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Wanderlust and rock & roll birthed a web design monster!

This is our get to know FortySeven Media page. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if you are reading this page, you are new to the wild and wonderful world of FortySeven Media. So if that’s the case, welcome to the site! It’s good to have you! If we were speaking in person we’d offer you a frosty beverage, turn down the music and find a comfortable place to sit.

Now that we’re settled in, let us tell you a little about FortySeven Media.

We were founded by friends Jonathan Longnecker & Nate Croft and run by the desire to do work that matters to us. We design and build stunningly beautiful, highly functional websites that people remember. We take the time and effort to understand your company, help you solve problems and tell your story through the most effective means possible. We stand by our clients and not just our work. How did we get started?


Making Music in the band.


Rock & Roll

Jon and Nate started making stuff together by way of music. Sweet, sweet rock & roll music, that is. Traveling up and down I75, their band soon needed a kick awesome website & merchandise. “Let’s do it ourselves!” they said. Lots of late nights waiting for Photoshop to download ensued, and they were hooked.

Rhino Homes Business Cards


Graphic Design

The design bug bit them harder than they thought & they both learned the trade from the old masters, paid their dues at various other agencies and worked on so many different kinds of design projects that it made their heads spin. Then it was time to step out on their own.

Kick Awesome Show


Web Domination

They took those design skills, taught themselves all things "internet" and learned to build beautiful, hard working websites. They also learned how to craft video, build strong brands, and help businesses get kick awesome.

Traveling with kids.


New Adventures

After 10 years of businessing together, Jon continues to helm FortySeven Media while Nate is starting some new ventures. Fittingly, Jon and his family sold their house and started traveling full time - coming full-circle with that whole "up and down I75" thing.


  • Web Design
  • Branding
  • Development
  • Consulting
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Building a website is a pretty big job. We’ve found things go much smoother when there’s a process in place. After 10 years it’s battle tested and ready to go. Check it out!

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Jonathan Longnecker


Jonathan Longnecker

Jonathan Longnecker has been designing professionally since graduating in 2001. Over the years he's come to love crafting brands, playing music, watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with his kids and traveling full time. He's married to the most kick awesome wife ever and has four amazing children; Adali, Jett, Jax and Ada.

(865) 607-4756



Nate Croft

While Nate is no longer with FortySeven Media, he was an integral part of it’s inception so he gets a permanent spot on this page. If you want to see what Nate is up to now, check out PlotWhole.

Nate Croft

One last thing

If you made it all the way to the end of this page, congratulations! You now know more about us than we do. In all seriousness, though - if you need an amazing brand, website or someone to help your business navigate this internet thing - we'd love to help. Get in touch and let's make something kick-awesome.

Ready to Rock?

Let’s make your project completely kick awesome!

Let's Do It!