Acknowledging local musicians via annual inductions into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame and awards at the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards (CPMAs)
Increasing awareness of the Central Pennsylvania music scene via social media content, a podcast, bookings, promotions, etc.
Striving to provide top-notch educational services via complementary music camps, scholarships, and recognizing the area's finest youth artists and music educators
Last name Valentine. Born on Valentine's Day.
A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Brandon has expanded his love of music--from a local musician and songwriter, to the President and Founder of the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame.
With her Master's Degree in Music Education (from Lebanon Valley College), Holly serves as the CPMHOF's Director of Education. Holly was the recipient of a 2020 Teacher Impact Award for the tremendous positive impact she has made as an educator. She's also an emerging children's music artist.
Derek is the owner of the Green Room Recording Studio in Harrisburg, PA. He's an MRT graduate of Lebanon Valley College, a recording engineer, a musician, and a father of two.
Jenna Clay is the News Director and a Midday Host at Cumulus Media - Harrisburg. In the mornings, Jenna writes and anchors the news for Wink 104 and Hot 106.7. She also hosts a midday show on Wink 104. Originally from Colorado, Jenna attended college at the University of Colorado. She's worked in TV production, anchored traffic for Traffax, and worked as a TV news reporter for WCBD in Charleston, South Carolina and WGAL in Lancaster, PA. Jenna loves working primarily in radio now and helping to promote local musicians in the area. She's a self-professed helicopter mom, nerd, and CO sports fan.
Chris has been a Disc Jockey (with Mixed-Up Productions) in the Central PA area for over 20 years. He has also served as an instructor for various local marching bands and a Drum Major for both the Westshoremen and the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, he's a longtime member of the nation's oldest continuously operating drum corps circuit, DCA. Chris previously served as a FOX43 news reporter and he is now the traffic anchor for the Black Information Network/Total Traffic & Weather Network.
Chachi Angelo is a 15 year radio veteran that has served as host, Program Director, and more. After working in Wheeling, Pittsburgh, & Parkersburg, Chachi landed in Harrisburg in 2012. Formerly with WZCY-FM, Chachi was in an advantageous situation to help local acts find radio time. Every year, he hosted the “12 Bands of Christmas,” which was a celebration of all things Christmas and local bands. Chachi is the current host of the "Face for Radio" podcast and the owner of Chachi Productions--a full-service, AFFORDABLE production and entertainment company. At home, Chachi stays busy raising two kids with his beautiful wife, Lauren. He does his best thinking while cutting the grass and has developed a keen palate for local craft beer.
From his experience as an on-air personality with numerous radio stations in the 1980's, to his work with his own successful company (Christopher Entertainment Group), John has had his finger on the pulse of the local music scene. Additionally, John has worked as a local/regional bassist with many groups, and he also owns a barbershop in Hershey. He has served as Chairman of the PA State Board of Barber Examiners and an officer on the Executive Board of the National Association of Barber Boards of America (NABBA). Not to mention, John is a chairperson with the Hershey High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
If you've attended a local band's show, chances are you've run into Rachel Rocks. Her devotion to local music runs deep. Rachel is a blogger and photography for the long-standing Pennsylvania Musician Magazine--which has supported Central Pennsylvania's local music scene for nearly 40 years.
Mark is the co-founder of Keystone Amplifiers--a boutique amp company out of Hershey, PA. Mark prefers to be behind the scenes making musicians sound their best. He is dubbed the area's go-to "tube whisperer." Mark believes that Central PA will be the next Austin, Texas regarding music, and he is excited to help make that happen.
Rick is an attorney and local musician, who is part of the ownership group of The Englewood--a restaurant, brewery, and live music venue in Hershey, PA.
A graduate of Sheffield Institute of the Recording Arts, Justin has made a name for himself in Central PA as a vocalist/guitarist and the owner of Hershey AV Solutions.
The owner of Studio 28, LLC, Krista has established herself as a top photographer in our region. One of her specialties is photographing bands/musicians.
Morgan Stambaugh is a musician, videographer, audio engineer, and an MRT graduate of Lebanon Valley College. Morgan is the Production Manager for the annual CPMAs & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Aimee Kurtz (with husband Chris) founded The Mediatwist Group (TMG) in 2006. TMG was one of the earliest ad agencies fully vested in social media. This husband-and-wife tandem have worked with some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industries, and their business calls the Rock Lititz campus home. Their newest venture includes preserving music performances via the Metaverse!
