Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin’ Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. Have now been working with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for the past 12 years under the title of Affiliate Relations and am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin’ Pets, for the past 20 years… My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind in which share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. The only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Sneak Preview Productions present a PG-13, 96 minute, romantic comedy directed and written by David E. Talbert with a theater release date of September 27, 2013.
PR firms are all about promoting their clients, but today, they’re helping one of their own. When local resident and publicist, Tana Johnson’s 3 year daughter Teeja was diagnosed with an incredibly aggressive and malignant form of cancer she was terrified. In one day this seemingly normal Sarasota family’s world had been turned upside down.
Tana quickly went from being just an employee to a client. This team of media gurus came up with a plan on how to help support this family who now travels from Sarasota to New York City every month to undergo aggressive cancer treatment at one of the nation’s top Neuroblastoma hospitals. This treatment has been happening for a year and will continue to happen for the next two. The firm decided to do something it had never done before. The firm’s VP reached out to its entire client base and asked for help in a silent auction where 100% of the proceeds would go to the Johnson family.
"Within moments of hitting send on the email asking clients to just simply consider helping this family, we were getting responses like 'Yes! Count us in!' 'Of course, anything you need. How many would you like?’ It was just incredible," added the firm’s VP. "I was getting choked up sitting in my office." The auction started yesterday and will run through this coming Monday. The items being auctioned off with starting bids at just $8.00 range from things like gourmet rotisserie ovens, all the way to beautiful pieces of jewelry, to baby and pet products and everything in-between. We don’t want press for our PR firm. We are really trying to get the word out about the auction though so as many people as possible can enter bids. With the holidays right around the corner, this auction is a perfect way to “stock” up on gifts and feel good at the same time knowing 100% of the proceeds are going to help a local little girl battling a disease she’s determined to win! Here’s a link to the silent auction: http://www.32auctions.com/bigheartsforlittleteeja
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! is NOW ON SALE
Ripley Publishing’s tenth annual takes readers on a journey
into the weird, strange and amazing
ORLANDO, Fla. (September 10, 2013) – Daring readers can now feast their eyes on an all-new collection of the most bizarre, incredible and amazing true stories from around the world. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! is NOW ON SALE. It’s the latest edition of the bestselling annual series from Ripley Publishing. With thousands of true-yet unbelievable facts and stories, as well as hundreds of full-color photos, this title is sure to fill readers with wonder and astonishment.
Additionally, readers can access exclusive bonus content through the oddSCAN™ function of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app. For instance, by scanning an image of Puggy – a Pekingese from Texas with a remarkable long tongue – readers will be treated to a special video of Puggy lapping up some ice cream. Stories literally come to life – if readers Dare to Look!
With its bright green foil and striking lenticular, the cover of Dare to Look! is certain to catch the eye while the incredible content within makes the book impossible to put down. Ripley’s fans of all ages will enjoy learning about perilous near-miss accidents, extreme daredevils, unbelievable artwork, fantastic sports feats and much more! Even the most reluctant readers will find themselves captivated. Examples of some of the curiosities contained within include:
· Kevin Mercado’s record breaking feat of pinning 161 clothes pegs to his face
· The biggest collection of dummies that readers will ever see – it’s an eight-page gatefold on the history of ventriloquists!
· Artist Ian Cook’s remarkable paintings made with remote control cars
· Farmer Hung and his traffic-stopping herd of 5,000 ducks
· Oscar the incredible traveling dog that has been to over 30 countries in the past three years
Dare to Look! is the perfect gift for curious minds, thrill seekers and anyone interested in exploring the world of the extraordinary.
Dare to Look! is available through all major booksellers.
Animal activists protest slaughterhouses throughout North America for World Day for Farmed Animals
Bethesda, Md. - Beginning this weekend, there will be a coordinated, targeted series of demonstrations at slaughterhouses and other animal agriculture facilities around the world headed by national nonprofit group Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), one of the nation's oldest and most established animal advocacy organizations.
The events are held to observe World Day for Farmed Animals, during which activists around the world gather peacefully to respect and memorialize the 65 billion land animals killed for food every year. World Day For Farmed Animals, now in its 30th year, was established by FARM in 1983.
Protests and events will be held in more than 100 U.S. cities including Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's building, and at slaughterhouses in Brooklyn NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Milwaukee WI, Milford DE, Phoenix AZ, and San Diego CA. In Canada, FARM is organizing protests in Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Burlington ON, Maidstone ON, Breslau ON, and Lethbridge AB. FARM demonstrations are scheduled in several other countries, including England, Spain, Chile, India, and Israel.
