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OCN Announces New Podcast "The Chanter's Stand: Byzantine Music Today"

FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida—May 18, 2009—The Orthodox Christian Network is releasing a special podcast series titled “The Chanter’s Stand: Byzantine Music Today”. This podcast, produced in cooperation with the Axion Estin Foundation and COSMOS Radio-FM in New York, will feature interviews with specialists and experts in the field of Byzantine Chant. OCN Executive Director Fr. Christopher Metropulos shares: “OCN is proud to announce a new Podcast Channel with the Axion Estin Foundation, a well-known and highly-respected group of chanters and scholars who share the ancient historical music of Orthodoxy with the world.”

This professionally produced program joins OCN’s growing library of Podcast Channels. Visit to learn more and to hear OCN’s podcasts and online radio stations The Ark and The Rudder.

Axion Estin Foundation has established its position in the Orthodox community by producing a range of high-quality radio programs devoted to the music of Byzantium. Axion Estin Foundation's mission is to promote the appreciation, education and employment of Byzantine music in North America. The Foundation seeks to stimulate attention and study of this art form through its unique network between the large constituency of Greek academics and musicians and their North American counterparts in Byzantine music and beyond. The Foundation realizes this mission through conferences, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its cultural partnerships.

The Orthodox Christian Network is one of the official agencies of SCOBA, commissioned by our hierarchs to create a national, sustainable and effective media witness for Orthodox Christianity throughout North America. OCN produces the only nationally syndicated Orthodox Christian radio broadcast, as well as several other outreach programs, including DVDs and Internet-based media, in direct collaboration with our sister SCOBA agencies (e.g. IOCC, OCMC, OCF and OPM), as well as with the Orthodox Christian jurisdictions and pan-Orthodox, para-church organizations. Our goal is to educate the faithful and to be a support to local parishes while also engaging the broader culture of North America with Orthodox Christianity's rich theological, spiritual and moral heritage, and to thereby strengthen the Orthodox Church's witness and contribution to the culture in which we live.