Norfolk VA / blueplanetpub@yahoo.com

Proprietor of freelance LLC, reporting, writing professional bios and press releases for countless music acts, New York clubs, businesses and the like.

Chief reporter, writer, editor & photographer for leading Brooklyn neighborhood blog, reporting events, real estate, activities, food, nightlife, etc.

Full-time news reporter & feature writer for leading radio industry website.

THE SMOKING NUN BLOG, 2008-current
Name-brand daily blog TheSmokingNun.com:“Pop Culture With A Saucy Slant.” Upwards of 800 hits a day.

AUTHOR, "West Meets East: Behind The Iron Curtain," 2011-2012. Co-author of non-fiction 75,000-word memoir with singer/songwriter Tinatin. Digital publishing deal signed via Robert Astle & Associates.

Senior Correspondent. Reported, wrote long-form entrepreneurial music business trend stories, artist profiles, spot news, Web scoops for industry’s leading weekly print/online trade publication. Profiled 2,000+ entertainers and music executives. 2003-2009

Single Reviews Editor. Lead critic: Wrote, assigned, edited critiques of pop, country, rock, triple-A, dance, AC, urban/hip hop, Christian releases. 1998-2009

Host Billboard Radio online countdown; 485,000 hits per week. 1999-2006

Senior Editor Features/Music Editor. Reporting, writing, copy flow, deadlines, line editing, headlines, artwork, proofing, style/grammar; assisted managing editor with content direction; synergy between edit/copy/production desks; conceived and wrote BackBeat society page; news and feature reporting for multiple sections. 2001-2003

Senior Writer. Conceived, reported, wrote feature-length page 1 enterprise stories on industry trends and personalities. Spot newswriting at deadline. Liaison on all coverage and voice of publication with Editor in Chief. 2000-2001

Radio Editor/Columnist. Commandeered five-page section on radio programming’s impact on music business; editing, production, newswriting for other sections; launched weekly “AirWaves” column, comprising artist profiles & industry perspective on hit records: third most-read column. Supervised annual Billboard Radio Conference, lined up speakers, scripted awards ceremony, coordinated with events staff, moderated panels for 1,000 attendees. 1995-2000

Senior Editor, Features/Managing Editor. Integral role in Billboard Radio Monitor’s 2006 buyout of heritage radio industry weekly R&R. Breaking news for 24/7 web sites, in-depth coverage of broadcast issues, intensive line editing, proofing. Oversaw copy flow, enforced deadlines, staff tutorials in style, consistency and voice. 2004-2009

Top 40/AC Format Editor/Columnist. Print and online coverage, industry ambassador for nation’s leading top 40/adult contemporary programmers/personalities. 2004-2007

RADIO WORLD NEWSPAPERS, Washington, D.C., 1988-1995
Editor Tuned In magazine. Conceived content, timbre of radio management/programming monthly. All editing, production, budget, editor’s column. A one-man show. 1994-1995.

Managing Editor Radio World International (RWI). Direction of management/technology bi-weekly, editing, production, design.

Columnist “USAirplay” on stateside radio programming trends in RWI and Radio World (RW).

Reporter RWI/RW. Coverage of FCC, business, technology, industry trends.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, Arlington, Va., 1985-1988
Sections Editor/Reporter. Wrote, edited, layout of weekly focus on regional industries; covered media, technology, finance, real estate, regional business news.

FUND FOR AMERICAN STUDIES, Washington, D.C., 1984-1985
Director Georgetown University’s American Political Journalism Conference, Faculty/Director Institute on Political Journalism. Lined up Washington media elite as speakers, screened/recruited 100 students.

ON-AIR RADIO PERSONALITY, Lynchburg, Va. 1980-1983
DJ for the market’s top-rated country WWOD and sister AC WKZZ. News writing and reporting.

 Voting member NARAS (Grammy Awards).
 Media commentator ABC’s “20/20” (‘N Sync), CNN (radio technology), “CBS Evening News” (Michael Jackson), A&E’s “Biography” (Donny & Marie Osmond, Wahlberg Brothers, Celine Dion, Vanilla Ice, Shaun Cassidy), VH1’s “Behind the
Music” (Celine Dion), “E! True Hollywood Story” (Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Nelly Furtado), MTV, BBC, NPR, many more.
 Quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, London Observer, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Parade, TV Guide, Seventeen, People, Us, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, many more.
 Published songwriter, affiliated with Young Pals Music/BMI.
 Authored liner notes for 2015 Backstreet Boys Box Set, 2008 reissue of Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” & 2007 “These Are Special Times,” 2005 'N Sync Greatest Hits,” two dozen Time-Life compilations. Wrote foreword for Celine Dion biography "Passion Celine," 2002.
 Editor In Chief for start-up travel/tourism website NY2C.com, 2011-2012.
 Advisory Board, New York Ronald McDonald House, 2008; Backstage Bistro Awards, 2008-2009.
 Entertainment correspondent BBC Radio (2002-2004).
 Editor In Chief, initiating all editorial content for online start-up WeLoveFreeMusic.com.
 Full chapter profile in "How to Get a Job in the Music Industry," Keith Hatschek/Berklee College of Music, second edition (2007).
 Contributor "Billboard Book Of No. 1 Hits" (2008), "Billboard Book Of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits" (1999),  "Musichound Lounge, The Essential Album Guide" (1998).
 “Single Slice” columnist Pro Audio Review magazine (2001-2005).
 News/features reporter for Lynchburg, Va., News & Daily Advance (1983-1984).
• Society of Professional Journalists awards for spot news and feature reporting.
 Crew Leader 2010 U.S. Census Bureau: Supervised 45 enumerators during field ops, conducted training, number crunching, payroll, countless reports. Fell in love with Brooklyn while canvassing 12 distinct neighborhoods.
 Proficient in Quark (QPS), Teamsite web posting, HTML, digital photo editing, intimate knowledge of AP Style.
 Active on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, 500-800 daily hits on pop culture/opinion blog (“The Smoking Nun,” TheSmokingNun.com).
 Ordained Minister in the five boroughs of New York City.
 No relation to Converse All-Star sneakers: “I’m the other Chuck Taylor.”

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., Bachelor’s degree Journalism/Speech, English minor, cum laude.

Editor "Curio" magazine, Features Editor "The Breeze" newspaper, contributor "Bluestone" yearbook, award-winning Forensics (public speaking) team member.

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