When Mane Entertainment’s Monday Open Mic Nights were discontinued due to an online semester, the team was forced to adapt to changing circumstances — triggering the creation of their new podcast, “Talk With ME.”
LMU’s weekly Open Mic Night was loved by many for its open format and community building, as it falls under the student spotlight section of Mane. As the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the fall semester online, Spotlight Manager and senior music composition major Connor Jones pondered how to create the same community through a screen.
“In the past, Spotlight managers have been focused on Open Mic Night and other student-based competitions, but now I have to think about how I can integrate students into a virtual world and bring in Mane all at the same time,” said Jones.
The Spotlight team decided to try highlighting students’ podcasting, which has become a successful industry during the pandemic. The podcast’s first episode…