PageantCast Vault Autograph Card: Melissa Young

Melissa Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005
Melissa Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005

I did a lot of soul searching as to whose autograph card I wanted to start this feature with and when I thought of Melissa, the contest was over.

Melissa’s is the only photo on the TKPN Bulletin Board that never, ever gets swapped out. She has long been an inspiration to me…well before her valiant fight with her illness that has been waged for many years now.

We interviewed Melissa before there even was a PageantCast…while I still had the radio show, but I new I wanted to start with this lovely lady.

If you would like your autograph card featured here on a future Thursday with the PageantCast Vault, autograph your card and either scan it and send it to [email protected] or contact me at the same email and I’ll send you the physical address to mail it to me.

JDRF Taps Former Miss America and Renowned Diabetes Advocate Dr. Nicole Johnson as National Director of Mission

Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
ATLANTIC CITY, UNITED STATES: Miss Virginia Nicole Johnson (R) is crowned Miss America by the outgoing Miss America Kate Shindle during the 1998 Miss America Pageant 19 September at the Atlantic City Convention Center. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Atlantic City, NJ (August 22, 2017) – Dr. Nicole Johnson, a longtime diabetes advocate and leader who brought national attention to type 1 diabetes when she shared her personal story and ultimately won the 1999 Miss America Competition, has been hired as National Director of Mission, a newly created position at JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research.

Nicole has a doctorate in public health and has gained a reputation for her work on diabetes research focused on behavioral health, quality of life and family dynamics for those in the T1D community, all skills she will put to use in her new role at JDRF. She is very familiar with the organization, having served on the JDRF International Board of Directors and having volunteered for more than 24 years. She has also been a member of the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council, the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Public Representatives and the national board for the American Diabetes Association.

Nicole is the founder of the Diabetes Empowerment Foundation (as well as its subsidiary, Students With Diabetes), Diabetes Partners and Diabetes Moms, and she led statewide initiatives in Florida funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to pre-diabetes and infant mortality.

“Nicole has done so much in the past few decades to improve the quality of life for people living with T1D and their families. In this new role, she will drive mission-related activities that strengthen relationships throughout the T1D community and within JDRF,” said Derek Rapp, JDRF President and CEO. “Our mission is focused on improving outcomes for people with T1D by supporting research to cure, prevent and treat diabetes. While these successes are being accomplished, we at JDRF also want to reduce the daily burden of this disease. Nicole will be an enormous asset to our programs focused on the well‒being of the T1D community.”

Nicole has been a successful journalist, too. She won a Telly Award for her work on the CNBC diabetes talk show dLife and has been a columnist for numerous diabetes magazines, as well as the author of eight books related to diabetes. Her most recent book is What to Do When Your Partner Has Diabetes: A Survival Guide.

“I am honored to become part of the JDRF staff after having participated for many years in volunteer roles. This is an exciting opportunity to help JDRF expand its capacity in supporting T1D families to handle the issues they face every day,” said Dr. Johnson. “I’m eager to offer new insight and resources on the behavioral aspects of T1D, as we work together to make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by type 1 diabetes.”

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Sarah Wall Beckman, Interview & Pageant Coach: Sarah Strikes Back


Sarah Wall Beckman, Interview & Pageant Coach: Sarah Strikes Back

  • Sarah Wall Beckman returns with more Interview and Pageant Coach advice for our viewers and listeners!



PageantCast Announcement: The NEW PageantCast Vault

As most of you know, we’re releasing our back catalog of shows, along with new ones, due to a hacking about a year ago. To keep things going we are releasing a show every Tuesday and every Friday. A slew of new shows just got through editing (Ohio International) and they are going to start filing in through the feed.

PageantCast Vault
PageantCast Vault

A feature we haven’t done in quite a while is the PageantCast Vault.

It’s pretty obvious why. Because we are re-releasing a lot of shows to rebuild those 1000+ interviews we’ve conducted and are doing it as a matter of course….so I’m re-imagining the PageantCast Vault.

I will release the vault on Thursdays, first of all. When we do LIVE shows, they are typically on Wednesdays, so with Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays with already regular releases, the Vault will need to live on Thursday. (This leaves only Saturday through Monday for news releases, but we’ll live.)

Autograph Card Bulletin Board
Autograph Card Bulletin Board

So what will the new version of the PageantCast Vault be?

I’m a huge fan of Pageant Autograph Cards. I have amassed a fairly decent collection of them. So I’m going to share photos of my collection for the Vault.

So yes, most of these I’ve received in the past, but here’s how you can get involved.

You can send me your autograph card. I prefer them signed, but just get them to me! You can sign it, scan it and send it to [email protected] or you can email me at the same address and I’ll send you my physical address.

We’d love to have you take part!

By the way, if you have appearance information, or an article you would like us to feature on the PageantCast, you would send it to [email protected] the same way! (We always welcome crowning moment pictures and videos.)

