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August 11, 2016

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Timing is everything. Sometimes, timing doesn’t work in your favor. Well Dunne! Talent’s KELLY PIDGEON spent his birthday (yesterday if you’re reading this Thursday) in the ER. Not the celebration he had in mind. But it’s nothing life-threatening and he’ll be back at home, in great voice, ready to slide into his pool (yes, the man has a slide into his pool….THAT is so cool!) in no time. So let’s all send him a birthday wish and a Well Dunne!

Former promo pro ABIGAIL BALTHAZAR, who at one time did her thing as a promo and creative services producer for WESH in Orlando has a new video job…she’s at Convention News TV and she’s doing content. Content is king as we all know. Well Dunne! Abigail, who has the best smile.

Does anybody else observe what happens to their immediate crazy world and keep muttering ‘it’s all copy…it’s all copy…” God bless Nora Ephram.


Think About This:  "In the summer, the days were long stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause yet happening at the same time,, this collection of weeks when anything was possible."  ~ Sarah Desssen Along for the Ride


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


August 8, 2016

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What motivates us? Can motivation be instilled? Taught? Exactly what event or person or idea gets us up off the couch and into Action Mode? Each of us are our own little mushrooms, so it makes sense that each of us would be motivated by unique situations. KEVIN GORYL, a former promo pro who was Marketing Director at WXIX/Cincinnati as well as wrote and produced in DC, St Louis and for National Geographic recently shared what motivated him to make a change in his life. He founded an underwear company. Not just any underwear company, either. One with a mission – to eliminate the shortage of underwear at domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers around the country.  Donated clothing doesn’t include the basics…so Kevin and his wife Sara stepped in. This is how he explains it: 

The idea for the company was inspired by the death of former WTTG Promo Manager TERRY WHEELOCK.  Terry passed away from complications due to alcoholism; after his death he was classified as an isolated alcoholic.  Terry and I were very close, we talked a few times per week even after he had moved to Hawaii.  His death was not only shocking to me, it left a huge hole in my heart.  On the way home from Terry’s memorial service I made a pledge to myself that I would giveback through volunteering and donating in his name.  While searching for things to donate I began to notice that underwear was always at the top of the list of items being asked for.  One day, while volunteering at The Brighton Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation I asked the Director why underwear were such a needed item.  She told me that nonprofits rely on donations for clothing and most people donate used clothes but, for obvious reasons, nonprofits don’t typically accept used underwear as a donation.  Many of the women at The Brighton Center are nonviolent offenders who are released straight from prison into the rehab center, these women arrive with just the clothes on their backs.

So Too Apparel was born. And, being a guy with a TV background, ‘the business’ has noticed; their fashions are going to be part of CBS’ new drama Training Day. Yep, even got an Instagram account for it (trainingday2017).

Want to be part of something that makes a real difference for those who aren’t as lucky as you? Next up for Kevin and Sara is expanding to a line of men’s underwear, with the goal of educating men about domestic violence. Donate just $1 on Kickstarter, and it will make a HUGE difference. It’s the sexiest underwear on the planet.

Starting Monday by doing good…no better way to start a week. Well Dunne! Kevin. And Well Dunne! everyone…

Job Alert – Director Marketing Programming & Creative KPTV/KPDX Portland OR

Think About This:  “Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water – it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.”  ~ Jessy and Bryan Matteo

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


August 5, 2016

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"Five Minutes With" Friday is here again. Summer flies by, doesn’t it…Today we get to spent time with MAX HOLLAND, the Senior Sound Designer/Audio Engineer for HOBO Audio in NYC. Hobo is a growing, well respected post house all about sound (pay attention ya’ll…sound makes all those visuals really work). They love to say “Make yourself at HOBO”. They’ve done some amazing Olympics promos, and with the Opening Ceremonies tonight (if you’re reading this Friday) its timely. Max, take it away:

You’re working on Olympic promos for NBC Sports. Which ones?  I am helping with their big push to the Olympics so there are almost too many to count, but some of the stand outs of the past few months have been: Anticipation, Sacrifice and Perfection. All of those spots are little vignettes that were shot with the athletes of Team USA showing the different aspects and emotions of preparing for competition at the highest level.

Got a favorite sport you will follow during Olympics? I am partial to swimming. My sister was on the swim team in high school so I spent a lot of time at the meets so I have a special connection to it.

