Freeline Media is only as good as its writers, critics, columnists and reporters.
Michael W. Freeman
Editor / Publisher
Michael W. Freeman was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts.
A graduate of Hampshire College and George Washington University, Michael got his start in journalism in 1988 when he began working as a reporter at a small weekly newspaper in the quaint town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, called The Ipswich Chronicle. His career in journalism had begun.
He spent 11 years as a reporter for an urban daily in Fall River, The Herald News, while also contributing commentary for local radio talk shows and teaching journalism at Bristol Community College.
In 2002, Michael relocated to Orlando, and spent eight years as the editor of The Reporter, a weekly newspaper in Central Florida founded in 2003 by The New York Times. In this role, he created the first newspaper for Four Corners, one of the fastest growing areas of Central Florida. Located just south of Walt Disney World, Four Corners is a former stretch of citrus groves that, by 2000, had become populated by scores of newly built and expansive subdivisions. Michael provided the residents and businesses of this area with its first print publication.
In November 2008, Michael formed Freeline Productions as a vehicle to produce an original play he’d written, Hooked, which had its premiere at The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in May 2009. The following year, Michael wrote and produced Copping a Craigie, a play that sold out four of its six performances at the Orlando Fringe Festival and attracted positive reviews. Michael continues to write original plays and remains active in local theater. He’s a member of the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Guild, and remains a devoted and passionate lover of the arts and community theater.
In October 2010, Michael expanded Freeline Productions to include an online magazine, Freeline Media, which covers Central Florida with news articles, opinion pieces and reviews.
Michael is also the author of the “Freelining with Mike Freeman” columns, and writes reviews of local theater productions and area restaurants.
His work includes fiction as well. In 2013, Michael published the novel “Bloody Rabbit”, a dark and unnerving story of a middle-aged man struggling to cope in the aftermath of the brutal national recession. The novel is available on Amazon.com.
Michael has also worked as an editor at The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sentinel’s sister company, Forum Publishing Group, which produces a series of weekly newspapers in South Florida. For two weeks in November 2013, Michael was the interim editor of The Jewish Journal, the nation’s largest Jewish weekly newspaper.
He is employed by the Orlando Magic, one of just 35 NBA teams in the United States.
Brek Dalrymple, author of the “First Date” columns, is a native of Huntsville, Alabama who now lives in College Park in Orlando. He has helped lead the HRIS industry for more than twenty years, at both ADP and Kronos, where he was recognized repeatedly for game-changing operational success, innovation, productivity, and triple digit growth of the TLM group within the 4B Major Accounts division at Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
He was the overall Corporate Director of Implementation Initiatives in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Dalrymple is the president of The BrekGroup, which he founded in Orlando in 2006 with one goal: to fix the gaps in the Human Resource Information Systems world. Already this firm has been recognized as one of the most effective solution providers in the HRIS industry, due to its specialization on core HRIS challenges, such as Human Resource Information Systems, comprehensive product optimization, and payroll processing design and optimization.
In 2013, Dalrymple expanded and opened a second BrekGroup office, in San Diego.
John DiDonna has been a theater professor at Rollins College, Valencia College and Seminole State College. He now teaches theater and drama full time at Valencia.
He is co-artistic director of The Empty Spaces Theatre Co., and a board of directors member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida.
John is also a veteran actor, director and playwright, who can be seen either on stage or behind the scenes at some of the most talked about productions in Central Florida. His past acting credits have included playing everything from Edgar Allen Poe to the Marquis de Sade to Frank N Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show.” His original plays have included “Bathory” and “Phantasmagoria.”
John DiDonna is a veteran theater director, actor and play wright, and author of the “In Cite” columns.
John is the author of Freeline Media’s Central Florida Theatre In Process In-Cite column, which looks at everything happening in the community theater world in Greater Orlando — from new productions that are opening to upcoming auditions to new theater groups. The popular column includes John’s own “weekend picks” of the hottest and most talked about shows playing in this region.
He’s also a conservative by heart, a libertarian by choice, and a diplomatic provocateur by nature.
