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You would think that with a name like Sinclair, you would work for Sinclair, right? I mean, a TV person and all that. But no…SINCLAIR WALKER works for Nexstar. Their Waco, TX operation to be precise. Sinclair is the new CSD at KWKT, Fox in Steve Martin’s hometown. Sinclair had been Creative Services Assistant at the station, so his promotion is well deserved. Sinclair is a Texas Longhorn and worked editing and producing in Tyler. How about a rousing Texas Well Dunne! Sinclair.
Job Alert – Writer Producer KOCO Oklahoma City
Think About This: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
August…the month when nature practically demands we slow down. Perfect for getting away, reading, painting, traveling – doing what recharges that inner spark. This August finds some of you in Africa, China and taking children and grandchildren to favorite places. It finds a lot of you dropping children off at colleges and experiencing sadness and joy and worry and nostalgia all at once. This August, as we watch the shadows shift ever so slightly, and the business we know change at the speed of light, let’s focus on the things that make us happy.
Art makes me happy and there’s no place like New Mexico where art is such a part of every moment. Our news today comes from KOAT in Albuquerque, where the incomparable CSD DEILIA RAY WILLIAMS has promoted MATT MONTOYA to be her new Assistant Creative Services Director. Matt’s a graphic artist, you see, which means the already great-looking KOAT marketing will have an even more exciting gleam to it. The New Mexico State grad got his start in TV at Vegas’ KLAS where he wrote, produced and edited. After being Senior Editor at Sun Media Productions he joined the Hearst ABC as Graphic Designer. Sounds like he’s in the right place with the right talent. Well Dunne! Matt.
Job Alert – Commercial Production WENY Elmira
Job Alert – Promotion Producer WRC DC (work with PATRICK STAPLETON!)
Think About This: “I have faith in the truth, in its ability to find us…. If the truth often seems elusive when we seek it directly, perhaps it is some consolation that it also relentlessly reveals itself to us in our lives, our dreams, and the stories we tell one another.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
There’s a very fine line (if it exists at all) between marketing programming and making programming. Jumping back and forth should be easy, but a lot of folks don’t seem to understand the relationship between the two. Then again, some get it…and a talented person takes on the job of Executive Producer. It’s what ED ROTH has done. Kudos to the owners of AZTV in Phoenix for nabbing him to be the EP for their Arizona Daily Mix. Ed had been handling marketing for syndie The List. Ed got a degree from Boston U and even studied at Texas in Austin. He worked with the legendary team of Jacobs and Gerber where they really taught him the in’s and out’s of copywriting. He’s been Creative Director for Catspaw Productions (RIP Doug Paul) and for Disney back when it was Buena Vista TV. Ed’s put his creative stamp on Fox Broadcasting’s shows, Vacation TV and a slew of cable nets. Most fun was working with the San Diego Padres…Ed’s a baseball man. He’s getting up with the sun and loving it. Round of applause for his new gig. Well Dunne! Ed.
Think About This: “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but do not show you what to see.” ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor
Up in Boise, JOHN FARRELL is settling in as the Promo Manager at KBOI, the CBS affil in Idaho’s capital. He’s back in the Spud State after working as Managing Promo Producer for WWE in Connecticut. The man is a video communicator, and ran his own biz doing just that after working for KIVI doing promos. He’s also seen his promos on-air for the FOX affil there, KNIN. Well Dunne, John. Enjoy that gorgeous part of the world.
Calling out the good folks at 2C Creative who were honored with international noms from AEAF. What is that you ask? Well, it’s a big deal down under. AEAF spotlights and bestows their award for technical skill and artistry in visual effects and animation. The work they entered included clients ESPN, NBC Sports and CMT. Yes, we have a link! Well Dunne! 2C.
Job Alert – Manager Brand Marketing USA Network NYC
Think About This: “Neither in the sky nor mid-ocean, nor by entering into mountain clefts; nowhere in the world is there a place where one may escape from the results of evil deeds.” ~ The Dhammapada, Buddist scripture
copyright 2018 Bacon Well Dunne
At the behest of the one and only BONNIE BARCLAY, who knows more about marketing than most of us can ever pick up….a retelling of an event that shaped a great company and should be at the heart of them all:
My dad told me how to run a company…back when I was a teenager he took me to his office on a Sunday afternoon. He was a partner in a large general contracting firm. The whole back lot was full of massive equipment, and even a paving machine (they owned one of the first in the country). He asked what I saw and I said “your company”. He put his pipe back in his mouth and said “come inside”. Once there, on the floor where he had the corner office, he asked what I saw again, and I saw desks and offices and typewriters…none of which was the right answer. He said “every chair you see…each one…that’s where people sit. Everything else is just hardware. It’s people that make this work and without them, all you have is a lot of junk nobody knows how to use.”
