It is work trying to build this web site. Frustration is actually the only thing that I am building right now. I had a contact page and it disappeared. I am certain of this because it was there and then it was not there. I cannot find it anywhere. I also tried to upload a chart of the island and it also disappeared. Perhaps the contact page and the chart are together. We shall see.
I have a long history in this business. I began at a very small radio station in Charleston, West Virginia. I should say two stations, WTIP AM and WTIO FM. The General Manager was Mel Burka and his brother, Bud Burka, was head of Sales. Bud's daughter, Pat, married my brother, David, many years later. While there I had the opportunity to interview Julia Child about her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia and her husband, Paul, came for the interview. They both came into the studio for the program, which was one of the first in my life. I was probably terrible, but years later when at WCET-TV, I got to meet Julia, again. She entered the studio and said, "Hello Pamela." So, I was found out. She had an amazing memory and I treasure a card she sent me that I keep in a frame in my kitchen.
I then worked for many years in Cincinnati, Ohio for WLW Radio and WCET Television. At WLW I wrote copy and voiced commercials on one of the seven largest clear channel radio stations in the country. WCET Television hired me as a station announcer. I was the first female announcer on television in Cincinnati. Three months later all the stations had a female announcer. I worked with some amazing people at WCET, the most memorable being Jeff Heusser. He was a director and producer and a joy to work with. He is now working for his own company in California. He is a visual effects artist for Feature Films and Commercials. He is also co-founder of the leading industry web site fxguide.com. Thank you, Jeff, for making work more fun and far more entertaining than people should be allowed to enjoy.
When I came to Hilton Head Island I wrote copy and recorded commercials for Radio Station WHHR. Later, I had my own program from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It was a joyful time and I met a favorite person, Scott Elliott. He was a wonderful producer and friend.
Later, my husband, Peter, and I bought a 62' Concordia yacht called "Welcome". I had to get my Master Near Coastal license to operate the boat because Peter was still a Canadian citizen at the time. We chartered her from Shelter Cove Harbour for 16 years. She is a beautiful sailing yacht and we loved her. After we sold her, we bought a lovely little Herreshoff Eagle that we named "Single Star". We sold her, too, but I loved the name and we kept it. Now, I am beginning a new venture and I look forward to smooth sailing and following seas.
I have been working on the copy for a demo CD that you will be able to access from this site. I hope to have it available in the near future.
Today I have been working with my friend, Charlie Ryan, on his new book. He has written a book for young people that is very good mystery. The characters are well drawn and the setting is perfect: a lot of the action takes place in an old abandoned pullman train yard. It is interesting because Charlie's father and grandfather were engineers for B & O Railroad. I plan to help him publish this book so that he can sell it for Christmas. The title is The Pullman Hilton: A Christmas Adventure. It has all the twists and turns a good mystery should have including colorful characters and a few surprises.
Charlie Ryan is an entrepreneur who founded and sold four marketing firms over 32 years. He began his career as a television anchor in my home town of Charleston, West Virginia. He hired my mother, Jane Martin, when she did the weather for WCHS-TV. My father, Doug Martin, worked for Charlie as a theatre and movie critic at the same station a few years later. My family especially loved the story Charlie did on the "Moth Man Myth." Their photos are here.
Charlie Ryan called me several weeks ago and asked if I would consider publishing his latest novel, The Pullman Hilton. The photo of the cover at the bottom of this post is the result of our collaboration. Charlie enjoys writing and it shows. His work is great! The book will fill you with the wonder of the season and the importance of friends and family.
The Pullman Hilton is a Christmas Mystery that is a fast moving winter's tale that centers on the escapades of seven youngsters as they seek adventure and encounter mystery and the unknown during a Depression-era Christmas.
They explore a Pullman car graveyard with over 200 abandoned wooden railroad cars. This graveyard holds the allure of the unknown, desperate hoboes and, perhaps, hidden treasure.
The seven, "The Maple Avenue Gang," come face to face with two hoboes and a mysterious figure who comes and goes—is he a ghost, spirit—good or evil?
You will want to order this book in time for the Holidays.
The book, The Pullman Hilton, is almost here and we have several book signings by the author, Charlie Ryan, on the calendar that I will share with you now. They are all special events because special friends are hosting them. Please, plan to attend.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Babbie Guscio's The Store on Calhoun Street in Bluffton, SC.
Saturday, November 22, 2014 — 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Mistletoe Market at The Sea Pines Country Club in Sea Pines Plantation. Signed books by the author will be at the market. Charlie will be at Pretty Papers.
Saturday, November 22, 2014 — 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Pretty Papers at The Village of Wexford on Hilton Head Island.
The Pullman Hilton should be out in a couple more weeks. I am excited to see the actual book. Remember that Charlie Ryan will have book signings in the area in November and December in time for your holiday gift list. This is a book the entire family will enjoy. We will also have the book available at the Sea Pines Farmers Market as soon as it arrives.
On a different note, I should receive a microphone today so that I can begin my on air voice work. Hopefully, it will be as easy to use as it seemed on the web.
Thank you for listening.
I finally recorded my voice over tape. You can listen to it on my New Album page. It makes me wonder why they call it an album since no one makes actual albums anymore. Anyway, it is on this web site now.
I am a long standing member of SAG/AFTRA which means that I have professional experience. I recorded many commercials for WLW Radio in Cincinnati and nationally through AVCO Broadcasting. I was the first female announcer on television in Cincinnati for WCET-TV. I hosted a radio show on WHHR radio on Hilton Head Island several years ago.
Thank you for listening.
The books arrived last night and they are beautiful! You can order your copy under the heading Books. This is Charlie with his newest book.