Kalamazoo is, indeed, one of the best names of towns in the US. It really is. And the reason I mention it at all is that just north of Kalamazoo is Grand Rapids, where WOOD TV is located. WOOD is the Lin NBC where my dear friend JIM MCCOY was News Director before he lost his battle with bone cancer. Now, WOOD has a new Marketing Director and he’s a honey. KEVIN VANDERKOLK was enjoying Day 2 of new new job when I grabbed him via phone. A native Michigander who was raised in Holland and Lansing, Kevin has moved west 50 miles from his last job as CSD at Gray Communications’ NBC affil WILX. And yes, he’s still commuting at the moment while he and the Mrs. look for a new place. The Mrs., btw, is a former TV GM who got out of the biz and is living a happily ever after life. More on her later. Back to Kev. Did you know he was at one time a TV News reporter and anchor? Sure was. He’s worked in Detroit, Chicago and Cadillac Michigan. Yes, this is a man who has strong ties to Lake Michigan. Besides his wife, making the move will be TILLY VANDERKOLK, a rescued bulldog who is fast becoming spoiled in the best way possible. GREAT to catch up with you, Kevin. Keep in touch and Congrats!
DICK GOGGIN, who’s had gigs at WCNC in Charlotte, as well as FOX in Indy andGreenville SC has taken a spot at an Indianapolis marketing firm. He’s now a Brand Strategist at Brandirect, Inc.
And working in DC is former St. Louis KDNL news topical producer MANNY ALVAREZ. He’s been quietly working at Albritton’s WJLA. Ah, I thought most folks wanted to tell me about their new jobs!
Think about this: “We live by encouragement and die without it – slowly, sadly, angrily” ~ Celeste Holm