INDUSTRY – It’s 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and the news goes live on Radio American Living. “Good evening. Welcome to our bilingual newscast,” says anchor Jessica Zhu, in Mandarin. With Zhu on one side and co-anchor Daniel Raymond on the other, the news begins in Mandarin and ends in English. Flip-flopping every couple of sentences, the bilingual show is the first of its kind, according to station manager Tyson Chang. Making it possible are four interns from Mt. San Antonio College. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Primarily a Chinese-language station, Radio American Living needed English speakers to co-anchor the shows. It found them in Mike Cioffi, 22, and Raymond, 47, both broadcast students at Mt. SAC, who lend their voices Monday through Friday for a live show at 5 p.m. and a taped segment that airs at 11 p.m. Vivian Cheng, 22, often acts as the Chinese anchor, and Victoria Goh, 20, mans the sound board. Running about six to eight minutes, the newscast includes two local stories, two national stories and two international stories, with an emphasis on news out of China and Taiwan. Ten minutes before the 5 p.m. show, Raymond and Zhu run through their lines. Back and forth, the news smoothly transitions from Mandarin to English and back to Mandarin again. For beginning anchors, the slower pace of the bilingual format is easier to adapt to, said Goh. Students said the semester- long internship is a great chance to learn, and not just because it’s the only station broadcasting in these two languages. “Students never get on-air internships,” Cioffi said. “It’s very valuable experience.” Raymond added: “Lots of radio stations have interns, but you’re doing sales or out on the street handing out bumper stickers.” Chang said he doesn’t mind putting students on air. “It doesn’t bother us if they’re professional or students,” he said. “If they’re good, they’re on air.” In addition, the bilingual newscast fits well with the station’s profile, Chang said. “We put stress on education and community service. We have programs for English learning, Spanish learning,” he said. Listeners have said they like both languages because it improves their English and “they understand many journalistic terms in English,” Chang said. Radio American Living broadcasts can be heard throughout Southern California. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pak-Rite makes foam packaging.Milwaukee-based Pak-Rite Ltd. has been acquired by Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Universal Forest Products Inc. It was sold by founder Rick Blaha for an undisclosed price.Pak-Rite manufactures packaging, including foam and plastic components and wood crating systems, for makers of high-value products such as medical, aerospace and automation equipment. The company was founded in 1996 and has about 60 employees at two manufacturing facilities totaling 150,000 square feet. Its 12-month trailing revenue was $15 million through September.Universal Forest Products is the parent company of several wood, wood composite and other products manufacturers that serve the retail, construction and industrial sectors. It was founded in 1955 and has affiliates worldwide, for which it provides capital, management and administrative resources.UFPI plans to retain all of Pak-Rite’s employees at its existing location. Kirk Blaha, who had served as president of Pak Rite, has been appointed general manager of operations. Rick Blaha, who founded and served as chief executive officer of Pak-Rite, will consult with UFPI in the transition and then exit the company. “Pak-Rite aligns with our strategic objective to become the industry’s foremost packaging solutions provider,” said Matthew Missad, CEO of UFPI. “It has earned a reputation for extraordinary products and services, and we are excited to add them to our growing portfolio of packaging products. We’re very fortunate to add the dedicated people of Pak-Rite who have been instrumental in creating a successful company and who are motivated to grow their careers and the Pak-Rite products with Universal.”“We are excited for this new chapter of our business after more than 20 years of success,” Kirk Blaha said. “With the strength of Universal, we will be able to grow our customer base, products and design services, and offer more opportunity to our people. It is a winning situation all the way around, and we look forward to being part of the growing Universal family of companies.”Milwaukee-based investment bank Taureau Group LLC advised Pak-Rite in the transaction. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe