The “Looking for the Cool” podcast with Michael Stradford features conversations with interesting people leading very cool lives.
Michael Stradford is a thirty-plus-year veteran of the entertainment industry. Prior to his current employment at one of Hollywood’s legendary film studios, his career path began in radio as a DJ/music director/program director in Toledo, Cincinnati, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston and ending up in Los Angeles launching 92.3 The Beat. From there he segued over to the record industry as Quincy Jones’ VP of A&R at Qwest Records, working with artists like Tevin Campbell, Keith Washington, The Winans, Andrae Crouch, Tamia and of course, Quincy himself.
He transitioned into the home video market creating and running the DVD special features department for Columbia Home Entertainment, creating and running Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s DVD Special Features department, where he served as a pioneer in the added-value space, creating special material for hundreds of film and television properties including Spider-Man, Men in Black, Lawrence of Arabia, Bad Boys, Bugsy and The Larry Sanders Show, and he worked in collaboration with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars and creators including Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, Pierce Brosnan, Robert DeNiro and more.
Michael segued into the digital world, overseeing original programming for Sony’s online portal, Crackle.com. In this role Michael also produced two groundbreaking, multi-platform digital movie projects: Angel of Death and the award-winning show The Bannen Way, along with two dozen other online programs, including Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy Show. His journey also revealed a love of writing via two blogs, the “Tall Guys Gear Guide” and “Looking for the Cool” which led to him authoring two books, “MilesSTYLE: The Fashion of Miles Davis” and his latest, “Black to the Movies and Other Pop Culture Musings”, a collection of reviews, career reflections and social media essays. Viewing his skill set as adaptable and not limited to the industry he was in enabled him to thrive in a variety of industries over the years.