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TAD BONVIE is a music and radio industry veteran since the turn of Disco.  He grew up in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, and is a graduate of Roslindale High School, Class of 1975 where he was also elected president of his graduating class.  Tad was also active in local grassroots activities.  He started his career as a radio, nightclub and wedding DJ and is proud be be included as an inductee into the Legends of Vinyl Hall of Fame, which recognizes the contributions of original disco DJs, placing their names in the National Library of Congress.  As an independent record promoter Tad broke new music on radio and in nightclubs with chart topping artists such as Chic, Grace Jones, Rod Stewart, Dan Hartman, Odyssey, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Three Degrees, Cheryl Lynn, and many more. He was also executive producer for the National Dance Music Awards and served as director at the Boston Record Pool, one of the nation's first music sources providing directly to the DJ/club industry. He collaborated with the late radio legend Sunny Joe White and entrepreneur Richie Balsbaugh at then a "Disco" radio station called Kiss 108-fm. As producer of New England Star Search and the World Karaoke Championship, he sent more than a dozen local talents on to compete for the world title!  At CBS and Infinity radio group Tad served as Music Director, On-Air Personality and Saturday Night Party Mix DJ/host.  But the one thing Tad always especially enjoys is DJ’ing for crowded dance floors from New England to South Florida, providing music for many a happy occasion.



MATIA KARRELL has a long and extensive career in film and television. As a director, producer and writer, she was nominated for an academy award and a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival for her short film, Cadillac Dreams. She directed and produced her first feature length film, “Behind the Red Door,” starring Kiefer Sutherland and Kyra Sedgewick and took first prize for Best Feature Film Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.  Ms. Karrell's television credits include The West Wing, Army Wives, The Wonder YearsDoogie Howser, M.D.ParenthoodSweet Valley High and American Heiress.  She was also Spike Lee’s Production Manager in his film School Daze (1988).  She has received prestigious fellowships including the Research Fulbright in Paris, John Wells Directing Fellowship, American Film Institute (AFI) Women Director's Fellowship, and the Disney-ABC Directing Fellowship. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Women in Film and Television International, American Film Institute.  Ms. Karrell is a professor in the Graduate Directing Film Program at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA and is the owner of The Red Door Films based in Los Angeles.  To learn more about Ms. Karrell and her new project please go to:



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JIM SMITH is an award winning reporter who joined WBZ-TV in May of 2007. Since coming to WBZ, Smith has covered every variety of news story throughout the region. Smith was part of the WBZ-TV news team who received a 2014 Columbia DuPont Award and a 2013 Peabody Award as part of their coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings.Born and raised in Boston, Smith graduated from Roslindale High School, Class of 1975.  He has worked in broadcast journalism for more than 30 years. Prior to joining WBZ, he worked as a reporter at WLVI-TV in Boston for 16 years. Before that, his career took him to Washington DC, where he was a correspondent for Cox Broadcasting’s Washington Bureau. Smith’s assignments at the Bureau included Capitol Hill, The White House, The State Department, and Pentagon. Prior to coming to Washington, Smith was a reporter at WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida. Assignments there involved National Political Coverage, NASA space missions, and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska. He began his TV reporting career at WCSH in Portland Maine, where he also anchored and was honored with the Maine Broadcasters AP Award.  Also, Smith worked as a contributing reporter for WBZ News Radio 1030, where he was honored with an Edward R. Murrow award for a series he produced and reported on Youth Sports. He also spent five years working as a television news producer in Boston, first at WHDH-TV and then at WCVB-TV. Smith is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication. He is an avid sports fan, and has also completed 11 marathons including 9 Boston Marathons. Jim lives with his wife and two children in the Greater Boston area.


BILLY WEST was born in Detroit, MI on April 16, 1952.  His family moved shortly after to Roslindale where he was raised.  West began his career working for radio station WBCN on the morning show called, “The Big Mattress,” where he provided character voices with popular DJ, Charles Laquidara. He also provided character voices for the Howard Stern Show.  He left radio in mid 90s to work in commercial television, music, online and films and was the voice talent for cartoons such as The Ren and Stimpy Show, Futurama, Space Jam and Tom and Jerry.  Billy West has an amazing talent as a voice actor, musician, singer and songwriter and still enjoys this very interesting career today.

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