|Animal Radio® Air-talent|
Hal Abrams is a major-market radio veteran turned Operations Manager of Animal Radio Network™ and co-host of Animal Radio®. He's been a long-time animal advocate, spending weeks inside doghouses (literally) to raise money for SPCA's throughout the U.S. In 1999, Hal left a 17 year morning-radio routine to create the largest and 'most listened to' animal radio programming. Hal lives with his wife, cats, dog and two fish in Central California
You've heard Hal on Power 106 Los Angeles with Jay Thomas and have seen him on the TV Sitcom "Head of the Class"
Judy Francis had a love for animals before she ever became involved with radio. Her interest led her to the world of animal care as a veterinary technician where she found herself intrigued by simple surgeries like spaying and neutering. Since the world of vet medicine wasn't lucrative, she found herself doing whatever necessary to pay the bills, including delivering phone books and waiting tables. In 1999 she joined Animal Radio Network™ as a secretary. Through hard work and determination she was able to learn the ins and outs of producing a radio show. Now she is the Executive Producer (some say the master-mind behind ARN) for Animal Radio® as well as the co-host, along with Hal Abrams, of the number one animal show in America, Animal Radio®.
Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen "Doc" Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals.
She is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media.
She has appeared regularly on television on the Home and Family Show, Katie Couric show, the Doctors, Bonnie Hunt Show, Kelly and Michael, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911, Natinal Geographic Wild and Extra TV. On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas's Cutest Dogs and Cats.
In addition to being a skilled surgeon in spay/neuter techniques; she is an expert in animal-cruelty, having prepared in excess of over one hundred cases for trial as well as testifying as an expert witness. Additionally, she has presented lectures to law enforcement on the successful use of forensics in animal cruelty prosecution.
For the past six years, she has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica where she helped developed emergency service protocols for pet owners that can serve as a national model.
Doc is currently the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Lucy Pet Foundation and shares her life in Marina Del Rey with Kinky and Nathan, two very spoiled and healthy cats!
Visit the Lucy Pet Foundation: http://www.LucyPetFoundation.org
Joey Villani’s life in pet care and grooming began when he was only nine years old, during a visit to the Super Dog Salon in New Jersey. Invited to lend a hand by salon owner and family friend, John Nash, Joey brushed a sheepdog named Cecilia and so began an unbelievable career.
Rae Ann Kumelos holds a Ph.D. and Masters' in Myth and Literature and is a college professor in her home state of California. Her specialty is animals in myth, literature, pop culture and life, and she has lectured and written for a variety of events and publications. Her Voice of the Animal radio shows were first broadcast on the Animal Radio Network in 2005, and she is delighted to be back with Hal and Judy on behalf of the animals! Her award-winning book Wild Wisdom: Animal Stories of the Southwest is available at her website http://www.voiceoftheanimal.com and on Amazon. Rae Ann's shows are recorded through the Bakersfield College Commercial Music Program, and her theme music was composed by Dr. Josh Ottum.
Debbie White has been in veterinary practice in Las Vegas, NV for over 20 years as a small animal and exotic animal veterinarian. Her patients range from the furry, feathered, and scaled and include dogs, cats, ferrets, reptiles, birds, rodents and pot belly pigs. Dr. Debbie is originally from Hammond, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. As the Animal Radio® "call-in veterinarian" Dr. Debbie enjoys fielding questions from listeners and helping them manage their pet's health. She discusses veterinary topics ranging from serious health matters to bizarre and wacky pet antics.
Lori Brooks has been on the radio and an animal lover for most of her life so combining the her two loves at Animal Radio just makes sense! Lori's radio career started in Southern California in the early 80's and since then she's worked at radio stations from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. You may remember her as Monica Brooks on Power 106 in Los Angeles when she worked with Jay Thomas - does anyone in radio use their real name? Never back then, but some do now.
Lori's love of animals began when she ran away from home as a seven year old when he father said she couldn't keep a puppy someone had given her. Lori didn't have to go very far before her family brought her home (from just up the street) and allowed her to keep the dog in exchange for her taking full responsibility for feeding and cleaning up after the puppy. Lori also grew up with cats, cows, chickens, ducks, rabbits and horses.
These days Lori works as a nurse and the founder of the group Artisans and Crafters Supporting Animals in Need (on Facebook) and spends most of her free time making collars for shelter animals to have their pictures taken in so they attract more attention when their photos are posted online to find them a forever home.
At the moment Lori is a parent to three bulldogs and two cats.
Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them.
For close to 20 years, Dr. Becker has been the popular veterinary contributor on ABC's Good Morning America. He is a founding member of The Dr. Oz Show’s Core Team Oz and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel. In April 2012, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association named him the recipient of their annual WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award (also known as the Global Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year). He is the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, and a member of the AHA Board of Directors. His special fondness for older pets has led him to a spot on the Board of Directors of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which is dedicated to helping homeless senior dogs.
He has written 22 books that have sold more than 7 million copies, including three New York Times best-sellers. He has been a contributor to Parade magazine, Reader’s Digest and AARP.com. Animal Radio® hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent.
He practices, when his schedule allows, at two veterinary hospitals in north Idaho because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them. He is also an active supporter of four animal shelters in north Idaho.