Expert Guests

Al Herskovitz grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut – the son of hard working Jewish Hungarian immigrants. He’s a veteran of the United States Army where he served in Korea during the war. He’s also a “veteran” broadcaster who’s worked for some of nation’s leading radio companies as a manager, newsman, programmer and announcer. His colorful career, spanning almost seven decades and key positions at great radio stations across the country, brought him into contact with some of the world’s most colorful individuals in politics, show business, sports and business. In his new book The Tall Skinny Jewish Kid from Bridgeport: A Radio Guy’s Chance Encounters with the Colorful and Famous (Talkers Books, 2018), he vividly recalls the fascinating characters with whom he crossed paths as a child of immigrants, a young man in the army, and then as a highly respected broadcaster at some of the nation’s leading radio stations. These include show business celebrities, sports stars, politicians, several mysterious international figures (including a spy or two), and even a few mobsters! Today, well into his eighties, Herskovitz is still active in the communications field where he serves as senior marketing director for the talk media trade publication, TALKERS. He lives in Bradenton, Florida and is an active member of the Sarasota-based Media Round Table. To book an interview with Al Herskovitz, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

Bernadette Duncan is author of the positively-received book about talk radio titled, YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016).  For 26 years, Duncan worked in the trenches of big-time talk radio during its most dramatic decades (1983-2009) – set against the backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities when in one fateful day, talk radio went from its post O.J. Simpson default of covering celebrity murder mysteries (Gary Condit, Jon-Benet Ramsey, etc.) to an obsession with the reality and ongoing threat of civilian mass murder at the hands of terrorists.  She worked for some of the biggest names in the business during their glory days – Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more.  This veteran talk show producer and wife of TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison chronicles her career in the business in a candid manner and makes a compelling case on behalf of the importance of the position of radio producer – which she describes as being “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.”  Producers and hosts interested in booking Bernadette Duncan on their shows can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.