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leadership

mel adler

President

Jennifer Phelps

Chief Content officer

Gene Sicard

Chief Production Officer

Marc Montoya

Chief REVENUE ADVISOR

editorial

diana barcelata

senior writer - latam

Maia Robbins

Junior Writer

Julia Laughlin

Junior Writer

dominique kendus

Entertainment Editor

Juan Requena

Writer/Talent

carter hahn

ap writer

mattia spitale

Inernational writer

Grace Powers

Writer/Talent

Cole Nix

writer/talent

Andres Fabris

Writer/Communications

Teresa Bigioli

Inernational writer

Hailey Freedman

Writer/Talent

Mariel So

Copywriter

Kristine Rivera

Copywriter

Josie Migdal

Jr. Writer

Patrick Leu

Jr. Writer

content

kelsey perry

Tracks EDITOR

Grace McGONAGLE

music Coordinator

Calla Buel

Onstage™ EDITOR

karina marchenko

MUSIC COORDINATOR

marketing

KAITLYN GORDON

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Luis Perez

Instagram Reels

Grace McGONAGLE

INSTAGRAM Lead

Dana Caslavka

TikTok Creator

Niki Wehner

Graphics Design

Erica Stroman

TikTok

Julia Welsh

Graphic Design

Marina Sambel

TikTok

production

Matthew Varga

Video Editor

lauren macDonald

Senior editor

KEVIN FERNANDEZ

Senior editor

TED UTZ

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. LIVESTREAMS

Juan Requena

Script Supervisor

Gerard Blandina

video editor
Eminem

Elijah Norman

audio editor

Rodrigo Salume

audio editor

Susan Saddler

Jr. Video Editor

Ashley Ogando

Jr. video editor

Michael Singleton

Jr. Video Editor

Marisol Suarez

Talent

Mariel So

Copywriter

diana barcelata

Talent

Kristine Rivera

Copywriter

Luis Perez

Segment Producer

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Joseph Anastasi

Partnerships

Patricia Gust

Partnerships

team

Our Experts

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mel adler

president

JOSEPH ANASTASI

Partnership Activation

ADAM SCHORR

Partnership Activation

TED UTZ

Executive Director, Long-Form Content

GENE SICARD

Executive Producer

JENNIFER PHELPS

Production Manager/Operations

NANCY PALADINO

Creative Director

support

consultants

TRECTER ENT.

Licensing

JENSEN COMM.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

NAZAR VOITKO

Web services

JOCK MCCLEAN

PROGRAMMING & ARTIST RELATIONS

GARY KRANTZ

AUDIO PLATFORMS

DAVID KOBER

LEGAL EAGLE

DAN SCHERER

digital platforms

mel adler

president

Mel is an accomplished media entertainment executive with over twenty five years experience in multimedia sales, management, production and distribution for both large scale companies as well as start up environments.

A strong hands-on professional, he has developed and activated marketing programs for many fortune 500 brands including Microsoft, Mercedes, L’Oreal, Hennessy, Citi, and Kraft while at companies like CBS Interactive Music, Clear Channel Interactive, National Lampoon, Tribune and iHeart Radio.

An early adopter of cross-platform and branded integrations, Mel has also executive produced programs for broadcast television and streaming web including South Side Johnny Live (NYE Special), ‘Cool Notes’ Jazz, Segway Music Countdown, and iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball.

“The Dark Side of the Moon cover intrigued me when I  bought it in April 1973.  I was 19 at the time and Pink Floyd was becoming a mainstream success with a growing fan base, myself included.  The mind-blowing music coupled with lyrics exploring themes of alienation, loss, and materialism struck a personal note which echoes within me to this day.”   MA

 

JENNIFER PHELPS

Production Manager/Operations
Jennifer is a persuasive and passionate executive with an extensive career in Music, Film, Television and Advertising. She has worked with many award winning icons in the entertainment world in developing strategies, executing plans and analyzing results. Skilled in contract negotiation, strategic brand building, budgeting and strengthening relationships with power brokers, artists and management, she is also adept at Project Management and identifying strategic partnerships.

