THE PRESENT: It's a gift. It really is. You have heard the cliche' many times that "today is a gift and that is
why it is called the present." It's true. Below, is simply an archived biography written of my past for those
who care to read it. But it's not important. My mission is to be present and engaged in what I do each day.
Sure, it always helps to know where someone has come from. It makes you who you are and shapes you
into something more. My past life has been about itineraries and time lines. They were important only to
stay ahead of deadline, maintain organization, structure and some sense of order for productivity,
Today, I am juggling more facets of who I am with all that is here on this site. But that is not all who I am. It
all started with Media Monster within me...
Creativity and promotion with clarity and purpose. Passion, drive, vision and integrity. Whether it’s food,
music, culture, entertainment, travel/hospitality, horticulture, philanthropy, the arts, history, the
environment, creativity, humanitarianism and human interest in the heart of the matter… That's Stacey
She boasts a career spanning every sector in the entertainment/media industry in creative
conceptualization, enterprise development, visibility branding and full-production execution as a
professional whose expertise encompasses Radio & Television Broadcasting, Internet, Independent Film,
Theatre, Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations and Music Production working with
BMI/ASCAP, SAG & AFTRA, IDA, WGA and American Federation of Musicians in the number two Arbitron and
Nielsen ratings market of Los Angeles. She is a published author of a book on California State Law
Taxation featuring a romantic comedy subplot with distribution to 400 worldwide offices in seven different
languages. In 2003, Kumagai became a published poet in her own right, inducted in the International
Library of Poetry’s publication, “The Honey of the Soul” with her poem, “Poetry Lives,” published by
Watermark Press. Born to a mother who was in the U.S. Japanese Internment Camps and a WWII Veteran
father whose name is on the Go For Broke Monument in Downtown Los Angeles, she grew up with
parents of integrity, an unmatched work ethic and culturally influenced over-achiever mentality. Her entire
career has been devoted toward promoting, publicizing, producing and executing projects involving
humanitarian and philanthropic efforts in association with passionate individuals involved in activism and
the entertainment arts… a tribute to both her parents who never got to fulfill their life’s dreams.
From her early broadcast beginnings, Kumagai started in front of the camera with her first sound bite at
the age of three on KNBC-TV. After receiving The Academy of Achievement Award from Press-Telegram
presented by former Governor George Deukmejian and Pro-Bono Humanitatus Award from the Aztec Sun
Press, Kumagai was prepared to lead an adventurous journey utilizing communications with a purpose.
But it was Oscar-winning actor, Louis Gossett, Jr. who told her to get into the entertainment/media
business, while Kumagai was working as a Guest Relations Tour Guide at Disneyland (and got to thank
him, 20 years later!)
EARLY BEGINNINGS: After graduating from The Academy of Radio Broadcasting with her FCC License and
honors diploma, she simultaneously became a local radio personality by day and by night, a broadcast
studio counselor, editor of the newsletter, “The Call Letter,” while doing calligraphy on diplomas. She
flipped the mike from radio to TV, working other jobs as a TV reporter and Host. Discovered in Faces
International’s book of headshots, she got her first break uttering her first word on the sitcom "What’s
Happening Now?," the drama "The Bronx Zoo" and landed a recurring cameo on the ABC series, "Hotel"
with James Brolin and Connie Selleca as ‘the elevator girl.’ More camera work was done as a model… for
Ford Taurus under J. Walter Thompson agency, Univega Bicycling, The Disneyland Hotel, EIKI Projectors
and The Southern California Hair book. She has additionally done tea room modeling, local runway and
shoe modeling, but went on to do radio announcing and voice work.
She simultaneously worked as a radio and television host, producing and writing in the field and did
fashion commentating. As a freelance broadcast journalist/voice-over artist, she worked for several
Orange County cable television entities, OCN in conjunction with OC Register, Rogers Cable Systems,
HBTV and The City of Long Beach. She became Quality Control Director of Programming, for Pat Boone’s
TV station, KDOC-TV 56. Here she also did on-air commercials for “Hot Seat” host Wally George and
appeared in a commercial for “Request Video” the pre-cursor show for MTV’s “Total Request Live.” From
here she ended up being an announcer for the O.C. Fair, and Kumagai became a broadcast media
relations specialist. She ended up working a 10 year contract for the State of California’s 32nd agricultural
district, producing live TV coverage segments with animals (4H & Future Farmers of America), Guinness
World Record stunts and segments with Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America,
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, KTLA Morning News, Fox’s Good Day L.A. and many others.
