STAFF/HOSTSCaroline Breder-Watts (Director of Programming) has worked in the Palm Beach County arts community for the past 25 years. She started her radio broadcasting career in 1992 with WXEL-FM, and is currently heard as the midday host on 91.3 WLRN, and as host/producer for WLRN’s Sunday Breakfast with the Arts Caroline proudly served as Director of Communications for the late, great Florida Stage for 15 years. She also curates and hosts film programs for various organizations throughout South Florida. Caroline and her husband John Watts are the co-founders of Arts Radio Network and are the proud parents of Victoria and Madeleine.
Ceci Dadisman (Website Designer) is the Director of Marketing & PR at Palm Beach Opera and an arts marketing consultant. Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, home to 446 bridges (more than any other city in the world), the Pittsburgh Steelers, sandwiches and salads with french fries on top, and KDKA radio (the 1st broadcasting station in world history). She graduated from West Virginia University (Let’s Go Mountaineers!) with a music degree in vocal performance and is a professional singer. Her alter-ego is @agalatcityplace and she does hyperlocal blogging and tweeting from CityPlace in West Palm Beach.
HavreDe Hill (Director of Education/Host, Alyx’s Heroes) graduated with a BA, Summa cum Laude, from the University of Florida. She has worked professionally in community non-profits, coordinating youth programs that promote social services and diversity through the arts for over ten years. She formerly directed children’s theatre at Little Palm Family Theatre and The Gainesville Association for the Creative Arts and served as the Education Director at the Lake Worth Playhouse. HavreDe was the Youth and Family Services Coordinator for Compass. Her passion for arts, youth, and social services has most recently inspired her to continue her education at Lynn University for a MS in Psychology with a focus on psychodrama techniques. She will complete her schooling in 2014. HavreDe is a homegrown actor having performed locally in many shows for Little Palm Family Theatre and attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts for drama. She is committed to promoting equal access to the arts and creating community through arts education.
John Watts (Executive Director) is the co-founder of Arts Radio Network, and has been working as a radio producer for the past 12 years. He was Executive Producer of South Florida Artsview, a weekly program spotlighting Palm Beach County’s cultural scene, on WXEL-FM. John has also produced several highly successful radio dramas on the stage, including a recreation of The Mercury Theatre’s infamous War of the Worlds broadcast at the Delray Beach Playhouse and the Caldwell Theatre and a series of plays at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, which were simulcast live on WXEL-FM.
Ann Bocock (Host, Living in Art) began her broadcasting career in Richmond, Virginia in the news department of WLEE radio. She left radio to become the Statehouse wire service reporter for United Press International. She missed broadcasting and returned to work in several East Coast markets, working as news reporter, anchor and talk show host. She was host of Florida Forum on the West Palm Beach NPR station, WXEL for eight years until 2012. Her interviews range from national interest to local celebrities; from Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin to our local middle school Scripps Spelling Bee Champion. As Ann says, “Everyone has a story”.
Scott Eyman (Co-host, Cinematically Speaking) has authored 11 books, including, with veteran actor Robert Wagner, The New York Times bestseller Pieces of My Heart. Among his other books are Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, which won the 2011 Richard Wall Memorial Book Award, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise, and The Speed of Sound (all Simon & Schuster) and John Ford: The Searcher for Taschen. He has lectured extensively around the world, most frequently at the National Film Theater in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Moscow Film Theater. He’s done the commentary tracks for many DVDs, including Trouble in Paradise, My Darling Clementine, and Stagecoach. Scott also writes book reviews for The Wall Street Journal, and has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as practically every film magazine extinct or still extant. He is currently at work on two more books, including another with Robert Wagner, due to be published in 2013. The other is a biography of John Wayne. He is the literary critic for The Palm Beach Post; he and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach.
Bill Hirschman (Host, On the Boards) is the founder and editor of Florida Theater On Stage, a professional website, writing about and reviewing theater in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties. He began reviewing theater for the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 1998 and has written about the arts for several decades. His coverage has appeared in Variety, American Theatre magazine, Playbill.com, a&e magazine, the Miami Herald among many other outlets. His work as the founding critic for the South Florida Theater Review won him first place for arts criticism in the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards and he recently received the Jack Zink Spirit Award. He serves on the executive committee of the American Theatre Critics Association, treasurer of its Foundation and the chairman of its new plays completion which presents the Steinberg/ATCA Award. The current website has recently been honored by the South Florida Theatre League with its Remy Award.
Bill Meredith (Host, The Groove Line) started careers in journalism and music simultaneously in the mid-1980s. He’s written the local music column for the TGIF section of The Palm Beach Post since 2001, and also contributes to international jazz magazines Jazziz and JazzTimes as well as other South Florida-based publications JazzBluesFlorida and the Palm Beach Arts Paper. As a drummer, vocalist and percussionist, he plays throughout South Florida with original acoustic pop act 900 Seconds, Bob Dylan cover band Big Brass Bed, improvisational jazz/fusion trio Blatant Disregard, funk/hip-hop group Sub Groove, and original rock singer/songwriter Monty Warren. In various bands over 25 years, he’s opened for B.B. King, Ani DiFranco, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Queen Latifah, Johnny Winter, Firefall, The Outlaws, Warren Hill, and Jennifer Nettles. (www.williammeredith.net)