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Maverick Newsroom Team Leads Rivet News Radio App

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For immediate release on Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Maverick Newsroom Team Leads Rivet News Radio App
Veteran Journalists Join Team To Reinvent Radio News For Smartphone Era

CHICAGO – HearHere Radio, the early-stage startup behind the new Rivet News Radio mobile app, has announced its news team of veteran journalists to reinvent radio news for the mobile age. Now available on the iPhone, Rivet News Radio delivers on-demand news and information to listeners, putting users in control of their news to find and follow the stories they want to hear.

Rivet News Radio delivers a comprehensive radio news experience for today’s time-compressed, mobile lifestyle. With this team of journalists they’re giving the on-the-go news enthusiasts an interactive, mobile news experience that’s the ‘what’s next’ for audio news.

“Vision and talent is at the backbone of Rivet Radio, and it is the insightful leadership of Charlie Meyerson, head of our newsroom team, that has been instrumental in both the development of this innovative product and exceptional team of journalists,” said John MacLeod, founder and CEO of HearHere Radio.

As the head of the newsroom, former WGN-AM news director and senior producer Charlie Meyerson assembled the Rivet Radio news team generating original content and curating local, national and world coverage from a wide variety of sources to power Rivet’s on-demand news experience.

“With cutting-edge technology, Rivet Radio brings to radio news the flexibility that the Web has given to text-news readers and that mobile consumers have adopted for music, TV, movies and books. Rivet gives journalists the chance to deliver in-depth stories free from the tyranny of the clock – no longer confined by format rules of traditional radio news,” Meyerson said.

Rivet News Radio Newsroom Team Members

  • Charlie Meyerson joins Rivet Radio after tours of duty at Chicago’s pioneering rock station WXRT-FM, the Chicago Tribune and WGN-AM, where, as news director, he led his team to awards for best newscast and outstanding news operation. His fall 2012 Knight News Challenge proposal for a “Smartphone News Network” provided a template for Rivet Radio’s development.
  • Lee Bey is a writer, lecturer, and critic specializing in architecture, urbanism and politics. He is on-air architecture contributor for Fox News Chicago and writes an architecture blog for public radio station WBEZ. For many years, he was architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. He was also deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and served, for a time, as director of governmental affairs for Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office.
  • Elizabeth Braun has more than a decade of experience in broadcast news. She earned her masters degree in Public Affairs Reporting from University of Illinois Springfield. She’s been heard on public radio stations around Illinois, as well as on WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee and WGN-AM, WBBM-AM and FM News 101.1 in Chicago.
  • Brandon Campbell has contributed to more than a half-dozen Illinois news organizations, including WGN Radio News, Progress Illinois and RedEye. With a decade of digital reporting experience, he’s earned two journalism degrees, including a master’s from Columbia College Chicago. Brandon enjoys playing bass guitar and video games—but not simultaneously.
  • Ron Davis is a veteran, award-winning news broadcaster with more than 30 years experience in the Chicago market.
  • Amanda Gass has been reporting news, traffic and weather for years. She hails from Northwest Indiana and has worked as an on-air broadcaster for WLJE, WXRD, WZVN, WAKE, and WLPR. She takes pride in providing the most up-to-date information.
  • Julia Gray is a former Hollywood film editor turned journalist. She’s written for Time Out Chicago, Gaper’s Block, and The Beachwood Reporter.
  • John Gregory is a 2011 graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s radio program. A familiar presence as a reporter in Blackhawks, White Sox and Bears locker rooms, he’s thrilled to be ushering in a new kind of sports reporting at Rivet Radio.
  • Geneen Harston is a multimedia professional with experience in management, television and radio production, writing, editing and content management. She’s a veteran of FM News Chicago, Oprah Radio and WVON-AM. She’s a Chicago native and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Katie Kather is a reporter and producer who has worked at WBEZ-FM. She has a master’s degree in public affairs journalism from Columbia College Chicago.
  • Bob Kessler has been a news anchor and producer at WGN-AM and executive producer of “The Ramsey Lewis Morning Show” on WNUA-FM. He’s also an accomplished harmonica player.
  • Margaret Larkin has worked in radio as a producer, editor and voice talent. She’s the creator and host of the Radiogirl podcast.
  • Rob LaFrentz has spent the last 15 years as a leader in online and on-air news for several organizations, including Clear Channel and Tribune Company. More recently he was evening national anchor at FM News. He’s a graduate of Columbia College and also freelances as a writer, editor and photographer.
  • Christopher Michael is an award-winning veteran of legendary Chicago radio stations, including WGN, WMAQ, WJJD and WIND. He’s a frequent contributor to radio features heard on stations around the country: “The 60 Second Checkup,” “Rural Health Today” and “A Minute for Kids” from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Alison Moran has covered many of Chicago’s most historic moments, including the Bulls and Blackhawks’ championship runs, the Democratic National Convention, Princess Diana’s visit to Chicago and the NHL and MLB All-Star Games. She celebrates women’s athletic accomplishments in her ChicagoNow blog, “Token Female.”
  • Paul Muth is a 30-year veteran of local news media, online and in radio. He spent 16 years at Tribune Co. as an editor for the company’s interactive division. Before that, he served at a series of Chicago-area radio stations, including WIND-AM, all-news WMAQ-AM and news-talk WLS-AM.
  • Chris Mezyk is a producer, writer and record collector. He’s worked for FM News Chicago and WLS-AM. He’s a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and Maine East High School, Park Ridge.
  • Jennifer O’Neill has reported for WLS-AM and FM, FM News Chicago and WBBM-AM in Chicago. She’s also been a Web editor and teacher.
  • Charlie Schumacher has covered national stories at CNN; and local news at WGN-TV, where he was assistant news director, and Comcast SportsNet, where he was senior news director. He loves tennis and long motorcycle trips.
  • James VanOsdol is a 20-year veteran of Chicago media, including WKQX-FM, WZZN-FM and WXRT-FM. He’s also an author, podcaster, digital evangelist and music lover.

About HearHere Radio

HearHere Radio is an angel-stage venture providing Internet radio services. It’s funded by its founder, friends and strategic investors and led by a team experienced in pioneering “what’s next.” HearHere Radio’s core product is “Rivet News Radio,” an Internet radio news application and platform delivering personalized local, national and world news. The Rivet News Radio app is currently available for the iPhone. For more information: