“Valenti is Berkshire County’s most prolific journalist.” — Berkshire Magazine
“A one-man mob scene” — Albany Times-Union
DAN VALENTI is a writer, broadcaster, educator, and artist.
Dan Valenti writes, edits, and publishes PLANET VALENTI (dot com), Western Massachusetts’ most widely read blog. He also writes as a columnist for the Pittsfield weekly, The Berkshire Courier. Dan is a well-known author whose books have made him a “five-decade man” — his titles have been published in the 1970s (1979), ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and tens (2010, 11). His works have been widely quoted, cited, and anthologized (see Dan’s “List of Books”). Two of his titles were best sellers. He has also written for the stage and for films.
In addition to career as an author, Dan has worked as newspaper columnist for two Pittsfield, Mass., newspapers: the daily Berkshire Eagle and the weekly Pittsfield Gazette. Dan began his writing career in newspapers, working for five years as an editor and contributing writer at The Syracuse Post-Standard and editor and columnist at The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. He also managed the ABC/Capital Cities Minority Training Program, designed to recruit and encourage minority journalists.
Dan also handles a range of free-lance assignments for magazines, newspapers,websites, and other media. Moreover, his poetry and fiction has appeared in the regional and national literary press.
Dan has hosted and written thousands of live radio and TV shows. From 1992 to 2006, Dan hosted, wrote, and produced “The DanValenti Show,” a daily talk show (morning drive) on WBRK AM 1340. The show won numerous awards, including “Best Talk Show” in its category from the Associated Press and finalist honors for “Best Talk Show Host” in the Boston Achievement in Radio (AIR) Awards. Dan also hosted for two years in the mid-80s a Boston Red Sox pre-game show called “Red Sox Report” for stations WUPE and WUHN. In addition, Dan continues to guest on numerous radio and TV shows. For many years, Dan was business partner with the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Ken Coleman, long-time Voice of the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Their ventures included several book and broadcasting projects. Currently, he hosts a weekly TV show, PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION, seen on Time Warner cable.
Dan has taught writing and communications at the college level since 1977. He was adjunct professor of English at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y. He is currently adjunct professor of English at Berkshire Community College. He has been a member of the BCC English Department since 1992. He has taught courses in expository writing, composition, mass communications, humanities, journalism, and has given writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction.
Dan also makes frequent appearances as a public speaker. He has recently founded two start-up companies: PLANET MEDIA BOOKS, a book publisher, and EUROPOLIS MANAGEMENT, a management company. He is the managing editor and founding director of the website www.planetvalenti.com. Dan also paints, generally working in acrylics and oils. His work is on display at Berkshire Place in Pittsfield, Mass. In June 2015, his paintings were featured at the Marketplace Cafe in Pittsfield. Valenti also ran two writing-marketing communications agencies, The Media Services Group (1980 to 2001) and Dan Valenti Communications (1987 to 2008), serving a wide array of corporate and agency clients.
A.A. in pre-education from BCC; B.A. in English from Union College in Schenectady, NY; M.A. in journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.
Background and personal
Dan grew up in Pittsfield, Mass., and attended local schools there. Dan and his wife live in Stockbridge, Mass.