Well Dunne! John Dunne. So glad you aren’t alive today because what is happening would kill you.
Job Alert – Digital Promo Producer WXIN Indianapolis
Think About This: “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” ~ Steve Jobs
Well that was a fast July, and yet it wasn’t. Hot for sure. Everywhere. Speaking of hot (apologies for the awkward segue) have you seen these hot job openings?
Promo / Brand Manager
WGMB – Baton Rouge
WHBQ – Memphis
WWBT – Richmond
KARE – Minneapolis
KGUN – Tucson
KSHB – Kansas City
VP Creative Services
WAGA – Atlanta
WTXL – Tallahassee
WTSP – St Pete / Tampa
WMAZ – Macon
KUSA – Denver
KYTX – Tyler
WBIR – Knoxville
Assistant Creative Services Director
KOAT – Albuquerque
WJCL – Savannah
Creative Services Director
WSVN – Miami (this might be going for Ripley’s record)
WJRT – Flint
KWKT – Waco
KULR – Billings
WGBA – Green Bay
Creative Services Manager
KSWO – Lawton
KTBC – Austin
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. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
G’day Mate. Yes, an Ozzie greeting to kick off an Ozzie getting a fab new slot. The man from Down Under is none other than TIM RC. ANDERSON who took the Creative Director slot for CBS Corp out in LA, which is closer to home than his New York-based former job as Creative Director of NBCUniversal Media. Tim got his creative career launched scheduling on-air promos for Foxtel in Sydney before trying his hand at writing and producing said promos for them. He then went to Seven Network before coming to the states to work in LA for the Entertainment Marketing folks at NBCU. Warner Bros was his next stop where he was Exec CD for Worldwide TV Marketing. The lure of New York called him east and he freelanced and threw his hand into NBCU’s efforts once again. Krikey! That’s great. Big Well Dunne! Tim RC.
Kudos to BJ FINNELL the new Director of Brand and Creative Development at Hartford’s Fox affil WTIC. . BJ comes to marketing from the news side of the fence, having worked as News Director, EP, Producer and Anchor for stations in NYC, Philly, Cleveland and San Francisco. BJ was with WVIT previously as Content Project Manager. Well Dunne! BJ.
Job Alert – Writer Producer KABB/WOAI San Antonio
Job Alert – Operations and Marketing Research Director KOLN Lincoln NB
Think About This: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein
It’s summer. It’s hot. And there are reruns. Sometimes it seems reruns are more ubiquitous because there are life events that just keep happening and then they get shared. We have yet another wonderful creative who is making a step on his TV marketing career, this time up in Utica where THOMAS LINDSAY has joined WUTR/WFXV, the Nexstar owned ABC/Fox duop. Thomas has a degree in Broadcasting and Screen Arts from SUNY. For those non-New Yorkers SUNY – Oswego is State University New York in, yep, Oswego. And was he busy there…not letting an opportunity go by. He got hands-on experience at the school’s TV channel, WTOP in a number of roles and ended up VP of Productions. That’s terrific! You should see the list of apps and programs Thomas knows…impressive. Let’s welcome him and say Well Dunne!
Job Alert – Marketing Producer KTHV Little Rock
Job Alert – Director of Communications WTTW Chicago
Job Alert – Promotions Specialist Amazon Santa Monica
Job Alert – Sr. Brand Manager – Event Series, Prime Video Amazon Santa Monica
Interesting that Infiniti uses a JON HAMM soundalike VO on their TV spots. I wonder why. Do they think an Infiniti can pass as a Mercedes or vice versa? Hmmm.
Think About This: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.” ~ Neil Armstrong
How delightful to write about one of the best. Talkin’ about JIM THOMAS, who is going to start next week wrangling the creative at Tribune’s KDVR/KWGN in Denver. It’s Fox/CW respectively. Jim has been running his own consulting since he left Magid where he handled marketing for their client stations, and did a marvelous job of it, being a marketing pro and not a newsie who believes they know marketing. Jim is a Penn State grad who has a ton of experience particularly with the Journal Broadcast Group, which blended with Scripps. He held the title of VP Marketing New Media and Programming and even was an interim GM for them at one time. The man is as creative as he is solid. Great choice for Denver. A personal Well Dunne! Jim – to you my friend.
Meanwhile, an ad that got rejected from the WDT blog job posting wants someone who can: do all news graphics for in show and marketing, shoot, write and produce image and topicals, do community outreach events and spots, create spots for advertisers, do the daily logs and post on social media through the day plus, my favorite – receive constructive criticism. And we wonder why it’s hard to fill open marketing slots.
