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(Chicago, IL) – Advanced TV Herstory, the podcast that presents the achievements and persistence of women in and of television has announced it will participate in two Chicago-area podcast marathons this fall.

Producer Cynthia Bemis Abrams will bring the podcast’s first live performance to PodSlam, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer care on September 23 at 7:30 pm (CDT). “I am thrilled to be featured in a line-up of strong well-produced shows not just from Chicago, but from around the country. This is a great opportunity to join forces to raise money for cancer care and research but also to put a fun, accessible face on podcasting,” she explained.

PodSlam, a project of Chicago-based Arcade Audio, puts on the live event & live streaming experience as a way to raise funds for Connor's Cure and help ensure The V Foundation is able to provide expert, compassionate care for sick children locally, regionally, and globally. The event will run 1 pm to 1 am at Chicago’s IO Theater at 1501 N Kingsbury Street.

Advanced TV Herstory is presenting sponsor of the event’s signature participation event, All Star Rumble.

On October 7, Abrams will take Advanced TV Herstory on the road to Elgin’s Blue Box Café for the SMG Podcast Marathon. SMG is a Chicago-based podcast network and audio production house. The marathon showcases podcasts from its own network as well as independent shows, with a focus of representing the diversity of voices and topics available.

“It’s an honor to have 30 minutes to voice my show to a whole new audience. This has been a year of persistence and awakening for women. For more than two years now, Advanced TV Herstory has told the stories of TV shows, players and moments that have made a great impact on our lives. This is context and analysis you won’t see on TV, but the minute listeners hear it, they realize that television holds powerful sway, both positive and negative on women and girls,” Abrams said.

SMG’s Podcast Marathon will feature a variety of podcasts, panel discussions and music. Abrams is also a contributor to SMG founder Rob Southgate’s upcoming book Pod Life: Podcaster's Stories.



I am a public relations practitioner and leadership instructor. In the course of a few months, three things happened to me that caused me to say, "Hey, I can do a podcast about women in and of TV!"

  1. "Mom, Battlestar Galactica has a number of complex leadership threads going on in it. You should watch it."
  2. In advising my class of what professional attire was appropriate for their presentation, I swiftly pulled up Julia Sugarbaker's The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia speech that aired in October 1986. It was a 10 minute answer that wandered from shoulder pads and hair ton professional wear for women in their 20s & 30s. "These were working women we saw every week," I told the class. "Yes Designing Women and other shows definitely influenced workplace wardrobe decisions for young women in the 80s."
  3. "Mom, there's a podcast you should listen to about classic Hollywood. I think you'd like it."

Really, that's how it went down.

The rest is herstory!


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Cynthia Bemis Abrams


Public Relations & Leadership Consultant; Adjunct Professor; Life-long TV enthusiast

Cynthia's podcasting life began in 2015, when she realized she had found the right place for her perspective and cultural knowledge of women in and of TV.  She had found no forum, no place where anyone attempted to take the work of women in and of TV and analyze it, add depth to it by looking at it in a social context and weave it into stories of leadership persistence and achievement. Banquets and awards, yes. Breaking down the nuances of a performance, story arc or the feminist side of a storied career. Nada.

With script, microphone, editing software suite and a hosting account, Cynthia started podcasting and hasn't slowed down. When she's not producing her own, Cynthia consumes podcasts that pertain to television and film, with You Must Remember This, Women and Hollywood and What Would Sharon Raydor Do? among the favorites.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Cultural Studies Association, Member
  • Alliance for Women in Media, Member
  • YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Medical Advocate Volunteer

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David Brown, Audio engineer

Adobe Creative Suite, especially Premiere Pro and Audition; Avid Pro Tools

Professional sound design and production sound mixing for film and radio; performer and filmmaker.

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Arts in Communication

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