Having served in the private sector for nearly two decades, Paul brings his experience in information technology, manufacturing, and operations to the CPMHOF. Paul is the Business Ambassador, who manages local/regional/national business relations in the realms of sponsorship opportunities and communications.
Chris Kurtz (with wife Aimee) founded The Mediatwist Group (TMG) in 2006. TMG was one of the earliest ad agencies fully vested in social media. This husband-and-wife tandem have worked with some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industries, and their business calls the Rock Lititz campus home. Their newest venture includes preserving music performances via the Metaverse!
Michael Boarman is the Founder of Waterday Properties, which buys, sells, and operates Class A/B+ office buildings. The Waterday Properties portfolio of buildings is currently valued at over $90MM, with a multi building footprint of over 500,000 square feet and an average occupancy of over ninety-five percent. In his spare time, Boarman plays bass guitar/guitar and sings vocals in the band Pentagon. He has also recorded bass/vocals for The Gabriel's, Damascus, Pentagon, Savage Bliss, and Hybrid Ice.
Todd has been a music fan his entire life. He has attended several thousand shows from the national to the local scene since 1988. Todd runs a music show at Cumberland Valley High School that allows young artists to perform with a live band, while raising money for the Four Diamonds Fund. With this experience, Todd has spearheaded the CPMHOF's Youth Music Showcase--an annual event designed to support our area's talented youth. Additionally, he has booked shows for private clubs and mixed live sound for his son's band. On the side, Todd records a podcast about education.
Former owner and operator of Green Room Records and the Green Room recording studio in Harrisburg, Bob Welsh is a beacon of Central Pennsylvania philanthropy. In fact, he received two ASCAP Plus Awards for mentoring youth in music, and he was also the Founder of the Gift of Music instrument donation project. Bob has TV and recording credits as a writer, producer, engineer, and bassist--with acts including Dolly Parton, Jeffrey Gaines, and The Badlees. Bob was also a longtime Grammy Academy Voting Member.
Formerly an Assistant Promotions Director with 105.9 QWiK ROCK, Darlene has used her love for live music and photography to network bands, venues, and others together--for more than twenty-five years. She is the owner of Facebook pages "Central PA Bands," "Bands Music & Everything In-Between," and "Darlene Hassinger Band Photography." Darlene is also a booking agent for a local venue and for two annual benefit shows. She is hoping to have her 3rd annual benefit for local veterans and her 2nd annual benefit for kids who are interested in music, but can't afford instruments or lessons.
With over 30 years of experience, Fred is the lead recording and mix engineer for Munck Music, Inc. When not on the road with Munck, he's a local musician, a freelance live/studio audio mixer, and a stagehand for Hershey Music and Theater. Fred attended Berklee College of Music as a Guitar Performance major and the University of Miami for Audio Engineering. Fred was also a 2020 Grammy Nominee for the Regional Roots Music Category, "Rebirth Brass Band Live at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival."
Shea Quinn (guitar, bass, vocals) has performed with a number of acts—most notably The Sharks and Jeffrey Gaines. He’s also been a member of The Pikers, Jet Silver, The Band Who Sold the World (A Celebration of David Bowie), and The Luv Gods—among others. His band, The Sharks, were inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame in 2020--as part of the inaugural class. The Sharks won MTV’s "Basement Tape Competition" in 1986 and signed a four-EP contract with Elektra Records.
At the age of seven, Cheryl Woods' mom entered her into a school talent show. She (with her sister and God-sister) won first place. As a child, Cheryl performed with her family gospel choir (who opened for the likes of Al Green, Dorothy Norwood and Shirley Caesar). As a sophomore in college, Cheryl recorded a solo on her family’s first independent CD--which received radio airplay in several states. Cheryl studied voice in New York City with the late Therman Bailey, and she has co-writing and recording credits on Michael Fredo’s self-titled debut album (Warner Bros./Qwest)—which features a tune that was used to launch the "Tommy Girl" fragrance commercial. Cheryl also shared writing and vocal talents on the hip-hop film, "Black and White"--starring Brooke Shields, Mike Tyson, and Allen Houston. Most recently, Cheryl produced two indie CDs (in 2013 and 2016).
A 40-year veteran audio engineer, Jeff “Ritt” Rittenhouse has worked and toured with many national/regional acts. He’s served as the Head of Production at numerous Central Pennsylvania venues (i.e. the Hardware Bars, Shakey’s, Gullifty’s, Tubby’s, Sawyer’s, etc.). When Ritt’s not out mixing live sound, he may be living up to the local mantra of “Ritt’s Drunk Again.”
