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Vanderbilt alum SUSANNE MCAVOY has a tasty new slot at Food Network where she’s been tapped to be Senior Vice President of Marketing. Excellent. She comes over from an 11 year run at Crown Media Family Networks where she held a series of duties and titles like EVP Marketing, Creative an Communications. She has a solid background in the biz having handled Affiliate Marketing for MTV as well as at Oxygen and has lent her expertise to the marketing efforts to Bravo and Comcast Spotlight. Of course she’ll stay in NYC. Well Dunne! Susanne!
Job Alert – Marketing Director KWES Odessa, TX
Job Alert – Marketing Director KMSB Tucson
Job Alert – Creative Services Director KTEN Denison, TX
Think About This: “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
There must be a wonderful southern expression that covers the terrific news out of Meredith that kicked off the week. I think the closest one is ‘that just dills my pickle’ meaning it’s all good. Meredith promoted not one, not two but three (!) wonderful marketing women (!) to Station Manager slots. Well Dunne! to TERRI PECK at Las Vegas’ KVVU, BLANCA ESPARZA-PAP at KPHO/KTVK in Phoenix and COREY HANSON at KPDX/KPTV in Portland, Oregon. All three lovely ladies are smarter than room allows and are now going to use the insight and background they have honed doing creative marketing to really lead. Could not be happier. Who at Meredith made that decision? Gold star to you. Great way to start a week. Again, Well Dunne! ladies.
Job Alert – Writer Producer WKMG Orlando (work with a great team and KYM PEOPLES)
Think About This: “When people say they can’t see anything good in you, hug them and tell them life is difficult for the blind.” ~ no idea who said/wrote this
This time of year, there’s a great many life changing events going on off the job. Let’s catch up on them. Also, let’s note that it’s now official, General Managers and News Directors are changing jobs WAY more frequently than Creative Marketing types. That is the inverse from the past when the ‘crazy creatives’ changed markets frequently. Theories on this seem to track with large ownership group purchases and how the job of Marketing Director is viewed in the corporate big picture.
But first, Well Dunne! to COURTNEY KUGEL, who is now Director, Publicity at Warner Bros Entertainment. She’s done a great job at her former publicity roles at Disney ABC Television Group and at NBCU.
Looking for something to watch? Former TV promo pro WAHEED ALQAWASMI has a movie on Amazon for your viewing pleasure. Check out Lives Restarted and it’s uplifting message that love wins over hate. He was the Director. Here’s a friendly little link to help you out.
If any of you know Well Dunne! Talent’s SEAN CALDWELL, you might want to send his mom some healing thoughts and prayers. It would be most appreciated.
Think About This: “Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Civilization, man feels once more happy.” ~ Sir Richard Francis Burton
Another creative pro has joined the ranks of VP and GM for a station. Drum roll please…and a huge Well Dunne! got DIANE HANNES, who is headed to Hartford (bonus – Connecticut has two great Senators!) to take the Big Chair at WVIT. She’s been VP, heading creative at NBC’s Chicago operation, WMAQ for the past 16 years and before that was Promotion Director for WPWR. She graduated from Benedictine College in the greater Chicagoland area, so this move east will no doubt find her missing the famous Chicago pizza and hot dogs. Luckily there are several such places listed on TripAdvisor to help her make the switch. All the best, Diane.
Think About This: “While we may be individually strong, we are collectively powerful.” ~ Rakhi Voria of Microsoft
It’s good to see ADRIANNE ANDERSON keeping a nice slot in the LA media world. She’s been named VP of Marketing at KABC coming ‘across the street’ from KTLA where her title was similar – VP of Marketing and Creative Services. Adrianne is an alum of FIT (look it up) and Hofstra and has worked for KYW and WCAU in Philly before heading west to helm creative at Fox TV stations and Warner Bros TV. Well Dunne!
The multi-talented MELANIE HAYNES (who is very Well Dunne!) is a woman who can do just about anything. For instance, dealing blackjack. Yes, she can. And to prove it, tune in to tonight’s episode of Young Sheldon and watch her yourself. No really. Tune in. She’s on it. Yeah, very cool. Well Dunne! Melanie.
