Alan Cross

Alan Cross

Professional Music Geek

With over 40 years in the broadcasting and music business, Alan Cross has interviewed some of the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, and musicologist, who has spent decades exploring the present and future relationships between music and technology. In his entertaining presentations, he shares lessons learned and secrets from the music industry.

Cross is the host of the long-running show and podcast, The Ongoing History of New Music. Outside of radio, Cross is also the author of five books, the writer of a national music column for, and a content creator for various film and TV studios, record labels, artist management companies, streaming music services like Spotify, and for a travelling museum exhibit called The Science of Rock’n’Roll. In addition, Cross does voicework for both film and television. He has also consulted for many technology companies including Songza, Rdio, Bisantyum, Flink, and many more.

Cross is an in-demand speaker having appeared at hundreds of various venues across Canada (including a theatre tour with William Shatner on a show that eventually went to Broadway), involving TEDx, Side Door Access, various corporate and industry events, and more.

The Future of Music

Where’s music headed? And how are things being affected by technology and demographic shifts? World renowned music expert Alan Cross shares his insights.

The Future of Radio

Radio isn’t dead. It’s just changing — and it’s changing in fascinating ways. Alan Cross brings his decades of experience to the stage to explore what lies in store for this venerable medium.

Traveling the World with Rock Stars

Alan Cross has had a chance to interview some of the biggest stars in the world of music. You want behind-the-scenes stories? He’s got them.


The Science of Rock’n’Roll

A topic so big that it grew into a traveling music exhibit that appears at science and tech museums across North America. Alan Cross shares fascinating insights at the intersection of science, technology, and popular music.