Broadcasters

Merrill Reese

April 22, 2016
Merrill Reese

Growing up, Philadelphia native Merrill Reese knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. A sportscaster, to be specific.

While attending Temple University, Reese learned his craft at the college’s radio station, WRTI, where he did play-by-play for school sporting events and spun records on his weekly music show. After earning his bachelor’s degree in communications and broadcasting, Reese embarked on a radio career that would take him to the small Pennsylvania towns of Pottstown and Levittown before he eventually landed a job as a newscaster and sportscaster at WHAT and WWDB in Philadelphia.

After a few years, Reese moved to WIP, where he worked as a summer replacement and fill-in sportscaster and eventually began doing pre-game and post-game shows for the Philadelphia Eagles. From there, he became the color commentator during Eagles games, and took over the play-by-play duties during the 1977 season.

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Actors & Actresses, Athletes

Andreas Cahling

April 14, 2016
Andreas Cahling Kung FUry

Bodybuilder Andreas Cahling’s overall title win at the prestigious IFBB Professional Mr. International contest in 1980 represented not only the culmination of years of hard work and dedication on the part of the 27-year-old Swede, but also the beginning of a decade of athletic prominence. During the ten years that followed, Cahling — who began weight training at age 12 to improve his strength for wrestling and, upon moving to southern California in 1976, was a finalist at the AAU Mr. California and Mr. America competitions, as well as finishing in 2nd place at the IFBB Mr. World contest — never once missed being a finalist in international competitions, including high placings at both the IFBB World Grand Prix Finals and IFBB Pro World Championships.

In 2011, Andreas made a comeback to bodybuilding competitions, finishing 13th in the IFBB Masters Pro World and competing in his first Masters Mr. Olympia in 2012. Over the course of his illustrious career, Cahling’s legendary physique has graced the cover of hundreds of magazines, and his articles on training and nutrition have been featured in publications including FLEX magazine and Muscle & Fitness.

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Authors

Susan Meissner

April 13, 2016
Susan Meissner

Born and raised in San Diego, the second of three daughters, author Susan Meissner acquired a passion for books and writing from her parents and, from an early age, was driven to pen stories of her own. By the age of eight, she was writing poems and stories in a journal given to her by her second grade teacher, and in high school, her freshman composition teacher saw promise in Susan and encouraged her to develop her skills.

In 1993, Meissner and her husband moved to rural Minnesota, where she began working for the local newspaper, first as a part-time reporter and later as the editor. In 2002, her paper was named the Best Weekly Newspaper in Minnesota by the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Despite her success, Meissner had a gnawing desire to write a novel and, after the passing of her grandfather in July of 2002, she resigned from her position at the newspaper and wrote her first book, Why the Sky is Blue, a story of faith and sacrifice and the rewards that can emerge from seemingly tragic circumstances.

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Musicians

Maggie Szabo

April 12, 2016
Maggie Szabo

Raised up in the small town of Dundas, Ontario, about 50 miles west of Niagara Falls, singer/songwriter Maggie Szabo began practicing her craft at a young age. Following her high school graduation, she moved to Nashville, where she worked diligently to hone her writing and performing abilities, and in 2011, she became a YouTube sensation when her performance of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” with Walk Off The Earth went viral. Maggie released her debut album, Now Hear Me Out, in November of 2012, and the single “Lovesick” garnered heavy rotation on Canadian airwaves. After being selected as Bell Media’s Emerging Artist and beating out thousands of competitors to win pop culture blogger Perez Hilton’s “Can YOU Sing?” contest, Maggie was hailed as a budding superstar.

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Musicians

Laura Jean Anderson

March 25, 2016
Laura Jean Anderson

For the past thirty years, the town of Olympia, Washington has been a hotbed of grunge and punk music, serving as the hometown of numerous legendary bands including Bikini Kill, The Gossip, Sleater-Kinney and Nirvana. Raised against the backdrop of such iconic acts, singer/songwriter Laura Jean Anderson spent her youth singing in church, and these influences collide in her own music, a unique blending of soulful vocals, well-crafted storylines and chaotic garage rock.

On her debut EP, Righteous Girl, which was released on March 4th, Anderson’s haunting voice seamlessly melds with seductive melodies and tells stories of freedom, honesty and discovering glimmers of hope in the face of hardship and heartbreak.

To learn more about Laura Jean Anderson, visit her at laurajeanandersonmusic.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud.

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