Yesterday was a big day for Well Dunne’s lovely SHELLEY HOULIHAN, who tied the knot with long time love in Pittsburgh. Awww, it’s so heartwarming to see two such happy people. Mazel Tov and Congrats!
So KFC has a new approach to Mother’s Day. Ladies, check out chickendales.com and see if this Mother’s Day gift is one you enjoy. (hahahaha…you’ll either enjoy this or you won’t. How you feel about it as a marketing tool is another thing altogether.)
Think About This: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit; stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There is no rules of this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Former TV promo pro KEVIN KOLBE, now running his own shop, is doing a live Facebook today…Wednesday May 8…at 10am Eastern. So check it out. It’s about video marketing and before you say “isn’t that what we all do now?” remember it’s always a good way to sharpen your arts with input from a different source. If you don’t have Kevin on your FB list, now is a great time. Same for moi… Well Dunne! Kevin.
The Kentucky Derby was particularly interesting this year, to say the least. If you lived in the Utica, NY market….which is horse crazy, being Saratoga adjacent….the Utica viewer was unsure as to why WKTV ran a local commercial break, complete with PSA, at the start of the race. Yes, read that…spots running over the start of the race. Basically, they got to see the last part, which is, no argument, the most important. But wow… According to the social post by GM STEVE MCMURRAY, it was a technical failure and a computer malfunction. The entire race was not shown from start to finish, so there’s that. Ouch.
Job Alert – VP Marketing KABC Los Angeles
Think About This: ““Birth and death, old and new, mourning for what was while waiting expectantly for what is to come. “In-between times” can have an abundance of opposites. It is best to be in such times of transition gently and quietly, not rushing the process but taking it a day at a time.” ~ Ruth Hanna
And this makes the Seattle news a hat trick…Run Studios has hired former WFAA promo pro BILL CASTELLO to be part of their creative team. Run works with Amazon to produce video and training materials for world wide customer service reps who take calls about Amazon hardware, like Kindle, Alexa, FireTV and soon to be others.. in 14 languages. That means I might have talked to one of them. Love the Kindle…reading a lot more with it. Back to Bill, who has been on the job and has worked on a project in Italian and beginning one in French. Bill calls Waco home and has helmed the creative departments at KWTX, where he worked his way up form entry level tasks. He also helped Baylor doing multimedia productions before leaving Texas to find happiness and love in Seattle. Yes, he’s a Baylor Bear. Very Well Dunne! Bill.
Voice pro DAVID TYLER lost his father last week. He will be laid to rest atop Mount Royal, next to his wife and David’s mother. The flags will be lowered at McGill University in Montreal in honor of the former professor. We send our condolences, David.
Job Alert – Promotion Event Specialist KSTP Minneapolis
Think About This: “Happy are the painters, for they shall never be lonely; light and colour; peace and hope will keep them company to the end – or almost to the end of the day.” ~ Winston Churchill
As promised, more news from Seattle. This is about KIRO where CHLOE HOUSER has hired a bright #2 in the form of PETER SEIFERT. Peter will make the coast-to-coast move from CBS affil WBTV in Charlotte where he’s been writing and producing as well as growing his talents under CSD ROBBY THOMAS’ skilled leadership. I’m sure Peter stop off in his home state of Iowa on the way west. KIRO will be his third job in ‘the biz’ having also worked as Marketing Director of KYOU in Ottumwa, Iowa. Bonus points for those who know Ottumwa is the hometown of Radar O’Reilly. Peter has a degree – a Masters – from Northern Iowa U and has had his own ongoing concern named Brickroad out of Cedar Falls. A lot of great experience headed to the Cox CBS in the hometown of Starbucks. Well Dunne! Peter.
Sincere condolences to KRONON producer and former marketing pro CHUCK HARRELL whose lovely mother passed away rather suddenly Sunday morning.
