I was born and raised in Coventry in the U.K. I graduated with an honours degree in French from the University of Liverpool and, after working in France for two years I came to the U.S. to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia (UGA) where I taught French as a teaching assistant while working on my M.A.. I moved to the Comparative Literature department after completing my master's degree and taught sophomore literature while studying for my Ph.D. I completed the coursework for my doctorate, took my comprehensive exams, and began to write my dissertation. I gave papers at several academic conferences, and had my work published as a chapter of a book, but left academia without completing the Ph.D..
In the early 1990s I began work as a classical music announcer at WUGA-FM, the NPR affiliate station on the UGA campus, part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) network. In 1995 I moved to network headquarters in Atlanta where I worked as a cultural affairs producer and program host. I was then promoted to Program Manager and eventually to Radio Manager with responsibility for the entire 16-station network.
For over 10 years I produced and hosted GPB's award-winning monthly call-in radio book show, Cover to Cover, which focused on authors from Georgia and the South.
In 2008 I moved to Houston as classical program director for KUHF/88.7FM and became the founding program director for Classical 91.7FM, purchased by KUHF in 2011. Becoming Arts & Culture Director of the newly-created Houston Public Media (TV 8, News 88.7 & Classical 91.7) in 2012 , I directed, produced and presented content on all platforms, including the weekly Houston Symphony broadcasts on radio, the annual Houston Symphony season announcements and monthly Skyline Sessions on TV 8, and the weekly Opera Cheat Sheet podcast with co-host Eric Skelly. I was also one of the cast members of Manor of Speaking, TV 8's Emmy award-winning, nationally-syndicated Downton Abbey after-show.
Between 2008 and 2013, I was the host and executive producer of The Front Row, KUHF and Classical 91.7's daily hour-long arts and culture show featuring live and recorded interviews and studio performance sessions with artists, ensembles and arts organizations from Houston and beyond.
I left Houston Public Media in June 2016 and have since worked as a writer, speaker, podcaster and arts and culture consultant.
I have appeared on stage as host or narrator with the Houston Symphony; Texas Music Festival Orchestra; Valdosta (GA) Symphony; Piedmont College Orchestra; Houston Youth Symphony; Houston Heights Orchestra; Symphony North of Houston; Houston Pride Band; WindSync; METdance; Queensbury Theatre; and Lone Star Lyric Theatre among others.
In 2020 I debuted my website, A Life With Culture, at stjohnflynn.com, and I began hosting the Grammy Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir's With One Accord: Behind the Music audio and video podcast.
June 2016 to date:
Freelance writer, speaker, podcaster, producer, arts and culture consultant, voice artist
May 2020 to date:
October 2020 to date:
April 2020 to date:
Public Media Experience:
March 2014 to June 2016:
Arts & Culture Director, Houston Public Media (HPM):
May 2011 to March 2014:
Program Director, KUHA/Classical 91.7, Houston, TX & Host/Exec. Producer, The Front Row:
February 2008 to May 2011:
Program Director, KUHF-Classical, Houston, TX, & Host/Executive Producer, The Front Row:
August 2007-January 2008:
Senior Editor, Arts & Culture, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), Atlanta, GA:
October 2005-August 2007:
Radio Manager, GPB, Atlanta, GA:
Reporting to Executive Director, combine duties of Program Manager with overall direction of 16-station radio network:
October 2001-October 2005:
Radio Program Manager/Producer, GPB, Atlanta, GA:
Reporting to Radio Director, responsible for program schedule and daily sound of GPB network stations:
September 1995-October 2001:
Cultural Affairs Producer/Announcer, Radio, GPB, Atlanta, GA:
September 1995-January 2008:
On-air & voice over talent, GPB TV, Atlanta, GA:
April 1993-September 1995:
Part-time Announcer/Board Operator, WUGA-FM, Athens, GA:
Visiting Professor, School of Christian Religious Education, Christian College of Georgia, Athens, GA
September 1989-June 1995:
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature Department, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
September 1986-August 1989:
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Romance Languages Department, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
July-August 1986, 1987:
TESOL Teacher, Coventry International English Studies Centre, Coventry, UK
September 1985-June 1986:
Lecteur d’Anglais (English language teaching assistant), Department of Modern Languages, Université de Nancy II, Nancy, France
September 1983-July 1984:
Assistant d’Anglais (English language teaching assistant), Collège d’Enseignement Secondaire (middle school), Cluses, France
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