Monthly Archives: December 2016

Episode 7: It’s a Wrap!

Join Crew members Corey Moss and Katye McGregor Bennett as they get together to talk about ‘The AV Life’ episodes, topics and some of the guests.

2016 was certainly an up and down as well as “interesting” year. Katye and Corey talk about this as well as give perspectives on technology, the landscape, social media and more. They also discuss some of what’s to look forward to, especially the upcoming trade shows for consumer, residential and commercial – especially ISE 2017 in Amsterdam.

Finally, discussion of what’s to come on ‘The AV Life’ in terms of shows and topics that we’re working on.

Yep, that’s it, it’s a wrap. Sit back, push play – and The Crew wishes you a very Happy New Year.

Episode 6: Holiday Party Edition – The Crew and Friends

Welcome to the extended holiday edition of the new podcast show for the global AV industry (as well as anyone who likes to listen to a show that talks tech with humor and an all around good time) and join The Crew Host Corey Moss, Megan Powers, Deron Pinchback, Taylor Meyer, Sandy Ciarlo and special Crew member “Santa” George Fournier of FSR, Inc. as they welcome their guests:

Group one: Chuck Espinoza (InfoComm International), Paul Zielie (HARMAN), Bill Nattress (Biamp), Jeremy Caldera (Integrated Audio) and Jake Corlett (Biamp)

Group two: Greg Zorbas (KPBSD), Sean Brown (Sonic Foundry) and Andy Cuneo (Polycom)

Group three: Tim Albright (AV Nation), Chris Neto (AV Helpdesk) and Phil Cordell (M3 Technology Group)

Group four: Alesia Hendey (The Berry Center), Chris Bledsoe (Bluescape) and Jeremy Elsesser (Level 3 Audio Visual)

Check out the biggest AV industry podcast party of the holidays!

While you live The AV Life.

Episode 5: We Activate Discussion on Voice Control for the Home

Join The Crew Host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss and Justin Watts as they welcome their guests:

Alex Capecelatro – co-founder and CEO at
Dave Pedigo, VP of Emerging Technology at CEDIA
Gordon Van Zuiden, Founder at cyberManor, Inc.
Nader Dajani, Head of Business Development at

Katye takes over the host microphone on this show to begin a dynamic discussion with Alex (who joined us via phone on the way to the airport) about, the first voice activated home automation system for high-end homes.

The discussion centers on how voice recognition will transform how we interact with the home environment, where Alex talks about how this is becoming more possible now than ever before, with much higher accuracy rate (to go along with higher internet speeds) for speech recognition and control. Justin also contributes to this discussion taking about the evolution of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) with voice.

Gordon picks up on the conversation with the integration side perspective also focusing on UI and voice as a primary interface for the home, as well as the network and network management. Gordon also refers to a recent article he wrote (in Residential Systems) Frictionless Home Design, where in it he also references Alex’s talk at CEDIA on the potential of no UI.

More great discussion from Alex, Dave, Gordon and Nader on this show (including predictions!), one that is a must listen for the residential integration community as well as those interested in the technology.

So sit back, plug in (while we work on creating the first voice activated podcast) and live…

The AV Life.

Episode 4: We Capture a Great Discussion with an Industry Video Expert

Join The Crew Host Corey Moss, Justin Watts, Deron Pinchback, Megan Powers and Taylor Meyer as they welcome their guest:

Sean Brown – Sr. Vice President at Sonic Foundry (@Mediasite)
– Also joining us is Sean Dusek, the Superintendent at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (@kpbsd) whose teachers and students joined us in Episode 3.

After Corey does the shout-outs at the beginning of the show to some of our great Twitter followers (and a few friends), the Crew and Sean Brown talk with Sean Dusek about the usage of videoconferencing technology in his school district as had been discussed on the previous episode. A great discussion which is a must listen.

The Crew then talks with Sean Brown about Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite video platform, especially the new solution Mediasite Catch. Excellent (and some fun) overall video discussion, with some great input from Taylor our college student Crew member (who makes all of her early classes!). Megan who is our marketing and live events expert (with a masters degree) also talks about her experience with Sonic Foundry and video content capture, as well as higher education discussion.

So sit back, plug in and feel the video while you live…

The AV Life.

Episode 3: A Discussion On Tech-Driven Innovation in Education in Rural Alaska

Join The Crew Host Corey Moss and new member Taylor Meyer as they welcome their guests:

Elaine Shuck – Global Director, Education Solutions & Market Development at Polycom
Andy Cuneo – Sr. Manager of Corporate Communications at Polycom

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Teachers and IT:
Greg Zorbas – World History and Video Conferencing teacher at Kenai Central High School, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Rob Sparks – Alaska Studies and Video Conferencing teacher at Soldotna Prep School, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Casey Olson – Programmer/Analyst Information Services at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Mara Youngren-Brown – High School student and Polycom intern at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Matt Zorbas – High School student and Polycom intern at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

First, we welcome new Crew member Iowa State University mechanical engineering student Taylor Meyer to the show where she does one terrific job, and while the rest of the Crew took the night off, she was there to keep Corey in line. Corey actually promised that he’d turn over a responsibility to her on the next show, we’ll see if that happens.

Corey had previously talked with Elaine, Andy, Greg and Rob in another podcast interview about their work together, the technology and usage in teaching World History and video conferencing in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Even further discussion here on this show about the technology and usage, along with learning more about the rural, remote Kenai Peninsula in south central Alaska.

An outstanding episode which explores beyond some of the common usages and boundaries of education and technology as we know them, and reveals the work of two amazing teachers in a remote rural area of the U.S. (along with some good fun too).

So sit back, plug in and experience…

The AV Life.