Glenn Hamilton is a 40-year radio veteran--as well as a voiceover artist and singer/songwriter. He has been on the air at The River 97.3, since the station's debut in 1992. Glenn is the Program Director and co-host of The Glenn & Amy Morning Show with Amy Warner. He has always been a fan of the incredibly talented Central PA music community.
Ann Marie Knorr-Fischer is an Entertainment Talent Buyer with B.R.P. Entertainment. She helps clients book all forms of local and national entertainment, as well as keynote speakers. She began her career in the entertainment industry as the Assistant House Manager at the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts in Harrisburg, PA. There, she provided support for a variety of shows—ranging from local resident companies to touring national acts. Ann Marie’s newest endeavor is that of a fantasy author. With the help of her co-author, Rachel Fischer, Ann Marie recently published her first book titled Raven Naelo and The Artifact of the Stolen Souls. The novel is part one of a three-part series—with part two expected to be released in winter of 2021.
Best known as "Hawaiian Chris James" from 105.7 The X, Chris James is a graduate of Clarion University and a veteran Central Pennsylvania radio personality. In addition, he's the Program Director for both WQXA 105.7 The X and CBS Sports Radio Harrisburg. When he's outside of the Cumulus Media station, he enjoys bicycling and craft beer.
As the Director of Entertainment and Public Relations at CappelloWelsh Management, Leslie Cappello is committed to the success of her artists. She's a driven business professional, who specializes in relationship building and communications. Outside of the music industry, she likes to ride horseback with her daughter and cheer on her son at the baseball field.
Formerly a music columnist for Harrisburg Magazine, Tara Romano has been involved with the promotion, production, and support of local music. She has interviewed national acts and reviewed albums for both the Harrisburg Magazine and her music blog InEarsDeep.
Tia Welsh is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Director of Marketing and Operations at CappelloWelsh Management. When she isn't helping others embark on their music and entertainment dreams, she's either writing songs or supporting local artists at a live music venue. Tia is always motivating others and "always listening."
A graduate of Wyoming Seminary, Franklin and Marshall College, and Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Philip J. Schwartz has been a private practice optometrist (in Lancaster, PA)-- since 1979. In addition, Dr. Schwartz is the
co-founder of Keystone Record Collectors, Inc., owner of both X-Bat records and Truth-In-Time music publishing, and a member of BMI. He's also held the titles of record producer, researcher, author, and radio personality (with WSBA, WATS, WELM, WHEX, WDDL, WFNM (1968-96)).
William B. “Bill” Trousdale is a name that’s synonymous with radio. Bill has been a radio host, announcer, voiceover specialist, production director, music director, and is currently the President of the Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History. He is also an active member of the Keystone Record Collectors.
Derek has been involved in various aspects of broadcast communications from the 1970’s through the 1990’s (at WLFC, WFIN, WNUF, WPNM, WCPA, WAEB, WKRZ, WEJL, and WSBA). He operates a sideline DJ entertainment business; he is a freelance writer for numerous publications; and, he serves as the Key-Notes Editor/Communications for the Keystone Record Collectors--host of the monthly Pennsylvania Music Expo.
Michael Anthony Smith has spent over 30 years on the radio in Central Pennsylvania. For nearly that entire time, his passion has been showcasing local music on radio stations like 93.5 WTPA, Starview 92.7, and The River 97.3. When he is not on the air, he also performs and records with bands all over South Central Pennsylvania.
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 2004, Sarah Staub's lifelong love for music led her to a career in the music industry. With more than 15 years experience, Sarah is the talent buyer for The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg and the owner of Greenbelt Events LLC (a music promotion/event production company). From music festivals, to club shows, Sarah loves bringing people together and producing high-quality show experiences for her community to enjoy.
A veteran of the music industry for 58 years, as musician, radio / TV personality, promoter, journalist, and historian, Eddie is just like the title of his upcoming book, a ‘Renaissance Man’--slated for release in 2021. He has toured the nation (as drummer/musical director) with The Drifters in 1978 and served as Vice President of the Keystone Record Collectors from 2012-2015. Eddie still performs regularly with his acoustic trio ‘3zz A Crowd,’ and he is the co host / producer of the TV show ‘4 Your Entertainment,’ which airs on BCTV. To boot, Eddie is also is a member of Broadcast Pioneers Of Philadelphia, and was nominated in 2020 for the 'Best Music Maker – Historian / Advocate' award by the East Coast Music Hall of Fame.
