Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Feature Coverage: David Pakman II

From the 3/23/10 Springfield, MA Republican and MassLive.com


Monday, March 22, 2010

Feature Coverage: David Pakman

My client David Pakman was featured in the most recent issue of the Jewish Ledger in a Q&A with columnist and feature writer Judy Polan. http://www.jewishledger.com/western_mass/

Press Release: Diane Rehm and Scott Simon Host Cross-Culture Journeys' Mediterranean Cruise

DATELINE: March 22, 2010
Ati Jain, Cross-Culture Journeys, 413-256-6303 or ajain@ccjourneys.com 
Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations, 413-733-7095 or MGAuerbach@gmail.com


Amherst, MA---Public radio “voices” Diane Rehm and Scott Simon will accompany Cross-Culture Journeys' "Mediterranean Voyage to Antiquity"
cruise of select ports in Greece, Sicily, and Italy aboard the Aegean Odyssey. Diane Rehm, producer and host of her nationally-syndicated talk show, and Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” join this one-time 16-day/14-night fully-escorted offering, departing the US on July 26, 2010 and returning on August 10, 2010.

The cruise aboard the newly-refurbished Aegean Odyssey begins in Piraeus, the Greek port serving the capital of Athens. After a guided tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and other classic sites in the Greek capital, the tour sets sail for Greece, Sicily, and Italy. Among the highlights: Myceanae, capital of Agamemnon; Taormina and Siracusa, cities known for their Greco-Roman theatres; Agrigento with its Valley of the Temples; Marsala (with a wine-tasting); Palermo, Sicily’s capital; the Aeolian Islands and Salerno; the Amalfi coast, Pompeii and Capri. The tour ends in Rome.

Optional pre-cruise extensions to Athens (July 24-27, 2010 ) and post-cruise extensions to Rome (August 10-12, 2010 ) or Florence (August 10-14) are also available at additional cost.

Diane Rehm is host and executive producer of "The Diane Rehm Show" which airs nationally. Each week, more than 1.7 million listeners across the country tune in to the program, which has grown in 29 years from a local morning call-in show to a public broadcasting powerhouse distributed by NPR, NPR Worldwide and SIRIUS satellite radio. Rehm is the author of two autobiographical books. In 1999, Washingtonian Magazine named her “Washingtonian of the Year.” She and her husband, John, have traveled with Cross-Culture Journeys and public radio listeners from other stations on travel programs to the Adriatic Sea, The Danube and The Nile.

Scott Simon brings the perspective of a world correspondent to his role as host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”. Over the last thirty years he has covered eight wars and has reported from 50 states and five continents. Closer to home, he is famously devoted to the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls. Simon has been honored with many awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award, for his comprehensive and insightful reporting, essays and interviews. He has also hosted many public television programs. He is author of two books on sports, “Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan”, “Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball”, and two novels,” Pretty Birds”, set in Sarajevo during the siege, and “Windy City”, a political comedy. Simon and his wife Caroline Richard are the parents of two young daughters.

The Aegean Odyssey, newly modernized and refurbished is large enough to provide the amenities available on major cruise ships, yet small enough to dock at small-city ports. The ship can accommodate up to 350 passengers in a variety of stateroom options. The ship provides contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with carefully-selected wines; a gym, outdoor swimming pool, shop, and internet center.

Cross-Culture’s tour includes air-conditioned motorcoach tours of shore excursions, most meals, talks by guest speakers about the history of the Normands in Sicily, the scientist Archimedes, Italian wines and Greek cultural legacy in Italy. Ms. Rehm and Mr. Simon will offer discussions about their experiences with their respective public radio shows. 

Prices begin at $3,995 per person, double-occupancy, plus applicable taxes and surcharges. Free airfare is available from New York (JFK and/or Newark airports) when the trip is booked and paid-in-full before April 30, 2010. Discounted airfares and reduced or free single supplement charges are available through Cross-Culture Journeys. 
Cross-Culture Journeys has been offering individual and customized group tours for over 20 years. Cross Culture Journeys features all-inclusive, small-group, in-depth cultural travel programs to over 40 unique destinations from Antarctica to Zagreb by air, land and small-ship. Over the last decade, Cross-Culture has developed travel programs for alumni associations and numerous public radio stations, including NPR member stations in Western New England, Washington, DC; Virginia, Ohio, Utah, and Texas. 