This stint branched out into other fairs, festivals, shows, live equestrian and stadium events where she
produced TV segments with two-headed snakes, Clydesdales, reptiles, lawn mower races, fire fighter
challenges, pink sheep, live cattle drives down a city street, worked with killer bees with in the middle of
a 45 mph dust storm and even bungee jumped on LIVE Television. She did calmer things, too like several
Harvest Festival Craft Fairs, the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade (ironically the very parade she
marched in as part of a championship baton twirling team) and The Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival. She
worked several years on The Southern California Home & Garden Show, the largest show of its kind in the
State of California with Interior Design, Topiary Gardens, Top Chefs and an earthquake safe steel-framed
home. After being cast as “The Yellow Overdrive Power Ranger,” for Saban’s TV pilot, she honored her
commitment to host the unveiling of the Straw Bale Eco-Home for Habitat for Humanity at the first-ever
Southern California press conference and gave the role away to another lucky actress.
DIVERSIFYING: She continued to go into ‘overdrive’ herself to also produce events and p.r. campaigns for
an array of other multi-hyphenates and talent – indie film premieres and festival screenings, award shows
and her hunger for the diversified career lifestyle knew no limits. She was going to school and working
three careers, when suddenly her father was stricken with diabetes and pancreatic cancer. He was given
2 weeks to live on the day her mother was having a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her mother was simultaneously suffering from Alzheimer's which would end up being a twenty-six year
battle. After burying her father, Kumagai continued with school, working three jobs, and was commuting
all over Southern California, while taking care of her mother.
Kumagai multi-tasked also working at 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles in Marketing Promotions. It was here she
worked big events including the historic unveiling of the Elvis Presley postage stamp and concerts
benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric A.I.D.S. Foundation tied to the Rick Dees Morning Show. Her
voiceover radio work included a Valentine’s promo for The Rick Dees Morning Show and her voice was a
staple on the KIIS-FM Prize Hotline. It was here she got heavily involved with many organizations,
including Women of Washington/Los Angeles, Women in Communications, the Southern California
Broadcasters Association, Women, Inc., American Women In Radio & Television and the Unity Media
Access Project. For seven years, she worked as a mentor, teacher, coach, motivator and counselor
empowering young college women in broadcasting. As President-Elect of Women In Communications,
Orange County Chapter, she co-chaired and produced the annual Matrix Awards. When the membership
chose to disband due to the Los Angeles Chapter encompassing the Southern California region, she had
the chapter donate their funds to the public library system, where the funds could buy books for under-
stocked libraries- so underprivileged kids could read.
After receiving her Advertising Communications Certificates of Academic Achievement from University of
California, Irvine in association with the School of Fine Arts, Kumagai redefined herself as The Southland's
Media Monster, President of Media Monster Communications, Inc./BrainGASM Productions. Kumagai, an
established media pitcher has accomplished a number of media historical local, regional, nationwide and
worldwide ‘firsts.’ She promoted many benchmark moments including National Radio Talk Show Host, Dr.
Laura Schlessinger's first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show;" and simultaneously worked a full
time stint in marketing/sales and music production as Director of Broadcast Affiliate Relations for Who Did
As Director of Broadcast Affiliate Relations/Producer in the music industry, she created custom broadcast
music packages for WPNT-FM 100.3 (recorded in the historic "We Are The World" - Westlake Studio!) &
WBBM-FM B-96 Chicago. She produced first-time-ever music I.D.s in the history of Washington's Country
Station 98.7 WMZQ-FM and WJZW-FM Smooth Jazz 105.9, packages enriched by the talents of Capitol
Recording Artist Dave Koz and vocalist Joey Scarbury ("Greatest American Hero"). She was part of the
BBC’s Radio One Sound Design, lending her own voice to some of the crazy studio bumper tracks, and
was also broadcast music rep at The National Association of Broadcasters in Los Angeles and New
Orleans and the Country Radio Conference in Nashville. Preparing for the music production company’s
move to the Valley, Kumagai left Orange County to move to Los Angeles. From here, Kumagai joined her
music industry colleague, Jeffrey Ganter in 1996 to launch What If...Inc., where together they landed the
book writing deal with the CPA/Law Firm and teamed working events for Johnnie Walker's Ambassador of
Kumagai was asked to co-host as fill-in talent on the long-running nationally syndicated radio program,
“After Midnight with Blair Garner” on Clearchannel’s Premiere Radio Networks. She also co-hosted with
Hollywood Harrison on Boot Scoot’n Party’n Nights Country radio program.