Favorite SFX to add to spots? I don’t really have a favorite style of sound effect, in fact I am just as likely to add some sound design as I am to not. Whatever speaks to me about the piece I am working with is what determines the direction of the sound design, sometime I don’t add a thing because it would only be distracting.

Best way to jumpstart a stalled creative streak?  Not sure there is one! Maybe its listening to music while getting set up in the morning. I truly listen to anything and everything I can get my hands on, Spotify has certainly helped with that obsession. Punk Rock, Hip Hop, Classical, Jazz, EDM or Country are all in regular rotation in the studio when I am not working.

Best quick office-type energy boost is?  I am Coca Cola addict. Sometimes for fun the staff here hides it from me around the studio kitchen.

Best new tech innovation for sound is?  So hard to pin down, I am excited for all the technology surrounding immersive sound tech like Dolby Atmos, game audio and VR headset 3D Audio.

Favorite commercial or promo of all time?   Wow that’s tough. I am a big movie trailer guy personally, pretty much everything around the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” campaign was perfect for me in terms of big budget move stuff, or the “The Wolf of Wall Street” trailer that used that Kanye West song. I generally tend to enjoy the quieter commercials with very minimal or no sound at all. Go figure.

My first big break was…?   My first big break was when someone realized it was cheaper to hire the assistant engineer to record the VO for a TV show then bringing in a freelancer! Its all been uphill from there!

You have 10 minutes to kill online. What sites do you visit?  Ten minutes is a long time in internet time. I visit Reddit a lot.

If I hadn’t been a sound designer, then I would have been…?  Not entirely sure. I actually got a job at my first studio at 19, so I didn’t explore anything else. I love what I do now, so hopefully I’ll never have to figure out what else I even can do.

Think About This:  "For the most part, most people often choose comfort—the familiar, the time-honored, the well-worn but well-known. After a lifetime of choosing between comfort and risk, we are left with the life we currently have." ~ John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


August 4, 2016

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Talent is part of the DNA strand, so of course it can be handed down generation to generation like blue eyes or height or musical ability. Some of us have the most interesting, artistic, one-of-a-kind offspring and a few of those offspring have gotten bitten by the TV bug. Now before we stop and argue about what the meaning of TV means in today’s multi-platform world, let’s hear from PETE BARRETT, the man who loves working in this crazy world more than anybody you will ever meet. 

KATIE BARRETT has finally landed a job in TV! The KU Grad (she directed the college newscasts) now is Social Media Coordinator for Weigel Broadcasting’s "Heroes and Icons" network, as well as their network "Decades" (both based out of Chicago). Proud Dad would like to relate that their social media activity went up 383% last week! Her primary responsibility has been to promote all the syndicated Star Trek series from "STOS" to "Enterprise," which launched with a big social media splash! She’d based at WCIU in Chicago, and here I am based at WCIA!

Pete is the Production Manager of Nexstar CBS affil WCIA in Champaign, IL, which is a mere 134 miles from Chicago. Well Dunne! Dad and Well Dunne! Katie. I hear a Well Dunne! also goes out to TERRY KOWALSKI for his contribution.

Wanted: Topicals. Reward: Starbucks coffee. Details: Sydney Ruben. Instructions: Do it.

Think About This: “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”  ~ Unknown

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


August 1, 2016

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Santa Monica is an ideal locale for officing. It’s where Ovation wrangles their people, and it’s where they announced two new creative titles and one new person (sort of). After being VP of Marketing Solutions for E! Entertainment, DAVID WIDERØE has come aboard full time as Senior VP Marketing and On Air Promos. David was actually already over at Ovation overseeing the launch of a new series, Versailles (which looks very elegant) due to air on the net in October. Obviously it was a good match. David is very continental – speaking Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. Well Dunne! David. Or, in Norwegian, Bra Jobba!

ASH STEFFY (that’s him in the picture) has been Director of Creative Services before joining the VP Club. He’s now VP Marketing and On-air. Before Ovation, he was Supervisor of Post Production Services at Disney-ABC TV Group and he’s done work with the Directors Guild as well as Universal Pictures. He’s a UCLA man to boot. Well  Dunne! Ash.

