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Wednesday December 20

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Idaho is particularly beautiful this time of year. A very close friend of mine lives there, and I bet her Christmas tree is in front of the window with a view of the nearby mountains. Idaho’s vistas are a draw for Californians, and one such Golden Stater who made her way North and loves it is MELISSA STONER, who has been handling the promotion for Belo’s KTVB. A grad of Boise State, where she roots for the Broncos, Melissa was raised in Pasadena (lovely town…family there) and calls herself an Idafornian, having been in the Spud State since 1992. Ms. Melissa has been upped at her station and takes the spot of long time promo maven, PJ LAWS, who retired this last summer after 32 years. Let me repeat that one…32 years at KTVB. Wow, that might be the longevity record. All the best to Melissa and she promises to keep in touch, keep the station #1 and enjoy the Idaho life. Of course, we will hold her to that keep in touch promise.

MICHAEL GAY, whose name might have been a liability on the playground while growing up, has joined the Digital Team at Hearst Argyle and will take the title Executive Director of Digital Media Content. Michael will leave his job at Chicago CBS’s WBBM where he was Manager of Web Operations. He’ll be officing at Internet Broadcasting Systems near Minneapolis.

Concrete Pictures has added KEVIN LAHR as producer. He has been a producer for PBS Kids. Concrete is in the Philly area.

Think about this: “Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

tuesday December 19

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GUY SLATTERY is the guy taking the place of ARTIE SCHEFF at A&E TV, the official title being VP of Marketing. Guy comes from National Geographic International and is looking forward to the new job. BTW, it took MONTHS for them to fill, just in case you were keeping track.

Out in Fresno at Granite’s NBC affil, KSEE, CSD MATTHEW DAMORE reminds me that earlier in the year they brought aboard KENIA CHAVEZ as Promotion Coordinator. So noted.

In the exciting Madison, WI market comes news from the CW’s CSD DAVE SHELLY. He’s welcoming EMILY FINK to the station. She’s going to be an on-air personality and producer. How did he find her? Ran a contest for Madison’s Next Spokesmodel. Great way to ID talent. She’ll be on locally tapped segments during the syndie strip THE DAILY BUZZ.

Think about this: “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Koenig

Monday December 18

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Rochester NY is where the national museum of play is. Yes, an entire museum dedicated to the delightful art of playing. How cool is that. Perhaps we should, as we grow into adulthood, plan visits there to rekindle our inner spark. However, the reason I mention Rochester is that their Clear channel ABC affil has a new Creative Service Director. Taking the creative boss role at WHAM is KEVIN KALVITIS. His name is pronounced just as it’s spelled. He’s a Rochester guy through and through, making the jump from NBC affil, Hubbard-owned WHEC from across the street, where he’s been promo director for 4 years after a stint doing Topical promotions as well as actual news producing. As the father of two little blue eyed blonde daughters, ages 3 and 5 months, this holiday is going to be one to remember at the Kalvitis household. Here’s a gift idea that Mrs. K might want to think about: gift certificate to learn tae kwon do. Once those adorable little ones grow up, Dad will have his hands full with all the boys swarming! Congrats Kevin and Happy Christmas!

And today marks the beginning of year #5 that my adorable dog, KATAN (aka SHORTY) came to live with me. Nobody has gotten a better Hanukkah/Christmas present ever!

Think about this: “If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday December 15

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Let’s play catch up, so we can all celebrate the holidays with a full dance card of who went where. Along the way this year, certain slots were filled, and I’m just now getting around to sharing who was changing desks. One such inadvertently overlooked creative services writer producer is KRISTIN DWORKIN, who stayed in South Carolina, but changed stations, cities, and net affiliations. She is now happily promoting in Greenville at the FOX affil, WHNS.

Down I-85 in Hotlanta, we catch up with STEPHEN JANSA, who’s Design Director for FOX, WAGA. He came over to work at KATHY SOIFER’s shop from Gannett’s WATL in the same city.

While we’re focusing on Design in the south, SEAN McDONALD has taken on the Design Director mantle at Birmingham’s FOX, WBRC. He’s a grad of the excellent Full Sail program down on the outskirts of Winter Park in Orlando, FL. The best editor I’ve ever worked with is a Full Sail man. Kudos to DEANNE BIVINS, CSD, at landing such an upcoming talent.

