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July 30, 2018 

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Welcome to the twentieth edition of Jane Network News. This month's theme is about radio and wireless communication. Enjoy the read! 
Radio is the technology of using radio waves to carry information, such as sound by systematically modulating properties of electromagnetic energy waves transmitted through space, such as their amplitude, frequency, phase or pulse width.  Many people were involved in the invention of radio as we know it today.  Experimental work on the connection between electricity and magnetism began around 1820 with the work of Hans Christian Orsted and continued with the work of Andre-Marie Ampere, Joseph Henry and Michael Faraday.  These investigations culminated in a theory of electromagnetism developed by James Clark Maxwell, which predicted the existence of electromagnetic waves.  Maxwell published A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism in 1873 stimulating people to experiment with wireless communication.  Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was credited with experimental proof of electromagnetic airwaves and around the turn of the century Guglielmo Marconi developed the first apparatus for long distance radio communication. 

A Canadian inventor Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to send audio (wireless telephony) by means of electromagnetic waves and on Christmas Eve 1906 he became the first person to make a public radio broadcast.  Radio represented the transmission of news and information to people all over the world.  Broadcasts carried war information and updates from the battlefields, sports broadcasts of baseball games from all stadiums across the United States, news via newsrooms around the globe and entertainment programming included music, play readings, religious messages, vaudeville entertainers and weekly programs like the modern-day sitcom. 

The United States Naval Research Laboratory developers Leo Young and Robert M. Page are credited with using an antenna for both transmitting and receiving messages through radar.  “Roger That” or usually simply “Roger” is a phrase used in aviation and the military to confirm that a message has been received and understood.  In radio communication a “spelling alphabet” often mistakenly called a “phonetic alphabet” is used to avoid confusion between similarly sounding letters.  In the previously used US spelling alphabet R was Roger which in radio voice procedure means “Received.”

Radio has always been a mainstay in my life, my business and my world.  From our early years growing up we remember our grandparents had a radio in their living room and so did our parents in our home in Baraboo, WI.  We did have a radio station in town that was called W-BOO and the news of the day was broadcast at lunchtime.  The radio/news announcer often left the station after reading the news and went home for lunch.  To fill the time, he put a long-play record album on a phonograph and took his lunch break.  On more than one occasion the record skipped and all of Baraboo listened to scratching and replaying of the album until he returned from his lunch.
This was my father’s Zenith transistor portable radio that he carried to most every sporting game to listen to the commentary.  It went with him everywhere. 
As a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, Tony Canepa taught incoming recruits to understand and learn about a new technology called RADAR.  As someone who understood the process and how it worked, he was a natural instructor and educated many people on the benefits and uses of this technology.  After he opened the Goodyear Tire and Appliance store in Baraboo, radios were a mainstay for consumers.  He placed hundreds of coin operated radios in hotels and motels in the Sauk County area.  Guests could relax in the hotel room and listen to the radio for one hour for $.25. 
In 1986, The Eventors were hired to plan and promote the opening of WGN Radio when they moved back into the Chicago Tribune Tower after being in the West Bradley Place facility for several years.  The project included building a large “WGN Showcase Studio” on Michigan Avenue from which the public could watch and interact with the talent.  When the move was made in 1986, very little equipment was moved as almost everything was purchased new.  Coincidentally WGN TV and WGN Radio were in the Tribune Tower from 1935 – 1961.  The radio station call letters stand for “World’s Greatest Newspaper”. 
My Eventors associates Erin O’Donnell (left) and Marcy Grad (right) join me in the lobby of the newly opened WGN Radio Studios.  Several events and parties opened the new facility and the station enjoyed the street side camaraderie from passersby, good vibes and good ratings and access to Michigan Ave.  After nearly 25 years, WGN Radio is moving into a new space on the seventh floor of the Tribune Tower.  All offices, news and technical facilities will relocate.  Today, WGN TV is still located on the 2501 West Bradley Place stand-alone site.  

Chicago is very fortunate to be home to Felicia Middlebrooks.  The Morning Drive Radio Co-Anchor at CBS News has been the number one ratings leader and the common denominator at the station since 1984.  Her co-anchors have been John Hultman, Ken Herrera and since 2010 – Pat Cassidy.  Felicia broke barriers in 1984 when she became the first woman and first African American in the nation to co-anchor mornings for CBS Radio.  She has won numerous awards for leadership and reporting and won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in News, the Associated Press “Best Reporter Award” and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sigma Delta Chi – Society of Professional Journalists/Chicago Headline Club. 
A consummate professional, Felicia is beautiful inside and out and she has a beautiful personality and beautiful voice.  Over these many years millions of Chicagoans listen to her but have never seen her! We became colleagues as professionals who knew of each other through our respective work.  Mine in public relations and hers as an approachable radio anchor who was gracious in receiving and helping to promote various clients and projects that I brought to her attention.  It was an honor and a privilege to become the event publicist for her company, Saltshaker Productions and help her launch some rewarding and memorable projects. 
A non-profit, “Hollywood Comes to Chicago” was created to help aspiring young screenwriters in the Midwest hone their craft and bring their ideas to the next level and to screen.  We were blessed to have the late Harold Ramis as a guest speaker for one of the seminars.  Numerous successful industry leaders were panelists and a cast of celebrities, members of the media and executives were able to participate. 
Felicia’s first documentary film, “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda” won first place for “Best Documentary Short” in the 2005 New York International Film & Video Festival.  In March of 2007, a screening of the film took place at the Landmark Theatre for an organization called WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Artists Now).  Somebody’s Child chronicled the why and how of the genocide that happened in Rwanda and the fate of the survivors.  Felicia is also a published author; Called (co-authored by Lisa D. Jefferson) and Souls of My Sisters are part her literacy legacy. 
Felica views every day as an inspiration and she posts encouragement and support to anyone within the sound of her voice.  A sample of one of her quotes for the day “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway!  - Emory Austin

As an event planner – I tell people “I don’t do weddings!” – I made two exceptions in my life – once for my friends Morene Dunn and Barry Axler (I wrote about them in a past newsletter!)  and for Felicia and her beloved husband Anthony.  Long may they live, and long may they love. 