Job Alert – Video Producer TV Guide Burbank

Job Alert– Digital Promo Producer WXIN/WTTV Indianapolis

Job Alert – Writer/Producer WBNS Columbus Ohio

Job Alert– Digital Producer Logo (Viacom) NYC job 2016-4809

Job Alert – Producer WWL New Orleans

Think About This:  "The essence of all Art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.” – Dale Carnegie

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 29, 2016

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Hello –  it’s “Five Minutes With” Friday. Today, we spend that time with ALISON WOO, now Director, External Social Media Strategy, Bristol-Myers Squibb. She’s a former TV Newsie, having produced for CNN as well as stations in Orlando and Charlotte. She made the leap from TV (which so many of you have shared they would like to do themselves) to the corporate world and has some insights on that. With a Masters degree from Columbia in Journalism, she’s got a high energy approach to life. Take it away Ms. Alison…

You made the leap from TV to corporate…how did you do that?

While at a 24-hour news station, I realized television news ratings were waning, and I needed to make a change. I started getting more of my news online and wanted to be part of that medium.  My official transition out of news started rather innocently, helping my friends who were entrepreneurs get media coverage. I met a marketing specialist who suggested I teach that to Fortune 500 companies. We decided to partner on marketing and media seminars for communications and marketing and we started asking questions about how to use the internet and social media get their messages to stakeholders.

Our seminars were popular and we wanted to codify the knowledge in a book. In 2008, Penguin Putnam published our How To Say It: Marketing and the New Media. That led to launching a small boutique healthcare agency. In 2011, BMS hired me with the mandate to help them think about a global approach to social media.

Best new social tech innovation (especially for marketing people)

Social Media Listening. You can go to search.twitter.com or any social listening platform (Radian 6, Crimson Hexagon) to hear what your customers or viewers are thinking and talking about at any given moment on any given topic at any given time of day! We used to pay thousands of dollar for market research. Now it’s free and at our fingertips.

If you had to give a TV marketer a heads up ‘into the future’ crystal ball prediction, what would it be?

Ads will become contextual. Social media platforms have become incredible opportunities to target specific types of people based on the way they consume content. This will only get more refined in the future and I believe will now be embedded into content more seamlessly.

You’ve said you think TV people make the best corporate employees and bosses…why?

Because they can think fast on their feet and they aren’t afraid of anyone.

Favorite way to jumpstart a stalled creative streak.

Write down the very worst ideas you have. Stive to purposefully put bad ideas on paper. If you keep going, you’ll be amazed at how that will unblock you.

Best quick office-type energy boost is…

Lara Bars! They’re nutty deliciousness! That, and a fun video on YouTube.

My cell phone is (what is means to you and how you use it…)

Always at my fingertips! It’s my wallet, my camera, my link to my nearest and dearest, my traffic advisor and with over 9,000 photos, my visual reminder of where I’ve been almost every day of the year.

Favorite TV show of all time

The Odd Couple (original one!), Mad Men, 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica

You have 10 minutes to kill online. What sites do you visit?

I love the #ham4ham content from Broadway smash Hamilton musical! I’m always looking for new content there. Plus an oldie but a goodie is Dear Kitten video series. My favorite one is “Regarding the Dog”   https://youtu.be/3yNSF7ljOoU

Who would you like to spend “Five Minutes With”? 

Lin Manuel Miranda (creator of the Hamilton musical) or HBO host John Oliver.

Job Alert – Assistant CSD WMAR Baltimore

Think About This:  "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."  ~  Robert Byrne

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 28, 2016

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So much going on…so little desire to do anything that isn’t “summer-related.” Luckily, AARON BEVILL doesn’t feel that way. He’s the new Creative Services Manager for WNCT and ENCT, the CBS and CW affils in eastern Carolina, namely Greenville. It’s a promotion…love hearing about promotions. Before he was tapped for CSM, Aaron was working nights as writer producer, which he did so well he won an Emmy for his work…only the fifth golden statue in the history of Greenville TV which led to the stations winning their first CBS Eye on Excellence Award for promotion. Aaron is a grad of Eastern Carolina U and loves basketball and his new baby. He also knows how to fix yachts. Yes, he can fix yachts. Now how many can list that on a resume? Sounds like this is a great year for Aaron and the stations. CSD MARC MORRISTON is very proud of the whole thing. Well Dunne! Aaron.