Think About This: “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” ~ Oscar Wilde
The first steps of a journey of a thousand miles are so exciting. Unsullied enthusiasm mixed with fresh new energy. And lately, in the world of TV and entertainment marketing, it’s a rarity. So glad to discover it in the form of the new Creative Services Director of CBS affil WTVY in Dothan, Alabama – ADAM MCCULLEN. The Florida panhandle native sounds eager and has super ideas in mind to help make his station better, and it’s a sure bet he will. Like many, he began as a Master Control Operator who had a background in video production. When the opening came about, he was able to make the switch. So let’s all be supportive and give Adam a warm and sincere Well Dunne!
Think About This: “And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ~ Meister Eckhart
Ever go through a phase when, after what seems ages, you suddenly find yourself seeing something over and over? Running into people over and over. Such is the case with Missouri. The last week has been a Missouri fest, and that leads us to MIKE LEBOLT, a fine Missouri man who has news to share. Mike hails from Springfield (aka Brad Pitt’s hometown) and went to Missouri State U (which at one time was called Southwest Missouri State) and Mizzou. Just yesterday he joined Megatrax Music as an Director of Corporate AV – and it’s right up his alley. Mike had been over at FirstCom Music, so he’ll still be based in Dallas. Along the way, Mike has worked at Tiffany’s…which is very interesting imho. Mike’s a sweetie with the nicest smile. I guess we should sing “Well Dunne! Mike”. Big thanks to CHAD HUFFMAN.
Speaking of favorites, DREW FOWLER falls into that category. Drew has been heading up the creative at Sacramento’s ABC affil KXTV and the work he’s been doing is beyond terrific. Perhaps the very best in the country, and I see a LOT of work. Well, he’s not going to move and leave his swimming pool but he is changing jobs. Friday’s his last day at KXTV and from there he goes over to CBS’ KOVR. Actually, he is returning to KOVR…he was heading up their marketing and promo from ’05 to ’12. Gotta love hearing KOVR recognizes talent. A big Well Dunne! Drew.
Anybody remember who passed out the mushrooms that have made us all crazy? Yes, I’m referencing the abrupt about-face the FCC pulled on Sinclair. Can’t WAIT for all the details to finally be shared. So no…nobody knows anything about Sinclair, Tribune or almost anything from moment to moment. You’re not alone…we’re all just watching the circus of TV ownership.
Think About This: “Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Nothing like Michigan in the summer. Spent most every August in the Kalamazoo area as well as on the shore of Lake Michigan. You really need to do that if you want to relax, stay cool and generally recharge. One of my all time favorite News Directors was in Grand Rapids, just north of The Zoo….and GR is where our spotlight shines today. JASON NICHOLS is the new on-air Promo Manager for the Tribune FOX affil, WXMI. It’s a promotion from Art Director and that means those spots are gonna have the patina of style Art Directors are noted for. Grand Rapids has quite the sculptor collection, btw, with Henry Moore and Ai Weiwei on display. Jason is working with CSD KURTIS KAECHELE. Well Dunne Jason!
Job Alert – CSD WGBA Green Bay
Job Alert – CSD KULR Billings
Job Alert – Creative Producer WETA DC
Job Alert – VP Creative Services FOX Atlanta
Think About This: “I never lose. I either win or learn.” ~ Nelson Mandela
It’s always so lovely to hear news from the ol’ hometown. And it’s even better when the news has a double nice ring on a day that everything else seems beyond insane. KSDK is a St. Louis powerhouse. The NBC affil has a new Promotion Manager and he’s from the same town where my Dad was born. And, to put the cherry on the ice cream sundae, the new job is a result of a promotion. DOUG HOWELL is the man in question and he’s super. The Indiana native holds a degree from Indiana State and his first job in TV was over in Terra Haute at WTWO and then as a Director at WTHI. Made the jump to KPLR in St Louis where he TD’d before going over to Market Street and KSDK. As if TV doesn’t keep him busy enough, Doug is an amazing photog who runs his own sideline called Doug Howell Photography. Gorgeous work. Let’s hear a big St. Louis Well Dunne! for Doug.
Big news day today / yesterday, understatement being a hallmark of this particular writing style. The TV bombshell was the FCC chairman’s announcement that the Sinclair-Tribune deal is in trouble, if not about to expire. Been around a long time and never has there been so much craziness. So no, it’s not just you who keeps shaking their head and wondering what is coming up next. I don’t think anybody knows, even if they have a crystal ball. Deep breaths people. Could the lesson here be that paperwork is way more important than you think? As the Irish say, we live in interesting times.
