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Riding the (Air) Waves

Eleanor Schano

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ISBN 10: 0978583701 / ISBN 13: 9780978583705
Published by Eleanor Schano, 2008
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Title: Riding the (Air) Waves

Publisher: Eleanor Schano

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Like New

Signed: ISigned

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Long before the Katie Courics and Diane Sawyers of the world . . . when television was new and stereotypes about gender roles were old . . . one woman dared to take on the media s male hierarchy and carve out the career of her dreams. Riding the Air Waves: The Life and Televised Times of Eleanor Schano is a chronicle of one reporter s fifty-year odyssey through the world of broadcasting and her groundbreaking accomplishments earned even as she suffered agonizing personal tragedies. Literally growing up in the public eye, Schano challenged traditional female roles in an era when women were expected to sit down and be pretty, not stand up and speak out and she carved the template for reporters who bring both professionalism and compassion to the hard news they report. Part history book, part personal memoir with a generous helping of celebrity encounters, hilarious anecdotes, and everyday wisdoms learned as a single mother working outside the home Schano s story is filled with courage, humor, and inspiration, and will speak to all readers about the power in each of us to make a difference.

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Broadcast pioneer, public speaker, and activist Eleanor Schano has penned a fascinating book full of history personal history as well as television history. In Riding the [Air]Waves: Five Decades in the Public Eye . . . and counting, Ms. Schano recounts her path appearing on television fifty-two weeks a year for the past fifty-two years. Riding the [Air]Waves: Five Decades in the Public Eye . . . and counting offers glimpses of history, celebrity encounters, hilarious anecdotes, personal philosophies, and captivating photographs, representing over half-a-century lived in the public eye. Ms. Schano claims many firsts in television including being the first female commercial announcer, first TV weathergirl, first general assignment female news reporter and one of the first women in the country ever to become the solo anchor of a major market prime-time TV news show. Her pioneering role is now a model for women working in more than 2,000 local television stations in the 500+ markets across the United States. It also is a story that will resonate with every woman who ever struggled to balance work with the demands of everyday life, because Ms. Schano s on-camera roles frequently intersected with other roles in her life . . . as wife, widow, single mother, a woman who grieved for a lost child, cared for aging parents, interviewed scores of celebrities then rushed home to host her daughters Girl Scout troop. It s tough to grow up on television, says Ms. Schano, who started her broadcasting career when she was still a teenager. It s even tougher to grow older on TV! Confronting gender bias long before the Women s Movement was a popular topic, and negative stereotypes about aging that continue to prevail in our youth-obsessed society, Riding the [Air]Waves: Five Decades in the Public Eye . . .and counting is a testament to perseverance and determination, earning Ms. Schano the reputation as a true icon in the broadcast industry, and an inspiration to anyone who has ever wondered if it s possible to have it all. Eleanor Schano continues to appear regularly as the host of LifeQuest, a TV magazine/talk program offering health, financial and lifestyle news for senior adults. LifeQuest (formerly titled AgeWise) is now in its 16th season airing on Pittsburgh, PA, station WQED/WQEX TV. She is a strong advocate for health and fitness issues; a role model for senior adults managing the demands of aging; and a public speaker in high demand. She currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, prominent Pittsburgh attorney and former Common Pleas Judge, John Feeney. Their family includes six children and sixteen grandchildren.

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