about your HOSTS

 

 

 

 Amanda Guralski, an engaging entrepreneur who enjoys sparking the ambition of others, is thrilled to join the Morning Blend as co-host. Challenging others to pursue dreams and discover their potential is what fuels Amanda. There is a journey behind every person and Amanda loves hearing the story behind the passion. Her unstoppable energy and contagious enthusiasm drives her tremendous initiative to inspire. Her successful pursuits emphasize how easily she relates to an audience whether as publisher of an online magazine that mentors young professional women, motivational speaker, career coach, brand and image consultant, story contributor to Radar Online and E! or as the author of I am Not a Smartie Pants.  

Amanda has made many guest appearances on Milwaukee’s Morning Blend, KARE 11 in Minnesota, WGN in Chicago and Real Milwaukee.  Although a Midwesterner, Amanda has “fallen in love with the history of Tucson, the foothills, the sunsets, the Wildcats and of course the cacti!”

 

 

 

SALLY SHAMRELL is thrilled to be back in Southern Arizona! She is a native of Bisbee and is a proud Wildcat, having studied at the University of Arizona and performing as a baton twirler with The Pride of Arizona marching band. After receiving her B.A. in Fine Arts, she began her news career as a Weekend SportsAnchor in Yuma, Arizona. For more than a decade, Shamrell’s career took turns through drive time radio, then back into television. At KVOA-TV in Tucson, she found herself at the weather desk, anchoring the weekend newscast and filling the anchor chair on Daybreak. In 2003, she decided to call it quits with the news business and attempt a new, challenging career – acting.

Upon moving to Hollywood, Shamrell quickly learned her news background could garner paying jobs. Hosting national & regional infomercials and playing a TV reporter in film and prime-time TV are among the highlights of putting that news experience to work. But her biggest thrill as an actress came when she landed a recurring role as a doctor/nurse on TV’s long running soap opera, “The Young & The Restless”, and worked with actors she’d been watching since her college days.

In 2009, Shamrell moved to Australia with her new husband, Glenn. The pair met in Tucson in 2000 when Murphy owned the restaurant and bar, Backstage. Once in Australia, Shamrell had the thrill of teaching a Cold Reading audition class to a group of third year acting students at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). WAAPA is known as “the Julliard of Australia” - alumni include Hugh Jackman and the late Heath Ledger.

But her full-time ‘endeavor’ while Down Under was marketing their beach pub, the Endeavour Tavern in Lancelin, Western Australia. She put her media skills to work while promoting the Tavern on local and regional radio. With photography as a hobby, she quickly realized the value of a “picture speaks a thousand words”, when posting photos on Facebook – taking snaps of the beach, the Tavern and Western Australia. Some of her Australian photos will be featured in a restaurant she and her husband are opening in Tucson in the fall 2013, called the Aussie Cantina.