The Austin City Limits “Movers and Shakers” via Jon Harris of The Meredith Vieira Show

Posted by: in Austin Social Media, Innovation, Social Media Insights & Trends on September 14, 2014

Jim Weiss, Michael Westgate, myself and several other members of our firm have known Jon Harris for 20+ years.  Jon has always been a great friend and also the one who would reflect on the lyrics of a song or take over the piano in a hotel lobby and lead an impromptu song session.

Jon and music have been synonymous for a long time.  Recently, when Michael Westgate, Kelsey Carroll and myself were at 30 Rock, Jon asked to take a break in our conversation to sing “Philadelphia Freedom” for a video for Al Roker’s birthday party.  With anyone else, we would say “huh?”.  With Jon, we say “sure, let me get the camera ready to record” and then we get back to business.

Jon has now joined as the Announcer for The Meredith Vieira Show, which just launched September 8th and is available in 99% of households around the country.  Even though Jon is busy, we know he can always find time for music, so we asked him to be the leader of our W2O ACL Index for 2014.

You’ll hear more from Jon soon on the bands that are building the most buzz for ACL.  Here is the current list.  And he’ll also provide perspective on the movers and shakers (the top 5-10 bands) leading up to the festival.  Here’s the latest list of movers and shakers. 

If you want to learn more about Jon and Meredith, here’s a great article

Jon Harris, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us for ACL.  I’m sure the 150,000 or so festival attendees will benefit.   

All the best, Bob


By: Bob Pearson

Bob is the President of W2O Group, an independent network of digital communications and marketing companies. He is an author, frequent speaker and instructor for Rutgers center for management development. After the success of his book Pre-Commerce, Bob is currently working on a new book on the future of media titled Storytizing that will be available in 2014. Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function -- an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee. He also serves on a variety of Boards in health and technology. Highlights include serving as an original member of the P&G digital advisory board and being appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as chair and vice chair of the emerging technology fund for the State of Texas.

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