• Valerie Smaldone and Friends

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    Valerie SmaldoneAbout Valerie Smaldone:

    Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market. She has hosted, produced and created several nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Mariah Carey, among others. Having interviewed hundreds of celebrities, performers and entrepreneurs, she is an accomplished interviewer who is always interested in procuring each individual’s unique story.

    Following her successful music radio legacy on WLTW, 106.7, Valerie moved on to spoken word and created, hosted and produced a daily talk show, “Valerie’s New York,” the first originally produced Internet radio show for talk station WOR’s stream, wor710.com. She is also a signature voice on heritage radio station 1010WINS, New York. In the digital space, she is currently producing a weekly lifestyle and entertainment podcast titled, “Valerie’s New Jersey” on MY9NJ.com. She writes a weekly lifestyle and entertainment column for The Three Tomatoes, and is a theatre reviewer for Examiner.com. Summer, 2013, Valerie produced and hosted a podcast series on Broadway celebrities for the lifestyle platform, Archetype Me.

    A well-known voice-over artist, Valerie can currently be heard narrating the program “Fatal Encounters” on Investigation Discovery Channel. She has recorded commercials for clients like IBM, Verizon, Publix Supermarkets, and Minute Maid as well as television promos for NBC Dateline, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, Lifetime, Cinemax, Oxygen and many others. Valerie was the announcer for The Boomer Esiason Show on MSG for 4 seasons.

    She has been the “Voice of God” for numerous prestigious live events including: The Kennedy Center, The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, The Drama Desk Awards, Broadway on Broadway in Times Square, Broadway under the Stars in Central Park, The GLAAD Media Awards, The Point Foundation, and many more. Most recently, she has been seen on television on NBC as a reporter for the Columbus Day Parade and in the past as a host for PBS.

    As an actress, Valerie has been a recurring character in the Fox Television series, “The Following,” and on stage starred in comedies “The Guido Monologues,” and “What Are Ya Nuts?” Other notable roles include Kara Angelo, a character she created in the play she co-wrote, entitled “Spit it Out!” She has performed in several acclaimed Off-Broadway plays: “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” at the Minetta Lane Theatre, “Naked in a Fishbowl” at the Soho Playhouse, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” at The Triad, and “Girl Talk: The Musical” at the Midtown Theatre, has participated in several readings featuring celebrities like Mario Cantone, Ralph Macchio and Ally Sheedy, and was an onstage celebrity guest in the Broadway hit, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Calling on her music background, Valerie hosts and produces a “Legends of Music” series at 92Y, interviewing music superstars (Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton, Gloria Gaynor, etc.) in front of a live audience.

    Valerie is an adjunct instructor at the School of Visual Arts where she teaches courses in media and voice over acting, and is also a private talent coach. She is a sought after speaker, interviewer, host and emcee as well as a corporate presenter.

    Al Cattabiani:


    Al Cattabiani publishes CultureSonar, an arts/entertainment blog for grownups. It suggests cool stuff to see, hear, read and do for folks who have jobs, families and other real-life obligations, but who are still open and curious about new things. Al has always worked in and around the arts, having built several successful companies in film, music and online media. He is also a gigging musician, though — quite rightly — he has not quit his Day Job.



    Michael O’Connor:

    Michael O’Connor has been involved in the fashion industry for over 30 years, beginning in jewelry and accessory design and then in fashion and accessory styling. Today, he is a leading voice on style, and a go-to resource for current trends, celebrity style and how to put a look together.

    As a stylist O’Connor works throughout the year with numerous celebrities helping them accessorize for awards shows, appearances and premiers. He has worked with such celebrities as Amy Adams, Gabourie Sidibe, Eva Longoria, Minnie Driver and Cheryl Hines.

    O’Connor appears regularly on national television providing style commentary, advice and coverage. He has done live coverage, celebrity interviews and commentary from the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards red carpets for TV Guide Channel, Reelz Channel and Reuters International Television. In addition he has done trend segments for E!, MTV, Extra, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. O’Connor was host of MovieStyle with Michael O’Connor on Reelz Channel and a recurring jewelry and style expert on QVC. He is often quoted in a variety of print media on seasonal trends, wardrobe suggestions and fashion advice. Additionally, he is a contributor to Engagement 101 Magazine providing brides with wedding advice and hosting the Engagement 101 TV minute.


    Cathy Gruhn:


    ButterFlourSugarSalt’s Cathy Lee Gruhn’s love affair of all things kitchen and food can be traced back to watching episodes Julia Child with her mother and being mesmerized by Gourmet magazine. This love affair was confirmed while in culinary school where she studied Pastry Arts. Cathy’s career has included 25+ years in book publicity, specializing in cookbooks and lifestyle; working with names that include Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Chef Michael Anthony, James Beard Award Winning Food Writer Michael Ruhlman, and many others.

    ButterFlourSugarSalt.com is her virtual recipe box for both delicious sweet and savory food that isn’t fussy or overly complicated. You can find ButterFlourSugarSalt on Facebook and Instagram as well as her website.