GENE SICARD

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION

Gene’s experience brings an eclectic musical and production background to AWE. He trained as a classical musician and singer at the Manhattan School of Music, sang baritone with the New York City Opera, and later became a producer, composer and arranger for Atlantic Records.

Beginning in 1985, Gene owned and operated several production houses catering to major advertising and corporate clients. His musical training and experience has provided him with a finely tuned ear and great directorial expertise, which is reflected in his craftsmanship. Gene has a recognized style featuring strong creativity, high energy, and an emphasis on intricate production techniques.

MARC MONTOYA

chief REVENUE advisor

With over three decades in the competitive, continually evolving world of digital media, Marc has held executive positions at such prominent media companies as Nexstar Media Group Match.com, AOL, Yahoo!, Broadcast.com and Belo Broadcasting. Marc’s ability to anticipate trends and innovate has enabled him to develop and transform businesses through the power of digital and traditional broadcast video

Diana Barcelata

Senior Blogger

Diana is a senior writer at Music daily! She is from Vera Cruz Mexico and she graduated in May 2020 from North Central College with a double Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications & Organizational Communications and will be attending Northeastern Illinois University for my Master’s starting this Fall!

Diana’s favorite album is Happiness Begins by the Jonas Brothers. By the way… her favorite group is the Jonas Brothers as well!

“It was the Jonas Brothers’ first album in 10 years and it marked their reunion! Plus, every song is very meaningful as it brings back memories from my childhood and with loved ones.”

marisol suarez

talent

Marisol is a freshman at UC Berkeley studying chemistry. She loves all things makeup, science, and music, and is so excited to be part of the Music Daily team

Marisol’s favorite album is Double Dare by Waterparks.

“This was the first album I listened to by Waterparks, who have been my favorite band for around 5 years! The mix of alternative rock and pop throughout the album is what drew me to the band. Overall, I just get so much nostalgia when listening to it and it brings back a lot of good memories.”

Maia Robbins

Writer
Maia is a one of Music Daily’s  more prolific writers.  Maia  joins us from Stetson University where she’s a Digital Arts major with a Creative Writing minor.  Maia likes to spend her time reading, writing, playing pool, and bingeing tv shows. She loves photography and videography, and hopes to one day work in the film industry.  She also adores cats, could live off of just rice and noodles, and currently owns 41 decks of cards!
 
“Kelly Clarkson was probably the first artist whose music I fell in love with and have since followed through the years. I remember singing along to “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” and all the other songs on her album ‘Breakaway.’ As an incredibly nostalgic person, that album will always mean a lot to me.”
 

Juan Requena

Production Writer

Juan is the video production writer  for Music Daily and also contributes articles for our site! Juan attends Miami Dade College and has been writing creatively for 6 Years. 

His favorite album is “In Sickness & In Flames” by The Front Bottoms. 

“It’s a folk rock album, I adore this album because it holds some of my favorite lyrics in music, both from an introspective and a love standpoint. It’s important to me because of the connection I have with it and my girlfriend, who I plan to marry.”
 

Julia Laughlin

Writer

Julia graduated from the University of Massachusetts in May of 2021 with a degree in communication.i

She loves to write, create, outdoors, music, and animals.

Julia became a corporate trainer at Boston Direct after graduation and built her own team She  coached, motivated and pushed them to succeed and reach their goals.

“I currently write for Music Daily  about music news, new songs, and album releases.   My favorite artists include Billie Eilish, One Direction, Olivia Rodrigo and the Weeknd.”

“My favorite album is Whack World by Tierra Whack because of how versatile and different it was. I strive to make music that sounds like nothing that is out right now and be extremely creative with it.”

Dominique kenus

Junior Writer

Dominique is a Junior Writer at Music Daily. She is a Senior at University of Delaware with a major in English and a minor in Legal Studies! Dominique loves writing creatively, playing video games, and will be attending law school next year. 

Some of Dominique’s favorite artists include Justin Bieber, Juice Wrld, The 1975, Bleachers and her favorite album is A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – the 1975.

