Episode 82: Brian Niesz, unsung hero of live performances

Brian Niesz engineered more than 400 live on-air performances at the woxy.com studio in Longworth Hall in Cincinnati, as well as dozens more during the station’s short-lived stint in Austin, Texas. No one had more of a hand in capturing the magic of those live music moments than he did. Brian tells us how he connected with woxy.com, lists some of his favorite live performances, and shares how he’s keeping “Lounge Acts” alive at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

Brian cites the Magnolia Electric Company performance as one of the most memorable. Here’s the audio from that session from 2009:

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings stopped by the Austin studios in 2010 as part of the SXSW performances:

And here are two performances from Frightened Rabbit:

Brian also toured with Heartless Bastards, mixing front-of-house sound for that band.

As Brian mentioned in our interview, he’s keeping the “Lounge Acts” brand alive in his current role as a multimedia producer at Channel 9 in Cincinnati.

You can check out all of the performances here: WCPO Lounge Acts. Below is the latest one, from the band Lung:

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