Busker HoF 23 – Two Producers


Episode Notes:

  • Interviews by: David Aiken and Linsey Lindberg
  • Interviewees: Ted Killmer & Richard Renner
  • Original Recording Dates:
    • With Ted Killmer:
      • January 10, 2012
      • May 10, 2012
      • May 18, 2012
      • June 14, 2012
    • With Richard Renner:
      • November 12, 2012
  • Date: Aired: December 18, 2012
  • Locations:
    • Ted: Danbury, Connecticut, USA
    • David: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • Linsey and Richard: Austin, TX, USA
  • Music used in this Podcast: 
    1. Robert’s Intro: “Pendulum” Royalty Free Jingle available in Apple Computers’ GarageBand.
    2. David’s Voice Over BGM:  Fifth Avenue Stroll Royalty Free Jingle available in Apple Computers’ GarageBand.
    3. Interspersed Jingle/Closing Music: Delancey Street Rag” as played by Natalia Paruz on her I Saw the Future recording available on iTunes.
  • Mixed and edited by: David Aiken for the Busker Hall of Fame

Comments: Two producers, two interviewers, two different events, so many shared perspectives. For Episode 23 of the Stories from the Pitch podcast David Aiken connects with the producer of the New York Busker’s Fare from 1993 – 1997, Ted Killmer and Linsey Lindberg connects with Richard Renner who has been producing The Buskers Festival in Lawrence, Kansas since 2008.

This episode is a bit of a departure for the Stories from the Pitch Podcast because we took two separate conversations and mashed them together. We did this because we wanted to point out to performers that busking festivals don’t just happen. There’s a huge amount of love and sweat equity that drive these events and we wanted to get inside the heads of two guys who have chosen to do it, not for money, but for a love of the art form.

Though the New York Busker Fare ended after the 1997 Festival, Ted Killmer has since gone on to engage the street arts at the Belmont Stakes (Horse Race Track), Hokum Hall (Seattle), The Salt Lake City Arts Festival (Utah), and is now producing the First Night Festival in Danbury, Connecticut. The New York Buskers Fare remains as one of Ted’s greatest accomplishment so as a special bonus, Ted has contributed PDF versions of the Annual Reports from the 1993 – 1997 Festivals which read like a who’s who of the street scene at the time. Click on the link below to download the collection.

New York Busker Fare Annual Reports

We’re still collecting stories for a tribute episode for the Butterfly Man. If you’ve got a story or a memory that you’d like to share, call the Butterfly Hotline and leave a message.


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4 Responses to Busker HoF 23 – Two Producers

  1. vodvill says:

    Thanks so much for including me and my silly ideas. I am by no means the best and biggest producer of events but I still have learned something along the way. Thanks for making me sound semi-intelligent and knowledgable. A little editing goes a long way!
    Richard Renner

  2. checkerhead says:

    This was one of the most challenging edit’s I’ve faced to date… Thankfully these two guys provided some great raw ingredients to do a mash up of personal histories, philosophies and great stories!

  3. johndempsey says:

    I wrote a comic novel about London Underground busking in the 80?s. I would be honoured to have the first chapter listed in your “Busking Stories” section. I can send you the file or you can have a look at the link below.
    Cheers John

    • checkerhead says:


      I’d love to have a look at the story! If you can send me the file to cbg@BuskerHallofFame.com I’ll give it a look! We’ve also got a companion Facebook page which might actually get more exposure than putting it on the website… Step 1 – Get me the file and we’ll see where the best fit is!



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