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Rita Pardue is KPCC's production manager. She has over 20 years experience in radio and expertise in fundraising, writing, presentation, production and media campaign expertise.
Prior to joining KPCC, Rita was KKLA's "Midday LA" host from 1998 to 2004. Her assignments have taken her to China, Indonesia, Japan and North Korea, where she was a guest of the state.
Pardue is also an actor, musician, and vocalist. Her credits include CBS film, "When The Circus Came to Town," PBS "Math Facts," and WB's "Unhappily Ever After" to mention a few. In the 90s, she was the voice of Mrs. Aahs and a host of other characters on Children's Broadcasting Corporation's "Radio Aahs."
She is the author of the children's book "The Nothing-To-Do Funshop," and a narrator for several of the popular "Hello Kitty" children's books. A few highlights from her career include singing with the original cast of "Jubilee" in Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and performing with the Hollywood Bowl Easter Choir from 2008 to 2011.
Her volunteer work has included 16 years PTA, 5 years as 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol, 7 years Little League team mom, worship leader/praise band singer at her church, beach clean-up worker, Operation Gratitude worker, spokesperson for World Vision and Food For The Poor ministries.
Stories by Rita Pardue
As diverse as the music scene is in Los Angeles, all the more interesting it makes for my day here in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center. I worked on an underwriting spot for the upcoming performances of Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon.
Today in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center, I'm working on an underwriting spot for the upcoming LA Phil Opening Night Concert and Gala event on Thursday, Oct 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting and Juan Diego Florez, tenor.
How many rockers could write beautiful symphonic pieces of music and credit Brahms, Graham Greene, or John Milton as influences? Very few - probably just one - the singularly unique and exquistely talented John Cale.
Once upon a time in my radio career, my entire focus was on providing quality radio programming for children. When I think of all of the hard work earning that BA in Radio, TV, Broadcasting and continuing on to earn a Masters degree in Child Development--it was well worth it!.
Thrills, chills and spills happening in Studio G in the Mohn Broadcast Center today. My assignment is to produce a promo spot for an upcoming station event. Our own, mild-mannered All Things Considered Host, Alex Cohen has an alter ego.
From classical, jazz, world and acoustic folk stylings, it was a musical melting pot of different production beds created today in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center. While I was working on an underwriting spot for the LA Phil's 2010-2011 Disney Hall concert season, I came across an artist that I had lost track of.
Sharing with you today a pick from the Studio G mailbag in the Mohn Broadcast Center. I received a CD from an Indie band out of New Jersey called New London Fire. Yes, lots of music comes my way and I'm not here to be a music reviewer.
When I think of songs like "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," and "All Along The Watch Tower," what comes to my sound mind is Jimi Hendrix. I loved how he often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and whaled on that undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.
New music comes my way everyday in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center. Today seemed to be the DARK SIDE OF THE MOON day. Yikes! With titles ranging from "Wear Ruin," People Go Missing," "Slash and Burn," and "Thorns"--well, you get the idea.
It's NEVER just another day in Studio G in the Mohn Broadcast Center. I am producing an underwriting spot for Levitt Pavilions featuring singer, Charmaine Clamor. Her reviews claim that she spins a web of magic every time she sings.
Ants rank with bees in a manner to describe busyness. Well, Studio G here at the Mohn Broadcast Center was certainly humming and buzzing with music today. But, I work alone here in Studio G.
Studio G in the Mohn Broadcast Center was thumping some Nortec sounds that made my speakers do what they were built to do. Play it! Nortec music is characterized by hard dance beats and samples from traditional forms of Mexican music.
Percussion to me is like a heart beat in a band. I've collected a variety of percussion instruments over the years during my travels as a touring musician. I even hired a welder to build me a percussion tree so I could hang all of my chimes, bells, blocks, and cymbals.
Having grown up in St. Louis during an era of horn bands, I still get impressed when some hot, fat-chorded arrangement swings my way here in the KPCC Mohn Broadcast Center--Studio G.
Yes, I do and I enjoy receiving music from all over the world. A sample of what I received today includes Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos - Louisana Dance Hall Music http://www.myspace.