A depth of experience. A passion for radio—and communications in general. An eye toward the future. That defines our management team. While we’re at the cutting-edge of technology and pushing the bounds of Internet-based radio, we’re organized similarly to terrestrial networks, with a whole cadre of executive producers shepherding content to listeners. But here’s a peek at our highest level executives:
Jeff Spenard President, Internet Radio Division (iRadio)
Jeff Spenard has over 18 years of broadcast media experience and is currently the owner of World Talk Radio, LLC, home to the VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio Networks. Mr.Spenard is the former President of Modavox's Internet Radio division and also served on the Board of Directors from Sept of 2007 to Dec 31, 2009. Mr. Spenard has worked with hundreds of industry professionals to help them establish a foothold within the media community. In 1994 Mr. Spenard, acted as the director of development, managing sales as an Executive Producer for a 50,000 watt independent talk station in New England. Over the course of three years, while building and strengthening a consistent format, the independent talk station expanded and purchased an additional 50,000 watt station in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Spenard provided instrumental leadership and guidance for the independent talk station's growth and transformation. Following several years of development and syndicating programs, Mr. Spenard realized the opportunity to navigate his experience towards Internet Based Radio and became one of the leading minds in the industry. Starting in early November 1999 Mr. Spenard visualized a format which ultimately became VoiceAmerica, a key member and one of the original "co-founders" of the Internet Talk Radio Network. In time Mr. Spenard rose to the level of Network Director, Vice President, President and now owner of World Talk Radio, LLC. Mr. Spenard has worked to develop over 1000 radio programs and looks to expand the Network into iTV and other multimedia divisions.
Ryan Treasure VP of Broadcast Operations
Ryan has been in the Audio/Video Production field for 13 years. He started out at a terrestrial Talk radio station in 1999 but quickly moved into "New Media". He has been with VoiceAmerica.com for the past five years Managing Internet broadcasting and interactive web services. Ryan received his Associates of Applied Science in Media Arts, and is a graduate of The Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting.
Ryan has been in many facets of the industry, including audio and video post production editing,live audio production, and interactive web content delivery. He has also served as cameraman on several major productions. Ryan has worked every level of the production department at VoiceAmerica, where he is now the VP of Broadcast Operations.
"I love what I do, and I am dedicated to making all of our production operations and host services a class act. I love working with our hosts and having them impart their knowledge in so many different areas. "It's all about putting out a quality product no matter what."
In his spare time Ryan loves motorcycles, hunting, dogs, and audio/video projects and equipment. He lives in Phoenix with his high school sweetheart, Angie, and their baby daughter.
Jeffrey Gerstl Director of Host Services
Jeff has over 25 years of broadcast radio experience, having worked on-air in a variety of music formats and management positions in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz broadcast market in California and in the San Diego/Tijuana broadcast market in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. In terrestrial radio, he worked for AM and FM stations ranging from a 48 watt FM station (yes, a light bulb was more powerful) to a 100,000 watt FM station in Mexico where he parked his car under the broadcast tower for three stations! He worked for, and hosted a show on the company's World Talk Radio Network, which was acquired in 2007. He now serves as Director of Host Services for the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network, and World Talk Radio Network.
"I love to be creative, which is an excellent trait to have in helping hosts launch a successful show on our networks. What I like best about my position is working with so many unique and talented people, both behind the scenes, and in front of our listeners. I get to meet new people every day, and help them become true on-air professionals."
Jeff hosted his travel radio program on World Talk Radio for six years, and had been in travel sales, or travel sales management for eleven years prior to joining VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio. He majored in Geography at San Diego State and is A+ IT Certified. He lives in the San Diego area with his wife Rachel. In his spare time he loves to write, and listen to a very wide variety of music, a result of all of his years in music radio.
