Valerie Geller is president of Geller Media International, a broadcast consulting firm working with news, talk, information and personality programming for radio and television throughout the world. Geller coaches talent, leads "Creating Powerful Communicators" workshops and seminars, and has helped people at more than 500 stations in 31 countries develop and grow their audiences by training communicators to work more effectively.
Geller, a much in demand conference and keynote speaker and seminar leader, is the author of four books about broadcasting including her fourth book, "BEYOND POWERFUL RADIO - A Communicator's Guide to the Internet Age" Focal Press 2011 is available from Focal Press. More at: www.beyondpowerfulradio.com
In 2012, Geller's weekly www.radio-info.com column, News/Talk Edge was widely read by broadcasters around the world. Geller's "Creating Powerful Communicators" training methods along with her books have made their way around the world. Translated editions of her third book: Creating Powerful Radio are available in several languages including Hungarian, Bulgarian and Albanian. The French translated edtion of "Beyond Powerful Radio" will be available from HF Publications in 2014.
With more than 30 years of experience, Geller works with commercial and public broadcasting in the USA, Europe and throughout the world.
Geller leads Creating Powerful Radio workshops, works one-on-one coaching broadcasters, Podcasters, DJs, news reporters, writers, anchors and producers, talk show hosts, programmers and managers and consults national, regional and local radio. Geller is the recipient of the Conclave's prestigious 2010 Rockwell Award for LIfetime Achievement in Radio (YOU TUBE video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxu4fPXiTdA ) - and for the past several years has been named by America's "Radio Ink" magazine as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Radio," and in 2011 Radio Ink listed Geller as one of the "Top Broadcasting Consultants."
Recent Geller Media International clients past and present include: Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Radio,Classical South Florida ; Bloomberg TV - Detroit Free Press TV, Mississippi SuperTalk Radio Network - London (UK's) LBC 97.3 Talkback radio and News Direct; The BBC (BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Leeds, among about a dozen regional BBC stations Geller Media works with throughout the UK) In Canada: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Rogers Media including Toronto's 680 News, The Fan and CHFI -FM, Australia's ABC-including stations 702, Sydney, 774 in Melbourne, and various other ABC Local Radio Stations including Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Newcastle, Canberra and ABC networks: Networked Local Radio, Classic FM, Radio National, NewsRadio and Triple J; Singapore's national Radio Corporation of Singapore; In Kenya: Nairobi's Nation FM; Kagiso Media and the SABC in South Africa, RFM in Portugal, WOW in Florence, Italy; Raadio 2 in Estonia, Ireland (various Creating Powerful Radio sessions and master classes for Learning Waves) and Sweden's Sveriges Radio, and Russia's VKPM media in Moscow.
Among other stations, networks and programs Geller Media has worked with, coached talent, led workshops and seminars for, or currently consults, include:
KCRW, Santa Monica, CA, CBS Radio -Seattle (KMPS), Syndicated Programming, including national "Doug Stephen's Good Day" morning show; Univision Broadcasting WADO in New York; KTNQ and Recuerdo in Los Angeles, WIND in Chicago and WQBA in Miami; Federated Media, Delmarva Broadcasting, (WDEL/Wilmington); Border Media (KURV, McAllen, Texas); various Clear Channel stations, (including KFBK& KSTE, Sacramento, KVOR, Colorado Springs among others) Federated Media Group (Indiana) WMC/Memphis, Cumulus Media (WTN, Nashville, TN) AccuWeather; National Public Radio, (Also local public stations KPCC, Pasadena, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, WNYC, New York, WAMU, Washington DC); CBS Radio, (KNXT, Las Vegas) Miller Group Media (WLPO, La Salle, IL) Grupo Radio Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, Norway's NRK in Oslo and Tonsberg, Charivari, in Nuremburg, Germany, FFH in Frankfurt, Antenne Bayren in Munich, In Canada: CHUM TV & Radio, Standard Broadcasting's CFRB, Toronto; CJAD, Montreal; Astral Radio, (Montreal) In Holland, Radio 538, In Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, Danmarks Radio in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark, the YLE in Helsinki and throughout Finland. In Switzerland: Radio Z, Zurich, and SSR & SRI, in Bern and World Radio Geneva, also in Poland, Austria, The KBP in the Philippines, and many other countries throughout the world.. Her background coaching individuals and doing workshops for television news, reporting and talk programming includes TV2 in Denmark, Bloomberg in New York, Various hosts and on air personalities for CNN, CBS, CHUM TV in Canada, Univision, Hombre Nuevo and more.Geller has also trained reporters at the United Nations.