Job Alert – Writer Producer KENS San Antonio (not only work with DON SMITH, but you’ll get to do high end work, not the run of the mill stuff…this is a really great slot – details tomorrow)

Very good article about what makes a Company a good one to work for (proper English aside) 

Think About This:  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  ~ Aristotle


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent



July 26, 2016

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He’s vacationing now, but when ROB BROCKMEYER returns to WMAR, Scripps’ ABC in Baltimore, he’ll be taking on a new role, that of Creative Services Director. Rob’s been at the station and really knows his stuff. He started out as a News Editor and moved up to Producer/Editor. That led to Senior Production Editor and finally, he was named Broadcast Production Director. Way to go Mr. B! Along the way, the Towson grad was a Senior Media Analyst for Sallie Mae and worked at Comcast. He’ll be adding CSD to the Ops and the man will be rockin’ Balto. Well Dunne Rob. Enjoy the vay-cay and come back recharged.


Think About This:  "We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own."  ~  Blaise Pascal


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 26, 2016

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Would one of you wonderfully talented and creative people please come up with a new word other than blog. The word itself sounds as if there’s a digestive problem happening…not good. But while we’re on the subject, there’s some very nice postings (anybody want to vote for that?) being done by creatives…worthy our time to check out. KEVIN KOLBE, who is CSD at Capital Broadcasting’s WRAZ in Raleigh, has expanded his KevinKolbe.com site to Facebook. And it’s very uplifting. We need uplifting. about faith, family and fun. Kevin says he hopes to inspire, challenge, motivate and share. Check it out. DON SMITH, now heading up KENS creative down San Antonio way, has long been posting with his http://idopromoz.blogspot.com and it’s terrific. All about, the name says it all…promos. Effervescent DANI DUDEK, creative wrangler of Charleston’s WSCS, has a blast with her blog ATXGOSSIP.COM, which chronicles the celeb and pop culture scene…lots of lists and Ms. Dani says ‘a side of snark’. Of course, it’s also Facebookable. Promo Cowboy and amazingly talented BARRY FITZSIMMONS has taken the blog to a more media-heightened plane with his podcast, which grew out of his wordpress blog of the same name. It’s great…interviews with some industry folks. Blatant self promotion time…download the conversation the two of us had. Go on…find out why you should not spit in your wastebasket. It’s not just a good manners thing. Anybody else have a blog (that word…augh) they want to share?


Better hurry up and book for your Topical Bootcamp…I mean, only if you want more eyeballs on your newscasts. SYDNEY RUBIN is in charge of details. Topicals aren’t born.,.they’re trained!



Think About This"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."  ~  Kahlil Gibran 

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 22, 2016

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Summertime Friday. Besides knocking off at noon (which you should all be doing…) it’s time to Spend Five Minutes With…and today we have the pleasure of STEPHEN ARNOLD of Stephen Arnold Music. Besides having the best hair in the business, Stephen’s talents are probably playing on the air for you right this minute. He’s been making the music for TV for a long time, and it just keeps getting better. Now, here’s Mr. Arnold himself:

Favorite way to jumpstart a creative steak?  Wait for the deadline. People sometimes ask – what comes first- the words or the music? I tell them the deadline – always the deadline.


Best quick office-type energy boost?  NingXia Red  from Young Living

Best new tech innovation?  Deactivating Facebook – it can be life-altering

My cell phone is (what is means to you or how you use it…) – Always on silent. And all alerts are turned off.


Favorite commercial or promo on the air right now–  KDAF-TV CW33  – “Express Yourself”  School Of Rock Junior High and High Kids version – (on air next week I believe)


Favorite commercial or promo of all time Cindy Crawford Pepsi commercial in mid-90s.

Personality trait you most admire.  –  Initiative…and humility.


Personality trait you wish you had, but don’t – Being organized!


My first big break was __________  Creating my 1st news music package for KXAS in Dallas in 1985


Advice to marketing types who want to cross over to writing and producing content for TV and the net– Hey – Hey – go to dental school, become a dentist!


You have 10 minutes to kill online. What sites do you visit? Rolling Stone or http://www.vintageguitar.com

Job Alert – Multimedia Producer WPEC West Palm Beach

WPTV NewsChannel 5, the #1 station in the West Palm Beach Market, is looking for its next great Multimedia Producer.

 Do you live, eat and breathe social? Are you bursting at the seams with a passion for Marketing? Can you spot an on-air promotable news story a mile away? If not, stophere. If so, read on.

 If you have a can-do mentality, apply. If you accept the honorary role of being a ‘Multi-tasking Pro’, apply. If you have a zest for life and truly support the phrase, "go big or go home," apply. If you’re a team player, apply.

