The Entertainment and Arts Alumni Network fosters and supports a dynamic community of alumni in performing, visual, film, television, and media arts. The purpose of the network is to build bonds of camaraderie among alumni and to champion lifelong involvement with Cal State LA. Through its events and activities, it serves as a resource for graduates to maintain mutually beneficial relationships, advance career goals, and support our shared passion for our respective crafts.
Rita Pardue is a proud double alumna from Cal State LA, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting, Radio, and Television and her Master’s in Child Development. She currently works as a Southern California Public Radio group’s Production Manager and Announcer, headquartered in Pasadena. With over 20 years of experience in radio and television, she is a seasoned communicator and media presence. Her client list includes Disney Home Video, Time Warner Cable, Cox Media, and Fisher-Price to mention a few. She was KKLA's Midday LA Host from 1998-2004. During the 1990s, she was the voice of Mrs. Aahs and a host of other characters on Children's Broadcasting Corporation’s “Radio Aahs” and narrates for several of the popular "Hello Kitty" children's books. Rita sang with the original cast of "Jubilee" in Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and performed with the Hollywood Bowl Easter Choir from 2008 to 2011. Rita was a mentor and teacher of audio production, vocal and career coaching at Los Angeles Valley College Community Services and Programs.
Her volunteer work has included 16 years PTA, five years in the Civil Air Patrol, seven years Little League team mom, worship leader/praise band singer at her church, beach clean-up worker, Operation Gratitude worker, spokesperson for World Vision and Food For The Poor ministries. In June of 2018, Rita was crowned Ms. Senior California as part of the nationwide Ms. Senior America pageant system. She aims to promote awareness for senior well-being and inspire the community to elevated, meaningful heights.
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