Author Marilyn

  • Marilyn

    95.7 BEN-FM Morning Show Host

    Morning Show Host for 95.7 Ben FM every weekday from 5am - 9am.

    10 Things to know about Marilyn

    1. I’m Addicted to Social Media - @MarilynRussell, or find me on Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram/Google and BlogSpot and Word Press
    2. I have seen the movie “Gladiator” like 150 times! Also love “GroundHog Day,” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Catching Fire,” “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Swingers,” “Wedding Crashers,” and anything with Paul Rudd
    3. Favorite interview – Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Not just because he's so good-looking, but also smart, funny and local!
    4. I’m a Native Philadelphian, so I always have that “Rocky” spirit...yo, we never give up!
    5. My radio career spans 2-decades now and I wouldn't trade it for the world! I love what I do and love doing it my home town!
    6. Favorite Philly Sports Teams – Flyers and Phillies
    7. Philly Favorites Overall – Living in Manayunk – great architecture, fun bars and amazing bike path. Love D'Allesandro's and Caputo's too!
    8. I’m a music lover of course! Best Live Show EVER Clash at the Armory in the early 80's... also Nirvana at the same venue mid-90's
    9. Favorite Hobby… Dinning Out!... I’m not much of a cook…
    10. Motherhood – The Best Thing I've Ever Done! Teaches you the true meaning of love.

Audra McLaughlin

It's ON - Science Fest 2014 with the Franklin Institute

Strategic Integrated Programs and Science Festival Director and founding Director of the Philadelphia Science Festival at The Franklin Institute. Since its inaugural celebration in 2011, the Festival has engaged hundreds of thousands in hands-on, interactive STEM activities. Under her direction, the program continues to grow on an annual basis—the Festival brings together more than 175 partnering organizations and is a model program within the national Science Festival Alliance as it is the first science festival in this country to successfully be led by a large science center. She also plays a leadership role within the aforementioned Alliance, mentoring staff from other festivals. In 2012, Gerri was nominated for Geek of the Year by the Philadelphia Geek Awards.

From 2006 to 2009, Trooskin ran three annual city-wide programs for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The One Book, One Philadelphia program grew significantly under her direction, engaged more than 100 partners, and the relationships built throughout the community during this time have served her well in her current role. She’s worked as a Community Organizer and Policy Researcher for the Women’s Community Revitalization Project in North Philadelphia and was a Social Worker for adjudicated dependent adolescent girls within the juvenile justice system.

Gerri has both bachelors in Systems Science and Engineering and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.


Race Director - Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 4/27

Special guest Kirsten Tallman joins Marilyn with all the details on this Sunday's 5-mile Rev Run, 3-mile walk and Young Patriots Fun Run!

To say Kirsten Tallman is a passionate, high-energy person is like saying the Eiffel Tower is a tall structure—it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. When Tallman gets behind something, the 44-year-old married mother of two does it full gusto.

Take her recent challenge of becoming race director for the ninth annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run®. She’s so passionate that she became a certified race director through Road Runners Club of America, a national organization dedicated to all things running.

Interestingly, Tallman wasn’t always a runner. In an effort to get back into shape after the birth of her first son, she began walking at Valley Forge National Historical Park near her home in King of Prussia. Those walks turned into jogs and before she knew it she was an avid runner. She signed up and volunteered for the inaugural Valley Forge Revolutionary Run at Valley Forge Park in 2006 and has been active with the event ever since.

Her full-time gig couldn’t be any more fitting−she is employed by the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, the title sponsor and producer of the Revolutionary Run –as their visitor services liaison at Valley Forge National Historical Park. As she puts it, it’s her job to make sure the 1.9 million visitors to the 3,500-acre historical gem in Montgomery County receive all the information they need about the park, as well as other attractions and accommodations throughout Montgomery County. She says she really enjoys being a cheerleader for the area.

Tallman, who touts her mother as a major influence of her drive for success, grew up about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh, in Sharon, Pa., with her older brother. She is a 1992 graduate of Drexel University, and loves visiting Surf City, NJ, every summer with her family.

Tune in here and feel her passion and energy!


Comcast Cares Day 2014

Featured Guest - Charisse Lillie, VP Community Investments/President, Comcast Foundation Re: Annual Comcast Cares Day, Saturday, April 26th, the day Comcast employees volunteer their time helping out in the Community here and across the country. Charisse shares all the details!


Karen Lavery and SHE Spot Weekend and Magazine

What are you doing Mother's Day Weekend...we've got just the event for you with Mom, your sisters, your besties...the whole gang!

It's SheSpot Weekend and you'll get all the details by listening here to Founder of SheSpot the Magazine and SheSpot the weekend (May 9th/10th and 11th) Karen Lavery. This will be an absolute blast and there's lots going on for Friday/Saturday and Sunday.

Like em on Facebook - She Spot Weekend

More importantly, join in the fun, cause well, you know "girls just wanna have fun."


Women's Resource Center

Morgan Lewis’s Chair-Elect Jami McKeon to Keynote Women’s Resource Center Leadership Luncheon (sold out but we want you to know about Jami and the extraordinary work being done by Women's Resource Center.

Jami Wintz McKeon, the first female Chair-elect at global law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in its 140-year history, will be the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon, which benefits the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Wayne. Themed Creating Your Path to Success, the Women’s Leadership Luncheon will take place at the Hyatt at the Bellevue on Broad Street in Philadelphia on Friday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ms. McKeon, who is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice, will share insights on how women can create their own paths to success.


Lauren Hart

Martrie Johnson - Home of the Sparrow

Hey Single Mom's - this ONE is for you!

My guest is Matrie Johnson from Home of the Sparrow and they're doing this great event in Chester County - The Single Mothers' Conference, April 12th - FREE Event 8-3 a.m. at Henderson HS, West Chester, PA.

Do you know a Single Mom who would benefit from this? They'll be sharing legal advice, great resource information and contacts, plus Breakfast and Lunch is included AND you can bring the kids!


Dana Dabek from North Light Community Center

Featured guest Dana Dabek, Director of Institutional Advancement shared North Light's Mission to enable people of all ages and abilities in our communities, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through initiatives that support and enrich children, teens, and families.

North Light Community Center's vision is to support and strengthen our diverse neighborhoods by meeting the evolving needs of individuals and families. We work to develop the whole person from educating to providing sustenance, and thus, cultivate a vibrant community.

Runners-sign up for their 5K run this Sunday - info at

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