 Are you willing to fight for your right to promote brand-focused stories? In this role, you have to. You are the voice for the audience and brand, you have to stick up for it. You’ll be the person pushing for compelling story information hours, sometimes minutes, before a reporter’s deadline! These conversations can get sticky.

 Key Activities:

  • This is a Multimedia Producer position for on-air, social and digital. It is a night side position
  • Interact with and respond to social media audiences. Analyze rundowns to coordinate the best on-air, social and digital marketing materials
  • Track monthly analytics on all current social/digital platforms. Provide ways to optimize platform growth
  • Work closely with the team on story development and promotional script ideas
  • Work closely with NBC and FOX affiliates to support programming on air and online
  • Perform other duties as needed by management. Some driving required
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including some weekends. Schedule will shift pending the Station’s needs
  •  Skills and Abilities:One-3 years’ experience of writing or editing in local broadcast preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of social media and a love for all things digital
  • Wakes up and checks Nielsen ratings from the night before
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut X
  • Superb attention to detail, time management skills, and strong communication abilities
  • Strong understanding of analytics for digital audiences, engagement and revenue
  • Ability to write and edit video for on-air and digital platforms
  • Experience working with camera, audio and lighting equipment. Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with news, sales and marketing leaders
  • Strong sense of initiative and focus on continuous learning
  • Perks of WPTV: Your own edit bay, with your name on the door
  • Time in the morning to go to the beach
  • Work with a fun team

Job Alert – WMAR Assistant CSD Baltimore


Job Alert – Marketing Producer KSWO Lawton      KSWO TV, a Raycom station, is seeking a full-time Marketing Producer.  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with hands on knowledge and experience in the production field.  Non-linear editing experience is a must, (Adobe Cloud application) experience shooting in studio and in the field, strong writing skills and knowledge of proper lighting techniques.  This person will be expected to be a team player and take part in all aspects of promotion and marketing, work closely with sales and clients to conceptualize, write, shoot and edit commercials.  This position reports directly to the Marketing Director.  Must have a clean driving record and pass a drug screen test.  A college degree or equivalent is preferred.  Qualified applicants, please apply online (Raycom Media Career Site) and attach your resume and link to your most recent work.  No phone calls please.  EOE-M/F/D/V


Think About This:  "You live too much in your physical consciousness and your material world. You have to learn to balance these two lives, the life of the spirit and the life of the body. Now, if you will imagine in your heart this shining Star, this blazing jewel, we think it will help you to attain and maintain that balance between your inner and your outer life."  ~ White Eagle


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 19, 2016

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From the ‘an oldie but a goodie’ file is MALLORY CONNELLY. Not that she’s old – definitely not…but she has been heading up Promotion for CBS affil KOLN in Lincoln Nebraska for the last year, so it’s not brand new news at this point. She’s Marketing Director of the Gray-owned operation who comes from the newsroom, having been a content producer for them at one time. Always good to have someone who knows what it takes to get a cast on the air…really knows what it takes. Mallory has a degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a fabulous Irish name. Well Dunne! Ms. Connelly.


Job Alert – Assistant Creative Services Director KOAT Albuquerque (work with DEILIA WILLIAMS!!) 

Think About This"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see."  ~  Henry David Thoreau


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent

July 18, 2016

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Enjoying summer? YES!!! But here’s some jobs in case you want to repot yourself:



CSD Slots:

WIAT – Mobile

WDRB – Louisville

KOVR – Sacramento

Marketing Director Slots:

WIVB – Buffalo

WHAS – Louisville

WFMY – Greensboro NC

WTVQ – Lexington

KCTV – Kansas City

WCSH – Portland  ME

KSDK – St. Louis

KTHV Little Rock

Creative Services Manager Slots:

WNCT – Greenville NC

Assistant CSD Slots:

WXII – Winston Salem

WBAL – Baltimore

KOAT – Albuquerque

WMTW – Portland Me

Brand Director

TNT/TBS Burbank

Brand Manager Slots:

KPHO – Phoenix


Promotion Director

WSAW – Rhinelander WI

Promotion Manager Slots:

WSOC – Charlotte

WFTX – Boston




Executive Producer

WKRC 12 Creative – Cincinnati


WCSC – Charleston SC

WCSC (Digital) – Charleston SC

WOAI – San Antonio

Internet Content Director

KSWO – Lawton


Think About This:  "I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion – and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies."  ~ Ram Dass





