Louise Palanker is a Teen Advice Specialist, a founder of Premiere Radio Networks and a writer/columnist/ producer/ performer/author in the arenas of radio, television, stand-up comedy, documentary film making and young adult fiction.
Louise is the Award Winning author of Journals: Middle School Love and War, a semi-autobiographical novel which was published as an iOS app and has been developed into Journals Network, an social/advice/journaling network and video podcast for millennials. In the app and podcast young people can seek, receive and give advice on a wide range of topics including: boys, girls, friends, bullies, cliques, parents, families, school, puberty, sex, love, and other complicated things like life.
Within the app, Louise has answered thousands of questions from kids, the world over. Highlights are featured in Louise’s weekly column on Noozhawk in Santa Barbara and in The Long Beach Beachcomber.
Journals: Out Loud, The Podcast features Louise and a team of teen panelists giving voice to millennial issues, taking calls from listeners and encouraging everyone to join in the conversation. The show is cast live on Youtube Broadcast on Tuesdays at 7pm US Pacific Time.
Louise directed and produced Family Band: The Cowsills Story about the famed 60s family pop band, The Cowsills who were the real-life inspiration behind The Partridge Family. Her first documentary film effort, “We Played Marbles: Remembering a Stolen Childhood” explores the lives of Holocaust Survivors. Both films premiered at the Santa Barbara Film festival. Family Band can currently be streamed on Amazon.
As a co-founder and the creative director of Premiere Radio Networks, the nation’s largest radio syndicator, Louise wrote, produced and/or performed in over 30 radio programs and services while overseeing a department of talented writers, producers, and performers. The company was founded in 1986 by Louise and three partners and was sold to Clear Channel in 2000.
Prior to founding Premiere Radio, Louise was a writer and segment producer for PM Magazine and then spent three years as the head writer for Rick Dees and The Weekly Top 40.”
After leaving Premiere in 2000, Louise launched a charitable foundation dedicated to benefiting children’s causes. She combined her teaching degree with her love of comedy and began The Kids Comedy Club, a stand-up comedy program for children, at Los Angeles area Boys & Girls’ Clubs and The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara where kids learn to write and perform stand up and Improv comedy. Through this program, Louise has been teaching and mentoring children for over 16 years.
Louise was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She lives in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA with her husband.