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Not pictured: Andrea Serrani (maternity leave)

UST’s MAX Studios Joins Forces with Spoke Street Media:
Sets Stage for a Growing Catholic Voice for Evangelization

University of Saint Thomas-Houston announces its innovative MAX Studios is joining forces with Spoke Street Media in an exuberant and shared mission to grow the Catholic voice for evangelization in the podcast and video arena. Since its inception three years ago, no other Catholic university has a more robust media presence than UST does through MAX Studios.

The new opportunity adds Spoke Street’s powerhouse podcast aggregation platform, proven podcast prowess, and advanced sound expertise to MAX Studios’ existing resources and creative talent pool for video creation. Sweetening the news even further, the University will receive a generous financial gift from Spoke Street’s parent company to propel the work forward and enhance both quality and reach of Catholic communication in the world. Consequently, MAX Studios is poised to drive the national and international viewing of its videos and podcasts beyond its already remarkable reach.

Dr. Richard Ludwick

Dr. Richard L. Ludwick is the 9th president of the University of Saint Thomas Houston. He received his BA in history from the University of Evansville, an MA in higher education administration from Teachers College of Columbia University (New York), a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School, and a Doctor of Education in policy management and organization of higher education administration from the University of Oregon (Eugene).

He and his wife, Melynda, reside in Houston and are the proud parents of two adult children and five grandchildren.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Tell us about the new partnership between MAX Studios and Spoke Street Media?
  2. Why do you think podcasts and videos are areas for growth at UST?
  3. Why is University of Saint Thomas interested in evangelizing in digital media in this way?  
  4. What are some of the next steps for the two teams working together?  
  5. Where can people go see what is created by MAX Studios and Spoke Street? 

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