Kal Rudman is a music and show business pioneer and legend. As the founder and publisher of the radio and music industry publications THE FRIDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK, Rudman has an unparalleled track record for picking hits and forecasting trends. His six industry trades are invaluable reading for thousands of top music and industry professionals who need to be in the know about programming, management and marketing across the spectrum of contemporary music.
In 1959, Rudman began his music and radio career as a Top 40 radio jock. Initially, he juggled his popular late night show with his day job as a science teacher. It wasn't long before Rudman moved to Philadelphia's WDAS, building his success on his passion for rhythm-and-blues. He was then hired as Billboard magazine's first R&B editor.
In 1968, Rudman left Billboard to start his first trade publication, but he's never left the airwaves far behind. He continued to do local radio, and Rudman's syndicated broadcasts were carried in Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as other major markets. In 1980, Kal joined Merv Griffin as the on-air co-host of Griffin's numerous music specials and the two worked on 42 shows. In 1982, Rudman became the resident music expert on NBC's Today. Kal is frequently recognized on the streets for one of his more unusual gigs - as announcer for the World Wrestling Federation.
Kal and his wife Lucille's generosity and passion for the entertainment industry led to their support of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies. Their goal is to create an invaluable resource for Drexel's students who aspire to careers in today's diverse entertainment industry, and to create an academic center that studies, focuses and shapes the issues and trends of America's rapidly changing film, television, music, Internet and gaming businesses. As Rudman says, "Everyone has two businesses - their business and show business."
The Rudmans are noted philanthropists whose foundation is particularly interested in education and public safety. They have created countless scholarships and awards for students of the arts, supporting police and firefighter training and helping children in need.
Current Executive Director of the Rudman Institute
Karen Curry is Executive Director of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies. The institute is based in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University.
Karen brings to this position extensive experience in network broadcast journalism as an executive and producer. She created award-winning programs from around the world for NBC’s Today Show and was NBC News London Bureau Chief. As Bureau Chief, she managed the largest bureau outside the United States and directed its coverage of the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She was responsible for covering major stories, including the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, the Rwandan genocide and perhaps most notably, the death of Princess Diana. Karen was also Executive Director of Morning News Programming at NBC News where she launched Weekend Today, the first Saturday/Sunday edition of network morning news broadcast.
From NBC, Karen joined CNN as Vice President and New York Bureau Chief, where she directed the New York Bureau’s newsgathering efforts throughout the Northeast and was responsible for the production needs of CNN programs based in New York. She ran the bureau’s coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath, including serving the needs of several new shows that were launched in the midst of that coverage.
After CNN, Karen joined the American Civil Liberties Union as national Director of Communications with responsibility for media relations, the website, publications, youth communications, entertainment industry outreach, opinion research and advertising. Her strategy helped make the ACLU a leader among advocacy groups in the use of new media.
Past Directors of the Rudman Institute
Before joining the Westphal College, Paul Gluck was Vice President and Station Manager of WHYY, the leading public broadcasting station in the Greater Philadelphia region. Gluck, who was named to this post in September, 2000 is responsible for daily program operations and all program content and development for WHYY’s broadcast services, including radio, television and web.
Gluck joined the WHYY staff in 1999 as Executive Director of News and Public Affairs, and continues to oversee news and public affairs programming. He is leading an effort to develop more local program content for WHYY that will range from public affairs to cultural events. He also directs all of WHYY’s content and broadcast resources, including producers and engineers in support of this operation.
Gluck began his career at KYW-TV as a production assistant. He was also employed as an executive producer at WJZ in Baltimore, MD., then advanced to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia in 1988 as News Director. Gluck returned to KYW-TV in 1991 as Executive News Editor and was promoted to News Director in 1997, a position he held until September 1998. Gluck, a multiple Emmy-award winner, has also produced documentaries and served as a consultant for local media outlets. Gluck is a native of Philadelphia, having attended Community College of Philadelphia and receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from Temple University. Gluck is in his second term as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
In a show business career spanning three decades, Allen Sabinson has been President of Production at Miramax Film, and has held senior positions at A&E, TNT, ABC, ICM, NBC and Showtime. He currently serves as Dean of Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
During Sabinson's tenure as senior vice president of programming, A&E received more Emmy nominations than any basic cable network for two consecutive years, and won Emmy awards for the best mini-series for Horatio Hornblower and best non-fiction series for Biography.
Sabinson was responsible for all creative and business supervision of A&E's television productions. He commissioned such films as Dash and Lilly, a biography of Dashiell Hammett, directed by Oscar winner Kathy Bates and starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, that received eight Emmy nominations; and The Crossing, that won the Peabody Award. He also initiated the network's first drama series, Sidney Lumet's 100 Centre Street, and Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe.
While at A&E, Sabinson commissioned numerous documentary specials including Nickel and Dimed based on Barbara Ehrenreich's best seller, Michael Apted's Married in America and documentary adaptations of the Nazi Officer's Wife and Karen Armstrong's The History of God. Concert specials were done with Billy Joel, Sting, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond and Elton John.
While at TNT, he was responsible for the production of Gettysburg, which was released theatrically and sold more than one million copies in VHS & DVD releases. He also commissioned the Emmy-award winning mini-series The Old Testament. At ABC, Sabinson brought The Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise to the network, with such films as My Name Is Bill W, and ABC's mini-series Separate but Equal won the Emmy for best mini-series. He also helped create the Stephen King franchise on ABC with the production of It and he commissioned the Peabody-award winning Small Sacrifices. As head of original programming at Showtime, Sabinson brought championship boxing to the pay cable network as well as It's Garry Shandling's Show.
During the course of working on thousands of hours of film and television, Sabinson has cast such stars as Tommy Lee Jones, Hugh Grant, Robert Duvall, Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Ed Harris, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Keaton, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sharon Stone and Mira Sorvino. He has worked with such creative luminaries as David Mamet, Stephen Sondheim, Wendy Wasserstein, Neil Simon, Ronald Harwood, John Frankenheimer, Sir Peter Hall, and Nic Roeg.