Out in lovely Bend, OR, which I am told is a real treasure nestled just East of Portland over the Cascade Mountains, comes word of a hire that happened in the summer. See, I told you this is a catch-up column. JENNIFER TROKIE is promo producing for DAN WEIG. Both are happy with the arrangement. Jennifer is a San Diego girl who promo’d at KCBY in Coos Bay before trading the cool wetness for the high desert perfection. I’m told that nearby Mt. Bachelor harbours the best skiing in Oregon.

SCOTT BRADY updated me on two promotions at the FOX Minneapolis operations. TAMMY BLOOM is now Promotion Manager at KMSP, from her job as Promotion Manager at My29, while J.D. MAYES has taken over her slot. He’s still looking for a Sr. Producer, btw.

LIN Broadcasting corporate has decided to beat their own drum and has brought aboard PR vet COURTNEY GUERTIN to handle corporate communications. Based in Rhode Island, Ms. G has a background handling Harrah’s Entertainment as well as being prez of the PRSA SE New England chapter.

And over at Hallmark, a similar sounding name PR pro has been named to do corporate communications. JENNIFER GEISSER, who’s done PR for Court TV, CBS and WE, will stay in NY for the new gig.

Think about this: “If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday December 14

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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

Wednesday December 13

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WMAK is located in the lovely Tennessee hamlet of Knoxville, noted for being home to the University of Tennessee as well as gorgeous vistas of mountains. It’s also home to WMAK TV, a dedicated independent channel. MATT WATERS heads up Production and Promotion there and he was kind enough to let me know about his new hire. Joining as new commercial producer is LINDSAY BROWN, a local lady who he grabbed from across the street at WBIR, Gannett’s NBC affil. Lindsay also moves up in responsibilities, having graduated from being a Production Assistant. According to what I hear, she’s bright, ambitious, knows the market, and is getting the full Welcome Aboard treatment at her new station. Great way to wind up the year.

Is it a guy thing to think that being the Marketing Manager for an all-sports cable channel is the ultimate job? I mean, wouldn’t most guys jump at a chance like that? Seems they would. And that means that MIKE STANFORD has achieved the ultimate in his gig at Catch 47, the 24/7 sports cable channel out of St. Pete, FL. It’s part of the Brighthouse Networks. Mike has worked in Texas, in lovely San Antonio, at News 9 as well as CBS’ KEYE in Austin. His last job before taking over at Catch was at NBC affil KNWA and KFTA in Fayetteville, AR. Shall we ask him if he has one of those red plastic Pig Sooie hats? Ok, let’s not. Enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast of Florida, Mike. Spring training is just around the corner!

For those of your talented tots who are into interactive design, you might want to check out the FACS about the Communications Arts Magazine competition. Just click on: http://www.commarts.com/CA/magazine/comp/

And a thumbs up congrats to BARBARA BLANDIARDI’s new SVP status at NBCU. She’s now handling strategic marketing across the entire NBCU stable.

Think about this: “first cousins may marry, but DOUBLE first cousins may not. Double first cousins are very rare, as the couple have to be related as cousins through both parents.” – North Carolina State Marriage Requirement. (No, I am not making this up)

Tuesday December 12

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All of today’s news comes from the fine folks at Albritton’s ABC affil, WJLA in DC. Let’s face it, changes come in waves. And who are the creatives and news types waving hello to? None other than SARAH SEATON, who’ll show up on January 8th to begin writing and producing. Sarah is moving from Bluegrass Country, Lexington, KY, where she’s been a producer at Cordillera Communications’ NBC affiliate, WLEX. The Omaha native, who has been known to teach swimming lessons, has been in Lexington for 15 months. Before that, she graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. Congrats, Ms. Sarah! Keep in touch!

Meanwhile, the same folks are waving goodbye to SETH GRONQUIST. He’s heading home to the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC. There, he’ll be taking his first management position as Promotion Manager at Sinclair’s ABC affil, WLOS. If you remember correctly, Seth left Asheville for DC about 2 years ago. According to the grapevine, Seth is one to watch.

Did you know the Hallmark Channel is the sponsor of the Rockette’s Holiday High Kicking at Radio City? Yep, they’ve been doing that for six years now. Cool.