“I chose An Inquiry Into Online Relationships because I’ve been a long-time fan of The 1975 and it’s an album that got me through my first experience with grief and hardship. I always come back to it when I need comfort and I think that’s something incredibly special for any album.”

Kristine rivera

copywriter

Kristine attends the University of California, Irvine majoring in Social Ecology with a minor in Literary Journalism.

She likes: anime, fashion, reading and playing bass guitar. Her hobbies include reading, art, thrifting + vintage shopping.

Kristine’s favorite album is Collide With The Sky by Pierce The Veil.

“It’s my favorite because it has stuck with me the longest (since the 7th grade… I’m a senior in college now) and I have never once gotten tired of it. It also means a lot to me, and helped me a lot emotionally as a troubled teenager :,)”

 

Carter Hahn

Ap writer

Carter is an AP Writer for Music Daily.  He is going to be a Junior at University of Dayton and is majoring in Communication with a  concentration in journalism and minor in English.

Carter’s favorite artists includeI Prevail, Breaking Benjamin, Cole Swindell, Skillet, Asking Alexandria, 2Scratch. Although he listens to quite literally every genre in music, his favorite is anything that is relatable and has important topics! His favorite album is Lifelines by I Prevail 
 
“Lifelines” by I Prevail is my favorite because it’s got everything I love in an album. It’s got some motivational tracks as well as some ballads, but most importantly the album is relatable. Generally, the songs are about experiencing and overcoming hardship. Seeing as how life can be full of hardship, this album makes it a little easier on listeners by letting them know that they’re not alone. It’s the little things like that that make the album amazing!”

Mattia Spitale

international writer

Mattia is our international writer! He writes about music in Europe that is a different mix to the music we listen to here! He attends the University of Turin and studies the Science of Communication

His favorite artists are Vasco Rossi, Khalid, Rkomi, The Weeknd, Tedua. His favorite album is “The Joshua Tree” – U2.
 
“I grew up with half italian and half international music. My father, since I was a kid, used to make me listen to this album and for me was immediately love. Some singles contained in this project, like “With or Without You” and “Where the Streets Have No Name”, every time take me back to special moments and memories of my childhood. I have friends and things that only the music of “The Joshua Tree” can make me remember.”
 

Grace Powers

Junior Writer, Vlogger

Grace is a junior writer and on-camera talent at Music Daily.  She attends Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and majors in Electronic Media and Broadcasting with a minor in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology.

“Lost in the Dream by the War on Drugs is my favorite album and has been since I was 15 years old. The way they blend their heartland Americana style with a psychedelic flare instills a visceral emotional response. The way their songs build up to such a cathartic crescendo made this album an instant favorite of mine.”

Cole Nix

Junior Writer

Cole is a Junior Writer at Music Daily. He is a Senior at University of Cincinnati  with a major in Communications. 

“The first time I listened to Art Angels all the way through it was like I had never heard music made like that. Grimes’ mix of ethereal, pop, and hip hop sounds created a new lens for how I saw music. The mixing and production on the album was so meticulous, detailed, and thought out. I was just blown away at how she created a piece of art that was so multidimensional that I could listen to and feel.”

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Andres Fabris

Junior Writer

Andres is a Junior Writer at Music Daily.  He is a Senior at the University of Delaware with a double major of English and Public Relations and a minor in Italian.

“Thematically, Daydream is the most emotionally crushing album I’ve heard. Upon the first track, perhaps the listener is unaware that they too are daydreaming with Mariah, many fantasies of romance and starry nights. However, by the end of the album, the visions of love are gone, and we see an isolating reality for Mariah, even if she is a superstar diva. Perhaps, these daydreams were her survival, and, if true or not, it feels like looking into her diary– personal, precious, and a moment in time.”

Teresa Bigioli

Inernational Wrier

Teresa’s is our International Writer for Music Daily. She  attends University of Southern California and studies Journalism.

Some of Teresa’s favorite artists include David Bowie, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, 5SOS, FKA Twigs, DIY Valentine, Selena, Lesley Gore, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Nirvana. Her favorite album is Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz by Miley Cyrus.

