TV Promotion is now officially in the Second Generation. What does that mean, you ask? Well, it means that there are more sons and daughters who are following in their parents footsteps and taking up the TV Marketing mantel, taking jobs in the biz, and continuing to create magic wherever they go. Some of the finest Promo people were raised by TV people and they chose the promo category. MARSHALL HITES, now of the KCBS stations in Los Angeles is such a person, as is Nashville-based BLAIR PAYNE is another. Now comes STEVEN KOONCE, who I’m told is one hot talent. If the name rings a bell, it means you’ve connected him to his dad, JIM KOONCE the CSD at Las Vegas’ KNTV. C O O L! Steven comes to promo through the excellent TV program at Chapman University down in The OC, ie Orange, California just south of Anaheim. You should check it out…looks like their program is impressive. So, with his growing up having been done in the cool, rainy Seattle/Tacoma area, Steven was very happy s in the warm, dry high desert of Palm Springs, where he was the Nightside Promotion Producer at NBC affil, KMIR. He’s also done work with Metro Traffic and at KVOA in Tucson. As the biz goes, so went his KMIR job. Finding himself in search of a new position, he turned to the great folks of IdeaNet and the Jobs publication. Yes, the entire 602 Communications staff is giving out with an “ah shucks” as they read this. So, with excitement, Mr. Steven and his new boss are announcing his new career step, which begins January 8. PAULA HERSH and everybody at Richmond, VA’s WWBT will welcome him as their new Dayside Promotions Topical Producer. WWBT is the NBC affil in Virginia’s capital and it’s owned by Lincoln Financial Group. All the very best to you, Steven. You sound like ONE TO WATCH, which will be a feature of this column once the New Year dawns. CONGRATS!
Think about this: “People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.”