Was that ANTON KOZIKOWSKI at the Santa Fe Film Festival? Was that SARA DIAZ working on her film at Clemson last week? If you answered “yes” to either or both of those questions, reward yourself for being correct.

Think about this: “If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. . . . That is the secret. Start right now.” ~Sister Chan Khong

Monday December 11

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Did you know about the contest Avid Technologies has going? Thanks to RONN KILBY out in gorgeous San Diego, we now all know about the “We Fired Our Ad Agency” contest, with a trip to Sundance as the prize. Bottom line – make a commercial using Avid. So Ronn wrote a little sumthin, grabbed his son SEAN, headed to downtown SD with actor BRIAN MINTER and they came up with what you can see here: http://avid.moviemaker.com/view.php?user=arkay2. You can vote for him (even several times according to the rules) and have til the last day of the year. He didn’t say he would, but if he wins, I’ll make sure he sends us all postcards from Sundance!

Remember when I told you that CHAD MALLEM is headed to Tinsel Town? Well, I forgot to tell you he’s a Dallas guy to boot. Love those Texas men!

Caught THE HOLIDAY this weekend and am still a huge fan of Nancy Myers, the writer director. However, I want to bring this to the table: CAMERON DIAZ plays a movie trailer company owner in the film, and she lives in the most AMAZING place in either Brentwood or Pacific Palisades, which must have cost, not including all the gear and furniture, $5mil. I have yet to meet anybody who writes and produces that has such a layout, but I like the idea of it all. I know – it’s only a movie.

“Writing is the hardest way of earning a living with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.”
– William Saroyan

Friday December 8

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Chad Mallem is going Hollywood. Yep, he’s going to leave his wonderful job in the city by the bay, San Francisco, and head south to the land of palm trees, movie stars and bright lights. Ah, my lovely LA. Actually, he’ll be living in the Hollywood Hills when he takes up residence and begins his new job Jan 2. A new year and a new job..perfect! Chad has such style. Perhaps he needs a great pair of designer shades as a holiday gift. ANYWAY, Mr. M’s last day at CBS’s own KPIX is December 15 and he’ll take that writer producer talent down to NBC U Cable, where he’ll be the writer producer editor for emerging networks. All his new work will be in SD and HD. Definitely moving into the 21st century. Obviously, we intend to keep up with Chad and wish him all the best!

Feliz Navidad y’all. Down in San Antonio NICK LUCIO has joined the Art Department at Belo’s CBS affil KENS. Previously, Nick worked in the art department of News 9, a joint Belo and Time-Warner 24-hour news venture in San Antonio, and was on the web design team for an e-learning company, also based in San Antonio. Thanks so much to Art Director KYLE CONTRERAS for the update. And ps – Nick – Kyle is thrilled to have you on board.

Note to all: if you get the chance, visit San Antonio before Christmas. Down along their unique River Walk they present the most wondrous La Posada, a ceremony that is guaranteed to be as moving and entertaining as you’ve ever seen.

Think about this: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah

Thursday December 7

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Quite day with just a few notes to share. Some days are like that.

Adieu Miami and hello Hampton Roads. So is the life of SCOTT CRAVEN, who was hard at work this November at WGNT in Norfolk, VA. The CBS owned CW station’s creative efforts are headed by Chris Wolfe, who came up from Florida as well. Scott was at Miami’s WB39 in Hollywood. The East coast version.

Get our your crayons, we’ve got news about Nickelodeon Preschool. ANGELA LEANEY is now SVP Creative Director.

And over in the Valley, ALLIE CARSIA is the new Director of Marketing for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. Previously, Carsia was with Reed Television Group.

Think about this: “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday December 6

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Egads…the blogger site has been down all day. AND they changed the way they have you post. WAY too much change for a blog, but there you are. So, let us begin.

Wow…another baby has joined the ranks of KOP – Kids of Promotion. Welcoming a little girl just three weeks ago was CBS Detroit’s PAM SHECTER. She’ll be back on the job the end of January, and will have the entire holiday season to enjoy her new bundle of joy. How exciting. Thanks to Promo Manager MARCY RIBIT for the happy news.

