It was a frantic day for Karen Dalessandro, but one that ended in a career milestone for the morning co-host on WMIL-FM 106.1.
"I got in and I had to get to that hair appointment, and then to the hotel, and then to dinner," Dalessandro said of last Wednesday when she flew to Nashville to be inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame.
"It was so exciting. I wanted to just be in the moment," she said of the induction ceremony.
Despite Dalessandro’s plan arriving late and the tight schedule for the day that started out on the air with the "Karen, Scott and Radar" morning show on the market’s top-rated ratio station, she was appreciative of everyone who was a part of her being able to be in a broadcast group of people she’s gotten to know through the years.
"It was one of the best nights of my career," she said.
The induction puts Dalessandro among a who’s who in country music, and the fourth woman ever inducted into the hall. Her broadcast school teacher Dick Kermen flew in to induct his former student.
At the ceremony, country music star Dwight Yoakam was given the lifetime achievement award.
"I’ve always been a fan of his work in movies," Dalessandro said. "He always seems to play the same role."
COOLER BY THE LAKE?: Dave Magnum of the Tomah-based broadcast group took on the "Lake" name and brand for its Racine station after 94.5 WKTI-FM and Scripps dropped the former identifier on May 29. Tom Taylor’s NOW newsletter reported today that Magnum is changing the station again. This time it will be "92.1 the Shore."
That’s the third change in less than a year.
Apparently, Midwest Family owns the "Lake" name and Scripps paid a licensing fee, according to the newsletter. Magnum, on the other hand, just used the name. The station, WVTY-FM, is still playing the variety music format, but for how long? We’ll see.
THE LAW: Animal Planet’s "North Woods Law" returns July 19 with five new one-hour episodes highlighting interactions between the Maine Warden Service, wildlife, "and those breaking the law during hunting season."
"The wardens are the last line of defense for the wild planet, warding off poachers, environmental threats, and a myriad of other dangers," Animal Planet said of the show that covers around 18 million acres of ground between the United States and Canada.
AWARD: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected Meera Srinivasan, a senior assistant editor with The Hindu, as the next IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow.
Srinivasan will spend the seven-month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies. She will intern with The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
"Elizabeth Neuffer was a courageous reporter for the Globe who was determined to shine a light on injustice wherever she found it, and we continue to be inspired by her example and her work," Linda Pizzuti Henry, Boston Globe Managing Director, said in a news release. "We'=’re grateful that the IWMF fellowship in her name has enabled courageous women journalists around the world to carry on that tradition."
The fellowship was created in memory of Elizabeth Neuffer, who died while reporting in Iraq in 2003.
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