“I first discovered Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz during a hard emotional time in my life, and through this album, I was able to resonate and connect to the songs and feel understood and heard. It holds a special place in my music heart for being the soundtrack of my emotions during that period of my life”

hailey Freedman

JUNIOR WRITER

Hailey is a Junior Writer at Music Daily.  She’s a rising senior at Emerson College in Boston with an Interdisciplinary Studies: Humanities through Arts and Culture. 

“My favorite album is the masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. With the emotional rollercoaster of an album, it is no wonder it is so popular. My heart is drawn to every song as the band takes you on the journey of their love and thoughts for their friend and past bandmate Syd Barrett and how we only have this life. So breath in the air and remember there is no reason to be frighted of death, we are all sometimes on the dark side of the moon.”

Mariel So

Copywriter

josie migdal

Jr. Writer

Josie holds a AA degree in hospitality and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in entertainment management. She has experience in night life, theme parks, and events… perfect fit for Music Daily OnStage™!

In Josie’s free time, she likes to attend as many live events as she  can; usually going to a few per month. She also enjoys going to Universal Studios and hiking on her free days. “My life goal is to work within the music industry. I specifically want to work in the production of live events such as concerts and festivals.”

“My favorite album currently is Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish. I have watched her grow from 150K followers on Instagram to her 100+ million she now has. Watching her bloom into the beatiful, successful young lady she is now has been such a crazy experience. This album is my favorite because you can really see the growth in not only her music, but in her as a person. She has always been known for her sad music and attitude. This album highlights her emotional growth to her finding true happiness in her life.”

Patrick Leu

Jr. Writer

Patrick is a junior writer at Music Daily.He likes to read, creatively write, play jazz+classical trumpet, play piano, and play Garageband!

“My favorite album right now is the UNDERTALE Soundtrack because it by far has the strongest OST from a video game ever. Also all the songs are bops.”

kelsey perry

coordinator
Kelsey is a Coordinator on the content team at Music Daily.  She is a student at Ball State University studying Advertising. She also loves to thrift, loves fashion, and making playlists! Also a huge cat person.
 
Her favorite artists include Samia, The Wrecks, Taylor Swift, Clairo, Lorde and her favorite album is The Baby by Samia!
 
“Samia’s lyrics are beautiful, unique, and so relatable for a young adult female listener. ‘The Baby’ is raw, original, and honest and perfectly expresses the emotions and angst that come with young adulthood as a woman. Her tracks are different and strong enough that they are all able to stand and be appreciated alone, but the album is also able to come together as a perfect cohesive unit. I’ve been listening to this album consistently for over a year now and it hasn’t aged one bit!”
 

Niki Wehner

Graphics

Niki comes to us from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona where she a rising junior majoring in Graphic Design in Advertising.  Niki is also involved in the school’s AMA club as the head designer for their marketing campaigns.

 

“In 2017, Tauren Wells dropped “Hills and Valleys” as a multi-track single and was nominated in the 2018 Grammys for the best contemporary Christian music performance song.

Unlike many other worship artists, Tauren takes a modern-contemporary pop art style in his music, while still implementing the gospel. He is a big part of modernizing Christian music in my life, which is a difficult thing to find today.

When it comes to this particular album, Tauren includes 15 songs,
and the most popular song “Known” has over 60 million streams on Spotify as of 2022.

This album makes me feel spiritually enlightened and never fails to boost my mood when I am dealing with daily anxiety and stressors of life. Tauren reminds me in his album that no matter what chapter of life I am in, whether a hill or a valley, I can always trust in God to be there for me.”

Ashley Rosario Ogando

Jr. Editor

Ashley is studying Film & Production at Hofstra University and is not only a junior editor at Music Daily, she is also an aspiring animator! 

She LOVES cartoons, drawing, creative writing, playing video games and want to one day make a Cartoon Feature.

Ashley’s favorite album is Stormcrow by  Cain’s Offering.

“I love power metal and I feel that the range the band brings to this album is phenomenal. The usage of fast pace drums and guitars to the slow piano and choir was beautiful.”

