Rita Cosby

October, 2016

The Gracies

Generations of Gracie

It is call for entries time again for the esteemed Gracie Awards and for me this reminds me of the extraordinary work the Alliance for Women in Media does to honor and embolden women in our fast-paced industry. It also reminds me of a truly special afternoon I shared several months ago with deeply inspiring women from all levels in the business… and all ages. I have been blessed in my decades (yes, decades!) in the broadcasting field to attend many awards ceremonies, but being a part of the Gracies as a presenter and multiple recipient, has been one of the more powerful and profoundly moving times in my career.

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Victoria Milko

October, 2016

Uncategorized

An Ode to the Ones That Stay

Thigh-deep in orange mud, I looked to my right and saw Ja San Gawlu, my fixer for the week, in the same situation- both of us with our bodies being devoured by mercury-contaminated remnants of a gold mine that had been shut down by the government earlier that week. As I looked over Ja San’s eyes met mine, and she began to smile, letting out an amused laugh that pierced the rainy sky between us. It was just one of many moments that week that I felt forever grateful for her and every other fixer I have worked with.

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Alliance for Women in Media

September, 2016

Press Release

Honorees Announced for the Alliance for Women in Media Women Who Lead Luncheon

September 15, 2016 (New York City) – The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is pleased to announce its honorees for the upcoming Women Who Lead luncheon.  The event will take place on November 15, 2016 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center in New York City. The recognition and educational luncheon will celebrate women who have blazed trails and who are making significant impact in the media industry. As previously announced, Madonna Badger, Chief Creative Officer at Badger & Winters, will serve as keynote.

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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

Uncategorized

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

Uncategorized

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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