In the lovely Carolina coastal town of Wilmington comes word of a new Promo Manager. STEVE KLEM is happy to stay put and not have to leave this lovely part of the world. A film guy who’s worked on DAWSON’S CREEK and the feature 28 DAYS with Sandra Bullock, Steve is using his background in the world of TV now. He’s at Morris Network’s ABC affil WWAY. Originally from the DC area, the Maryland side, he’s glad to have chosen a life filled with fewer cars and more seagulls. I hear ya. Congrats and keep in touch!

The welcome mat is out for CATHERINE MORAN, who’s walking into Comedy Central as VP of Consumer and Trade Marketing. The NYC based gig will put the CTAM Marketing Council member at work after her jobs with USA. AMC and SciFi and her latest, Lifetime. Way to go. Comedy Central must be a hoot to work with, n’est-ce pas?

And finally, sad news from LA. RONNIE LIPPIN, the president of entertainment PR firm The Lippin Group, died from a rare form of breast cancer Monday at Cedars. She was only 59 and was, as they say, the ultimate dynamo. It’s hard to imagine such energy no longer with us. Her husband, Dick Lippin, will continue to run the biz, known as the PR agency to the stars.

Tuesday December 5

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Great news from Minnesota, and I’m not talking about the state landing in the number one slot on the Healthiest State List, although it most certainly did. Nope, I’m talking about the forward thinking decision at CBS owned WCCO. Their new GM, SUSAN ADAMS LOYD (a local girl who was thrilled to come back North after spending career time in Florida) was faced with replacing the Creative Services Director when WENDY MCMAHON stepped up to Boston. After observing and listening, the aforementioned Ms. Loyd decided to try something different and split the job between two folks already on staff. Handling the Branding portion of the station is gifted CASEY KESPOHL while handling the Production portion will be SCOTT WOOLDRIDGE. Yes, they both miss Wendy, because there are times in one’s career when it all comes together and the three were in that magic space. However, the eye-turning creative and impeccable production will continue.

Meanwhile, as a celebration of sorts, CASEY took a week off (end of book, of course) and went to Malta. Now, I have never known anybody who’s gone to Malta, so hearing about it was most intriguing. The Illinois native (from the Quad Cities) enjoyed the blends of culture and was most impressed with the ancient city of Medina. He spent time wandering this beautiful place, seeing only three people all day long. Obviously, there are no cell phone towers or wi-fi outlets, so it must have been the ultimate in relaxation. Yep, an island in the Mediterranean is the place to get away from it all. Must ask him if he has pictures.

Think about this: “Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.” — René Descartes

Monday December 4

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THIS JUST IN….please forgive me, but I have so wanted to do that, and now I can thanks to a wonderfully talented lady, KPRC’s ANDREA LAIGN. Her last name, btw, is pronounced “Lane” rhymes with cane. Anyway, the effervescent Andrea of the Post Newsweek Houston Creative Services Department has news that she’s thrilled to share. She’s going home to the DC area, taking the open Writer Producer slot with one of my favorite guys ever – STAN MELTON JR of ABC affil WJLA. She gave her notice just an hour ago (based on when this is written, not when you get around to reading about it) and will be back East to share the holidays with the family that has kept her phone bill anything but low. What does Ms. Laign have to say about her new gig, other than she’s thrilled and happy? “Finally, a safe place to be a Redskins fan.”

Meanwhile at the very same WJLA, we’re waiting to hear what PHIL KRAFT has on his dance card, since he will be heading back to the Miami market after working in the nation’s capital as well as Charlotte. Phil’s wife, a traffic engineer (isn’t that COOL?) has taken a job in Miami and he’ll be doing the Good Husband thing.

More about everything tomorrow. Stay warm if you’re in the Midwest, and stay cool if you’re in LA.

Think about this: I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. ~ Robert Kennedy

Friday December 1

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Time to celebrate Friday once again. What is it about Friday that makes it so, well, wonderful? I do believe it’s my favorite day. This decision has nothing to do with the fact I once had TGI Fridays restaurant chains as a client.

It’s been a very busy month, with many of you so consumed that hirings were on the bottom of the list. But there’s going to be lots of news beginning next week, because I keep getting calls, asking if I know of someone they could bring on board. YES, I can help. Just email me and we’ll point you to someone that might fit your bill.