Scott Duffy Network Director
Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcasting at Arizona State University in 1995, Scott began syndicating an independently produced talk radio program about computers to land-based stations nationwide. After becoming one of the only people in radio to ever clear an independently produced talk program to over 100 top-tier stations in less than a year, he was given the opportunity to represent a larger stable of talk shows, which included several celebrities and household names. As the FCC deregulated and an industry freeze on picking up new independent programming ensued, Mr. Duffy accepted the position of Executive Producer for a terrestrial network of 50,000 watt stations; identifying talk talent, building and funding shows. After meeting the owners of VoiceAmerica and hearing their idea to create Internet radio, Scott quickly recognized the potential of simultaneous worldwide distribution, and became part of the initial team of Producers here in 1999. He was instrumental in helping the company accomplish its many goals, which included going public. Upon being acquired, he enjoyed a hiatus of sorts and started his own business in 2003, however, missed the excitement of live Internet talk radio and the thrill of building successful shows; and is back again to stay. “The ability to provide my hosts that type of exposure and branding to a decision making demographic just one click away from whatever call to action they seek is incredibly gratifying,” says Duffy. “With the explosion of handheld Internet ready devices, in conjunction with the prevalence of Wi-Fi which is now being installed in cars, the opportunities for myself and my hosts are truly endless. I am excited to come to work every day, knowing there is no limit to what we can accomplish here!”
Sandra L. Rogers Network Director
Sandra Lynn Rogers was born in Chicago and relocated to Tucson, Arizona in the late eighties.
She is currently enjoying her role as an Executive Producer and Network Director with VoiceAmerica.
Sandra says "I love finding talent and hearing the passion of hosts on the Network. It has been a life changing experience. I thank GOD for all my family and friends, and all I've experienced in my life."
Randy Jackman Production Manager
Randy was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Henderson, Nevada where he attended Foothill High School. He now calls the Phoenix area his home. Randy has been in the industry since 2007. He loves playing sports and stays active with his longtime sweetheart and two children who mean the world to him.
Brad Komer Host Services Assistant
Brad was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Arizona. He originally had his education/certification in Surgical Technology but found his calling at VoiceAmerica. “No other place I’ve worked has put me in touch with the most professional, hard- working people.” In his free time Brad enjoys playing Battlefield 4 on his PlayStation, snowboarding, and spending time with his awesome fiancée Julie and their two dogs, Harley and Daisy.
Senior Executive Producers
Ray Ellis Channel Director, VoiceAmerica Sports
Ray Ellis, raised in Canton, Ohio has been a Browns’ fan all his life – which makes sense that he would have a successful career as a Browns Strong Safety. Ellis, a four-year letterman at Ohio State, won All-Big 10 honors with five interceptions as a senior defensive co-captain. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1981 and in 1986 joined the Cleveland Browns. Ellis’ career stats include: 427 tackles, 14 interceptions, nine fumbles caused, six recovered fumbles, three quarterback sacks and three blocked punts. Since leaving the Browns, Ellis has been active in both business and community, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for People for People, a non-profit corporation in Philadelphia whose mission is to educate underprivileged youth and young adults. Ellis has also been active with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, United Way, United Negro Fund and the National Center for Missing Children. Ellis now resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife, Darice.
Jon Missall Channel Director
With over 35 years experience in the Business, Music and Entertainment fields, Jon brings a passion and vision into the VoiceAmerica family that is seldom seen in today’s competitive markets. Whether pursuing guests or sponsors for his host’s he has been called charming but with a relentless pursuit for perfection towards accomplishing his goals. For more information please contact Jon directly at 1-480-294-6419 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perry Damone Program Director, VoiceAmerica Kids Channel
Perry Damone has been a radio broadcaster with over thirty five years of on air experience with production qualifications and a broadcast instructional background.
Perry Damone and partner Cornelius Hanna are currently the Program Directors for the Voice America Kids Network which falls under the Voice America/World Talk Radio Broadcast Network umbrella. Mr. Damone also started the KIDSTAR Radio Network (KDSTR Corp) in 1987, a not for profit 501 ( c ) 3 educational program that places fully functional broadcast facilities in schools and Boys and Girls Clubs all run by children. Mr. Damone and Cornelius Hanna have extensive experience in installing not only terrestrial broadcast facilities but also web based stations with a global reach. Perry is also the son of legendary singer Vic Damone and his mother was the world famous actress Anna Maria Pierangeli.
