She’s a five-time Billboard Magazine Award winner known for her unprecedented success holding the No.1 on-air position in the New York radio market.
As a media personality, Smaldone has handled many prestigious events, including the Clinton Global Initiative, New York Emmy Awards, and GLAAD Media Awards. Her nationally syndicated programs have featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists, such as Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, and Mariah Carey.
Most recently, Smaldone launched an Internet radio show, Valerie’s New York (weekdays, 6-7 pm), where she dishes about food, theater, and other lifestyle topics.
While her professional responsibilities — which include writing a book on her transition from traditional to new media — are more than enough to fill anyone’s day, Smaldone still makes time to help the causes important to her.
“We are all part of a community, and volunteering time or money or resources is always a wonderful way to make a difference in the world,” she says. — MIMI SPILLANE
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