A faculty member at the University of Kentucky since 1999, John F. Clark is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Studies, having previously served as Technology Coordinator for the College of Communications and Information Studies for five years and as an adjunct professor in Telecommunications for seven years. Very much a generalist, and interested in a wide variety of topics, he has taught a wide variety of courses over the years, including Communication Technology and Society, Digital Audio Production, Telecommunications Network Management, Music Industry Management, and The Internet and Social Change. Clark has received both the UK College of Communication and Information Teaching Excellence Award and the UK College of Education “Teacher Who Made a Difference” Award. Clark is a graduate of UK, with a B.A. in Telecommunications and Political Science in 1990 and an M.A. in Communications in 1992.
Clark has extensive audio and video production experience at University of Kentucky Television (UKTV), the Sports Video Department of the UK Athletic Association, as a free-lance videographer, as a production assistant on an Academy Award-winning documentary film, and on a number of other projects, including as Associate Producer of “Beyond O.J.: A Public Journalism Forum on Domestic Violence,” which was broadcast January 22, 1995 on Kentucky Educational Television. From 1993-97, he was a Research Consultant for the Boston-based firm Research Communications, Ltd., conducting focus groups and administering survey and scanning point instruments for the purpose of evaluating news and educational programming, as well as new educational technologies and curricula.
As technology columnist for The Lane Report, the business and economic news magazine for Kentucky, Clark wrote 40 columns and has also published feature articles on technology in The Lane Report, The Kentucky Journal of Commerce and Industry, and the Chevy Chaser Magazine, as well as a chapter entitled “Light and Sound, Seeing and Listening” in the 1998 book Theoretical Foundations of Multimedia. His experience in computer-based multimedia production education began as a participant in an early on-line information service, an experimental outlet called the e-chronicle, produced at the annual workshop of the Society for Newspaper Design in 1994.
He is the faculty advisor for WRFL-FM 88.1 Mhz, the 7900 watt student-run radio station at the University of Kentucky, where he first went on the air in 1992, and is the host and producer of The Phantom Power Double Hour on Friday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM. He is also the the faculty advisor for the Grehan Recording Group, and has produced and mixed multitrack recordings for hundreds of bands and solo artists over the years. He is a regular fixture at outdoor music events in the Bluegrass area, mixing live sound for bands in festival atmospheres. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist since childhood, Clark is an avid musician, and was a member of the Lexington Singers for 18 years, performing regularly with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and at a number of other venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the Lexington Jazz Arts Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2000 and from 2005 to the present. A tuxedo-clad Clark played bass on jazz standards with the Bill Fletcher Trio from 1995-98. In the mid-80s, he was a member of the nationally acclaimed original power pop group Velvet Elvis, and co-produced and mixed the well-received album “Fun and Trouble” on Hit-a-Note Records. In recent years, he has continued to play in original music bands Real Numbers and Bad Dad. During the years 1975 through 1982, Clark eked out a meager living playing music professionally. And he is the father of the most wonderful daughter in the world.