Kent Shocknek on helping the dyslexic and blind with audio books.
In this video interview, CBS News Anchor, Voice Over Professional, Speaker, Host and Actor Kent Shocknek talks to us about Oscars 2013 and his support of Learning Ally and gives a shout out to U.S. Veterans.
I like millions of others have watched Kent Shocknek report the news on the air with CBS and in the movies.
Kent is just a real nice guy and always a fun interview. First let me apologize for calling Kent Ken…. and also Kent talks about Reading Ally, which has been renamed recently to Learning Ally. Kent did not make a mistake it just took me some time to get this out so my bad.
It was a great thrill to have him give a shout out to the veterans, but also to hear about his support of helping the blind and dyslexic with audio books. – JW
Born Kent Schoknecht in Berkeley, California, he simplified the on-air spelling of his name upon arrival to Los Angeles television. After working at the Long Beach Press Telegram while attending the University of Southern California, Shocknek’s first TV reporting job was in Sioux City, Iowa (KCAU-TV), followed by a three-year stint as anchor and Space Shuttle reporter in Orlando, Florida (WFTV).
In 1986, Shocknek anchored the start-up of L.A.’s first TV morning news program, “Today in L.A.” on KNBC-TV. Over the years, he broadcast—often single-handedly—such events as the Los Angeles riots, O.J. Simpson murder trial, and storms and earthquakes that shook his studio while he was on the air.
Shocknek first made national news headlines anchoring the 1986 launch and explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger; and a strong aftershock to the deadly 5.9 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. The threat of falling studio lights forced Shocknek to take cover under his set’s anchor desk for several seconds as he continued reporting about the ground- and studio movement.
After helming the KNBC program for 15-years, Shocknek moved to morning newscasts at KCBS-TV (CBS2-TV in Los Angeles) in 2001. There, L.A. Confidential magazine named him one of L.A.’s Top Ten anchors. He anchored live the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and subsequently has reported on the War in Iraq; Michael Jackson‘s funeral; plus Southern California’s seasonal wildfires and frequent high-speed freeway chases.
Shocknek began writing and delivering the 60-second daily radio commentary Just A Minute with Kent Shocknek on CBS all-news radio station KNX-1070 AM in Los Angeles, in 2003. The following year, he launched Premiere Magazine Live!, a weekly radio show about movies, in approximately 50 markets countrywide. He and his wife, who went by the on-air name Karen Walters, worked together, until the magazine on which the show was based ceased publication.
On November 7th, It was announced that current KCBS morning & midday anchors Kent Shocknek & Suzie Suh will move to KCAL-TV and anchor that stations 8 & 10 PM weeknight newscasts, while current KCAL-TV 8 & 10 anchors Sharon Tay & Rick Garcia, along with meteorologist Evelyn Taft will be on the morning & midday newscasts effective November 18th.
Kent has acted as an either an anchorman, commentator or roving reporter in several movies and television shows including Disturbia, Anchorman, Fast Five, The Comapny Men, NCIS, CSI, Under the Dome, Criminal Minds, The Amazing Spiderman and The Mentalist
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Learning Ally is now the world’s largest provider of audio textbooks and literature overnight. Their history is deeply rooted in making sure everyone — no matter the hurdle — can enjoy and comprehend the printed word.
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Thanks to Night of 100 Stars, Norby Walters and the great staff for a wonderful night full of stars… Hollywood’s #1 Awards Night Gala.
On one night each year, Hollywood’s most prestigious movie industry awards show is televised to the world. It’s a night when constellations of stars come out of their Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Bel Aire estates to support their peers and participate in the spectacle.
Anyone who is someone is out to see and be seen, a stellar mix of TV and movie actors, moguls and media, producers, paparazzi and assorted glitterati. It’s also
a night where, under the spotlights of the exclusive Beverly Hills Hotel, hundreds of Hollywood’s brightest converge in limousines, wave at the cameras, walk the red carpet, and enter the most exclusive, high-profile awards night gala event of the year – Night of 100 Stars — hosted by legendary agent Norby Walters.