Job Alert – CSD KUSA Denver
Job Alert – News Marketing Producer WLEX Lexington
Job Alert – Sr. Marketing Manager truTV NYC
Think About This: As most of the population suffers through life, barely surviving, disappointed and confused day after day, hopeless, wondering what happened to their strong and beautiful country, it is in the media’s power to restore, if not some of our quality of life, at least a bit of our peace of mind. ~ Steven Van Zandt
Copyright © 2018 Well Dunne / Bacon
Does Friday the 13th hold any sway anymore, or is it just a little amusement? Not sure, but you have been made aware.
Up in Utica, NY, a lovely young lady has gotten her first full time job in TV. Remember yours….how you felt? I bet that’s still the same feeling of excitement, accomplishment, and eagerness. ASHLEY ROGERS is the new writer producer for CSD TERRY KOWALSKI at the Nexstar ABC/FOX operation, WUTR/WFXV. She had been doing some part time work and got the bump to fulltime because of her good work and excellent outlook. Let’s turn this over to Ashley to fill us in: I have finished my Associate degree at Herkimer County Community College for Photographic Technology and completed my Bachelor of Technology for Electronic Marketing & Publishing at Morrisville State College. After College I plan to find a career that will be able to put to use with my degree, knowledge, creativity, and skills. I am particularly interested in finding a career as an Animator, Graphic Design, Video Production or Web Development/Design. My dream is to go beyond what I can image and what I could ever have hoped for. I have seen myself achieve so much already and I believe I can do so much more as long as I keep my head up with a positive attitude. A very excited Well Dunne! to Ashley.
If you’re doing that Facebook thing, you gotta check out and join KEVIN KOLBE’s A Tribe Called Creative group. And check out Kevin’s work, too. He’d love to help you out.
Think About This: “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~ Plato
What do you do when the following happens: 1 – your dad has health problems and 2 – you see an opening that is a step up from your current slot career-wise. You go for it, of course. Proximity to family, especially when all is not well, is job 1, as Ford used to say. JORDANA HOUCHINS added 1 and 2 and is heading to Phoenix from her plum slot on David Hershey’s KTVT creative marketing team. She’ll be headed to the Valley of the Sun towards the end of the month to take the Creative Brand Manager slot at TEGNA’s KPNX, NBC. She learned promo at KING in Settle and WCCB in Charlotte before heading out to LA where she did creative for KTLA, KABC, and KNBC as well as a stint working for Queen Latifah. She’ll be loving Phoenix, but she better eat all the TexMex she can before going out – Phoenix does not have very good (if at all) TexMex (alert the Chamber of Commerce!). Well Dunne! Jordana!
Speaking of Dallas, however did we miss sending out a big Well Dunne! to HOLLY ROMERO back in the early spring when she took over as for Dallas’ KDAF, the CW in Big D. Holly came down to Texas from being Assistant Creative Services Director of Hearst’s WISN in Milwaukee. The Tucson native has a degree from University of Arizona and has worked doing marketing for KOLD in her hometown as well as WTNZ in Knoxville. A belated but enthusiastic Well Dunne! Holly.
What a treat – writing about women in the biz. Anybody want to take a wild guess as to how many women head up TV station marketing departments? Go ahead…correct answers will be posted later. A solid number guess or a percentage is fine. Will there be a prize? Maybe…
Whoa there…what’s this silly nonsense about the FCC wanting money to comment? You say it’s true? Perhaps we should all pitch in and pool our money so we can call FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai names we can’t put in this blog. Imagine, a GoFundMe….
Think About This: “A lot of people would say ‘sexy’ is about the body. But to me, ‘sexy’ is a women with confidence. I admire women who have very little fear.” ~ Allegra Versace
Smart move in Houston. Naming ART SOBARZO to be Vice President of Audience Development for ABC’s O&O KTRK. Art has been Director of Creative Services at Telemundo up in Dallas. In more and more markets, Spanish language news is beating out or giving traditional newscasts a run for the money. Art will be able to blend the two. He’s also worked for Telemundo in Houston, KTMD. He’s a grad of Texas A&M, making him an Aggie. Texans get it. Let’s give Art a big Well Dunne!
