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Wednesday, November 02nd, 2016 | Author:

FUNK ZONE PODCAST SET TO CELEBRATE 100 EPISODES WITH LIVE SHOW Nov. 18, 2016 fundraiser also benefits Slingshot

Santa Barbara, CA – On Friday, November 18, show creator Ted Mills will host the 100th episode of his popular arts interview podcast, The FunkZone Podcast, as a live event at live-work-art space, SBCAST.

Ted Mills has spent the last two years interviewing artists and creative people from Santa Barbara and beyond, in hour-long conversations about art and life and “why artists do what they do.” Even with limited promotion, the show has steadily grown, earning up to 250 listeners a day. Eighty percent of the audience comes from the United States (and 30 percent of those from the tri-county area). The FunkZone Podcast is doing its part to help Santa Barbara’s art scene become known nationally and internationally.

Previous guests have included: painters Jeremy Harper, Jill Sattler, Julie B. Montgomery, and Derek Harrison, musician Parry Gripp, artists R. Nelson Parrish and Nancy Gifford, curator Frank Goss, and many more, including authors, restauranteurs, comedians, directors, poets, and photographers.

The Live 100th Episode show will be presented in a talk show format, with surprise guests, music, and special video presentations. A silent auction will offer deals in art and in culture, while food, wine, and beer will be on sale.

Proceeds of the show will go to Slingshot, a 501c3 non-profit that gives artists with developmental disabilities a chance to create work, and SBCAST will be devoting one of its galleries that night to display and sell their art.

This promises to be a major night as Ted Mills looks back on the 100 plus guests he’s had on the show, how he’s created a historical record on the state of the arts in and around Santa Barbara, and raises money to take the show to the next level in the coming year.

For more info on the podcast, go to www.funkzonepodcast.com or search for funkzone on iTunes’ podcast channel or wherever you find your podcasts.

General tickets are $20 each and includes one free drink. VIP Sponsor Ticket is $100 and includes entry, food & drink for the evening and Funk Zone Podcast and Slingshot souvenirs! The EventBrite ticket page also includes a donate space for those who can’t make the evening, but would like to help financially.

Calendar Listing:

The FunkZone Podcast’s 100th Episode Live Show and Celebration Where: SBCAST, 513 Garden St.
When: November 18, Friday, 6 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $20 regular / $100 VIP / kids under 15 get in free

Tickets available at: www.funkzonepodcast100.eventbrite.com Press Inquiries Contact: tedmills@gmail.com or (805) 895-4897


Ted Mills

Writer – Director – Host

The FunkZone Podcast



Also on Twitter @tedmills

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Tuesday, December 08th, 2015 | Author:

I swear I’m not doing this on purpose, but I guess this week it’s all Funk Zone all the time… Anyhow,  this podcast focuses on a much wider swath of the Santa Barbara art scene than just its namesake. And it is almost always fascinating. Makes sure to check it out. I guarantee you’ll learn something.


Ted Mills’ popular arts interview show, FunkZone Podcast returns for its second season December 8th and is available on the web at www.funkzonepodcast.com, iTunes, Stitcher, and any platforms where podcasts are available. 

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 1.55.58 PMAfter a year and over 50 episodes of his popular interview show, Ted Mills is gearing up to kick off the second season of The FunkZone Podcast. Currently on hiatus, the show returns December 8, 2015 to start another year of weekly interviews with artists and creatives “in, around, passing through, and maybe hovering over Santa Barbara” as he often says it in his introduction to the show.

“I started the podcast because by nature I’m a guy who loves a good conversation,” says Mills. “And the format allows for long, unexpurgated diversions, which can be very enlightening. When you only have 10 minutes on the phone with an artist, you have to hit the main promotional points and stop. On the podcast we can keep going. That’s when it gets interesting.”

Podcasting is still a new medium, despite being around for a decade or so. Although there are some video based podcasts, the majority are audio, which can be accessed any time through apps on cell phones or through a webpage. Listeners can tune in at their convenience, and fans can search back through a year or more of archived shows. Podcasts became more high-profile in the last year with the success of NPR’s “Serial” which helped reopen a criminal case. And they got their legitimacy when President Obama appeared on comedian Marc Maron’s popular “WTF Podcast”.

Mills hasn’t had the President on his show, but his first season is filled with guests many Santa Barbarans will know: writer and musician Joe Woodard, architect Jeff Shelton, artists Nancy Gifford, The Yarnbomber, Skye Gwilliam, Philip Koplin, and David Diamant; author Sean Lewis, philosopher Tam Hunt, poet laureate Sojourner Rolle, gallery owner Frank Goss, and the Mayor herself, Helene Schneider. But it goes beyond Santa Barbara too: Mills has talked to Golden Girls writer Rick Copp, screenwriter Bruce Wagner, and more.

Nathan Vonk, creator of the Santa Barbara Arts Blog (and a one-time guest on the show) believes the podcast “is an immensely important snapshot of Santa Barbara’s vibrant creative community. Through his podcast Ted is creating a unique and invaluable record of this moment in our art history.”

“Nothing prepared me for the tremendous feedback and connection it created with my audience,” said Carpinteria-based artist Julie B. Montgomery. “As an artist, so much of what I do is in isolation, even the process of the podcast interview was in a quiet space with Ted. And yet its greater impact has reached my collectors and art enthusiasts all across the globe.”

Despite being based in Santa Barbara, the show gets half its listeners from outside the county, and 20 percent outside the U.S.

In the second season, Mills is looking to make the show profitable.

“The first year I did this for free, because I love to do it, and it will remain free to listen,” he says. “But it takes a lot to create a weekly show, as it’s mostly a one man show, a one man touring recording studio.”

He’s looking into sponsorship options, along with starting a Kickstarter to cover operating costs and a Patreon page so supporters can subscribe to the show and get benefits like art and other goodies.

“It’s a wild west of new media,” he says. “It an exciting time right now to be out there, spreading the word of Santa Barbara’s creative scene to the world at large. And it’s my show, so I can do really anything I want with it. The next year’s gonna be fun.”

For the FunkZone Podcast’s Patreon page, go to www.patreon.com/funkzonepodcast.

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