Hit Makers: Music Icons In Performance and Conversation with Valerie Smaldone: Tommy James of “Tommy James and the Shondells”
Monday, May 16, 2016
An intimate and up close conversation between Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells and Valerie Smaldone. Tommy will perform several musical selections.
ABOUT 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.
Currently, Valerie hosts and produces a nationally syndicated radio program “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone...and Friends” distributed through the Envision Radio Network. Additionally, she is a signature voice on heritage radio station 1010WINS, New York.
In the digital space, she currently produces a 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.
Recently, Valerie produced and hosted a podcast series on Broadway celebrities for the lifestyle platform, Archetype.com.
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.
On television, Valerie is a host and interviewer for PBS. She has been a special reporter for ABC and NBC for the Columbus Day Parade.
As an actress, Valerie had a featured role in “Blue Bloods” on CBS, 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 (like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton and Gloria Gaynor) in front of a live audience. At 92Y she also interviews authors.
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 and media consultant. She is a sought after speaker, interviewer, host and emcee as well as a corporate presenter.
ABOUT TOMMY JAMES
CRIMSON & CLOVER, CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION, MONY,MONY, I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, HANKY PANKY, DRAGGIN' THE LINE, SWEET CHERRY WINE are just a few of the many hits from TOMMY JAMES.....23 gold singles, 9 platinum albums, over 100 million records sold world-wide....in addition to his 32 BILLBOARD HOT 100 charting hits, many of them have been covered by major artists around the world including PRINCE, JOAN JETT, BILLY IDOL, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, CARLOS SANTANA, REM, KELLY CLARKSON, DOLLY PARTON, BOYZll and even THE BOSTON POPS....his music is heard in 29 motion pictures, numerous tv shows such as BREAKING BAD, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE SIMPSONS and THE GOLDBERGS....as well as many tv commercials.
TOMMY's critically acclaimed autobiography, ME, THE MOB AND THE MUSIC was listed on ROLLING STONE'S BEST MUSIC MEMOIRS is now in development for a film with producer BARBARA DE FINA whose credits include GOODFELLAS, CASINO, CAPE FEAR, COLOR OF MONEY - MATT STONE doing the screenplay.
Most recently TOMMY performed CRIMSON&CLOVER with JOAN JETT, MILEY CYRUS AND DAVE GROHL on THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TV SPECIAL
BMI recently lauded TOMMY for his success with the presentation of FIVE 'MILLION AIR' AWARDS.....his music being played more than 21 million times on air.
TOMMY is now back in the studio working on his acoustic album- ACOUSTITRONICS with a few 'guest' artists .
A career that has spanned almost 50 years and continues to cross generations and bring in new young fans.