July 15, 2016

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What do Ant Farm and Pongo have in common? Besides being LA-based creative marketing companies? Yes, cute names are in common. They have CARY SACHS in common – sort of. Cary is the new President of Television and Streaming for Ant Farm. They created that post just for him…very cool. He was over at Pongo where he was CMO and SVP. He’s got tons of awards and has worked at the most inventive shops on the left coast, like Studio City and Trailer Park TV. He’s a Kent State grad with an MFA in Film Prod from Univ of New Orleans. Good times are gonna roll where he is, for sure. And he’s the man who we are spending Five Minutes With this Friday. Well Dunne! Take it away Cary…

Favorite way to jumpstart a stalled creative streak

Breathe. Ha! Seriously, I take a few deep breaths and try to reset. I start watching a lot of music videos, youtube videos, read the rag sheets to get some inspiration on copy lines and such. It’s amazing on what you can find reading In Touch 

Best quick office-type energy boost is

Laugher. I am a goofball. I want to have fun and laugh. It gets the creative juices gowing!

Best new tech innovation

Hmmmm..good one. All the new tech stuff coming out really is cool. I love the app PERFECT OCR. You can scan without owning your own scanner! So cool!

My cell phone is (what is means to you or how you use it…) 

My everything. I really live on my cell phone. I hope they don’t discover it causes any type of brain cancer. jk I am on that thing waaaay too much!

Favorite commercial or promo on the air right now

I love State Farm’s commercial called “The Hoopers”! Love it!

Favorite commercial or promo of all time

Easy one. Life cereal. Mickey likes it!

Personality trait you most admire

Cool. Calm. Collective.

Personality trait you wish you had, but don’t

I like my personality. Plus I’m on Zoloft! So everything is cool with me

 My first big break was 

Working for Stu Weiss at Studio City. Great mentor. Great boss. Great Big Break! 

You have 10 minutes to kill online. What sites do you visit?

Youtube  Daily Mirror  Yahoo  Bleacher Report  (I’m ashamed) – TMZ…guilty pleasure


Job Alert – Promotion Director WSAW Wausau WI


Think About This:  “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”  ~  Gandhi

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 14, 2016

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Seattle calling…with news that a local Washingtonian has taken the Director of Marketing and Creative Services slot at Tribune’s Q13/Fox, JOEtv and Portland’s CW. Welcome back – yes, he was at the station once before – BRENT AYRES. Brent was down in the Bay area of Cali where he was Sr. Manager of On-Air Promo for NBCU at CSN Bay area and CSN Cali. His creative is known to the good folks in Seattle because he was there in the promo department a few years ago. The Western Washington U grad started his TV career at KOMO working on a talk show. Well Dunne! Brent. His GM/boss PAM PEARSON has a background in TV creative, btw, so her choice is a real plus for his talent.

Job Alert – VP Creative Services WRC DC

Job Alert – Director Brand Strategy TNT & TBS Burbank

Think About This“When you say "I" and "my" too much, you lose the capacity to understand the "we" and "our".”  ~  Steve Maraboli, from Life, the Truth and Being Free

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 13, 2016

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Lovely AMANDA WHITE has taken the creative reins at Atlanta’s WXIA. The lucky lady is an Atlanta native who now has the title Marketing Director of the NBC affiliate. She’s no stranger to the station – she’s been promoted from Director of Insights and Strategic Marketing. She was also Research Director and handled Paid Programming Sales Coordination at one time. The soft-spoken lady also part of the team at the Weather Channel as National Copy Coordinator and did a marketing internship at Atlanta-based Gospel Music Channel (now  UPtv Network). She has an MBA from University of Georgia. What a peach. Well Dunne! Amanda.

A quick Well Dunne! to ALISON HOFFMAN upped to CMO from EVP Marketing at Starz in LA. She’s a Brown grad, who’s also done marketing magic at AMC Nets.

What’s better than one adorable pink bundle of joy little girl? TWO adorable pink bundle of joy little girls. Congrats to KGO’s CANDACE ARCHER on her new family addition. Big sister now has little sister!

Think About This:  “Sometimes the strength within you is not a fiery flame that all can see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers softly, “You got this”, “Keep going.”  ~ thanks SHELLY LESLIE of WRAL.