"Farmed animals are confined, mutilated, and bred to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death," said Michael Webermann, FARM executive director. "Each year, World Day for Farmed Animals seeks to expose the public to the shocking truth of animal agribusiness, and has become an international movement to take action on behalf of these innocent animals."
The international day of action typically includes vigils, marches, and demonstrations, and takes place each year on or around October 2 in conjunction with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an outspoken advocate of non-violence towards animals.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated," Gandhi famously said. For more information please visit www.DayForAnimals.org.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. FARM believes in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health. The organization is based in Bethesda, Md., and works through a volunteer network in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries. For more than 30 years, as FARM has grown, so has public awareness of farmed animal abuse and the benefits of veganism. For more information please visit http://www.farmusa.org.
SMART Ride 10 takes place November 15th-16th, 2013 and will travel 165 miles from Miami to Key West over the course of 2 days. The SMART Ride began as a dream to create a bicycle event where 100% of pledges raised could go back to the communities to be used for direct services. That was over nine years ago, and so far $4.2 million dollars have been raised. 100% has been given back to the communities we serve to assist with direct services for individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The ride is fully supported and designed to allow riders of all degrees of experience to participate. 100% of pledges raised by riders and participants are guaranteed to go to direct services with the benefiting agencies.
On SMART Ride 9 those involved in the ride broke fundraising records for our event, returning over $880,000 throughout the State of Florida. This year in our 10th, the goal is loftier and more aggressive, as we reach for and look to exceed $1 Million dollars. How can we raise so much money? It’s with your help, which means we need everyone’s help to reach our individual and organization fundraising goals. Remember, it takes all of us to make a difference, stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and put an end to this pandemic. Please consider making a charitable donation which is tax deductable using the rider links below:
Jeff Lucas, Rider #265: https://thesmartride.org/participant-home-page/?tsr_id=1132
Christian Klimas, Rider #151: https://thesmartride.org/participant-home-page/?tsr_id=151
The SMART Ride website: http://www.thesmartride.org
The SMART Ride Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thesmartride
Benefiting: AIDS Help, Inc., Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Inc., Metro Wellness & Community Centers, CAP of West Palm Beach,
Miracle of Love, The Pride Center at Equality Park
The SMART Ride is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 event under the TSR ADVENTURES INC. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. TSR Adventures Inc.’s Federal Tax ID number is 85-8015981214C-8. A copy of TSR Adventures Inc.’s registration and financial information may be obtained from Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352
Screen Gems, Contrafilm and Sony Pictures present a PG-13, 109 minute, music, dance, drama, directed by Benson Lee, written by Brin Hill and Chris Parker with a theater release date of September 20, 2013.
Warner Bros Pictures, Alcon Entertainment, 8:38 Productions and Madhouse Entertainment present an R Rated, 146 minute, suspense, crime, drama, thriller, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written with Aaron Guzikowski with a theater release date of September 20, 2013.
An Introduction to the World of Insects
Whitney Cranshaw & Richard Redak
"Breadth classes dealing with insects have been extremely popular among science and nonscience majors for decades. The photographs, illustrations, little known facts, and sidebars in BUGS RULE! bring to life the fascinating world of insects. BUGS RULE! is an excellent text for the nonscience major and general nature enthusiast.”
—Michael K. Rust, University of California, Riverside
BUGS RULE!: An Introduction to the World of Insects (Pub date: September 25, 2013), by Whitney Cranshaw and Richard Redak, provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.
Ideal for nonscience majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, BUGS RULE! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures.
• Places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject
• Covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders
• Provides a thorough review of the noninsect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans
• Features more than 830 color photos
• Highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society
• An online illustration package is available to professors
About the Authors:
Whitney Cranshaw is professor of entomology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Garden Insects of North America (Princeton). Richard Redak is professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Both authors have years of experience teaching introductory entomology classes.
An Introduction to the World of Insects
Whitney Cranshaw & Richard Redak
Cloth | ISBN13: 978-0-691-12495-7 | $55.00 / £37.95
e-book | ISBN13: 978-1-400-84892-8
472 pp. | 8 x 10 | 830+ color photos. 18 tables.
Publication Date: September 25, 2013
Oakland, CA – In response to the killing of 35,000 elephants in Africa within the last year, a team of Bay Area elephant activists are taking action to get public awareness about the ivory trade and the thousands of animals that are dying due to the demand for elephant tusks. According to conservationists, if something isn’t done to stop the slaughter of elephants in Africa, these animals could become extinct within the next ten years. Oakland Zoo strongly supports the San Francisco March for Elephants, which is taking place on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:00am, with a rally following the March at 12:00pm in Union Square. The public is encouraged to gather on for the March at 10:00am in Portsmouth Square, 733 Kearny Street, San Francisco.
