One of radio’s most recognized female voices has launched a new conversation and music series at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City. The series is called Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation with Valerie Smaldone. Tommy James of 60s rock group Tommy James and the Shondells was her first guest. Smaldone had a long run in New York radio on WLTW and WOR, and is still a signature voice on 1010 WINS.
Smaldone interviewed James about his book, The Mob and the Music, and his days with Roulette records, dominated by a brutal mobster. The book is in process of being made into a film. Tommy and guitarist Jonathn Ashe played acoustic guitar and sang several of his hits to a packed theatre. On June 28, Carmine Appice, of Vanilla Fudge, will be Valerie’s guest and perform drum solos. For more information about the new series GO HERE.