Joanna Yvorchuk, the lovely 2006 Beauties of America 50’s, was interviewed by Tim Kretschmann recently. We will have her on the PageantCast soon!
This past week, Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson has been in the Virginia and Washington, DC areas promoting her personal platform of Internet Safety, MAO’s national platform, Children’s Miracle Network, and participating in numerous patriotic events.
Last Thursday, Lauren received in-depth training at the Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Center and received the key to the city of Bedford. She was also sworn in as an Honorary Deputy Sheriff – an honor also held by NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal.
On Monday, Lauren had the honor of participating in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Tuesday night was the USO’s Annual Awards dinner that honors outstanding individuals for their commitment to public service and volunteerism. Lauren sang the National Anthem and met First Lady Laura Bush, country star Trace Adkins, and ‘America’s Beloved Tenor’ Daniel Rodriguez.
For more information on Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson
and her appearances, please visit
Miss USA Rachel Smith received one of the most coveted crowns in the country Friday night. Smith, a Belmont University graduate from Clarksville, made her parents very proud, but they said she won’t let fame go to her head.
From the comforts of their rural, Montgomery County home, and just back from a whirlwind trip to Tinseltown, Beverly and Rodney Smith offered a glimpse inside their daughter.
* On Friday, “Miss USA 2007” delivered the night’s biggest audiences among women 18-49 and 18-34 and was the #1 non-sports telecast in its time period in adults 18-49 and total viewers. “Miss USA” grew by 30 percent in 18-49 rating and by 28 percent in overall viewers from its first to its final half-hour. NBC won Friday night among women 18-49 and 18-34.
|Miss America Lauren Nelson shows off her new honor as an honorary deputy sheriff with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.|
Seven years ago Lauren Nelson found herself almost the victim of an online predator. Now, the 20-year-old Miss America is helping children, teens and parents learn how to avoid similar situations.
Her experience came during a sleep-over with several friends, all in their early teens. While on the Internet they interacted with a man who approached them online. “We gave him information (about ourselves) not knowing how dangerous it would be,” she explained this week during a visit to Bedford. The man later approached one of her friends.
Now she uses her platform as Miss America to help others learn the truth about the dangers of the Internet.
“There are tips that I give to kids, there are tips that I give to parents,” she said this week. “Kids, don’t talk to strangers, don’t share personal information and involve an adult if you feel uncomfortable.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Miss Missouri, Amber Seyer of Oran, kneels by the box of the kittens her cat gave birth to while she was competing for the Miss USA title.
(Diane L. Wilson)
[Click to enlarge]
ORAN, Mo. — A week before the biggest night of her life, Miss Missouri Amber Seyer of Oran said she got a sign that it wasn’t her time to be crowned.
As a devout Catholic, she reads from a prayer book every day during Lent. While preparing for the Miss USA pageant in Los Angeles last week, she couldn’t resist flipping ahead in the book to see what the prayer was for March 23, the day of the pageant.
The 20-year-old aspiring beauty queen didn’t need to read between the lines to understand the prayer’s message that day.
“Lord, I need you today, things aren’t going as planned. But I know that you will continue to fulfill my purpose in life,” read the prayer.
Seyer took the bad news in stride, saying she felt blessed just to be part of the event.
Miss America may be crowned on cable these days, but her beauty-pageant counterpart, Miss USA, is staying on network TV.
NBC and the Miss Universe Organization — which is controlled by Donald Trump — have agreed to a three-year extension of their current contract, which ends this year. Both pageants will remain on the network through 2010.
“Under the auspices of Donald Trump, NBC and the Miss Universe Organization, there has been renewed interest in these series of beauty pageants, especially among a new generation of younger viewers,” NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says. “NBC is proud to maintain this unique American cultural tradition as a viable series of competitive programming specials that continue to be a popular source of family entertainment.”
He’s not the biggest name in Milwaukee radio, but Tim Kretschmann has had a loyal following for 17 years as the host of one of a dwindling number of radio shows targeting European immigrants and their descendants.
Now, his “Stimmung Stunde” German music program is signing off for the last time after the 10 a.m. show Saturday on WJYI-AM (1340).
It’s a sign of changing radio times, with one German music show remaining on WJYI – the half-century-old “Continental Showcase” at 1 p.m. Saturdays.
There’s also Hartford’s WTKM-FM (104.9), which airs 15 minutes of German music at 4:15 p.m. daily, and the “Hallo Deutschland” program at 10 p.m. Sundays.
But the assimilation of Americans whose family roots reach to European countries has cut into the audience for such programs. That’s made it difficult for ethnic broadcasters, like Kretschmann, to support their passion for radio.
This is the local radio show I’ve done for the past 17 years. We received a nice article in Milwaukee’s largest newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.