While you’re weekending, check out www.charlotteenergysolutions.com to see how you can save money and help the planet. The site is going to get a total makeover, so drop in for the “Before” version.

Think about this: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is awaiting us…. The old skin has to be shed before the new one is to come.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Thursday Post November Sweeps

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Hey, what happened to STEVE WILKINS who was in Greensboro, NC as the CSD? Anybody who can direct me his way, please feel free to share info. The Gannett CBS affil isn’t without a leader. DAVID REEVE is set to keep it rockin’. He’s in the process of moving down from DC. More on him when I get a chance to spend a few on the phone.

Now that another November sweeps is over, and you have a few moments to live a real life again, why not congratulate yourself for jobs well done. Do something special for yourself. Get that massage you’ve been thinking about. Or take an extra long yoga class. Or buy a really good bottle of Santa Barbara chardonnay. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

Think about this: “There is more to life than increasing it’s speed.” ~ Gandhi

Monday After Thanksgiving

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Did we all have a good holiday? Of course we did! While we gathered with friends and family, one of us decided to expand her family! Welcoming a brand new addition to the world is WJLA’s Promotion Manager, BONNIE WOOD. She and hubby SKIP are parents to BRANSON JAMES WOOD, who showed up weighing 6 pounds and is 19.5 inches long. He’ll look adorable in those fabulous baby outfits! He made his debut in Fairfax, VA in the DC area, which means he’s right in the middle of the action that DC is known for. BONNIE promised her boss, STAN MELTON JR that she’d make it through sweeps before giving birth, and she came darn close. Everybody sends their very best your way, Bonnie, and if you send a picture, I can post it!
All the news comes from Virginia today. Down in the Hampton Roads part of the state…you know the area of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and all those lovely bridges…comes word that GREGORY STEVENS has been named Traffic Assistant at Cox Media Hampton Roads. It’s a promotion, actually, since he’s been with Cox for about 18 months already. A Tidewater Community College guy, he’s taken classes in Biz Admin and Marketing Management, both of which he’ll no doubt use in his new duties. Congrats, Gregory!

And an announcement from moi…a new client. For those of you who heat their homes (readers below the Mason Dixon line can check out here if you’re pressed for time), learn about how corn stoves can save you money while saving the planet. Yea, I said corn. Cut your heating bills to about $60 a month. Less than most condo fees. I’ll have your website tomorrow. ENERGY SOLUTIONS is a green company you’ll want to know about.

Back to work everybody. Enjoy!

Day Before Thanksgiving

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This from our dear friend GARY WANN, Promotion Director of Dallas/Ft. Worth’s KTVT:
Can I actually list in a single paragraph all that for which I am
thankful?That’s a pretty tall order! If we move past the obvious. wife, kids,
family,friends, health, limited financial success, yada-yada-yada. I’m
reminded ofthe little things that mean so much. Like the time I was finishing up a
major image project and the Avid seemed to “forget” how to read the
mediadrives. Or when I sat in a parking lot with a film crew for three hours
waiting on that anchor that was always ten minutes away every time I
called.And of course how could I forget the popular, “I’m sorry we had to cut
thetrip to Promax this year. we’ll work it into the next budget.” But
seriously. I’m very thankful for the amazing people I’ve had the
privilegeof meeting and working with in this business. You’re a wacky, crazy,
maddening bunch. and I wish you all the best in the coming year.

Tuesday November 21

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What? Not only late, but no real news? Could that mean a trip over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving? Sure does. En route and out of wi-fi zones. So check back tomorrow and I’ll have news of a new little baby, a promotion, and what life is like in New England, where the whole turkey thing began.

Monday November 20

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Thanksgiving week. It’s official. Witih all that’s on our plates, and with travel schedules being what they might be, the idea of stopping and really looking at what’s happening isn’t making the top 10 list of Things To Do. So, to move the focus back to our lives, I’ve asked a few of you to send along some of their thoughts about Thanksgiving. No guidelines were conveyed. This is a totally creative effort. Nothing was changed with the exception of spell checking the content.