Krystle Hauck-Shearer's lifelong passion for music has led her to both manage bands and perform in her own. She is the president of NumbaNyne Entertainment, as well as the founder, organizer, and lead promoter for Peace of Mind Fest (a Central Pennsylvania-based event which has featured artists ranging from her local music scene to cast members of the Trailer Park Boys film/TV franchise). Krystle is also the owner of Peace of Mind Cafe in Millersburg, which features monthly live music performances by some of the region's most talented musicians.
A journeyman artist, John Merx currently performs across the Mid-Atlantic region. When he’s not on stage as a harmonicist and vocalist, you may find him creating in the studio. On top of his experience in supply chain management and mechanical engineering, John has also consulted with local music industry education programs on thinking outside of the box.
As a former staff writer for Pennsylvania Musician Magazine, Michele built strong relationships with musicians and venue owners/managers that led to her current position as Events Coordinator with XL Live. Michele has served as an official judge for the Whitaker Unplugged concert series, and she's also the Director of the Harrisburg University Presents street team for their concert series.
Since 2002, Joe has been the owner and operator of Asylum Sound Studios--recording and producing a vast array of local talent. He has played with many local bands since the early 60’s including: The Legends , Pentagon, Fat Chance, The Middleton Brothers Band, and more. Joe also had the great opportunity to play bass on Dan Hartman’s first solo album “Images."
Jay Hunter began his radio journey at college in 1990 and almost instantly became an advocate for the local music scene. His passion for it elevated his first move in commercial rock radio in the Lehigh Valley to hosting the featured show on heritage rocker WZZO. Additionally, Jay has supported the scene throughout his career at 97.9 THE BEAR, 93.7X, 105.7 The X, RED 102.3, and Smooth Jazz 92.7--giving him a diverse appreciation for local/regional talent. For the past 8 years, Jay has owned and operated internet rock radio station WWW.iROCKRADiO.ME.
After graduating with a Bachelors of Music in 2015, Shannon joined the business side of the music industry--as a talent buyer and promoter. She spent three years as the music venue manager at Tellus360, where she learned about Lancaster's vibrant music community--past and present. Now working at the new Phantom Power in Millersville, Shannon loves hosting shows with local, regional, and national artists for the enjoyment of others.
For 28 years, Scott has owned Players Exchange, a well-known used/vintage guitar shop in Lemoyne, PA. A bass player for over 55 years, Scott has been active in the Central PA music scene since the 1970's. No stranger to the stage, Scott played bass guitar with numerous top musicians and bands including New Found Freedom, the Middleton Brothers, Shea Quinn, Bob Barry, Subject 2 (with Jimmy DePalma), and many other over the decades. In 2000, he was instrumental in launching the career of Elizabeth Hale of Halestorm, by recording her single, "Rose in December," for which he wrote and played the cello parts. Scott is passionate about helping and mentoring young talent. Scott's current project is The Band Who Sold the World, a celebration of David Bowie, which he co-founded with Shea Quinn.
For more than three decades, Jim Price has celebrated the local and regional PA music
scene. Since 1987, Jim has written about and photographed the west-central PA music scene in
Pennsylvania Musician Magazine. A radio veteran of nearly 40 years in the Altoona and State
College markets, Jim has hosted the “Homegrown Rocker” local music program since 1998; the
program currently airs on Q94 Classic Rock (94.3 FM) in Altoona. Jim is also the percussionist
and backing singer for acoustic trio The Backyard Rockers. In addition to his music endeavors,
Jim by day is an adjunct instructor in Communications at Penn State Altoona. Additionally, he regularly hosts nightly trivia game events, and he’s an avid artist, gardener and outdoorsman. If you see him out and about on the music scene, you might even see Jim creating pen-sketch artwork of the musicians he’s covering!
A life-long avid fan of many genres of music, Chris combined his love for music and photography into a hobby that has since become much more. Covering shows of almost any type of music, from solo acoustic shows in bars/breweries/wineries, to national and international acts on large stages, he strives to capture that “one split second in time where the image matches the emotion of the moment.” An active writer and photographer for Pennsylvania Musician Magazine, his monthly article focuses not only on the music, but also the venues that support our incredible live music scene.