Job Alert – Promo Writer Producer WBTV Charlotte
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KSWB Salinas/Monterrey CA
Think About This: “You aren’t just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been.” ~ Kenneth Koch
Sure, you know that DEILIA RAY WILLIAMS is headed to KTRK, ABC in Houston. Sure, it’s a top 10 market. Sure it’s a step up from her current spot heading up creative for KOAT in Albuquerque. But let’s focus on the aspects of Deilia that make her special and wonderful. She’s a Southern lady by birth and probably by choice. Thank you notes. And she makes a mean pimento cheese, if we’re to believe her, which I’m sure she does. A lover of shoes and Frida Kalho, Ms. Deilia loves pretty things. A mom and wife, she’s raising children that are encouraged to be adventuresome and confident. Not spoiled or timid. She’s a fabulous boss and a creative mastermind. And a nerd girl, a title she happily owns. She is leaving Hearst where she’s been at their stations in the aforementioned Albuquerque, KSBW in Monterrey, CA and WLKY in Louisville. She’ll bring a Ray of sunshine (see what I did there?) to Houston. I hope she’ll ask them about the swimming pool the station once had. Well Dunne! Deilia.
Job Alert – CSD KVRR Fargo ND
Job Alert – Producer – Social Engagement WPVI Philadelphia
Don’t forget that Saturday is Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you.
Think About This: “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, and the men better let them.” ~ Sojourner Truth
Seattle is hot…not temperature-wise, but hot as in things are happening there. Let’s begin with the first of three announcements. This one is about KCPQ, the Fox affiliate in the Emerald City. Yes, that is the nickname of Seattle and so evocative. ANDREW DELGADO is headed to KCPQ, Fox, to be the #2 to BRENT AYERS. He’s leaving behind the great folks at KENS in San Antonio, which means the one and only DON SMITH is going to be on the hunt to replace him. Andrew is a San Antonio guy with a degree from St. Mary’s. He’s got a wonderful reel for sports promos and that will be a big plus for his new slot. He’s actually racked up quite an impressive list of productions he’s helmed for such entities as NOWCastSA.org and 13th Floor Studios. He stayed to enjoy Fiesta, of course. A big Well Dunne! Andrew.
Tomorrow, KIRO fills their #2 opening and Amazon has discovered a talented former TV type. Plus, if we can get the corporate okee-dokee, big news on a Top Ten Market change.
Job Alert – EP of Brand Promotions KPHO/KTVK Phoenix
Think About This: “Every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Doing TV in Hawaii is a plumb job, despite any drawback one could encounter. Of course, their time difference makes it difficult to get hold of people so emailing has to be the only option. But that makes it harder to get the feel of folks, such as JESSE MACADANGDANG, who is helming the creative for Nexstar’s KHON at the moment. But whether he’s there for the duration or a fill-in was not made clear. Thought it would be too much fun not to mention it, so there you go. Jesse, give me the scoop.
When a station does an especially good job doing anything, it should be noted. So Well Dunne! to WFAA who has the Facebook news story posting down to a fine art. You should follow them and learn from the master(s).
Job Alert – work with LARRY WATZMAN and a great station WBNS Columbus, Ohio as a writer produder. It’s a rare opening and one that you’ll be amazed at….
Job Alert – Director, Affiliate Relations NBC U LA
Job Alert – Promo Producer WNTZ Alexandria La
Think About This: “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some monetary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house, empty it’s furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ~ Rumi
Between Avengers and Game of Thrones, this weekend was tinged with a nearly unexplainable sense of losing people I never actually knew. It was the power of connection and emotion. Here’s to your work creating exactly that.