Kaitlyn Gordon

Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlyn is the Coordinator of all Social Media and YouTube Channels within  the Marketing Team for Music Daily. She attends Arkansas State Online University for Strategic Communications with a certificate in Social Media Management.

“I fall in love with music most often for 2 reasons: 1) the beauty or unique sound of it & its artists’ voice and 2) the captivating story it traps me in while i listen or sing along. evermore does that and so much more that it sent me back to that teen fan-girl kind of love for Taylor Swift, and i think we all know that she’s still capitalizing on that from all of us that were in the fandom way back.”

gerard blandina

video editor

Gerard is a Film & Television graduate of Rider University.  He loves watching Godzilla movies, collecting fluorescent minerals hopes to expand upon his skills and craft as a filmmaker; on his way to becoming a professional video editor and camera operator.

“My favorite album is New Traditionalists by Devo. I love listening and watching the videos to this album because it subverted fan expectations and critics by displaying Devo’s message but with a darker and jaded cynicism, plus everyone wanted an album like Freedom of Choice, and to have another “Whip It.”

Grace McGonagle

Music Coordinator/IG

Grace does double duty at Music Daily! She heads up our Instagram team and also coordinates with our Content team on music curation. 

Grace is a Public Relations major at Suffolk University in Massachusetts.

“My music taste is constantly changing I love everything from country to rap. All depends on the day!”

 

Dana Caslavka

TikTok Creator

Dana is a TikTok creator for @musicdailynow and attends Middle Tennessee State University majoring in  Public Relations with a Recording Industry concentration.

She likes: music, movies, cats, chilling but dislikes: being cold, being hot, any feelings of discomfort,

Dana’s hobbies are TikTok, reading, concerts, Passions: Niall Horan, boybands, the music industry,

Her life goal are to be the social media manager for a boyband and live in a beach house on the east coast.

“My favorite album is Take Me Home by One Direction because it’s nostalgic for me.”

Elijah Norman

Audio Editor

Elijah attends New York City College of Technology focusing on Music Technology/Emerging Media Technology looking to make a career within the music industry.

“My favorite album of all time is The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem. I create music on my free-time and go by the alias B-EZ. I have music on all platforms/DSPs and growing everyday. My life goal is to be alive and not stress the things I can’t control. Success is the ultimate goal.”

 

Lauren MacDonald

Editor

Lauren is a Senior Editor on the video production team and responsible for New Music Monday and Drops. She’s a recent graduate of James Madison University with a BA in Media Arts & Design and a minor in Music Industry. 

Some of Lauren’s favorite artists include Palmyra, My Kid Brother, The Wrecks, My Chemical Romance, The Replacements, and The Raconteurs. Her favorite album is “Barriers” by Frank Iero & The Future Violents.

“Even though I love all of Frank Iero’s solo music, I feel like Barriers has the most musical variety from song to song, but still manages to feel like a cohesive album. Plus, “Fever Dream” and “Medicine Square Garden” are two of my favorite songs I’ve ever heard performed live.”
 

TED UTZ

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LONG-FORM CONTENT

Ted is an accomplished entertainment executive with experience in start-ups, major-market station management, artist development and management, business and programming development. Having direct experience in the Traditional, Digital, On-site, Social, Mobile and ‘Cross-Platform‘ media business, he has created innovative solutions for competitive and technical challenges facing customers and strategic partners. Specializing in revenue development through building and maintaining excellent relationships with clients, vendors, and staff, while ensuring seamless communication between internal and external groups and all essential vehicles of content distribution.

susan saddler

Jr. Video editor

Susan comes to us from Valencia College in Orlando Florida where she’s currently majoring in Digital Media Video Production.

This is Susan’s second rodeo!  She started her career as a professional stunt woman and voice actor at Universal Orlando Resort.    

When asked about her favorite artists she said “there are too many to list.  I like Alternative/Grunge, heavy metal, and good old classic rock and roll.”

Susan’s favorite Album is The Wall by Pink Floyd “because I have always battled my own wall.”