LOUD TREE MEDIA

Loud Tree Media produces and distributes independent audio. Unique podcasts that stay with you.

Loud Tree Media produces sound-designed podcasts, and will soon help launch and distribute select audio with strategic programming partners. The plan is for new podcasts to be launched in partnership with Chestnut Hill, our audio workshop. With high production values, the best sound design and musical scoring possible, Loud Tree Media’s mission is to make content that changes things.

Why Bookable? Why incubate stuff?

With terrestrial radio on the decline and interview shows leading the way, authors have fewer ways to reach readers. Meanwhile, digital audio is in the middle of a major renaissance.

But about Bookable. It’s simple. While the media market has grown, what “works” has shrunk. Influencers are increasingly important—the written word almost an afterthought. These days in book-land a would-be author without a significant platform may not find a publisher, and if he or she does manage to get something published, the same problem makes it nearly impossible to get the word out about it.

A custom version, Bookable Slam, gives authors a way to reach people that doesn’t rely on a “big box,” lowest common denominator approach, helping them forge a direct connection with a real audience they can grow by opening a door to their work through excellent, addictively listenable audio production.

The same basic media worldview goes for the audio productions made by our partner Chestnut Hill. As audio becomes a big business, we aim to create meaningful programming that not only matters, but provides sound-crafted, unique, thoughtful, entertaining audio for the pickiest listeners.

We hope you like what you find here.

WHO WE ARE

BEAU FRIEDLANDER, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Co-founder Chestnut Hill Audio Workshop

An award-winning publisher and a garden-variety media person, Beau founded the indie publisher Context Books–working with David Means, cult classic author Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen and Theodore Kaczynski (a.k.a. the Unabomber)–and was later the editor in chief of progressive radio network Air America.

His writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, Harpers Magazine, Time, Los Angeles Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, Purple Magazine, The Paris Review and others. Aging Out is his first podcast.

The New York Post labeled Beau a “moral cretin” a couple decades ago. This remains the proudest moment of his professional career.

ANDREW DUNN. Creative Lead; Co-Founder Chestnut Hill Audio Workshop

An award-winning veteran of podcasting and New York City radio, Drew’s most recent work on the WNYC Studios podcast Death, Sex & Money was part of a team Webby Award win for Best Talk/Interview show.

While Drew has worked on the biggest shows out there–including The Daily, Freakonomics, On The Media, Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin, and Reply All–he is at his most wonderful when moonlighting as a multi-instrumentalist performer and record producer. A lover of cozy sweaters, this Georgia native believes himself to be a passable dancer.

TRAVIS TAYLOR, Chief Web Dude of our Wee Little World

Sadly, Travis has been working with Beau on and off since 1997 when he was a freshman in college. An experienced web developer, Taylor works in the information technology and services industry and is good at anything that involves sitting in front of a computer. He might be a hacker.

A True Story

BEAU and DREW decided to collaborate after joining forces on Facebook against an ivory tower poet-troll who had an issue with the politics of Swedish prisons.