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Monday, June 02 2014 12:05

Rock Father's Day 2014: Prepare Yourselves for true "Dads that Rock" #RockFathersDay

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June 15, 2014 is Father's Day this year, and for me, the date holds special significance well beyond just being the annual celebration of Fatherhood. June 15 will mark the second birthday of my youngest daughter, Finley, and also mark the "official" entry into Year Four for THE ROCK FATHER™ as a website. Of course, it was back in 2009 - nearly five years ago - that I effectively became "The Rock Father" upon the birth of my first daughter, Adalyn. A lot has changed since then - including the scope of this site... but what about those other "Rock Fathers?"

When I announced the launch of THE ROCK FATHER™, my idea of what it would be was different. One thing that I'd promised was profiles and contributions from other Rock Fathers from different corners of the entertainment world. Dads with compelling stories, that I think you all might enjoy. 

The weird thing prior to launching the site is the amount of pushback I got about that idea. I'd pitched the initial concept of the site and the features to a lot of people prior to flipping the switch, and at the time, the overall response was really weak - in the "people won't want to read that," and "my client doesn't have much to say about fatherhood and parenting" (actual, very disappointing quote) vein. 

About a year ago, I started getting pitches from other people asking if I would feature a certain "Rock Father" here and there. Funny how things change... but I'd never felt the time was right to revisit that concept until now...

As much of the media starts rolling out their annual "Dads Who Rock" Father's Day features, I'm just staking a flag and re-christening the day as ROCK FATHER'S DAY™. From now until June 15, I'll be featuring profiles on some fellow Rock Fathers that you should definitely become familiar with.

You never know... if it goes well, perhaps it will continue as a regular feature, along with some "Rock Mothers" in the mix.

Stay tuned, the first Rock Father is on-deck...

#ROCKFATHERSDAY

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

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 an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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