She continued her involvement with organizations and ended up working to help produce numerous
events for AWRT. In addition she worked on committees to facilitate the Genii Awards programs which
provided scholarships for college students nationwide. She served full-term as 1st Vice-President of
Programming (then President Elect) on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of
American Women In Radio & television, a sub-division of the National Association of Broadcasters. A
media judge for the first-ever Gracie Allen Awards and Co-Chair for the 41st and 42nd annual Genii
Awards, kept her busy with the organization. She didn’t continue with AWRT once her mother’s Alzheimer’
s progressed, instead she diverted her focus to caring for her mother.
LEADING THE WAY: Once her mother required deeper Alzheimer’s care in a facility, Kumagai moved ahead
with a diversified career path with Jeffrey Ganter in developing entities underneath a company umbrella.
Together they became a corporate rehab team and spearheaded the business/marketing management of
a 300,000 square foot motion picture studio lot in Burbank which hosted "Dante's Peak," "8 Heads In A
Duffle Bag," "The Truman Show" as lot projects. She and Ganter co-founded The Rhythm Channel
Foundation for Deaf Musicians and Performing Artists, a charity organization which enhanced the arts for
the deaf and hearing impaired culture and worked with board of director alliances for getting program
closed-captioning on MTV’s Total Request Live with Carson Daly.
Expanding her specialization in multi-cultural clients to healing industries, she worked on projects to
develop confrontation and tolerance with Urban Graffiti Live Slam Festival featuring Latino and African-
American spoken word artists and performers. Additionally, Kumagai extended her work clientele to
include projects to benefit Inner City kids. She has worked with many projects including the Independent
Living Project of the City of Riverside and the Hollenbeck Youth Center bringing over 10,000 toys to
underprivileged children in the Inner City. Her cross-promotion events have benefited The Boys & Girls
Clubs of America, NAACP, Amnesty International and ACLU, City of Hope, Black Business Expo, Jewish
Home For The Aging, Asian American Performing Artists Association, A.I.D.S. Project Los Angeles, Hispanic
Media Association, Special Olympics, Women In Business, Animal Rescue Foundation, Mr. Holland’s Opus
Foundation, The Actor’s Fund and Independent Media Project for Minorities.
Kumagai's belief in education in association with entertainment is incorporated into each client she takes
on and the above list is no exception. She also did p.r. for the documentary, “Straight from the Streets”
which received a Moxie Award from the Santa Monica Film Festival. It garnered a distribution deal which
is now being incorporated as required studies in various school systems. This feature length
documentary, five years in the making, begins with the Los Angeles uprising in 1992 and concludes with
the historic Million Man March of 1995.
Kumagai continued building Media Monster Communications, Inc. in the interim and did p.r. for The
Hollywood Reporter's sister publication Back Stage West's acquisition of “Dramalogue” and their live
version of the actor's trade weekly, "Actorfest." Kumagai’s p.r. and promotions increased the attendance
and growth of The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival to intrigue interest in first sister-
festival alliance with Rome Independent Film Festival. And she did an Emmy p.r. campaign for
Cinematographer, James Chressanthis, ASC, nominated for his work on "FOUR MINUTES" -- an ESPN
Original Entertainment (EOE) production. It was the very the first-ever original movie to premiere on
ESPN2, about Roger Bannister who ran the first four-minute mile. She was also responsible for the p.r. for
the world’s first syndicated TV program to be on Hewlett Packard's Jornada 545 Pocket PC, a one-minute
puppet soap, “Paris Falls,” and helped launch the roll out of Showtime Independent Films festival projects
inclusive of Actor, Tim Daly's Directorial Debut for the film, "Bereft,” “Sexual Life” with Anne Heche and
“Speak” starring Kristen Stewart which is still creating buzz amongst the school systems across America
as a ‘must see’ film. Her other work with Showtime includes the final season of “Queer As Folk” with Hal
Sparks and their sneak preview live events rolling to DVD.
Kumagai’s other benchmark p.r. includes the first-inaugural concert ever at Stage 1 at Candlewalk with
Lonestar & Olivia Newton-John to benefit Fender Kids Rock Free Music Education Program and Susan G.
