Despite the crazy accusations and attack ads from my opponents I still ask for your vote tomorrow for Favorite DJ. I will fight to stop crime, lower taxes and make sure our Social Security is there when we retire. Â I will work hard to make sure your jobis Stress Free with Continuous Soft Rock and help you focus on not the bad things in life but the good. Iâm Steve Suter and I want to be your favorite DJ.
Paid for by the committee to keep Steve Suter your favorite DJ.
by Ed Ryan
During our nationwide search for the best PD's in America I often came across a tidbit of information someone sends in that really grabsÂ my attention. Our goal is to make these lists more than just lists. We want you to know who these people are. Everyone's work is important and everyone's life is special. When I find that tidbit of information I do what any nosey reporter does, I pry. And that's what I did with Diane Newman, the Program Director at Entercom's legendary WWL in New Orleans.
Diane's role model isÂ 81 year oldÂ Althea Lanoix Newman, her mom. That's pretty cool when your mom is first on the list of people you admire. Mrs. Newman, Diane's Mom, is a breast cancer survivor and I'm sure pretty darn proud of her daughter. You know what they say about the "C" word. If it's in your family you better get checked out. So, about one year ago, Diane Newman goes in for a checkup and hears the words "suspicious mammogram." I don't want to give away too much of the story because Diane tells it so well. This is more than a story about a great PD at a legendary radio station. It's about company becoming family and in return being rewarded with great employees. It's a great story, for many reasons, and we're gladÂ Diane allowed us to share it all with you.Â
How long have you been in radio?
Iâve been in radio since February 1981.Â I was working on a masters in Communications at UNO â¦had worked in TV for a couple of yearsâ¦thought Iâd get a feel for radio and maybe stay a year.Â I was hired as a part-time studio producer for $3.81 an hour.Â My father thought I was out of my mind.Â He said, âDiane, I have tellers who earn more than that.Â You have a degree.âÂ 30 years later--here I am!Â Most programmers have to travel around the countryâ¦from smaller markets to bigger marketsâ¦until they land at their dream station.Â I started out thereâ¦WWL!Â
In 1989 Keymarket Communications, Johnny Andrews (GM) and Bob Christopher (OM), gave me the opportunity to be the Program Director for WWL.Â Â In 1999 Entercom bought our radio cluster.Â They named me Operations and Program Director in 2000.Â We had a lot of catching up to do.Â Entercom was so progressive.Â They were shocked that we were still using typewriters in the newsroom at the legendary WWL!
What's that like?
Programming a legendary station like WWL is an honor and a privilegeâ¦really.Â This station has been around since 1922.Â Itâs an institutionâ¦as much a part of New Orleans as St. Louis Cathedralâ¦gumboâ¦and the mighty Mississippi.Â President John F. Kennedy used the powerful signal of WWL to speak to the Cuban people during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Â Â
WWL helped rescue my family from flood waters in Gentilly during Hurricane Betsy in the 1960âs.Â Then, ironically, in 2005, I was programming WWL when it became a lifeline to New Orleans, the Gulf South and the nationâ¦during Hurricane Katrina.Â Itâs an amazing, powerful, demanding stage.Â You have to bring your âAâ game all the time.Â It settles for no less.Â And, people may think of New Orleans as a medium size market, but truth isâ¦when it comes to news, controversy, unexpected stories and eventsâ¦itâs a top 10 news market.Â It churns constantly.Â
Marry all that action with this radio station that reaches 5 states daytime/38-plus at nightâ¦and the demands of a News-Talk-Sports format thatâs live and local 19 hours a dayâ¦and youâre in constant motion.Â Katrina aftermath, BP Oil Spill, Saints win Super Bowl.Â Itâs exciting, demanding, fun.Â Â Andy Holt, my good friend who now programs KOIT in San Francisco always tells me, âDi, I could never do your jobâ¦Iâm not that smart.âÂ My response?Â âNot true.Â Besidesâ¦itâs called stamina and endurance.âÂ Sure you need smarts, but you better be readyâ¦all the time.Â Plan A, plan B, plan Câ¦ plan G?Â And, it helps to surround yourself with extraordinary people, who have gifts you donât have or talents that compliment yours.Â The one thing that made me fall in love with radio is its collaborative nature.Â You HAVE TO play team ball or you fail.Â At WWL we prepare, plan, play like the pros.
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010.Â I had a âsuspiciousâ mammogram.Â Iâve had that before, so I didnât panic.Â I get mammograms religiously, because my Mom had breast cancer in her early 40âs. (Sheâs my role model. Althea Lanoix Newman is now 81 years old. God is good!)
What was your initial reaction when you heard the C word?
