Valerie Smaldone, who for nearly two decades hosted middays at iHeartMedia AC “106.7 Lite FM” WLTW, is ending her “Bagels and Broadway” Saturday morning program on Salem Media Group talk WNYM (970) New York but will continue it as a podcast.
Smaldone has been named Executive VP of the Audio Drama Initiative, a content creation house specializing in audio drama, TV and film projects.
“It is very difficult to leave a medium that has been so much a part of my life for decades,” Smaldone said in a release. “I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to launch ‘Bagels and Broadway’ on AM970, where I received so much support. Due to the demands of a new and exciting position, it’s time to go in a different direction and have the latitude that a podcast can afford me.”
The latest project from the Audio Drama Initiative is the documentary “Covid America,” which has been picked up by international distributor Boat Rocker Media. Smaldone served as a producer for the project.
After taking the spring and summer off, the “Bagels and Broadway” podcast will debut in the fall. Smaldone launched the show on WNYM in July 2018 and over the past three years guests have included Stephen Schwartz, Lara Benati, Chazz Palminteri, Saycon Sengbloh, Robert “Kool” Bell, Charles Busch, Chef Michael LoMonaco, Dionne Warwick, Brenda Vacaro and dozens of other celebrities, chefs, artistic creators and innovators.