The Lumen Brothers Talk Radio

Light Talk is a new podcast featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial, advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is taboo, nothing is sacred, and all topics are open for discussion. You might even get a recipe or two.

Since the launch of Light Talk in April 2017, there have been over a dozen episodes. “We were surprised at the success of this,” says Woods. “We thought we’d just get together and talk, but we now have 600 downloads per episode.” In the first 12 weeks there were over 5,600 downloads in 50 different countries: Israel, Estonia, Russia, South Africa, even one in Somalia, US, UK, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Iceland, France, Korea, Slovenia, Bulgaria, UAR, Ireland, Guadeloupe, Palestinian Territory, Ukraine, Aruba…

Steve Woods, Stan Kaye, and David Jacques

The idea for Light Talk was launched at the URTA auditions in Chicago last January, where these podcasting professors go for about a week to recruit students. “About 10 of us get together and talk, so we thought we’d just continue these talks,” notes Woods.

“It was kind of serendipitous,” quips Jacques, who is at his station at 9am on podcast days, as he has the westernmost location. “Stan and I were talking, and we said ‘Let’s get Steve on the line,’ then we said, ‘Hey, we should do a podcast,’ and pulled it together in a week. Steve and I have known each other for years, and meet at URTA… and we’ve both known Stan for a few years.”

The Lumen Brothers bring various points of view to the microphones: Kaye is a designer, as well as theatre consultant with an interest in architecture; Woods has designed a lot of…

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