“On Friday, October 4th Oakland Zoo staff, volunteers and members will be joining people around the world to bring attention to the crisis facing elephants,” said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research at Oakland Zoo. “Thousands of elephants are being killed so their tusks can be sold to buy guns and to make high value carvings. Please join us at March for Elephants - San Francisco to bring attention to this crisis and urge world leader to stop the illegal massacre of elephant. We can make a difference.”
The March for Elephants – San Francisco collation is part of an international effort to engage the public, educate, and grow awareness in regard to the elephant crisis. According to the San Francisco collation, China seeks 200 tons of raw ivory for their factories each year, which requires 20,000 elephants to be killed each year. The collation also states that the ivory trade is a billion dollar enterprise, and poaching has become a criminal operation that includes smuggling and international cartels.
Besides local support for the elephant crisis, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged her support, urging world leaders to work toward shutting down the ivory trade. Secretary of State John Kerry has embraced this effort along with a pledge by President Obama to establish an emergency task force to address the crisis.
ABOUT MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS – SAN FRANCISCO:
March for Elephants is dedicated to promoting global awareness about the elephant crisis, advocating for cessation of poaching in all regions where elephants live, fiercely working to shut down the ivory trade, and raise the level of human consciousness to embrace the lives of elephants with reverence and humility. We uphold the belief that elephants are a nation unto themselves. Their lives reach beyond ours, and have meaning only they can comprehend. March for Elephants will strive to provide useful information and tools to enhance ownership and motivation for individuals who seek to carry out actions on behalf of elephants. For those who do, and for those who wish to learn about elephants, this is your community, an opportunity to find your herd. It is our fondest hope that you will join with us in our actions.
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
Oakland Zoo is always outspoken when it comes to elephants. The Zoo is home to four African elephants, three females and one male. Their names are Donna, Lisa, M’Dunda, and Osh. More than six acres make up their expansive exhibit, which includes a swimming pool, trees, hills, and areas for dust bathing, which is a natural behavior among elephants. The elephants are managed with protected contact, meaning zookeepers and elephants do not share the same space; bull hooks are not used. The animals are never forced to do anything they do not want to do; instead, they are rewarded with treats for participating with foot care, morning routines, and health exams. Ten spreads (scattering of food throughout the exhibit) are done each day to encourage foraging and exercise. Truckloads of browse or tree branches are collected and donated from surrounding areas, to ensure the proper diet is given to the animals.
Each year, Oakland Zoo honors elephants by hosting a Celebrating Elephants day event and an evening lecture. The day event’s focus is to educate the public about elephants, explain why they should not be used for entertainment, and demonstrate what it is like to research elephants in the wild. The evening lecture is a more intimate gathering that features a guest speaker, silent auction, and reception. Proceeds from these events are donated to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, which aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy. Cynthia Moss and her research team at Amboseli have spent time in the field researching and leading the efforts to understand these intelligent and complex animals.
The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.
YOUR DOG’S DINER ANNOUNCES THEIR ON-AIR RADIO APPEARANCE ON TALKIN PETS RADIO SHOW WITH JON PATCH.
Tampa, Florida, USA., September 17, 2013 – Rachael Johnson, co-owner of Your Dog’s Diner, announced today that she will be interviewed on-air Saturday, September 21, 2013 on Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Your Dog’s Diner is a family owned and operated pet food manufacturing company. Nathan and Rachael Johnson started a dog blog in 2011 documenting their two rescue dogs’ adventures known as 2 Traveling Dogs. While their fan base grew, they realized a unique platform they had to shed light on the homeless animals across the country. Being involved in “everything dog”, they took their love of dogs and cooking to create Your Dog’s Diner after all the pet treat recalls.
About Your Dog’s Diner:
Rachael and Nathan Johnson’s love of dogs with a lifelong love of cooking is a dream come true. They know you will enjoy the experience of cooking for your dogs and the peace of mind you will have knowing where your dog’s treats come from. It’s time to “Turn Your Kitchen Into Your Dog’s Diner,” said Rachael Johnson
Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix and Mutt Soup Mix are available to the public now on YourDogsDiner.com and in select retail stores across the country. Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix retails for $7.99 and Mutt Soup Mix retails for $10.99. Their Mutt Pancakes Treat Mix will be released in November.
Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch airs Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. EST. To find a station near you, or listen online, visit www.talkinpets.com