Look forward to seeing your autograph card soon!


Atlantic City, NJ (August 22, 2017) –  Immediately following “The 2018 Miss America Competition”at Boardwalk Hall, you can join the class of 2018 and the newly crowned Miss America 2018 for a night of dancing and celebration at the Official Miss America After Party in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City.

This year we will be providing seating and tables for the first 500 attendees to arrive, so be sure to purchase your tickets to enjoy this wonderful celebration of our 97th Miss America Competition. Featuring a cash bar and butler-served hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, you’ll also rock, disco, and dance while the DJ plays all the songs you love.

Entry to the party will be with a scanned ticket, streamlining your access—for your added enjoyment, there is also a cash bar. The seating and tables are on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your tickets now to be one of the first to arrive!

Click here to purchase tickets:

Official Miss America After Party

For updates on competition week events and other information, visit:

It’s a 10 Haircare Announces Role as Official Professional Hair Care Sponsor of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

National Campaign Will Offer Free Miracle Leave-In Product

It’s a 10 Haircare, the go-to hair care brand for professional stylists and clients across the globe, is proud to announce its role as the Official Professional Hair Care Sponsor of “The 2018 Miss America® Competition.” To celebrate, the brand is launching an unprecedented, interactive campaign offering everyone in America a chance to receive a free bottle of the brand’s #1 selling Miracle Leave-In Product if the newly crowned Miss America comes from their state.

Starting today, residents of the fifty states and the District of Columbia can visit  to register for this campaign.  Registered residents of the state from which the new Miss America hails will automatically receive a free 2 oz. Miracle Leave-In Product in the mail, courtesy of It’s a 10 Haircare. In addition, everyone else who registered coast to coast and in Alaska and Hawaii will also receive a coupon code for a free gift with purchase at, regardless of their state.

“This campaign is a way to celebrate not only the women making a difference in the Miss America Competition, but also our fans nationwide who are pursuing their unique dreams, careers and philanthropic endeavors,” said Carolyn Aronson, Founder and CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare. “The Miss America Organization’s philanthropic arm is particularly appealing to me, as I have made it my mission to give back in ways that empower women and celebrate diversity. Together, we are going to reach millions of Americans and help them feel recognized and inspired – we couldn’t have hoped for a better partnership.”

During the broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” Aronson will share her story and talk about the promotion.

Registration at will close at the end of the broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in each local time zone, meaning all who wish to register should do so before the new Miss America is announced on their local broadcast. For full terms and conditions, please refer to the site.

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” will broadcast live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 10th (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET and PT).

The Miss America Competition showcases the intellect, grace, and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America. As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host. Celebrity judges for the final night of the competition include Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, and Jess Cagle.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America (@MissAmerica) and It’s a 10 Haircare (@itsa10haircare) on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

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PageantCasTV: Miss USAs 2001 and 2004 – Kandace Krueger and Shandi Finnessey

PageantCast Classic

Original Release: 9/23/2011

PageantCasTV: Miss USAs 2001 and 2004 – Kandace Krueger and Shandi Finnessey

Interview with Miss USAs 2001 and 2004 – Kandace Krueger and (Dancing with the Stars) Shandi Finnessey

Interview was recorded June 2011 at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas, NV

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“The 2018 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Live Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

Atlantic City, NJ (August 15, 2017) – The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC today announced the first four celebrity judges for the final night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”; multi-platinum ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett, author, actress and model Molly Sims, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle. Additional celebrity judges to be announced in the coming weeks. The judges panel will evaluate the contestants’ performances in Lifestyle and Fitness, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions during the “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” which will air live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT). The Miss America Competition showcases the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

“I’m so excited to be a judge at this year’s competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women’s education,” said Molly Sims. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests!”

“I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America Competition this year,” said Jordin Sparks. “I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”

Grammy nominated and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett is set to debut his third album LIFE CHANGES on September 8. It is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits, with its lead single “Craving You” quickly skyrocketing to No. 1. LIFE CHANGES follows the release of his sophomore effort TANGLED UP DELUXE, which tapped into something widespread and universal earning major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and more. Thomas Rhett has proved to have a “commanding stage presence” (Rolling Stone) as he continues on his “energetic and dance worthy” (Hits Daily Double) first headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR.