Job Alert – Director of Marketing for NBA @Turner Atlanta
Think About This: “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; and Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
How hot is it in Dallas? Well, it is July but that’s not the focus. It’s hot in DFW because there’s so much talent in the market. And now another amazing creative is headed to DFW…to NBC there to be exact. What happens in Vegas is not staying there…DAVID ISBELL is taking leave of his Senior Promo producer slot at Vegas’ KLAS to be part of the Big D media world. He did promo at KSNV as well. He’ll be joining GARY WANN’S team and be reuniting with former KLAS creative alum, former Art Director ASHISH BANTHIA. The IsBell family will love their new city. Thanks to former KLAS CSD HENRY VAZQUEZ for filling us in. How about a Texas-sized Well Dunne! David.
Think About This: “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James
Did everybody have a fun week? Two Mondays and two Fridays if you worked…an extra day of vaycay if you played it right. Keep hearing from women in the biz who are sharing some jaw dropping stories of on-the-job misogyny that is going to result in something new and restorative – stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s the latest in a group of openings…
Dir Social & Digital Media
WGN America – LA
Creative Services Director
WSVN Miami (record for longest running unfilled yet still listed job)
WJRT – Jackson
KWKT – Waco
Director of Creative Services and Marketing
WJRT – Flint
Director of Marketing & Audience Development
WTXL – Tallahassee
KGMB – Honolulu
Director of Marketing
WTSP – St Pete Tampa
WMAZ – Macon
Assistant Creative Services Director
WHBQ – Memphis
KOAT – Albuquerque
WGMB – Baton Rouge
KGUN – Tucson
KARE – Minneapolis
Audience Development and Brand Manager
WWBT – Richmond
Creative Services Manager
KSWO – Lawton
KTBC – Austin
Creative Director, AV – Amazon Studios – Santa Monica
Wow. Eleven separate titles. Other than Manager and Director, do these titles mean more or less? The idea of being clearer as to what one does is great. It is, after all, the basis for each job – communication. Are the job descriptions all THAT different? Let’s ask: when do words in a title begin to lose meaning? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to find an industry standard? Asking for a friend.
Think About This: “Though free to think and act, we are held together like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we feel them.” ~ Nikola Tesla
BRETT KENYON is the new Creative Services Director in Mississippi’s capital, Jackson. WAPT is the station and it’s a ABC affil owned by Hearst. He makes the transition from ‘across the street’ at WJTV, where he had the same title. He had worked as two different leadership roles while at the CBS affil – Community Outreach Director and National Sales Assistant. He’s a man who knows how to use words…one of his first jobs was as a Creative Writer for Mad Genius agency. Let’s hear a very happy Well Dunne! Brett.
Today is National Fried Chicken Day. Behave accordingly.
Job Alert – Reporter / Anchor KSWO Wichita Falls
Think About This: “When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” ~ Fred Rogers (thanks Bonita Cunningham)
The world of TV creative is losing two – and the TV world is the worst for it. Talent and leadership the industry is in dire need of. First, we’ve got Chicago’s JAY WADHWA. He’s helping bring a new golf concept to life. Called Swing, it’s a network of next-gen entertainment venues that includes gaming. Sounds way above par, excuse the bad golf pun. The Boston U grad brought his amazing TV marketing talents to screen for ESPN as well as NBC in Chicago, as both Promo Manager and Manager Brand Marketing Creative Services for WBBM then as Senior Director Marketing Creative Services for NBC Sports Chicago. Over in DC, STEVE HOUK has landed a plum as Senior Digital Video Producer for Fannie Mae. That’s right, no packing and moving. Steve is another BU grad who has marketed and produced for radio and TV, particularly noted is his heading up creative for WTTG and WUSA. That’s Steve in the picture…on stage with his band. Thrilled for them both, but sorry the TV world is missing out on such experience. Well Dunne! Jay and Steve.
Job Alert – Promotion Manager KSHB/KMCI Kansas City
Job Alert – Creative Services Director KDVR KGWN Denver
Think About This: ”America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” ~ Harry S. Truman
How lovely to share the news that MARY RICE is the new creative honcho at Salt Lake City’s KSTU, the FOX affil. Mary, who is no relation to John Rice, has an impressive background in PR and comes to the Tribune owned (at the moment) station from Harmon’s Grocery where she was Sr. PR Manager. She also held a Sr. PR slot for Penna Powers. Mary has been a newsroom person, being Assignment Manager at KTVX and KUTV and KSL, all SLC. Well Dunne, Mary!
Which brings us to a comment on the recent Station Summit. More than one person…quite a few more actually if we want to be precise…commented on the dwindling number of women who were in attendance. Which logically leads to the question of why there are fewer women in creative leadership positions in local TV. Why would that be? Buehler….Buehler…? More to come.
Think About This: “Do you truly believe that life is fair, Senor de la Vega?
-No, maestro, but I plan to do everything in my power to make it so.” ~ Isabel Allende, Zorro