BONNIE KOURVELAS — HOST AND SEGMENT PRODUCER

Host and segment producer of Southern Routes, Bonnie is best-known to WKNO audiences for her popular and award-winning documentaries for the Memphis Memoirs series: Beyond the Parkways, At the Movies, Lost Memphis and When TV Came to Town. She is a Senior Communications Specialist at FedEx, as well as a professional actor, represented by the Lisa Lax Agency. Bonnie has appeared in several independent films as well as on stage at Theatre Memphis, Playwrights Forum and Germantown Community Theatre.

 

   

LARRY R. DUNN — SEGMENT PRODUCER

Larry R. Dunn is the founder of SELKEND Media, a creative content company dedicated to producing quality entertainment and informational programming for television and motion pictures, as well as emerging media outlets.

Over the past twenty-five years Dunn's clients have included ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MTV, KQED,WNET, WKNO, PBS, Four Point Entertainment, ADAM SMITH'S MONEY WORLD; Cosgrove/Meurer, Inside Edition, Disney, J Walter Thompson, BBD&O, Proctor and Gamble, Intecom, Wang, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, FedEx, Cargill, The National Cotton Council, Lehigh University, University of Memphis, and Princeton University.

   

PIERRE KIMSEY — SEGMENT PRODUCER

Pierre Kimsey began his career in Broadcasting in 1972. One of his first experiences as a radio reporter was being tear-gassed at the '72 Republican convention. During that period he also covered the Presidential campaign and did a brief stint covering George McGovern's bid for The White House. Aside from his work in radio, he also spent time living and working in Paris where he dubbed Foreign films into English. In 1979 he made the move to television where he covered News and Features for over 2 decades. His career took him to West Palm Beach, Charlotte and Detroit. He's interviewed such personalities as Bob Hope, Steven Spielberg, Richard Pryor, Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner. He has also worked on various Documentary projects over the years including Oscar 97; Beyond the Screen, Riders on The Storm and Os Confederados, the story of Civil War veterans who settled in Brazil. His work has been seen on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and his stories were a regular feature on CMT's Country Crossroads. He has also received many awards including Addys, Tellys, and 2 Communicator Awards as well as 4 Emmy awards.

 

   

JOE LARKINS -- SEGMENT PRODUCER

Joe Larkins is the founder and owner of Lead Dog Video, a production company in Memphis.  Joe spent 25 years in television news in a variety of roles, ranging from videographer and producer to reporter and anchor.  Joe left WREG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Memphis after 16 years where he anchored the top-rated News Channel 3 Daybreak, News Channel 3 at Noon and co-hosted News Channel 3 Outdoors, the only locally produced outdoor program in the MidSouth.  Joe’s first love has been telling stories with video and when he’s not helping create videos for promotional and training use for clients, he likes to find the unusual stories here in the MidSouth and spread the word.  Joe is an instrument-rated private pilot and loves just about anything related to flying as much as he does the great outdoors. You can reach Joe at joelarkins1@yahoo.com.

 

   

VANCE LAUDERDALE

Though he is claims to be a descendant of one of our city’s oldest and wealthiest families, Vance Lauderdale’s origins are, unfortunately obscure. The asylum records were lost during the fire, and his parents — who abandoned him as a teenager — later told attorneys while they were being sentenced for various crimes that they, in fact, never had a child. But we do know that young Vance spent his formative years roaming the musty hallways of the Lauderdale Mansion, poring over old maps and deeds and telephone books, acquiring a knowledge of Memphis that is without parallel. Sometime in the early 1990s, he was approached by the publishers of The Memphis Flyer to answer questions about local history and trivia that had been submitted by readers, and that column proved so popular that it was moved to Memphis magazine in 1999.Vance’s efforts have been rewarded with numerous honors, including several first-place Green Eyeshade Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a Best Book Award from the Shelby County Historical Society, and even a finalist nomination for Best Blog from the City and Regional Magazine Association, in addition to numerous bowling and roller-skating trophies. When he is not working on “Ask Vance,” he spends his time sleeping, dozing, and napping.He researches and writes each monthly "Ask Vance" segment on Southern Routes.
   
   

 

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