What will mu­si­cian Nick Lut­sko do next?

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Change is part of life, I sup­pose.

The an­nounce­ment ear­lier this week that Su­per Deluxe, the Turner Broad­cast­ing “in­ter­net- turned-TV com­edy hub,” was shut­ting down means that Chat­tanooga’s own Nick Lut­sko will be look­ing for a new out­let for his com­edy works, specif­i­cally the com­edy mu­sic videos he has been pro­duc­ing.

“It was my full-time gig,” he says

He said on Tues­day that he had never con­sid­ered do­ing com­edy mu­sic be­fore, but that Su­per Deluxe had pro­vided him an out­let, and clearly his work res­onated with peo­ple. Over the years, he has pro­duced 20 videos that have been seen 130 mil­lion times. Peo­ple like Mark Hamill and J. K. Rowl­ing re- tweeted his work and he was nom­i­nated for two Webby Awards, which are ba­si­cally the Emmy Awards of the in­ter­net.

“I plan to keep do­ing them, I’m just not sure where they will end up,” Lut­sko says.

Su­per Deluxe pro­vided that out­let, and it pro­vided him with re­sources, in­clud­ing an ed­i­tor for bounc­ing around ideas.

“The well was never dry. I will have to pick up a lot of the slack and come up with ideas on my own.”

He plans to con­tinue do­ing his orig­i­nal solo mu­sic, as well, and is cur­rently work­ing on a new record.

“I have four songs that are 95 per­cent done.” › Mike Costa, gen­eral man­ager of t he Sin­clair Broad­cast Group ( NewsChan­nel 9, Fox Chat­tanooga and CW Chat­tanooga) surBarry Courter prised friends and col­leagues with a Face­book post on Mon­day night an­nounc­ing that Fri­day would be his last day in the po­si­tion.

No rea­son was given, and he says in the post that he is not sure what his next move will be other than en­joy­ing the hol­i­days with his fam­ily.

“The Christ­mas sea­son al­ways seemed to get in the way of start­ing the next year off cor­rectly. Not this year. There will be lots of hol­i­day cheer in the Costa house­hold as that will be my only fo­cus in De­cem­ber.”

› On the sub­ject of re­tir­ing, Dan Bow­ers an­nounced sev­eral weeks ago that he will re­tire from Art­sBuild in June af­ter 11 years as pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion that raises money and pro­motes the arts in the area.

Dur­ing his ten­ure, he has guided the or­ga­ni­za­tion through a tank­ing econ­omy, a to­tal re­brand­ing of the group’s mis­sion and name, a re­lo­ca­tion to the Arts Build­ing on 11th Street, and a year-long cul­tural plan­ning ini­tia­tive called Imag­ine Chat­tanooga 20/20.

Art­sBuild will be con­duct-. ing a na­tional search for his re­place­ment.

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