Michael Buckley, whose You Tube channel, What the Buck?! has 1,000,000 fans will share how he gained world-wide notoriety and created a lucrative career by vlogging (video posting). He recently won the guest host spot on Live with Kelly Ripa, in a nationwide talent search contest the summer of 2012.
Michael Buckley began his media career with his friend, Kristin Tierney, on a local public access TV channel on a show they called, Table for Two. During one of the shows, he began a rant that quickly went viral on the internet and this fast paced style of delivery eventually became a video show on You Tube. His comedic observations about celebrities and pop culture have been described as “snarky”. He produces three to four videos weekly. The shows are commentaries on a variety of subjects, and although most videos are humorous, there are videos that address the topics of bullying and other personal issues, such as sexual identity and addictions. He has over 600,000 followers on Twitter and is frequently asked to perform as Master of Ceremonies for galas and benefit shows. The New York Times published an article about Michael Buckley where he discussed his internet entrepreneurship, which will be a topic on the SPARQ1 episode. A fan of figure skating, Michael Buckley has featured Olympic skaters in some of his video posts. In the summer of 2012, he attended the Grassroots to Champions Super Camp, which was held in Lake Placid, NY, where he participated in the training sessions and was the MC for the Young Artists Showcase Finals.
Michael Buckley is openly gay and he and his spouse, Michael Donegan, reside in Connecticut. He had laser surgery to correct his vision, but continues to wear eyeglasses to maintain his recognized personality.
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About Audrey King. Weisiger:
2-Time US Olympic Team Coach Audrey Weisiger was the 1999 PSA and USFSA Coach of the Year. She has her PSA World Coach Ranking and is Master Rated in Figures and Freestyle. She has been asked to be the presenter at several PSA conferences, including the Keynote Speaker for the PSA Conferences in 2000 and 2003; and Canadian Coaches Conferences in 2005 and 2006. Weisiger has held positions on the Board of Directors of the PSA and various USFSA and USOC committees. A member of the USOC Developing Young Champions committee, she has organized and directed numerous Grassroots to Champions seminars. In 1999, the USFSA and the PSA recognized Weisiger as Coach of the Year, the highest award in our industry. Some of her former students include Michael Weiss (3 time U.S. Men's Champion, 2 time U.S. Olympic Team, 2 time World Bronze Medalist), Timothy Goebel (2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist), Lisa Kwon (National Novice and Intermediate Ladies Champion), and Christine Lee (World competitor) and Tommy Steenberg (World Junior competitor). Audrey has coached at the Fairfax Ice Arena in Virginia since 1973. She has a degree in communications from The George Washington University and was recruited to host SPARQ1 for VoiceAmerica. She resides in Clifton, VA with her husband of 34 years, Henry Berry Weisiger. They have one daughter, Kelly Marie, who teaches third grade for the Fairfax County school system.
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