The 2014 Rock Father Tour hits the road and takes to the sky again this week, as I head back to the West Coast on another adventure. One of the best parts of my job is a side-gig that I've had with PBS as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent). Having written about PBS programming for quite awhile before we made any kind of formal connection, it's been a real honor to work the the folks from PBS KIDS over the past two years, helping to spread the word about quality, educational programming. Last year was the first year that I'd been invited to attend the PBS Annual Meeting (then in Miami), and this year I've been invited back, as we "get the band back together" and hit the streets of San Francisco to get the rundown and game plan for the next year of PBS programming and events.
I'm looking forward to seeing the VIP crew again - an "Ocean's 11" of sorts (but there's about 20 of them) from around the World of Digital Publishing.
Having never been to the San Francisco Bay Area in the past, I'm really getting into true "Rock Father" mode, thinking of the rich musical history that the region holds - being the birthplace of American Thrash Metal (METALLICA, SLAYER, TESTAMENT and EXODUS, to name a few), a hotbed for Punk Rock in Berkeley (GREEN DAY, RANCID), and the home base for three of my favorite bands of all-time: FAITH NO MORE, HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS, and PRIMUS.
But this week, it's all about PBS in San Francisco, and you can follow my adventures on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, as I report on the breaking news, go one-on-one with a true blue icon, meet up with the makers of the new series, the ODD SQUAD, and take my seat in the same room with folks like Martha Stewart and Ken Burns.
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as co-manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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