After the ultra sound and the biopsy, I kinda felt it coming.Â The techs involved didnât SAY anything, but their actions said a lotâ¦avoiding eye contact, or being overly reassuring.Â But, when Dr. Stolier told me, âitâs cancerâ...suddenly the world fell silent.Â I could die.Â I cried for about 30 secondsâ¦then I put my war paint onâ¦âDoc, whatâs our game plan?Â What do we do next?âÂ We met the next morning.Â I donât know muchâ¦but I know when to surrender.Â I know radio.Â I donât know cancer.Â I know how to be a good daughter, sister, friend, loverâ¦I know how to danceâ¦I donât have the ability to remove cancer from my body.Â Dr. Alan Stolierâs the brilliant surgeon everybody recommended.Â I surrendered.Â
How did the operation/treatment etc affect your ability to work?
Once diagnosed I had to get numerous other testsâ¦a breast MRI, a body scan, more blood work, x-rays, another ultra sound. Iâd get my tests then go to work.Â I learned from my Mom that cancer has no power over you, if you donât keep it a secret.Â I told my staff and all my friends and co-workers in our clusterâ¦all they wanted to do was help me through.Â They even gave me a chemo shower!Â Seven of the guys shaved their heads and did a video to honor me!Â
And, what David Field (CEO), Deborah Kane (Regional President), Pat Paxton (Senior VP of Programming) and my boss Chris Claus preached from the start was âDi FIRST.Â Diane, YOU come first.âÂ David called me personally to tell me, âDiane from now onâ¦numbers 1 through 27 on your list of things to do are Diane Newman.Â Everything else can wait.âÂ It doesnât get any better than that!Â Â Entercom is so much more than a company, theyâre family.Â Â We all learned that during and after Katrina; this cancer episode reinforced what I already knew.Â Â
I had surgery at the end of December; I missed two weeks of work.Â That was tough--the Saints were in the playoffs!Â Then, I had to have another minor surgery - to get a port placed in my chest.Â This would allow them to pump the chemo drugs straight into your heart; a more efficient method than pumping it through your veins.Â After that - four months of chemotherapyâ¦ February through Mayâ¦every three weeks.Â I worked through chemo.Â My amazing chemo doc, Dr. Milton Seiler told me, âMost women work through chemo.Â Men, thatâs a different story.âÂ Â
I had chemo on Fridays.Â Iâd miss that Friday and the following Monday, then work until the next chemo.Â The effects are cumulative, so the more you go the tougher it gets.Â By chemo number four, I missed Friday, Monday and Tuesday.Â By chemo number five, I missed Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Â By chemo number six, I missed Friday and the following week.Â Sure, I got nauseated.Â I lost my hair.Â Got thrush.Â Got flu-like symptoms from those damned Neulasta shots.Â My toenails turned purple.Â And, yes, I got tired.Â But, my jobâ¦my teamâ¦my partners at work (and, of course, my dear family and friends)â¦propelled me through.Â And, every time I went to chemo I had two angels by my sideâ¦Helen Centanni and Inez Glapion.Â They would NOT allow me to do chemo alone.Â (Inez fed me breakfast and kept me up through treatments.Â Helen delivered gifts to all of my fellow chemo patients like the Easter Bunny!)Â And, Deborah (Kane) came down to NOLA from San Francisco so she could support me through chemo #4.Â This is your regional president.Â Who does this?Â Goes to show you, family isnât just the people who share your blood and last name.Â
Throughout chemo they test your blood routinely to make sure your blood count is goodâ¦that youâre strong enough to continue.Â Luckily Iâm blessed with good genesâ¦we never had to slow or stop chemo.Â My blood work always came back good, excellent, amazing.Â And, by the time we took the final blood work Dr. Seiler told me all levels were back to normal; it didnât even look like I had chemotherapy.Â YES!Â
Rest for a few weeksâ¦well, rest and work.Â Mid-June Iâd start the next adventure in cancer care--radiation therapy.Â Dr. Stolier told me, âI know who Dr. Seiler uses for radiation therapyâ¦Dr. Ellen Zakris.Â Sheâs extraordinary.âÂ He was right.Â On the first day I met her she hugged meâ¦and spent forty five minutes explaining the impact on my body.Â She was so smart, generous, kind.Â After figuring out the best position for treating my breast & the deep position of the bed left by the tumorâ¦we started treatmentâ¦33 of âem.Â Iâd go every weekday at 11:20am.Â Iâd have my morning show meetings with Bob or Tommy and Susanâ¦go to radiation and come back to work in time for my âThink Tankâ meetings with Helen and Garland.Â It was all good, until the final two weeks.Â Yes, I got what felt like a severe sun burnâ¦my breast blew upâ¦then, the burn beneath the breast.Â It felt like a rope burn.Â I had to put a sock stuffed with gauze between my skin and my clothes.Â But, I never stopped working.Â Â
Itâs been about six weeks since my last treatment and Iâm doing good.Â But, like chemo, the effects of radiation therapy are cumulative.Â It hit me like a brick about 2 weeks agoâ¦the exhaustion from 33 radiation treatments.Â I took off last Friday and literally slept until 4 oâclock in the afternoon.Â Â And, all weekend my body just wanted to REST.Â Iâm trying real hard to listen.