Director Programming & On-Air Marketing
KCTS – Seattle
Director Marketing Communications
KFNS – Fresno
Creative Services Director
KOVR – Sacramento
WFRV – Green Bay
WTXL – Tallahassee
WTWO – Terre Haute
KNTV – Las Vegas
Creative Services Manager
KCPQ – Seattle
WNCT –Greenville NC
KTSM – El Paso
Marketing Branding Manager
KVUE – Austin
Assistant Creative Services Director
KETV – Omaha
KPNX – Phoenix
WCNC – Charlotte
WFMY – Greensboro, NC
WMAZ – Macon
News Promo Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
WTVF – Nashville
Think About This: “Sometimes you need to talk about something – not to get sympathy or help, but just to kill its power by allowing the truth of things to hit the air.” ~ Karen Salmansohn
It took a long time, but the Marketing Director job is finally filled at Knoxville’s WBIR. Yes, it was January of 2018 when that job was first available, and it’s so nice to finally see the NBC affiliate has found their person. And that person is….drum roll please…CHRIS BIEGER. Chris comes from the HGTV operation in The Marble City (will have to look into why that is later…) where he has been Senior Writer Producer. That is also the title he held at the Cartoon Network. The Georgia State Grad is an artist at heart and was Studio Director for Austin Kelly Advertising Atlanta. Good to see a nice transition that doesn’t require packing and moving. Well Dunne! Chris.
Did you read about the Peruvian soap operas that did a cross casting and promotion to encourage organ donation? Brilliant.
Job Alert – Network On-Air Promotions Producer Weigel Broadcasting Chicago
Think About This: “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it has to come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone ho doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~ Cynthia Occelli
Here it is May and it’s time to catch up with what happened in February, which seems like yesterday right?! Promoted to Creative Services Director at Nexstar’s ABC affil WHTM in the Harrisburg, PA market is JAY TAYLOR. The Temple grad has been handling client services before the boost. He spent time as Ops Manager for CSR Productions in Philly and got his feet wet at the CW affil WPSG in the City of Brotherly Love. Well Dunne! Jay.
Job Alert – CSD WSMV Nashville
Think About This: (This is my son’s birthday and this quote is very special) “May we raise children who love the unloved things – the dandelion, the worms and spiderlings. Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun… And when they’re grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice – may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things – and be the ones.” ~ Nicolette Sowder
Seems like the thing to do, sorta. Talkin’ about getting a job using all your talents, all your skills, all your experience developed while doing TV marketing, but doing a job with a company that does something else. TV marketing is losing (another) talent in L SCOTT WELLS, who is decamping his promo slot at FOX in Sacramento and joining AVB Marketing where he’ll tell stories with video. And not fight with news people. Just sayin’. Mr. Wells’ own story begins in Oregon, Eugene to be exact. Doing radio promotions. Jump to KOLO and a Promo Manager slot in Reno where he really got into the TV side of promo, what with Topicals and shooting and all that editing. Taking a Senior Producer slot at KOIN in Portland was next, then heading up the marketing for WNCT out east in North Carolina. KEZI in Eugene lured him back and he now does his magic for Sacramento’s Tribune, soon to be Nexstar. Sorry to see you go, but thrilled to hear about your new adventure. Well Dunne! Mr. Wells!
Have some fun. Find out what Kind of Creative you are, thanks to Microsoft. Oh go ahead, it’s pretty on target. One of us got The Visionary (who could that be?). Go to mycreativetype.com
Job Alert – CSD KOVR Sacramento
Think About This: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~ Phyllis Diller
Talented SALLY SAPUTO WHITSON is now in Music City Nashville, where she’s taken a Promotions Producer Manager slot for WKRN, the Nexstar ABC affil. Her TV career started after she earned a diploma from the University of Tennessee at Martin and interned at WTVQ, ABC in Lexington horse country Kentucky. She worked in Palm Springs for KESQ writing and producing and then handled Marketing Manager duties for the Heritage Golf Group at Hilton Head. She’s on her way up so keep an eye out. Well Dunne! Sally.
Job Alert – Director Marketing and Community Affairs KFSN Fresno
Think About This: “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” ~ Wilma Rudolph
With all the energy going into the Mueller Report (or lack thereof) today, this Holy Thursday is shaping up to be more unusual than, uh, normal. Anybody find irony is the fact April 18 is the date when Paul Revere did his famous ride in Massachusetts? And the very day the American Revolution was declared over, beginning the long independent road to today. And the day of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Hmmm.
