RAIN Notes: Thursday, September 7

Jottings of note:



Kevin Bacon has a podcast, unsurprisingly titled Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon. He and a rotating cast of friends bring attention to organizations taking on the world’s most pressing issues. Each episode will feature inspirational conversations with extraordinary changemakers and dives into how they are making a difference in the world. LISTEN to the first episode.


End of a (Short) Era

NPR CEO John Lansing has announced his upcoming retirement at the end of this year. He has served as chief executive for four years. “We have been through a lot together over the past four years, and you have made me proud every day,” he said in a statement. “John has faced the highs and lows with grace and equanimity,” observed board chair Jeff Sine. Lansing created NPR’s Offie of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The network now begins a nationwide search for Lansing’s successor. READ


Truly Artist Centric

Mark Mulligan, head of MIDiA Research and one of the sharpest media observers, has posted How to make artist centric artist centric (not a typo). It’s a commentary piece on the new royalty arrangement between Universal Music Group )UMG) and streaming music service Deezer. Mulligan calls part of the deal “very welcome and long overdue” … but has a simple suggestion for improving it. READ


September 7, 2023

Brad Hill