Kidstar is also overseeing and installing the Starshine Academy Radio Network which will cover not only the United States but also worldwide; the projected target includes 1,000 broadcast facilities by 2019. Both Mr. Damone and Mr. Hanna are working hand in hand with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Rattlers AFL, Phoenix Coyotes NHL, Arizona State University sports, Orlando Predators AFL, Jacksonville Sharks AFL,Phoenix Mercury WNBA, and the Emmy's Red Carpet giving KIDSTAR kids the opportunity of broadcasting professional sports and entertainment live and on the air.
Karen Dana is a Senior Executive Producer for VoiceAmerica.com and has been with the company since 2005. She has produced and launched numerous programs, and is responsible for producing and launching the first program dedicated entirely to autism. Karen is the proud parent of two daughters, the youngest of whom was diagnosed with autism. Through her tenacity, research and intervention, she successfully sought out treatments and therapies that have been effective in helping her daughter with her on-going recovery from the disorder. Karen is an Arizona native with very strong roots in the Valley of the Sun. Karen’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to six year tenure as a small business owner. While owning and operating her business, Karen simultaneously pursued a college degree. She is an alumna of Arizona State University where she studied abroad in Spain, France, Italy, and England and earned her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Food Nutrition and Management.
Brandy J. Jackson
Brandy J. Jackson has been with VoiceAmerica since 2006. Her greatest joy and pride is being the mother to her 20 year old son Elijah. During Brandy's tenure with VoiceAmerica she has had the privilege to work with many hosts and enjoys taking a show concept, finding the right host and making that show available to our listening audience.
Nathan Jett is an accomplished media consultant with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration/Management and has over two decades of media and marketing experience. As a hard working professional, Nathan is recognized as a leader in the organizations he has served. Having a persuasive personality and strong work ethic has led to his success in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Nathan attributes his success to taking the time to listen and communicate effectively in order to establish and achieve project objectives that ultimately serve to benefit his clients. Nathan is highly analytical, believing in reason and accountability in the work he does and the people he works with. Nathan has come to realize that it is his selflessness in helping others that will ultimately serve to achieve his goal of self actualization in being all he can be.
Randall Libero is a pioneering Internet media producer, TV and radio show host, writer, journalist, and speaker in the media, entertainment, and technology industries. Randall's mission is to promote a new era of what he calls “Visionary Entertainment,” and is a consultant in Internet marketing communications advising on strategies of how to tell an “online story” using engaging and dynamic content. As Senior Executive Producer for the VoiceAmerica Network, he created and directed the pioneering 7th Wave online radio broadcast channel, which premiered in May 2006, and has grown to more than half a million listeners monthly. Randall has personally produced more than 10,000 hours of original radio and TV programming and web events with some of the world’s leading best-selling authors, motivational personalities, visionary thinkers, and business leaders and is the producer and host of “Spirit of Film: Conversations” www.spiritoffilm.net
Senior Executive Producer with VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio for over eight years, having produced over 200 shows to date; am always looking for experts so that I can help to get their knowledge out to open minds on a global scale. I have shows that I’ve been producing for several years that are very well received, and really enjoy my role as a Senior Executive Producer here. VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio are leading edge technology companies and I work with the radio and television networks to produce quality programming here.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Went to school in Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, did a One Year Advanced Business Course at Katharine Gibbs Business School, went to college at Franklin in Lugano, Switzerland, receiving my B.A. degree in Studio Arts at Richmond International University in London, England. I now live in Tempe, Arizona, where I have resided for over fourteen years.
Having done a lot of design work for different companies in London, I moved back to the U.S. and worked with companies in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, as corporate designer with marketing and public relations duties as well. I decided that I wanted a bigger public relations role in life, so now I get knowledge out vicariously through my hosts and their guests to people on a much larger scale, as I love promoting and working with people as a “high level connector”.