See what just happened there? It was a list of sorts. Which brings up to the new marketing guru at Scripps’ The List syndie. ALI GHARIB is his own guy but he’ll probably stick around handling promos and marketing. He comes to the desert from Charlotte where he was Sr. Writer Producer at Speed Channel/Fox Sports and was On-Air Promo Supervisor at the WB/UPN in the market. He’s a Florida Gator. Well Dunne! Ali.
Think About This: “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” ~ Elvis Presley
As Ferris Buehler told us, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it.” And so it has been. So many life lessons in the times away, looking around. Such changes….such life impacting happenings. People being born….graduating….making a comeback that brings tears to eyes….learning from failures that appear to overwhelm…giving up and persisting and questioning. All these changes but we keep going along like before, getting upset in traffic, or when we spill a coffee, or when we feel rushed. Not real problems but yet they do impact us. Let’s vow to slow down and look around. Spend time with work that values efforts. Be with people who make us happy. It’s spring. New beginnings. New energy.
Some jobs that may be of interest:
Job Alert – Producer Fox Television Stations Los Angeles
Job Alert – Creative Services Videographer/Editor KTAB Abilene (work with KAREN YARBROUGH!)
Job Alert – Marketing Director KPNX Phoenix
Job Alert – On Air Marketing Manager WPEC West Palm Beach
Job Alert – Creative Services Director WPEC West Palm Beach
Job Alert – CSD WFRV Green Bay
Job Alert – Promo Producer WOOD TV Grand Rapids
Job Alert –Promo Producer KMSP Minneapolis
Think About This: “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ~ Maya Angelou
Most business travel while heading up creative, programming and other TV endeavors isn’t very exciting. I mean, Vegas for Promax doesn’t even warrant a ‘meh’. But ERIK CANDIANI has managed to not only get out of the office; he’s headed to Georgia. Not the state…nope. To the Georgia that’s 5,860 miles from his desk as Marketing Director for WWBT, NBC in Richmond, VA. The Georgia that’s off the Black Sea and northeast of Turkey. Tbilisi is the target and the capital as well. It’s a special trip put together by the State Department and Eric is going to get to help out the marketing for one of the TV stations (or networks…sorry not sure what the country of Georgia calls their broadcast outlets). Not too shabby as they say. He’ll be at TV Pirvelli and have his own interpreter. No doubt he’ll have some very insightful stories about their operations and marketing when he gets back. Have a blast and Well Dunne! Erik.
Job Alert – Host/Producer Sales KAUZ Wichita Falls
Job Alert – Marketing Director KPNX Phoenix
Think About This: “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” ~ Bob Marley
Heading to the amusement capital of America, ie Orlando, FL is Roger, uh, no it’s RON DEJOSEPH. He’s set to take over the CSD slot at WFTV, the ABC affil in the Big O. The Cox-owned station gets Ron from sister station WHBQ, Fox, in Mempis. Before Memphis, he was at WSOC in Charlotte as Promo Manager. He’s an amazing competitor and a great guy who has a lovely dog. I bet the Lake Cherokee dog folks will welcome you both once you get to your new city. Ron has also edited for ESPN. Way to go rog…Ron! Well Dunne!
Think About This: “It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’. You just do.” ~ Eric Jerome Dickey
The world is a quieter place today. The most beautiful voice has been silenced on this side of the veil. JACQUELINE SKYLARK ROSETTI, who was known to so many as the Honolulu Skylark, had the voice of an angel. Like the gentle trade winds through the palms on Oahu – a voice that was pure Aloha. She was on the radio at KCCN in the Islands, and her understanding of Hawaiian history, music and people was like no other. She was one of the most popular and well known radio personalities. Enjoyed a long, leisurely lunch with Skylark and Kimo Kahoano, learning so much about Hawaiian radio and Hawaiian music. She did voice work for Well Dunne! but her failing health got in the way of many of her favorite things. She spent the last several years on the Big Island. RIP Skylark.
Think About This: “Kaohinani is a Hawaiian word meaning gatherer of beautiful things.” ~ Rob Brezsnyano