PAUL AMADEUS LANE
Accessibility Consultant | TV & Radio Personality | Brand Ambassador | Keynote Speaker | MC
Over 20 years ago, after being involved in a multi car collision that left him a C-6 Quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair, Paul's life was no where near where it is today. In fact, there was a time when he and his doctors believed that he only had 72 hours left in his life. Paul ended up spending 8 months in a hospital recovering. Undeterred and inspired to live his dreams, Paul attended the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting in 2006. He went on to graduate from the school with honors. In 2007, he landed his first paid radio gig at CBS Radio KFWB-AM as a News Production Assistant. while working at CBS he landed an additional radio job in which Paul earned the title of Bureau Chief for NBC News Radio, KCAA 1050-AM, in Southern California's Inland Empire. He also served as a Host for their weekday morning show, all the way up until 2014.
By 2015, he became the Bureau Chief of ABC News Radio, KMET 1490-AM. Here, he hosted a morning show called, In the Fast Lane. During his show, Paul would share his wacky sense of humor with dedicated California fans. His positive outlook on life has allowed him to flourish as a radio personality and thrive physically, while keeping a smile on the faces of his listeners. Until December of 2015, Paul and his co-host, Mia Mocha, worked on a brand new TV Morning Show, simulcast on KMET 1490-am called Coffee Talk.
Paul has long been a self proclaimed nerd and techie. When January of 2016 came around, he decided to use his love for all things nerdy on his new show, TECH Zone. On the TECH Zone he is able to discuss technology and how it has changed everyday life, Gaming , entertainment, sports, health and education. This opportunity came after covering and serving as a Judge for the Consumer Electronics show. For 7 years, Paul broadcasted live shows that were focused on technology and how it has benefited all including the physically challenged community and their families. At comic-con 2018 in san Diego he debut his latest show "Entertainment Zone"
As an Accessibility Consultant Paul uses his unique experience as a former able-bodied consumer and now a disabled consumer. This helps him to see the challenges from both angles. Paul has worked with video game developers & video game console manufactures in helping them make gaming inclusive for all in spite of limitations. He has also worked with different consumer technology companies assisting them in areas where the disabled community can use their products more fully. This is something he is passionate about since he recognizes the challenges that the disabled community and their families face. His mission is to help ease the frustration that may come up for the disabled consumer. In May 2018 Paul was invited to speak at Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation) in San Mateo California for global accessibility awareness day to give a TED TALK. He shared his story about his injury, overcoming obstacles, career, advocacy, mentoring and love of gaming. A career highlight for Paul was being asked to moderate the first ever "ACCESSIBILITY IN GAMES" panel at E3 2018 in Los Angeles California.
Outside of his work on TV and Radio, Paul has served on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation's, Inland Empire Chapter. Paul is also a Brand Ambassador for the Abilities Expo Los Angeles and has been so since 2015 & Host their streaming show "Abilities Zone". In June of 2015, he was given the privilege of being the Keynote Speaker for the United States Equal Opportunity Commission's annual training and has even hosted scholarship pageants and No Drug America events. For the Intersection of Technology & Entertainment panel, Paul gratefully served as a Moderator at the Black Enterprise TechConnext Summit in 2016. On this panel, he had the honor of working with CEO's, Entertainers, and Business Development Directors.
Paul has had a long and interesting life, so far. During his career, Paul has interviewed some of the most influential people on earth, including, Dr. Maya Angelou, Former California Atty. Gen., Kamala Harris, California Lieut. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Chubby Checker, Hill Harper, George Duke, Megan McCain, Tommy Davidson, and many more. His talents have allowed him to even be featured in a National magazine Radio Ink. Though there was a time that he thought he may not live to see the next day, he stayed positive and has accomplished things that some have only dreamed of. His love for video games, sci-fi and technological innovations have allowed him to created a successful career for himself. It has also created a way for him to help others and keep them just as positive and encouraged as he is.