as our special guest this week on the ConnectThe2 podcast. Clint has been writing about enterprise CIOs and digital transformation for over nine years and was previously a Staff Reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering big data, cloud computing and other areas germane to CIOs. During our convers…
 
In February, Steve Lukather released I Found The Sun Again. The guitarist’s eight solo album arrived alongside an LP by Joseph Williams, featuring heavy contributions the Toto singer, along with bandmate David Paich. Lukather and Paich have maintained constants across the band’s 44 year history (though the latter has been forced to retire from tour…
 
A quarterly of reissues from Drawn & Quarterly has offered a fresh opportunity to reexamine King Cat. Not that there’s every a bad time to revisit John Porcellino’s work. The cartoonist has self-published nearly 80 issues of the series over the past 32 years. The black and white mini comic remains both deeply influential and extremely singular, bui…
 
Brian Heater is a journalist and hardware reviews editor at TechCrunch. His writing has appeared in popular publications like Engadget, PCMag, Playboy, Wired and Entertainment Weekly. He joins ConnectThe2 to discuss his podcast RIYL, how he got his start in journalism and why he started a weekly newsletter in the middle of a pandemic.…
 
The past few years found her trying something new — or, rather, old. With a pair cover albums, Juliana Hatfield first tackled the song of Olivia Newton-John and the then Police — both to rave reviews. Earlier this month, the singer-songwriter released a new solo album — her 19th. Titled Blood, the LP explores the divisiveness and psychological tole…
 
Released in 2020, And Now, Sir — Is This Your Missing Gonad features familiar faces from Jim Woodring’s Frank universe. As ever, the artist’s masterfully fine-tuned art marries the precious with the horrific, but this time further obfuscates meaning with the addition of seemingly random captions. More than 30 years after first putting frank to pape…
 
The third in a trilogy, For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her is McKinley Dixon’s most personal and deeply-felt work to date. The musician has taken in new experiences and explored new sounds, all while looking to explore stories that don’t get told nearly enough on record. Like much of Dixon’s work, the album sets thoughtful hip-hop verses to l…
 
Our guest on this week’s podcast joins us from San Jose, California – Julie Kunstler, Senior Principal Analyst at Omdia. Julie is responsible for Omdia’s coverage of the broadband access industry, which we learn more about throughout the episode. We cover a wide range of topics, including Julie’s previous experience working with startups, her trave…
 
As the conversation winds down, I go grab my painting off the wall for the artist to describe. It’s a rare opportunity. It’s also the second time in a month that I’ve done this on Zoom call, following a recent one with friends where we all realized we had Keenes on our wall. In certain circles, Steve Keene’s work has become a fixture. A generation …
 
As much as anything, Time Between is an opportunity to reflect on a remarkable career. It’s one that found a young Chris Hillman falling in love with country and bluegrass, playing his way up the ranks and landings a gig as the bass player for an up-and-coming L.A. band called, the Byrds. The musician is every bit as modest in conversation as he is…
 
Our special guest this week on the ConnectThe2 podcast is New York-based writer Monica Chin. Monica is a reporter covering computers and education at the Verge. Prior to the Verge, she was a staff writer for several consumer technology publications like Business Insider, Tom’s Guide and Mashable. In our conversation with Monica, we discuss her appr…
 
It’s a perfect rock and roll story, and Butch Vig swears it’s true. The day that Kurt Cobain died is the day same day he met future bandmate Shirley Manson. Some things are just meant to be, perhaps. It was a profound turning point for the producer’s career. One of the era’s most successful producers going on to form one of the decade’s most popula…
 
Sixteen years is an eternity in this world. But for Bob Forrest, the time was right finally right for a reunion. A brilliant outgrowth of the Los Angeles 80s punk scene, Thelonious Monster flirted with major label success, signing to Capitol Records for 92’s Beautiful Mess. The group failed to reach the heights of contemporaries like Jane’s Addicti…
 
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