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Collide Magazine just announced their nominations for best of the web according to their readers and we couldn’t be more pleased. Several of the projects we’ve been involved with this year are up for nominations and we’re thrilled for them.

COLLIDE readers, we need your help! Every year in COLLIDE we ask you to nominate and choose your favorite media, technology, blogs, and podcasts in our Readers Choice Awards. The time to vote has now come! So get cracking, and be sure to tell all your democracy-loving friends, too.

This is the place to cast your votes for your favorite things of 2009! Choose wisely, and only vote once please.

This year’s categories include:

* Favorite Film of 2009
* Favorite Church Media Short Film of 2009
* Favorite Church Media Producer
* Favorite DVD Curriculum
* Favorite Presentation Software
* Favorite Web App of 2009
* Favorite Gadget of 2009
* Favorite Twitter Client
* Favorite Book of 2009
* Favorite Viral Video of 2009
* Favorite Theology/Ministry Blog
* Favorite Faith & Arts Blog
* Favorite Faith & Pop Culture Blog
* Favorite Tech Blog
* Favorite Blogging Platform
* Favorite Sermon Podcast
* Favorite Non-Sermon Podcast

Voting will remain open until Monday, December 14 at 9am CST. Winners will be announced in the January/February 2010 issue of COLLIDE.


It’s great when other artists realize what good art and story telling looks like. It’s especially great when they’re your friends. Dave Mahanes and Brent Gudgel have been really striving all year to tell stories about “How God uses everyday people”
We recommend voting for Deidox in the Favorite Church Media Short Film of 2009 and the Favorite Church Media Producer categories – VOTE HERE


Stories from Skid Row has been a top 20 podcast on iTunes for the past year (non profit, video category) and it’s great to see Union Rescue Mission receive a nomination from the best of the web for 2009. These stories and snapshots show people around the mission putting their lives back together. We recommend voting for Stories from Skid Row in the Favorite Non-Sermon Podcast of 2009 category – VOTE HERE

Other notables – Congrats to:

Phil Cooke
Blaine Hogan
Francis Chan
Josh Blankenship
Anne Jackson
Tony Morgan
Matthew Paul Turner
John Acuff
Church Marketing Sucks
Donald Miller

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Seattle Digital Orchestra Lands at The Drop

Seattle Digital Orchestra

Tuesday this week launched the first podcast from The Drop in the digital music world with artist JC Sutherland from The Seattle Digital Orchestra. Dan caught up with JC just before the launch of his latest album “Apparent Horizons” (Available on iTunes)

Listen to the podcast below and check out The Drop!

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The Elevator Pitch for Danversations

I meet a lot of interesting people in my travels and I thought it would be great to share that with you. The quick interviews will be from professionals in all areas of media. From authors and musicians to new media professionals and filmmakers – hear what they’re doing and why it matters, all with a distinct “Portnoy” flavor. First episode launches March 17th.


The Drop On Share This

About a month ago we made a significant switch on THE DROP website. The adjustment came as a way to incorporate the multitude of ways that users would interact with the website. We had been using a social plug-in and it really started out working amazing. Last month I was introduced to ShareThis and I found that the plug-in was easy to use and that it actually gave the user more options to pass around the info and would be crucial in the interaction of social media to the site. The user would then be able to add or share the posts via their Myspace or Facebook but could also email them to friends if they so chose. A little while back The Drop was featured on the ShareThis site. We got sandwiched between infertility and obscure movies – I don’t think it’s a bad start.

I also had a chance to join their Publishers Group on Facebook. What I loved about this was that I then could put faces with the code writers and other bloggers/new media types who were employing the same pieces and any additional strategy that they may have. ShareThis has just been named one of the Top 20 plugins to have on WordPress and I highly recommend it.

VPA Wrap up in Film Music Weekly

Film Music Weekly Magazine

Film Music Weekly Magazine editor Peter Alexander released an article on the recent talk given by Dan Portnoy to the Virginia Production Alliance in Richmond, VA. Check out his take on new media, processing through the info and including a lot of links to see New Media in action.

See the article here.


THE DROP Featured at Radio Magazine

Radio Magazine Radio Magazine sat down with Dan Portnoy about a month ago to get the skinny on Radio options in the digital age. (more…)


The Great American Road Trip Presses On


After wrapping all principle shooting this past Saturday, The Great American Road Trip moves into post production and a release date is slated for the first installment of the trip. Starting Tuesday July 3rd and continuing each week will feature the adventures of Justin, Won, Tim and Dan as they travel from Virginia to Durham, North Carolina. The film is being released episodically through Superhero Pictures. Press release coming soon.


Soulive – No Place Like Soul

Soulive - No Place Like Soul

They’ve collaborated with the likes of Chaka Khan, Robert Randolph, Reggie Watts and Dave Matthews. They’ve performed for thousands nation wide and they are leading the return of Soul Music back into the mainstream. Dan catches up with the group as they talk about the new album (releasing July 31st on Stax), new additions and what music they’re checking out now. Also we check in with Jack Bonney from WUAG-FM as he talks about the a special compilaion disc put out by WUAG called, Taylor 25: A Nostalgic Retrospective (PS. it’s just 8 bucks)



Cleto Rodriguez - Bringing the Latino Heat

He’s been on MTV, BET, and Comedy Central and this week Cleto Rodriguez joins THE DROP with the lowdown on the state of Texas and the state of comedy. Cleto talks with Dan about his name in lights, Mariachi Bands and setting goals. Download it Today!

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THE DROP Live! featuring Justin McRoberts

Justin McRoberts

This weeks episode is THE DROP Live! featuring Justin McRoberts. As well as being a long time friend of mine he’s an incredible story teller and a critically acclaimed musician. The recording, courtesy of Audio Concepts, comes from a show that we did in November. Make sure you check out his recent recording of Amazing Grace and to see how you can help with the effort to abolish slavery throughout the world. Download it Today!

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