As a seminar leader, keynoter or conference speaker, Valerie Geller has presented at the (NAB) National Association of Broadcasters, (RTNDA) Radio & TV News Directors Association, The Conclave Learning Conference, (PRPD) the Public Radio Program Directors Association, The (RAB) Radio Advertising Bureau, Radio & Records Talk Radio Seminar, and (APTRA) The Associated Press TV and Radio Association, the International Radio & TV Society. (IRTS) and the World Wide Radio Summit in Hollywood
USA state broadcast association presentations and workshops include: Arkansas, Massachusettes, New Mexico, Illinois, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio, Kansas, South Carolina and Vermont, and the BCAB (British Columbia Association of Broadcasters).Upcoming 2013 - North Carolina, Maryland, Delware and Washington DC Broadcast association workshops and keynotes. Special "Becoming a Powerful Communicator" keynotes include the SONY NAB Opening Reception (2013)
Geller has also presented at the 37th Annual (CRS) Country Radio Broadcasters Seminar, (NRBA) National Religious Broadcasters Association, (GMA) The Gospel Music Association conference, (CAB) The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, (CMW) Canadian Music Week, and RTNDA Canada.
She has also guest lectured at several universities throughout the world including The Swedish Royal Technical Institute (Media Studies) (KTH) in Stockholm, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and New York University in New York City.
In Europe, she has keynoted conferences, or presented workshops for the Swedish Radio Academy, the British Radio Academy, (RCS) Radio Conference of Poland, Norway's Radio Days, Swedish Radio Days, Danmark's Radio Days, The (EBU) European Broadcasters Union, The EGTA, The Median Forum in Cologne, Medientage in Vienna, Austria, The European NAB (Prague, Paris,Barcelona, Athens), and at various universities, for the International Radio Symposium in Montreux and more. In 2012 she keynoted presentations for several conferences including EGTA's meeting of European Union Broadcasters in Brussels, presented a session at JOBURG RADIO DAYS in South AFrica (wrap up here: http://www.journalism.co.za/index.php/radiodays/radio-days-2012/news-stories/5008-radio-experts-advise-presenters-to-respect-their-listeners-as-companions.html ) Canada's BCAB and RTDNA meetings
Documentary Film: ROTUNDA - 21 STORIES - (consulted on interviewing and storytelling for filmmakers Nic and Becky Gaunt's award winning documentary (2008) film "ROTUNDA - 21 Stories" by Nic and Becky Gaunt -This documentary recorded the personal stories surrounding Birmingham, England’s most iconic building, unveiling the many powerful human stories that have influenced and shaped its existence. http://www.nicgaunt.co.uk/new%20rotunda/The%20Story.html
Documentary Film - Consultant- Independent Lens - PBS- Film "Daisy Bates - The First Lady of LIttle Rock" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhsehUk_EW0&feature=related Produced by Sharon La Cruise - air date PBS Independent Lens / Feb. 2, 2012
Consultant/ Documentary Film: "Water Pressures" Produced by Artistic Circles, Ann Feldman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPX4Vl-0Uoc&feature=related 2011/2012
Geller Media International hosted the International Producer's Workshops for ten years in New York City. Valerie Geller also serves as consultant to Powerful Radio Productions, Inc. an independent production company based in New York, which produces "Steppin' Out - The 12 Step Radio Show."
Valerie Geller's 30 year background in broadcasting includes experience working in all radio formats from commercial to public radio to Adult Contemporary, Smooth Jazz, Oldies Top 40 CHR, to Country and News/Talk.
In the 1980s, Ms. Geller ran the news department at KIOI/San Francisco, presented talk radio programs from Tampa Bay to Los Angeles and setup successful news/talk formats at a number of major stations.
In 1988 Ms. Geller helped launch the talk format at KFI/Los Angeles. In 1990 she programmed one of America's premier news/talk stations, WABC in New York. She began her career as a radio journalist, a field in which she has won several awards. During her early career Valerie Geller worked as a talk show host, anchor and reporter for various stations including KOA/Denver, KTAR/Phoenix, KOST and KRTH/Los Angeles, as well as three national American radio networks.
She held an elected seat as a member of the Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors and held an elected board seat for the Radio Television News Directors Association in California.
Based in New York City, Geller Media International provides a full range of training, coaching and consulting services for broadcast media, with emphasis on news/talk, information and personality programming.
Books by Valerie Geller:
1. "Creating Powerful Radio: A Communicator's Handbook for News, Talk, Information & Personality" M Street Publications 1996
2. "The Powerful Radio Workbook: The Prep, Performance & Post Production Planning" M Street Publications 2000
3. "Creating Powerful Radio: Getting, Keeping & Growing Audiences for News, Talk, Information & Personality" www.creatingpowerfulradio.com Focal Press 2007
4. "BEYOND POWERFUL RADIO - A Communicator's Guide to the Internet Age, News, Talk, Information & Personality for Broadcasting, Podcasting, Satellite & Internet" Focal Press 2011 is available NOW from Focal Press. More at: www.beyondpowerfulradio.com
Geller has also contributed to several academic books, various professional online and broadcast publications including Billboard Magazine, Radio & Records, The M Street Journal, Radio Ink Magazine, Music & Media, and more recently, Radio World, Radio & TV Business Report, www.allaccess.com and www.radio-info.com