ALPHA MALE RYAN
Author, “Alpha Male Angst”
Who is Alpha Male Ryan? Well, he was a bully in high school, and picked on his share of the geeks. He’s had some scrapes with the law. He’s been in jail, and spent time in prison. Alpha Male Ryan has endured things that most guys probably couldn’t handle for more than a few minutes — or seconds.
He’s also an expert fighter, an experienced target shooter, and the kind of guy who could crush you in a bar fight. Guys are intimidated by him, or afraid of him.
And frankly, he doesn’t much care what you think of him or whether you like him or not. Alpha Male Ryan: he tells it like it is, without the sensitivity or kid glove approach that others take. If what he writes makes you angry, Alpha Male Ryan says he’s probably doing his job, saying what nobody else has the guts to put in print.
The Orlando native, Ryan can be found doing bodyguard work, or hanging out in local bars and ultra lounges, telling the guys “Don’t make me have to make you cry. Your girlfriend will laugh at you.”
Hailing from picturesque Amherst, Massachusetts, home to the five-college valley, R.T. Robeson is a lover of movies, theater, the novels of Franz Kafka, Roland Topor, Jerzy Kosinski, and Edgar Allen Poe, and the films of Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg.
In these days when so many 20somethings download movies, books and songs on their laptop and Iphone, R.T. is old-fashioned and still has a massive DVD, CD and book collection.
His passion is hanging out in bohemian coffee houses where he can relax over an Espresso and a vanilla Egg Cream. Fortunately, when he relocated to Orlando, he found just such a spot at the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar on Bumby and Amelia in Orlando. You can often find him there, writing theater reviews, original plays and other scribblings, while looking for like-minded bohemian types to chat with.
He can also be found on many an occasion at the programs hosted by the Jewish Community Center in Maitland, another of his favorite hot spots.
Raised in a small town in Florida, Vikki’s parents were labor workers; her mother took on the great responsibility of mother and father; raising her with strong work ethics, and morals.
Vikki Hankins has a great love for humanity and displays all apsects of that as the author of the autographical novels “Trauma” and “Trauma II.” She is the founder of A4J Publishing, a self-publishing agency based in Orlando, and the vice president of Advocate 4 Justice, a non-profit agency that works on behalf of convicted felons and those who are incarcerated.
Often times major publishing companies tend to close the door to potential authors, never reviewing their material. Vikki says experience has shown that unless one is a celebrity, well-known or a politician, more than likely they will be turned down. Self publishing allows people to take total control of their work. She created (A)dvocate (4) (J)ustice Publishing to give everyday people a chance to be heard through their writings and to fulfill their dream of becoming a published author. A4J Publishing works with the author to create a customized book cover design, makes the author’s book available to online books stores such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, print and ship book(s) directly to the author.
Advocate 4 Justice’s primary mission is to bring balance to the federal criminal justice system by allowing people a true second chance at life and freedom through the reinstatement of federal parole — made retroactive. Advocate 4 Justice also raises awarenes to other issues surrounding the criminal justice system, including but not limited to restoration of civil rights for those that have completely paid their dues.
Vikki is also a motivational speaker and paralegal/legal assistant.
Reporter and photographer, Freeline Media
Linda Charlton is a professional musician. Her introduction to the world of professional journalism came shortly out of college, when she spent three years as a stringer with The Miami Herald, primarily doing reviews of classical music. Fast forward some years, and she found herself doing a lot of writing on environmental issues for a Central Florida Weekly newspaper, The Reporter and its parent company, The Ledger.
A bit later, she discovered she was good with a camera.
Now what she really likes is to get her hands into a good mystery.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Heidi Bolduc first moved to the City Beautiful to attend the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2007. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in radio and television Production in 2010, she began working at an Internet news/talk radio station in downtown Orlando, The Phoenix Network. This is where she met and began to write contributing articles and music columns for Michael Freeman, the founder of Freeline Media.
Heidi currently also volunteers part-time in the City of Orlando Communications Department, and freelances as a production assistant on various TV and film shoots around the city. She is a proud 2011-2012 Yelp! Orlando Elite and gives back to her alma mater by serving as Scholarship Committee chair of the UCF Young Alumni Chapter.