As for “LOVE” – my first one was named Roger!  I missed a phone call that he wanted to take me to prom and as for the radio transmissions from my brothers and sisters – nobody bothered to tell me that he called and asked!  No “ROGER THAT” message loud and clear at our house – but I guess it was not meant to be!  

Check out
Melissa Kennedy
For the love of television 

Melissa Kennedy graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2005 with a degree in Marketing Communications/PR. She went on to be Promotions Manager for WBBM-AM and Marketing Manager for Weigel Broadcasting Co. before landing at Zacuto USA, where she is the VP of Entertainment Operations. She manages the strategy for acquiring, developing and pitching different kinds of episodic web-based content, as well as creating Zacuto Original TV pilots, one of which she co-wrote and produced late last year. In addition, she produces Zacuto’s weekly web-based talk show Zacuto Live, which is all about the filmmaking industry. Most recently, she built Zacuto's live streaming/ready-to-use set service, based in their River North studio. It’s ideal for clients who want to host their own shows on one of three broadcast-quality stages with multiple Canon full frame HD cameras. These shows can be live on clients’ Facebook, YouTube channels or website or just taped, which is a huge time and money saver since the segments don’t need to be edited and constructed in post production. When Melissa isn’t working she can be found reading or hanging out with her family in the suburbs.   

In my time trying to figure myself and my career out while attending Columbia College Chicago, few people come to mind who were as impactful as Jane Canepa. During her time teaching us about marketing, she really introduced to me things I never considered myself much good at; namely, confidence and presentation. I’m not insecure really, but very internal. Sure I could fake confidence easily enough, I’m an actor after all, but this was something different. I remember at the conclusion of the semester, Jane asked me to emcee at a fundraising event that the class was putting on, one that we all had had a hand in coordinating. Because of that it was a big deal not just to our collective final grade but also just to my classmates and to Jane. See, Jane has the kind of wonderful personality where you don’t want to let her down. And so, having never emcee’d before for an event like this (or really at all) I resolved to try to emulate her kind of boundless enthusiasm and her uncanny ability to be inviting and conversational. And it worked like a charm. Jane would often tell me how much she loved my voice, so that helped me to step up during a fundraising setting I’d never really experienced. The event went over extremely well thanks to everyone involved, even I allowed myself to be pleased. Now, some years onward, I’ve done my best to remember what that felt like: to really just be comfortable in a situation, really owning your presence and knowing what you’re about, what you can do and what you may need a hand with. That’s been a huge boon in the years since I earned my BA in Radio at college. I’m a SAG-AFTRA actor now, probably the most noteworthy role I’ve had is voicing Megatron for one of Hasbro’s Transformers cartoons. I’ve been working providing voiceover in video games and anime and audiobooks and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. A lot of that is thanks to learning how to market and present myself, and where to find the confidence in a handshake and in a meeting setting. There really is something incredibly valuable in that, and I learned from the best.

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JAMMIN WITH JANE is my Columbia College Chicago Special Events & Promotion Class Final Exam Project.  These events are fundraisers for a charity and the students work in committees to plan, promote and publicize the event.  During the semester that Melissa Kennedy was in my class we were planning an event at infield’s located in the lower level of Marshall Field’s on State Street.    The charity we selected was “Share Your Soles”, an organization that collects gently used shoes for needy people around the world. The morning of the event I was holding a pre-event class and got a call that my mother was gravely ill.  As one of her caregivers, I needed to act fast and get to her side.  Baraboo is 180 miles from Chicago.  I was not able to be both places at once and had to let my students fly solo.  The classes took the reigns and made me proud.  Melissa was one of the key people in the events success and this group of students pulled off a wonderful event and raised over $2200.00 for the charity.

Jason Marnocha was the voice behind another Jammin With Jane held at Kroll’s in the South Loop for “Simply from the Heart”.  This event benefitted a wonderful organization founded by Jackelyn Gauci Kastanis in honor of her childhood friend Brooke Bolley who passed away from cancer at age 27.  The organization is a concierge for patients and caregivers and makes visits to hospital rooms with the “Glam Squad.” Find out more about them


Another Jammin With Jane event was a combined effort with the Columbia College Radio station WCRX & their ongoing HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY Food Drive project.  The radio station launched a campaign to collect food donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and have celebrities and radio personalities stop by the corner of Wabash and Congress.  General Manager Cheryl Langston came up with the idea as one of her students was a Trolley Driver.  Throughout the years many listeners, passersby, local and national celebrities, sports teams and everyday good people have participated in the event.  Remember that many children are not in school in the summer months and meals that they might get at school are not provided.  Check out the Greater Chicago Food Depository website and donate. 

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