Komen Foundation charities. Kumagai launched first-time author Amy Botwinick’s “Congratulations on
Your Divorce: The Road To Finding Your Happily Ever After” with vibrator sales benefiting victims of
domestic violence. This cultivated an immediate network of 1000 women working together, and resulted
in a Women’s History Month event of music, reading and spiritual empowerment for women getting back
on their feet. Other ‘firsts’ include doing p.r. for Selma Shimmel’s “The Group Room” North America’s first
and only Cancer Talk Radio Show helping survivors and their families. Kumagai also did benchmark p.r. for
the first-ever 102.7 KIIS-FM Wango Tango Concert Benefit for the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance with
14 back-to-back act live acts featuring Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Tom Jones, Hootie & The
Blowfish, and the first-ever Los Angeles concert for the boy band, N’Sync. Kumagai secured more than
250 local, regional, national and international media crews and photographers in just 2 weeks p.r. time,
which included online p.r. live backstage concert feed from Earthlink to the rest of the world. Her ‘firsts’
continued by utilizing the dovetailing promotion of clients and projects, such as The Los Angeles Times
Reading By 9 program Literacy Project in conjunction with her clients from Fox Kids Countdown while
benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This lead to Dr. Seuss' 95th Birthday - Read Across America
National Literacy Project working with the Screen Actors Guild Foundation with special recognition from
President Clinton & The White House.
Being “GREEN” since elementary school, where Kumagai actively participated in water conservation
drives, this initiative continued in high school, under her leadership as Senior Class President, she
created and developed recycling drives as a primary means of fundraising and helping the planet. Staying
the path with education and empowering with information and inspiration, Kumagai has worked with a
number of environmentally-conscious client projects. From organic health food and cleaning products to
homeopathy - Kumagai infuses the cross-pollination technique of all she enjoys. Her work with multi-
entitied Shanda Lear Enterprises (daughter of the Learjet inventor) promoting the Stealth 205 electric
boat and scooters to promote environmentally conscious options of transportation resulted in work with
the American Lung Association. Kumagai’s ‘p.r. with a purpose’ stays true to the green course. Her most
recent work, the first-ever “Friends of Avalon Bay” water quality concert benefit for Catalina Island and
Musician-Environmentalist, Jon Hartmann’s music CDs paying tribute to the Pacific Electric Railway and his
new release which echoes the problem of America’s addition to oil, with “George Bush Sings” – a political
satire jazz-rap. She has also worked with client Mimi Kennedy’s involvement with the Environmental
Media Association and Earth Day E.V.s, post her film, “Erin Brockovich.” And she is currently working with
Mimi Kennedy’s new upcoming novel.
Other unique projects have included "Dragapella" - barbershop quartet in drag, featuring two attorneys
promoting political activism; Norma Vally “Chix Can Fix” – empowering women to be safe and to fix things
themselves; Jazz Musician,Maurice Gainen (Starbucks CD Master Engineer, who launched his own album,
Jazz World Colors); Chef Traci Higgins-Freeman's Grand Opening of “Lila Belle’s Healthy Meals for the
Taking” in San Francisco; and Dr. Ward Coleman’s Four Mountain’s anti-aging/stress-relieving holistic
health practices and products with the homeopathic “Wheel of Healing” – articles which SATURATE the
Internet today in syndication. From the bi-coastal Urban Sports radio program, Celebrity Sports Talk –
where guests included veteran broadcasters Stu Lantz and Tommy Hawkins; The Latin Jazz Festival;
Jewish Home For the Aging fundraiser benefit; and countless other events. Kumagai has also done p.r.
events including many Guinness World Record moments including street luge and card stacking and
incorporated clients into the World-Famous Hollywood Christmas Parade.
A Guest Public Relations Spokesperson on over 700 Nat'l and Int'l Radio & TV broadcasts Kumagai is the
BBC’s choice ‘go-to-guru’ for Oscar-time in discussing p.r. buzz regarding campaigning, stories which are
now archived on the Internet today. She is a featured structure as "The Fallen Angel" in a theme park
attraction at the Towa Nasu Resort's "Dark Castle Haunt" ride in Japan which was created by Technifex,
the company that created the pirate ship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Kumagai has been interviewed by more than a dozen students from high schools and colleges across the
U.S. and abroad for their ‘final’ class essay and interview projects for those wanting to break into the field
of public relations or entertainment. In addition to running Media Monster Communications, Inc.
/BrainGASM Productions, she currently is a co-author ghost writer for a series of books.
Kumagai continues to take on clientele who are diverse in thinking, passionate in being and wanting to
make a difference through purposeful media relations, marketing and business development. With a
career that has spanned across all facets of communication, given this cutting-edge positioning which
also includes online media relations., global awareness, media branding, visibility and leverage with
production, and event management, she is a BrainGASMing Media Monster. Humanitarianism and
Philanthropy have been part of her personal and business Media Monster/BrainGASM mission....
informing, educating and bringing about awareness for creating change in perception, reaction, and
activism. It’s all about making a difference and having a productive life of clarity.
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