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Talk to Me! Live Radio: Connection vs Convenience

When I was invited to do this show, a flood of memories about live radio filled me. I sat with my mom before school, ate Cheerios, listened to morning radio, and once in a while, called in to play a game and win a prize. I got through and answered how many times Bill Withers says "I know" in Ain't No Sunshine. I won tickets to WWF and got to see some of the greats: Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper. Or perhaps it was that Monster Truck show I attended. In any case, it is a fun memory memory.


Fast-forward to a long morning commute made not just bearable but fun by Howard Stern and his cast of misfits. On the day that a long-awaited boxing match (my favorite of all sports) was finally happening between two of his wack packers, I was so invested and so utterly transfixed by the fight that I pulled over into the Safeway parking lot and arrived to work late because I could not miss a minute.


When Shazam was not even a kernel of an idea, and I heard Fool Yourself by Little Feat for the first time, I called the DJ to find out what it was. In this self-service world, this on-demand world where we fit things in where we can and don't want to be inconvenienced, what will the impact of this additional separation between humans and the gradual loss of the shared experience of Live Radio?


Jane Velez-Mitchell, Bonnie Graham, Kathryn Zoe, Kirsten Johansen, VoiceAmerica
 
 

Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham produced and hosted her first live talk radio show in 1998 on AM1240–WGBB, Long Island, NY’s oldest terrestrial radio station. A few years later, she moved from terrestrial to Internet radio with her author interview show, “Up Close and Personal.” In 2011, working at the enterprise software leader SAP, she developed the concept for a weekly live global business thought leadership roundtable series on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel – and launched “Coffee Break with Game-Changers” on October 5, 2011. Over the next nine years, Bonnie D. created, produced and hosted 46 additional SAP series on the Business Channel, attracting millions of listeners around the world. Since becoming an independent broadcaster in 2019, she has developed and hosted live radio and podcast series on the Business Channel for eight additional organizations, as well as her own weekly series, “Read My Lips: Cool Conversations with Creatives with akaRadioRed,” on the Empowerment Channel. In 2023, her live-streaming “Technology Revolution: The Future of Now” series was ranked No. 6 on FeedSpot’s Top 70 Technology Podcasts to Listen to in 2023. What powers Bonnie D.’s passion for radio? She “loves speaking with smart people!”


Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning TV journalist, New York Times best-selling author and the founder/editor of UnchainedTV, the world’s only free, nonprofit streaming TV network to promote the vegan lifestyle and animal rights. UnchainedTV streams more than 1,500 documentaries, cooking, travel and talk shows, plus live news events and can be downloaded on all phones via the App Store, on any Samsung TV and other TVs via Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV device and Amazon Fire Stick. The online portal is: https://watch.unchainedtv.com/browse. For six years Jane Velez-Mitchell hosted her own show on HLN (CNN Headline News) where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Velez-Mitchell was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy and shared a New York Emmy for her reporting. Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books.


Kathryn Zox

Kathryn Zox, Your Social Worker with a Microphone™ The Kathryn Zox Show, is a graduate of Abbot Academy, Boston University BA, MEd, UAlbany MSW. She is a recipient of the UAlbany Alumni Association Excellence Award in Public Service and the Capital Region Pride Center Straight But Not Narrow Award. She produced and hosted The Social Workers Radio Talk Show and created The Kathryn Zox Scholarship at the UAlbany School of Social Welfare. She has contributed her voice to WMHT RISE Radio Reading Service and Recording Books for the Blind and Dyslexic. She has been a trainer for Albany Medical College, the Center for Organ Donation and Transplant, NY State Police, Albany Law School and the NY State Education Department. Kathryn emcees the annual UAlbany Alumni Association Excellence Awards and is the voice of G-D for UAlbany commencements. She has modeled for AARP and I Love NY Travel Guide. Kathryn Zox, ‘A mission and a microphone’ is recently profiled in Andover Magazine.


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