Molly Sims is recognized for her work as an actress, model, humanitarian and author. She is often noted for her savvy sense of style and fashion, which she showcases on her blog, Most recently, Molly teamed up with Awestruck to launch “The Molly Sims YouTube channel” which serves as an extension of her existing digital platforms. Sims released her first book, “The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple” in January 2015, which was a New York Times best seller. She will release her second book, “Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home,” later this year on October 10th.  She recently guest starred on the TBS show “Men At Work” and played the manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on NBC’s hit television series, “Las Vegas.” In addition to her successful television career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films including “Yes Man,” “Fired Up,” “The Benchwarmers” and “Starsky & Hutch.” Molly’s acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as host on MTV’s House of Style. In addition to her contract with MTV at the time, Sims gained even more recognition after signing an exclusive, multi-year contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics. Furthermore, she gained even more attention as the ultimate celebrity icon from her Old Navy commercials and, of course, her sultry images in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four years consecutively. She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for CoverGirl, Jimmy Choo, Old Navy, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, M&Ms, Nautica, Armani, Chanel and H&M. As a philanthropist, Sims works closely with Baby2Baby and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Jordin Sparks is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter and actress who, in one of the show’s highest rated seasons, garnered worldwide attention as winner of season six American Idol.  Sparks popular singles have sold over 10 million digital tracks in the US.  Sparks is also a gifted songwriter. Arianna Grande’s smash single, “The Way,” was co-written by Sparks and earned her a BMI songwriting award. She has toured with superstars Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, New Kids on The Block and the Backstreet Boys, as well as headlined her own tour.  She has also lent her voice to recordings for films such as Disney’s African Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Best Man Holiday. After Sparks Battlefield tour, she headed straight to The Great White Way and starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, In the Heights. She made her film debut playing the lead role in the SONY Pictures film, Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston. Her next film, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, is scheduled for release early 2018.  Jordin’s positive body image, message and success has impacted people worldwide. She considers philanthropy an integral part of her life and was recently profiled by CNN Heroes and Dress for Success for her work through her own charity, The M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls. Today she is considered a social media influencer due to her impressive social media following.  She has successfully transitioned into network broadcasting hosting/co-hosting on some of television’s most iconic programs such as NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC’s The View, CBS’ The Talk, PBS’ Great Performances (with John Lithgow) amongst others. She is currently working on her untitled fourth album.

Jess Cagle is Editor in Chief of PEOPLE and Editorial Director of Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group, which includes PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, PeopleStyle, People en Espanol and Essence. Cagle oversees editorial content across print, digital, social and video—reaching a combined audience of more than 150 million. He is also host of The Jess Cagle Interview; a video series featuring his interviews with major stars, which airs on all platforms of PEOPLE and EW. He is a regular co-host on ABC’s Academy Awards red-carpet pre-show, and makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America, Today and many entertainment news programs. Under Cagle’s leadership, PEOPLE has moved aggressively into television programming, which includes PEOPLE Magazine Investigates, the hit true-crime show on Investigation Discovery; PEOPLE Icons, a series of ABC primetime specials; and The Story of Diana, a two-night television event on Princess Diana, which aired in 2017 on ABC. Digital and video brand extensions include PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), a streaming network with original programming based on the brands’ features and franchises; PEOPLE Now, a daily live half-hour show on; and Red Carpet Live, a series of live-streaming specials during awards season. From 2009-2014 Cagle served as Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly, where he increased EW’s audience and presence in Hollywood, transformed into a 24/7 breaking news site, and launched the Entertainment Weekly Radio channel on SiriusXM. During his career, Cagle has interviewed every major celebrity and has secured numerous exclusives and interviews from the biggest names in Hollywood. Jess Cagle lives in New York.  He was born in Texas and is a graduate of Baylor University.

As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host.

Voting is still open to the public for the “America’s Choice” contestant. The public can vote and and are permitted one vote per day, per user. Voting will close Tuesday, September 5th at 9:00pm ET and the chosen contestant will be announced during the live broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” with the Top 15. The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the Miss America Preliminary Judges Panel. It is possible for America’s Choice to also be among the judges selection.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

Snapchat: MissAmerica
Join the Conversation: #MissAmerica

Cheat Tweet: [email protected], @MrJessCagle, @MollyBSims & @JordinSparks are four of this year’s @MissAmerica judges: #MissAmerica

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit

For more information on the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Miss America,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit

Christy Stucker, Mrs. U.S. Globe 2005

PageantCast Classic

Original Release: 2007

Christy Stucker, Mrs. U.S. Globe 2005

This week’s show:

  1. Intro by Debra Kennedy
  2. Opening Notes (with co-host Grunti Grunthausen, Wisconsin’s only licensed troll)
  3. Discussion of week in Pageants on Television (Las Vegas, Smallville, Pageant Place)
  4. Interview with Christy Stucker, Mrs. U.S. Globe 2005
  5. Call the PageantCast at 206-339-8576 (TKPN)
  6. PROMO: Boston Behind the Scenes
  7. PODSAFE MUSIC: I Want Your Love by Little Horse
  8. Interview with Christy Stucker, Mrs. U.S. Globe 2005
  9. PageantCast Tattler
  10. Miss International Results
  11. Leave us a shout out for episode 100! Call the PageantCast at 206-339-8576 (TKPN)
  12. Closing

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