For further information and a detailed itinerary, visit Cross-Culture Journeys' website at www.ccjourneys.com, call 800-491-1148 or 413-256-6303, or email: travel@ccjourneys.com.


For additional information on Diane Rehm: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=2101067

For additional information on Scott Simon: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3874941

For additional information on Cross-Culture Journeys: http://www.ccjourneys.com/

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman (March 10, 2010)

Just interviewed exclusively on Midweek Politics with David Pakman:

Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for their “God Hates Fags” rhetoric. The US Supreme Court will soon hear a free-speech case which will determine whether the Church’s notorious anti-gay rhetoric is protected by free speech.

Catch the interview at: www.midweekpolitics.com
Midweek Politics on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/midweekpolitics

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Client: “Midweek Politics with David Pakman”

We’ve been doing some public relations work for the up-and-coming radio program “Midweek Politics with David Pakman”. The Northampton-based program (which first aired in 2005 on WXOJ-LP, “Valley Free Radio” in Northampton), is produced by Vivid Edge Media, for radio, internet, and television. It’s currently found on Pacifica Radio, YouTube, on public access television stations nationwide, and via internet podcast. “Midweek Politics with David Pakman” is a political talk program, focusing on the politics and news of the week, with regular interviews of both liberal, conservative, and non-political guests. Keller Broadcasting recently announced a national syndication partnership with the program.

Creator/host David Pakman, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up in Northampton, MA, attended Northampton schools and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Some links: www.midweekpolitics.com
Midweek Politics on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/midweekpolitics
A feature about David Pakman in Northampton Young Professionals newsletter: http://www.thenayp.com/june-newsletter-spotlight-on-david-pakman
National feature about the program's national syndication: http://www.rbr.com/radio/radio-programming/21144.html

Update: “Says You!” Holland Trip

Popular “Says You!” panelist Tony Kahn and his wife, author Harriet Reisen, will lead the “Says You!” trip to Holland (April 17-25) instead of creator/host Richard Sher. In his multifaceted career Tony Kahn has lent his talents to several public broadcasting landmarks. He was the first host of PRI’s “The World”, the original writer for ZOOM and narrator of a dozen NOVA programs. His NPR documentary drama Blacklisted, about the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s, tells a story inseparable from that of Tony’s own family. Among his other productions is the long-running podcast series WGBH Morning Stories, which you can hear at tonykahn.com.

Tony’s wife Harriet Reisen will also join us on the cruise. She is best known for her highly praised biography Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, which The Wall Street Journal named one of 2009’s Standout Selections. Her documentary based on the book won awards at several festivals and premiered on PBS stations last December. (www.alcottfilm.com)

The Holland trip was coordinated by our client Cross-Culture Journeys (www.ccjourneys.com). The trip is sold out.

No February Postings ?

I was quiet in blog-world last month, probably with good reason.

Home life took precedence. On January 31, I went over to check my father’s house, the home I’d grew up in. I’m the caretaker during his Florida winters. The pipes had burst sometime in between my previous visit on the prior Thursday, before a massive thunder/lightning/windstorm and an arctic chill. The cascading waters short-circuited the furnaces, so as I arrived, I saw frosted windows (never a good sign), wood floors buckling under glazed ice. The following days were spent with plumbers, oil people, insurance adjusters, repair people, etc.

Having learned that repair people only give arrival estimates, I had to work client meetings and schedules around “we’ll be there sometime 9am-noon”. The old house has no wi-fi, and phone service had been suspended, so much of my work took place evenings and weekends.

As house got under control, I decided to fly to FL for a week to provide some dad-care and work on my tan. Coldest winter on record in Marco Island, FL, but I managed to get outside daily and enhance the tan.

Anyways, at work, we provided counsel to: a former broadcast colleague who is out-of-work and wrote his resume and cover letters; fine-tuned a travel itinerary for a client; wrote several newsletter copies, and worked with some new clients. We also became more adept at social network marketing with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (mgauerbach).