What is the long-term prognosis?
The prognosis is as good as it gets for someone diagnosed with cancer.Â We caught it early.Â The tumor was small.Â It was completely removed.Â The two things they look for are cancer in the lymph nodes and cancer in the âmarginsâ around the mass.Â They found neither.Â We also had a bone scan of my entire body; there were no signs of cancer.Â I am blessed.Â And, thank God for big boobs!Â As Dr. Stolier said, âBecause you have âgenerousâ breasts, we can save the breast and do a lumpectomy.âÂ What science has shown in the past 40 years is this--your chances for remaining cancer free or having a recurrence are equalâ¦ 50/50 â¦ whether you have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy.Â I was willing to do whatever he told me to do.Â Surrender.
Have you done anything extra or different now that you are a breast cancer survivor, using your position at the station to raise awareness or raise money?
I just learned today that the New Orleans Saints want me to be their âhonorary captainâ at the Saints/Colts game at home in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 23rd.Â Â Itâs the only home game in October for the Who Dat Nation.Â I will be honored to represent anyone/everyone who has breast cancer, had breast cancer or helped someone battle this evil disease.Â
The toughest thing about getting diagnosed with breast cancer was telling the people you love.Â I wept for them as they wept for me.Â But, hope is what gets us through.Â We have to find a cure.Â
Now we've had a couple cool fronts but this is our first real COLD front. I got excited when I saw this weather advosory a little while ago from theÂ weather service.Â
...STRONG COLD FRONT TO MOVE THROUGH TUESDAY...Â A COLD AIRMASS WORKING OUT OF CANADA WILL MOVE INTO THE REGIONÂ BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT TUESDAY. THIS AIRMASS WILL BRING THEÂ COLDEST TEMPERATURES WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS SEASON WITH HIGHS ONÂ WEDNESDAY STRUGGLING TO GET MUCH WARMER THAN THE MID 60S ANDÂ MORNING LOWS THAT COULD DROP INTO THE UPPER 30S THURSDAY MORNINGÂ ALONG AND NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 10...12 CORRIDOR. TEMPERATURESÂ ARE EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WEDNESDAY ANdÂ THURSDAY WIT ONLY SLIGHT TEMPERATURE MODIFICATION FRIDAY AND Â THROUGH THE WEEKEND.Â Â IN ADDITION TO THE MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES WINDS WILL BE AN ISSUEÂ IMMEDIATELY AFTER FRONTAL PASSAGE. THE COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED PUSH THROUGH MUCH OF THE OUTLOOK AREA BY EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ONCE THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH WINDS WILL QUICKLY VEER AROUND TO THE NORTHWEST AND PICK UP IN SPEED. SUSATINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 20 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVER ALL LAND ZONES AT SOME POINT TOMORROW AFTERNOON BUT OVER THE SOUTHSHORE SUSTAINED WINDS WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 40 MPH LATE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND THROUGH THE EVENING. OVER ALL OF THE MARINE ZONES WINDS WILL BECOME SUSTAINED AROUND 30 KNOTS WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 KNOTSÂ Â OR GREATER. THE TIME FRAME WILL LAST LONGER OVER THE WATER WITHÂ THE STRONGEST WINDS LIKELY OCCURING FROM LATE AFTERNOON TUESDAYÂ THROUGH MID WEDNESDAY MORNING. CURRENTLY A WIND ADVISORY FOR THEÂ Â SOUTHSHORE ONLY AND A GALE WATCH FOR ALL MARINE ZONES HAS BEENÂ ISSUED BEGINNING AT 4PM CDT TUESDAY.
Â Paul McCartney, 69, married American Nancy Shevell, 51, Sunday afternoon. She is his third wife. And the late-night wedding party did not go down well with his neighbors in London's posh St. John's Wood neighborhood. Â Officials said Monday that complaints from neighbors brought enforcement officers to McCartney's home early Monday morning as roughly 100 guests celebrated his wedding.
Officer Andrew Ralph says the volume of the recorded music was reduced and no further action will be taken. The former Beatle's guests included drummer Ringo Starr, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, model Twiggy, and other celebrities.
