College students consume more music than any other demographic group, with many students remaining avid listeners long after graduation. But relatively few are lucky enough to find employment where listening to music is actually part of the job description.
Edinboro University will host a panel discussion featuring three Edinboro graduates who have parlayed their interest in music into successful careers. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in room 107A of Compton Hall.
The panelists are Chris Lantinen, an EU journalism professor who also owns and operates the music web site Modern-Vinyl.com; Chris Tray, director of national accounts at ClubCom, a Pittsburgh-based information and entertainment company; and Nick Warren, managing editor of the Erie Reader.
Lantinen, who will moderate the discussion, launched Modern-Vinyl.com in 2011. The site now attracts more than 3 million readers annually and has been cited in national publications such as Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. Lantinen also hosts The Modern Vinyl Podcast, which boasts more than 200,000 downloads and an appearance at the 2017 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as a master’s degree in communication, from Edinboro University.
Tray directs national accounts for ClubCom. The company provides music, audio and video entertainment, member education segments, club promotions and advertising to fitness clubs across the country. He graduated from Edinboro with a degree in communication in 1998 and earned his master’s degree in communication studies in 2007.
Warren was named managing editor of the Erie Reader after working for nearly a decade as a graphic designer. The Erie Reader is a weekly newspaper that focuses on local news, arts, entertainment and culture. Warren, who graduated from Edinboro with a degree in film/animation, is also a musician who plays guitar with the Erie band Cult Classics.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Edinboro University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). PRSSA is a pre-professional organization designed to build positive relationships between public relations professionals and students studying public relations.
Created in 1968 by its parent group, PRSA, PRSSA provides member students with a variety of professional development opportunities as well as scholarships, awards programs and other regional and national activities. Edinboro’s PRSSA chapter is hosted by the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of PRSA.