Popular Speaker and Broadcaster Lou Heckler to Join “Nightly Business Report” for Weekly Commentary

 MIAMI (January 30, 2012) – Viewers who turn to NBR “Nightly Business Report” for trusted, credible, unbiased business news will now find a new addition to the show – weekly commentary on topical issues and business leaders by motivational speaker and broadcaster Lou Heckler.

Lou HecklerHeckler will provide a weekly commentary on Fridays called “Lou’s Been Thinking”, beginning on February 3, 2012.  He’ll tackle subjects such as the Importance of Job Context, where he discusses how job context, not just job content, is critical and how to get people to understand the importance and influence of their jobs, and Trail Angels, the good Samaritans on the Appalachian Trail who provide food and water for the hikers, and how this serves as the metaphor for colleagues and co-workers all need to be each other’s trail angel in business today.  He also will write a companion blog for NBR online at the revamped NBR.com.

“For me, coming to NBR is like coming full circle. I actually started in public television in 1966 at WUNC-TV in Chapel Hill,” said Heckler.  “Over the last 40 years I’ve interviewed a lot of business leaders and spoken to hundreds of companies and organizations.  This has given me great perspective for my commentary.  I’ll be offering business-oriented but lighthearted commentary on mostly the people side of business.  I’ll be focused on helping people lead better, manage better and get their teams more engaged – all in a lighthearted and entertaining way.”

Lou Heckler is a motivational humorist and business speaker with more than 40 years experience in managing, motivating and directing others.  He served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan’s Executive Education Center for 19 years.  Lou is a Certified Speaking Professional and was inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame in 1992.  He spent 14 years in television in a variety of on-air and management positions.

“Lou Heckler has a unique and refreshing perspective on business and life shaped by his experiences in several different industries,” said Rick Ray, CEO of NBR. “His sense of humor and humanity are a rare combination in today’s hyperactive information culture.”

The popular NBR has delivered timely investment information that helps viewers manage their money and stay abreast of the news that affects their portfolios for more than three decades.    Distributed by American Public Television, it airs on more than 542 public television stations reaching 96 percent of U.S. TV households and some 2.6 million viewers each week. The series is co-anchored by Susie Gharib and Tom Hudson.  NBR is distributed live to public television stations at 6:30 p.m. EST every weeknight. Local broadcast times vary.

About Lou Heckler

Lou Heckler has been making a living from the printed and spoken word since he was 14. In his teenage years, he was hired to do a community news column for “The Signal Item,” a weekly newspaper near his hometown in Pittsburgh, PA.  While Lou was receiving dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he also served as news editor and anchorman on the WUNC-TV public television system. By the time he was graduated from the University, he had already logged over 1,000 live television broadcasts. Lou joined the US Army six months after graduation. During his two and a half years of service, Lou served as a speech instructor and course supervisor at the Defense Information School (then at Fort Harrison, IN). The school trained broadcasters and public affairs people for all the US military branches and for military personnel and civilians from many foreign countries. On the weekends, he was a news anchorman at WTTV, an independent television station serving Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN. When Lou returned to television, he first served as News Director of an NBC television affiliate in Richmond, VA and then as Community Affairs Director at WBTV in Charlotte. For the last year and half of Lou’s television career, he served WBTV’s parent corporation (Jefferson Pilot Communications) as its management training director. Lou then began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics. The University of Michigan tapped Lou to join the adjunct faculty at their Executive Education Center (part of the Graduate School of Business Administration) and that launched a 19-year relationship during which Lou led more than 200 programs for the University in Ann Arbor, as well as a number of on-site programs in New York City, Hong Kong, Atlantic City, Chicago, and a number of cities throughout Michigan. He maintained this post while still at the helm of his own business.

About Nightly Business Report:

America’s longest running business program, the Emmy® award-winning Nightly Business Report has provided business news in a fast-paced, unbiased format for more than three decades. Timely investment information helps viewers manage their money and stay abreast of the news that affects their portfolios. Nightly Business Report premiered as a Miami regional program on January 22, 1979, with national distribution beginning in 1981. Underwritten by Franklin Templeton Investments, Nightly Business Report is distributed live to public television stations at 6:30 p.m. EST every weeknight. Local broadcast times vary.


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