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.