Today, we’ll start the week hearing from DOUGLAS KARABASZ, the Art Director of NBC affiliate KPRC, the Post Newsweek station in Houston, TX. Douglas was able to fit my request in, despite the pressures of November AND getting ready for his upcoming trip. On Friday, he’s taking off for a long trip to India, where he and his wife will check out all parts of this exotic country. Yes, he’s promised to let us know how it all goes, and we’ll hold him to it. So, I turn the column to Mr. K:

This has been an exciting year personally and I can’t be anymore thankful. I’m thankful for change; without it we would not be presented with opportunities even if it seems as if those opportunities are sometimes cleverly concealed as problems. I have been able to find the opportunity within the challenges and that is my definition of good fortune. I wish for myself as well as others that next year’s opportunities and challenges will continue to yield great rewards.

Thought to hold in mind and ponder: “Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.” ~ Author Unknown

TGIFriday November 17

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Wow, change is afoot. Major change. Not that TV hasn’t been immersed in a constant change for quite some time, but Thursday seemed to bring some biggies. First, the Clear Channel announcement. It’s a non-sale sale, like a non-denial denial. For the tidy sum of $18.7 billion, cash thanks for asking, San Antonio based Clear Channel has “merged” with two private equity entities. This means all those with stock in CC did very well, again thanks for asking. Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital are the new “owners” of the media firm, leaving the MAYS boys, RANDY and MARK, still at the helm of the company their father built from his one original AM radio station in SAT. The For Sale sign was immediately hung out on the 42 TV stations Clear Channel owns and runs. The goal of the venture capital guys are to run the Top 100 market radio stations, which they believe are a stable, low-capital business. So we’ll see who has the coin to buy a string of TV stations in today’s media world.

Change #2 is over at the Peacock Network (don’t you love referring to NBC that way?!). For the second time in two days, a major exec has turned in his notice. RANDY FALCO has taken leave of NBCUNI to run AOL. Yesterday, DAVID ZAZLOW jumped ship to go run Discovery. These are knowns. One of the unknowns fueling buzz is that JEFF ZUCKER is going to be promoted to the spot that BOB WRIGHT has, namely Chairman and CEO. And it was just yesterday Jeff was calling the shots and making Katie Couric happy at TODAY.

Did I say change? CBS is changing as well. As of Thursday, the entire promotion department at Atlanta’s WUPA, CBS’s The CW station, have been pink slipped. And most of the promotion folks at CBS’s Tampa, another The CW station WTOG, received the same buhbye message. So there’s some very good folks who are wondering what is next on their career plates. The plan is to do all the promos for Atlanta and Tampa from the CBS station in Norfolk. NBC calls this plan hubbing, but CBS prefers to call it hosting.

Meanwhile, CBS also announced two promotions. JOANNE CALABRIA is now a VP of Public Affairs and will work from her Philadelphia office at KYW, where she also oversees the communications department. On the West Coast, MIKE NELSON is now VP of Communications for all 39 CBS/Viacom stations. He’ll not only keep his office in LA at KCBS but also get an office in NYC. Cool. Bicoastal offices. Say hi to MARSHALL HITES, Mike.

Thought to hold in mind and ponder: “Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.” ~ unknown

Thursday November 16

Nov 16, 2006 by     Comments Off on Thursday November 16    Posted under: Uncategorized

Comedy Central is serious about their promotions, and has promoted heavy weight (in terms of career not bathroom scale) PETER RISAFI to lead their creative efforts. His new title will fill up a whole business card: VP of Brand Marketing and Executive Creative Director. He’s a New Yorker, of course, and report to MICHELE GANLESS, EVP and Manager. He came over to CC six years ago, before that he was Creative Director of SoapNet, making their launch a success. He’s also done creative work at Lifetime, FX and fXM, Nick at Nite and Nickelodeon. Yep, I told you he was a heavyweight.

HUMBUG list could really take off here. But no. I throw in the towel. There is no holding back the greedy “spend money and save the economy” thrust that the holidays have taken on. The final straw came yesterday when, in a banner ad on Yahoo, Sonic Drive In has the 40 Days Til Christmas slogan flashing at me, accompanied by a tater tot in a Santa hat. You win. I give up. Let the retailers fight it out for the money. I’m giving homemade gifts. Tater tot in a Santa hat, indeed.

Thought to hold in mind and ponder: “When you hear the toilet flush and the words ‘uh oh’, it is already too late.” ~ Mothers Everywhere