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Wanda was born and bred in Baltimore, Maryland. As a graduate of St. Paul's School for Girls, she then relocated to Elkins, WV to attend Davis and Elkins College. After graduating she began her career in radio at WELK in Elkins. In 1990 she moved to Sarasota, Florida to join the staff at WCTQ. Now, after living and working in Orlando and Tampa Bay, she's thrilled to call South Florida home. Her pleasures include time with her family and friends, and her pet dog and cat, Duncan and Bippy. Also, "the ongoing search for a good laugh, anything spiritual, quantum physics, discovering new music and indulging in the old, as well as performing onstage for karaoke or as a 'Drag King.'" Add to that, "dancing 'til the break of dawn" and waking every weekday morning to host Morning Edition on South Florida's NPR News Station 91.3 WLRN.
Ed Bell produces and hosts South Florida Arts Beat, bringing over thirty years of experience and networking within the South Florida performing arts community to his exciting and informative show. There are few names in the media more supportive of South Florida's cultural arts organizations than Ed Bell.
He has been involved in the local music scene since getting his start on the air at the University of Miami's WVUM in 1971. In the years that followed, he co-produced Jazz legend "Symphony Sid" Torin's show on the all-jazz WBUS, Miami Beach. Bell hosted live broadcasts of Jazz concerts on WTMI from the Airliner Jazz Club and worked as a sound designer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Since starting at WLRN 91.3 FM in 1977, Ed has spearheaded many initiatives in support of South Florida's jazz and blues artists, especially in his work as a promoter and concert series producer. One of Ed's most distinguished efforts as a jazz producer was his role as a principal co-founder of the Hollywood Jazz Festival. From 1983 to 1986, Ed turned the festival into a memorable weekend of television and live radio broadcasts of top locally, nationally and even internationally known jazz musicians.
In his first twenty years at the station, Ed was instrumental in making WLRN South Florida's premier jazz and blues station. Soon after coming to WLRN, he began his Lunchtime Miami program featuring a broad history of great American music, jazz, blues and R&B. Each Friday, he produced a half-hour segment called South Florida's Own that highlighted the work of the best local jazz, blues and R&B musicians. Interspersing his music presentations with intelligent interviews featuring international, national and local musicians and cultural arts leaders, the show became a unique presentation on the South Florida radio dial. In June, 1995, local news magazine New Times deemed Ed the Best Local Jazz Advocate in its best of South Florida issue.
He brought his broadcast production expertise in January, 1999, to a new program called Topical Currents broadening his radio presentations to include diverse cultural arts activities all over South Florida. That show is now called South Florida Arts Beat, broadcasting regionally to four counties in South Florida (from Jupiter to Key West) and worldwide on WLRN's Internet site every Friday at 1:00 pm, EST.
South Florida Arts Beat is a unique radio presentation on the South Florida airwaves featuring interviews, reviews and live musical performances. The show's executive producer is Adrienne Kennedy, special projects manager for WLRN. Contributors include humorist Buzz Fleischman (columnist for the Community Newspapers and The River Cities Gazette), Richard Pachter (book reviewer for The Miami Herald's Business Monday section), Leila Cobo (Miami/Latin American Desk for Billboard Magazine) and Chris DeAngelis (pop culture reviewer), Charles Greenfield and Judith Bishop among other fine producers. Each program wraps up with an entertainment calendar filled with arts events and features contributors associated with various arts councils from a four county region, Deborah Margol (Deputy Director of the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs), Michael Aller (Chief of Protocol/Director of Tourism and Conventions for Miami Beach), Jody Horne-Leshinsky (Marketing Director for the Broward Cultural Division), Bill Nix (V.P./Chief Program Officer for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council) and Andy Newman (Fla. Keys and Key West Tourism Development Council).
The South Florida arts community is now being heard each week on a worldwide basis, and South Florida Arts Beat on WLRN is leading the way!
A native of Bristol, in the South West of England, Andy has lived and worked in Germany, Spain, Cyprus and Russia, as well as spending 10 years with the BBC World Service Radio in London.
It was a 3 month assignment for the BBC that brought him to Miami in 1999.
"I love to travel," says Andy, "and I intended to use Miami as a jumping off point for the Caribbean, Central and South America, instead, I ended up staying!"
Andy likens the NPR/PRI ethos to the closest the US has to a brand of journalistic integrity, balance and depth that he was used to. So WLRN was an obvious choice when he decided to leave the BBC and remain in North America. "I've grown to appreciate the NPR "style" of news presentation, and am being given a chance to expand my radio experience and do something I hadn't done before - namely on air presentation."
A keen swimmer and cook, Andy also enjoys music, cinema, and is an avid reader when not following the ups and downs of soccer team Leeds Utd.
In previous (life) times he has been a telephone engineer in the British Army, a factory worker, a Greenpeace activist, a gardener, and a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. He has also made countless appearances on CCTV.
David Edelstein is a film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air, and an occasional commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning. He has also written film criticism for the Village Voice, The New York Post, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section.
A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he is the author of the play Blaming Mom, and the co-author of Shooting to Kill (with producer Christine Vachon).
Paul began his performance career at the ripe age of 10 when he crawled into acting classes at Boston's Suffolk University. A native of Boston, at age 15 he was the youngest person to be certified at Boston Neighborhood Network Television, where he interviewed "The Elephant Show" stars Sharon, Lois & Bram. Paul also worked at the renowned Boston Children's Museum in the Public Relations and Marketing department. In 1996, he acted in the WGBH public radio broadcast of the play "Turf," which won an achievement in radio award. He worked at Palm Beach's WXEL Public Radio and Television for 4 years from 2002-2006.
Paul was called to Miami to serve as Fundraising Producer for WLRN in 2006. Currently, Paul is an on-air host, producer, operations assistant manager and social media editor for Topical Currents and South Florida Arts Beat. For the last several years he hosts Broadway Edition, featuring interviews about South Florida Theater and Touring Broadway shows. He's been an audio editor for WLRN-Miami Herald News/Under The Sun "Penny Per Pound" winner of the 2009 Sunshine State Awards From The Society Of Professional Journalists. He says he's dedicated to being involved with the best of public broadcasting around the country.
Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National desk. He covers the news throughout the Northwest, with an emphasis on technology and privacy stories.
In addition to general assignment reporting throughout the region, Kaste has contributed to NPR News coverage of major world events, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 uprising in Libya.
Focusing on technology and privacy issues, Kaste has reported on the government's wireless wiretapping practices as well as the data-collection and analysis that goes on behind the scenes in social media and other new media. His privacy reporting was cited in a US Supreme Court opinion concerning GPS tracking.
Before moving to the West Coast, Kaste spent five years as a reporter for NPR based in South America. He covered the drug wars in Colombia, the financial meltdown in Argentina, the rise of Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and the fall of Haiti's president Jean Bertrand Aristide. Throughout this assignment, Kaste covered the overthrow of five presidents in five years.
Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Kaste was a policital reporter for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul for seven years.
Kaste is a graduate of Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.