With over a decade of experience in talent management and the entertainment industry, Mr. Bornman is uniquely positioned to understand both sides of the studio. Formerly an actor and runway model he transitioned to the other side of the camera in talent acquisition and casting for movies, radio, and television. He very easily identifies marketable ideas and the importance of high-quality, consistent content that produces a significant shift in his clients’ bottom line. Most importantly he has a passion and a genuine heart for people and building long lasting relationships with them. “My goal here at Voice America is to build amazing relationships with my hosts and to work hand in hand with them to help achieve their dream and have their voices be heard!"
Jeremy grew up in St. Louis as the son of a pastor and credits his parents for instilling the morals and work ethic he carries with him today. His whole life he has worked with people of all ages volunteering his time at kid’s camps, nursing homes, and children’s hospitals.
A former collegiate All American, Jeremy originally moved to the Phoenix area to play baseball professionally and fell in love with the city. He now calls Scottsdale home and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his 7yr old son Brody and playing golf anywhere and everywhere!
Robert has lived all over the planet, from Germany to Hawaii and has called Arizona home
for the last 16 years. He now lives in the Arts District of Old Town Scottsdale with his wife
Jennifer and their black cat Shadow.
Robert comes from the world of online marketing, web development, social media and has a
passion for everything Internet.
Robert says "When I realized the potential that Internet Radio has to reach the entire world with your message and understood how powerful that is, I just had to be a part of it!
Every host has their own unique flair and I enjoy working with talented, passionate people and providing a world stage as a platform and assisting with them to create outstanding, informative and captivating Internet radio shows.
I feel very fortunate to be an Executive Producer for VoiceAmerica and truly enjoy producing
quality programming for the leader in LIVE Internet Talk Radio."
Over the past nine years Nichole has worked in multiple arenas of work from video production to online media, marketing, sales, customer service, the health and fitness field and even some work with regard to real estate investing. In her journey she has gained a wealth of knowledge and has worked for companies involved in webinars, seminars and infomercials. All of her hands-on experience have led her to VoiceAmerica. Nichole’s plan is to seek out hosts that will have the potential to impact the world through our online platform, giving them the potential to become world renowned leaders in their industries.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Nichole spent her childhood there until 1999, when she relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona just before starting high school. She has resided in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area since. Nichole is a Libra who enjoys reading, researching (which she considers her “R&R”), the outdoors, traveling, everything spiritual and has been gifted with a “clear hearing."
Nichole is very passionate about educating people about anything and everything that will help them achieve an overall better quality of life. She is a natural leader with high influence that is utilizing her talent in communication to seek out and connect with professionals who want to better themselves and the world as a whole, beginning her journey with the Voice America Talk Radio Network.
Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang.
As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show.
Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.
James Yaw grew up in Upstate New York watching WKRP in Cincinnati and knew at a very young age that he needed to be in radio. James earned his Associates’ Degree in Broadcasting and headed out to make his mark on the Broadcasting world. He spent a few years on the air at small market radio stations and even did some shows as a stand up comedian before moving into the Master Control Room for an ABC-TV affiliate. James has a love of radio and he appreciates the “theater of the mind” that allows our hosts to build experiences for their listeners. James feels that the most satisfying part of his job is that moment when a new host experiences the epiphany that they DO have something to say and there ARE people who want to hear them say it.
James lives in Phoenix with his three Pit Bulls and spends most of his spare time with them or watching whatever type of motorsports he can find. James says "I look forward to being invited to share in your knowledge and experiences and I can’t wait for the opportunity to help you find your voice!"
Lucas Spenard Research Manager
Lucas was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and grew up in Rhode Island. He came to Arizona specifically to work for VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio.
"I'm athletic and like to work out and play any sport from football to fishing, soccer to tennis. I always try to learn something new everyday and believe it is important to keep an open mind and stay positive. I Live by the quote 'opportunities multiply as they are seized.'"
Mark Amen Associate Producer
Mark enjoys playing golf, basketball and especially with his two children outdoors. He feels fortunate to have been blessed with so many things and he loves to share with the people around him. His goal each day is to try to enlighten himself and learn something new every day.