Alliance for Women in Media

September, 2016

Press Release

Madonna Badger to Keynote the Alliance for Women in Media Women Who Lead Luncheon

September 8, 2016 (New York City) – The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is pleased to announce that Madonna Badger, Chief Creative Officer at Badger & Winters, will serve as keynote at the Women Who Lead Luncheon November 15, 2016 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center in New York City.

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Guest Author

September, 2016

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Dr. Joy Browne – A True One-Of-A-Kind

Our gal on a Joy-rideJoy Browne was like a one-of-a-kind, specialty Mattel Barbie doll, limited edition.  She had a Ph.D. from Northeastern.  She went on to Tufts University School of Medicine, though never finished because she was lured into broadcasting in 1978 by WITS-AM in Boston.  And during her nearly 40-year radio career she authored a shelf full of books, hosted two television shows, became a regular expert go-to guest appearing on such programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.  She landed a role in an off-Broadway play for three weeks.  And at the age of 70, she learned to ride an adult-sized tricycle – to get to and from the grocery store.

That she was one of the most intelligent broadcasters in our industry was no secret.  But what fueled her mind was something that boggled most of us – something unique to Joy Browne – her x-factor, the very thing that made her a lasting star in her field.   It had no name exactly… though today, we may want to call it, well, the “Joy” factor.  She spoke with heart.  Unlike the slightly caustic tone of other psychologist/talk show hosts when handling callers, Joy stepped into the role of everyone’s big sister and drove home intelligent direction, while always providing hope.  Always.  She cared deeply.

But also on air, she weaved in upbeat theatrics – no surprise, considering her lifestyle. For most of her career, when she’d leave the radio station after a three-hour program, she was off on her jam-packed “other life” of theater, film, restaurant-openings, and even dancing.  If ever you glanced at her wallet-sized daily calendar, you’d see how compressed her already-tiny-handwriting was so to squeeze in her hourly activities.  She was “Joy-on-the-run.”

Just like the American icon Barbie doll, Joy had an outfit for every occasion – another signature trait.  Only five months ago, she invited me to step into her train car-length bedroom closet.  It was busting with colors – only blindingly so.  I felt I had stepped inside a box of Crayola crayons – but the modern kind made with sparkles.

I was reminded of a story from a producer at WOR Radio back in the early 1990s the day before a group of advertisers were scheduled to drop by.  The general manager demanded that the producer convince Joy to “please-please-pleeeease tell her to tone down her outfit for the next day…  NO hot-pink-clingy-numbers.  We are a heritage radio station with an image to maintain.”  He obviously did not know that “stodgy” and  “gray” did not exist in Joy’s vocabulary or closet.   She returned the next day in a purple and black suit – with a frilly-flirty chemise peaking out from beneath.

I first got to meet Joy back in 1986 when, as a talk show producer, I was asked to fill in on her show at the last minute when her regular producer had the flu.  I swore I would NEVER become one of those producer-types who tried to snare advice about a personal problem.  But in typical fashion – and something I witnessed a million times over – Joy could and would laser-beam into a producer’s psyche as skillfully as she did with callers and lured OUT the trouble. Yes, on this particular day, I spilled.

The gist – my upcoming birthday was in five days – and a boyfriend of two years had just broken up with me.  Like many 25-year olds, I was drowning in drama wondering how would I survive.  The clincher?  Come the big day, there was no word from the boyfriend, but I did get a surprise phone call from my new friend Joy Browne.  She invited me out for a double-layer chocolate cake at the corner pastry shop.

Dr. Joy to the rescue.

Bernadette Duncan is author of YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/TalkersBooks, 2016), a breezy memoir about her 26 years as a talk show producer, working with such high-profile talent as Larry King, Tom Snyder, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lou Dobbs, Charlie Osgood, and more.

Joni Deutsch

September, 2016

Success Story

Is This A Real Job?

Walking to the stage. Walking between guest artist rooms. Walking to get paperwork signed. Show days are busy days for NPR’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program that turns a series of four or five live performances into a single two-hour radio broadcast for over 175 stations across the nation. As assistant producer, my job is to introduce and announce the program, and just generally make sure the show runs smoothly. In other words, I get my 10,000 steps in long before show day is done. And it was during a recent Mountain Stage walk-around (I would wager the 6,343 step mark) that I found myself getting tapped on the shoulder by a 30-something-old man attending the show taping. Let’s call him Bob.

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Kristen Welch

August, 2016

Press Release

Alliance for Women in Media to Host Women Who Lead Awards Luncheon

Alliance for Women in Media to Host Women Who Lead Awards Luncheon

August 25, 2016 (New York City) – The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is pleased to announce the Women Who Lead Awards luncheon where female influencers and leaders in the media industry will be honored. The event will take place on November 15, 2016 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center in New York City.  This year’s format will include an awards program and a keynote speaker.

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Jennifer de Cerff

August, 2016

Success Story

Breaking Down Stereotypes

Perhaps no one is crueler than our own kind. In this instance, we women, Iris came to basic English class where “survival English” was the entry point for female refugees. The course was to prepare new arrivals to assimilate into local culture, for education and employment.

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Victoria Milko

July, 2016

Uncategorized

A Lady at a Cockfight

Since diving head-first into the world of journalism, I’ve spent countless hours reading books, articles and reports about sexism in the industry. There’s no denying it: statistically, women are at a disadvantage to their male counterparts.

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Amy Lawrence

July, 2016

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Handling Harassment

Do you ever wonder what you would change if you knew THEN what you know NOW?

When I set my heart on a career in sports radio in high school and started pursuing my dream in college, no one warned me about the challenges of being a female in a “man’s world.” A tomboy when I was young, I was always comfortable around guys, and I could hold my own whether we were talking sports or playing them. As I began working in radio, I did what came naturally to me. I tried to be “one of the guys.” It didn’t work. Despite my best attempts, I was always the odd one out. But that was only part of the challenge.

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Victoria Milko

July, 2016

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Sisterhood in Far-Flung Places

On a dry, hot afternoon I found myself walking through the streets of downtown Yangon, unwinding after a particularly emotional interview with a woman who had given herself an abortion just three months before, her face grave and unmoving as she told me her story.

After the interview, I knew I needed to collect my thoughts so I went to a bookstore, looking for something to occupy my mind. Moving through the shelves, picking up anything I could find in English, I came across a magazine: Frontier Myanmar. Upon opening its pages I was greeted with two-page spreads of color photos, well-designed infographics and news. Picture after picture pulled me in, almost all of them having the same credit line: Ann Wang.

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The Gracies

June, 2016

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Presented the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Presented the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd

NEW YORK, June 21, 2016 – Today the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation handed out the 41st Annual Gracie Awards at a luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City. Host Robin Meade led the program alongside presenters Beverly Bond, Emme, Erica Hill and Ginger Zee. The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced on March 21, 2016 (view full list of honorees here) in recognition of their successes in the media industry.Read More

The Gracies

May, 2016

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Presented the 41st Annual Gracie Awards to a Full House at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2016 – Last night The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation handed out the 41st Annual Gracie Awards to a packed house at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. First-time host Marika Domińczyk led the show like a veteran eliciting laughs from the audience and keeping them engaged. The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced on March 21, 2016 (view full list of honorees here) in recognition of their successes in the media industry.

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