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.