This afternoon, thousands are expected to line New Orleans streets for the funeral procession of Archbishop Philip Hannan.Â Visitation at Notre Dame seminary on South Carrollton Avenue continues today, but this afternoon, they move things downtown.
"At two o'clock, we will have a procession from Notre Dame Seminary to St. Louis Cathedral," said Archbishop Gregory Aymond.Â "I would expect that the procession would take probably about two hours."
A horse-drawn hearse will be led by a brass band will travel up Carrollton towards Canal Street.Â The procession will then head downtown to Chartres Street, then proceed to the cathedral.
"Arriving at St. Louis Cathedral, we will then have a continued wake that evening," the Archbishop said.Â The wake lasts until 9:00 p.m.Â The funeral mass is Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the cathedral, then Hannan's remains will be laid to rest there.
My local religious hero has passed away. Former Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who was a paratroop chaplain during three World War II campaigns and was assigned to New Orleans right after Hurricane Betsy, has died at the age of 98 after a long illness. Â He confirmed me at St. Edwards and probably alot of you. He was a great religion leader here till 1988 but still remained in public until just recently when he got to ill.Â The archdiocese said Hannan died peacefully shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday.Â Â Goodbye archbishop youâll never ne forgotten.
I know youâre not ready for Christmas music year but now is a good time for smart shoppers to start looking for what the experts believe will be the HOT toys this year and hard to find by Thanksgiving.
Â Taking a cue from last year's toy hits, many of this year's holiday favorites are toy sets or figures that kids can collect. But unlike last year, when Squinkies figures or Cepia's toy hamster Zhu Zhu pets mostly were collect by girls, this year's collectible toys are targeting boys.Â Â Among this year's collectibles are Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, a battling spinning top game for $5.99 to $39.99; Spin Master's Redakai, a trading card game, for $5.99 to $19.99; Cepia's DaGeDar collectible rolling balls for $4.99 to $19.99; and Lego's Ninjago construction sets for $3.49 to $119.99Â Â
Â Here's a complete look at the toys that made Time to Play Magazine's 2011 ``Most Wanted'' toy list, out Tuesday.Â
Â Cepia's DaGeDar, $4.99 to $19.99: Collectible decorated balls that come with track sets.Â
Â Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, $5.99 to $39.99: A battling spinning top game.
Â Hasbro's Nerf Vortex Line, $12.99 to $49.99: Foam dart guns.
Â iStar Entertainment's FyrFlyz, $10: A yo-yo like toy that glows in the dark.
Â Jakks Pacific's Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses, $39.99: Sunglasses that record video.
Â LeapFrog's LeapPad Explorer, $99.99: A tablet for tots, with games, e-books and a camera.
Â Lego's Alien Conquest and Ninjago Lines, $3.49 to $119.99: Popular construction sets with alien and ninja themes.
Â Mattel's Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, $16: A block game based on the popular smartphone app.
Â Mattel's Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site, $59.99: A construction site play set.
Â Mattel's Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, $29.99: A car track set that can attach to walls.
Â Mattel's Monster High Dead Tired Line, $14.49: Dolls that are the offspring of different monsters.
Â Mega Brands 3D Breakthrough Puzzle, $19.99: 3D Jigsaw puzzles.
Â MGA's Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll, $34.99: A rag-like doll with bendable hair.
Â Spin Master's Logo Board Game, $24.99: A board game that tests player's knowledge of popular brands.
Â Spin Master's Redakai, $5.99 to $19.99: A collectible trading-card game.
Â Thinkway Toys' Lazer Stunt Chaser, $39.99: A remote-control car that follows a laser.
Â Vtech's Innotab, $79.99: Another tablet device for kids that lets them, play games, color and read books.
Â WowWee's Lite Sprites, $19.99: Dolls that light up different colors with the touch of a wand.Â
Â Â Â Â Â On the Web: www.timetoplaymag.com.
So what can you say about your work on Facebook? Is âMy Boss Stinksâ OK? Even though he might see it are you protected by law? Some companies are still trying to figure out how far they can go in limiting what employees say about work online in the age of Twitter and Facebook. Confusion about what workers can or can't post has led to a surge of more than 100 complaints at the National Labor Relations Board _ most within the past year _ and created uncertainty for businesses about how far social media policies can go. Â Michael Eastman, labor law policy director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says employers are struggling to figure out what the right policies are and what they should do when these cases arise. The most important thing so far is the labor board's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, says federal law permits employees to talk about their jobs and working conditions with co-workers without reprisal. Now what if I say? My Boss Stinksâ on my Blog am I protected?Â Just in case heâs really a great sweet guy.