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 12, 2016

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Let’s focus on some good news and all take a deep breath. Last week was more than difficult. Perhaps it’s time to stop kicking problems down the road….let the next guy deal with it…perhaps it’s time to step up and actually take steps to make what’s gone awry go right…focus on what makes the collective ‘we’ work – and not work, and then explore ways to make it work better. Gandhi said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’…

It’s the start of DANIEL MALVEAUX’s third week calling the creative shots at Nexstar’s WGMB in Baton Rouge. When Daniel was on the phone mid week last, he sounded so happy. He was ebullient. Note to many:  a smart phone allows voice communication as well as texting. Think about how much more one gets from hearing a voice…the way a voice gives birth to the emotions that make communication so awesome. Back to Daniel…he’s a storyteller who helps via his Open Box Productions. His TV background includes Houston’s KRIV as well as working at KHOU. He’s got an ear and has served as Audio Director. His very first job was at CBS affil KLFY in Lafayette. So very glad to welcome Daniel and to say Well Dunne!

Job Alert – Marketing Producer WCSC Charleston SC

WCSC-TV, Raycom Media’s CBS Affiliate in Charleston, SC, is looking for a Marketing Producer. Candidate must be willing to share in all functions of the Marketing Department including but not limited to producing station promos, digital promotions, sales & contesting promos and client commercials. Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Photoshop and/or After Effects required. Experience with social media and digital marketing preferred. Graphics experience a plus. Candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.  Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach resume and any links to your work. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V

Job Alert – Digital Marketing Manager WCSC Charleston SC

WCSC is Charleston, SC is seeking a highly creative and innovative Digital Marketing Manager (DMM).  Reporting to the Marketing Director, the DMM will be responsible for growing digital audience on mobile, web and social platforms.  DMM will support the Digital Sales Manager by creating non-news sponsored content & native advertising opportunities, work with the Digital Content Manager to improve engagement on all digital platforms, and support the Marketing Director’s efforts by managing station promotion on all digital platforms.  A Degree in marketing or a related field with 3 years proven work experience in digital marketing preferred.  Knowledge of digital analytics tools and ability to use them to measure success required. Must be proficient in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and have video production skills, including videography, writing and editing. Must be flexible and have a positive attitude. Drug screen and MVR check.  Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach resume with cover letter.  No phone calls please.  EOE-M/F/D/V

Think About This:  “Most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor.”  ~ from 1776 written by Peter Stone


Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 8, 2016

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Summertime and the liven’ is easy. Lots of people work half a day Fridays in the summer so they can soak up and enjoy all the joys these special months offer. Friday’s Well Dunne postings until the fall (or whenever) will be Five Minutes With. Each week hear from another inventive and innovative creative who might inspire us and definitely let us in on his thinking process. These are fun people who do excellent work. first up: ISMAEL "ISH" OBREGON, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Office of Oishii Creative

1 – What do you recommend to creatives who need a ‘jumpstart’ to get the creative juices bubbling?  Expose yourself to as many inspirational things as you can. Be curious, ask “why” to everything and everyone. Never assume you know it all.

2 – What do you do to ‘jumpstart’ the creative process?  I try to feed my brain every morning with an inspirational experience. I like to watch a TED Talk everyday and learn something new. Especially outside the field of entertainment.   Read “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod — it is full of great life advice!

3 – Where do you see TV marketing headed in the next few years?  Everywhere! That’s what makes it exciting. Every brand now is a media brand, so everyone will need ”TV marketing."

4 – What is your favorite project that Oishii has done?  All projects give us an opportunity to learn a new process, new approach and new lesson. But the most fulfilling creative project is the ongoing job of building Oishii Creative as a business and creative brand.

5 – Favorite quote  “If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” – Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize winner

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare

6 – What was your big break?  When I left my steady job and launched into the unknown and unpredictable world of freelance. It forced me to adapt and grow as a creative.

7 – Other career choices you could have made…area that you considered…  I always wanted to be an architect. I love the way architects use both logic and creativity to build living works of art. I personally love the work of Zaha Hadid, whose creations are truly inspirational. Her work touches every level of the human experience. What an amazing creative force.

8 – If I had a magic wand and could change anything, it would be……  Get rid of guns! Love should be the only weapon.

9 – Favorite ‘hang out’ website when you’re not working  I love Instagram; anything with Star Wars in it.

10 – Currently, I can’t get enough of…..  Viceland, the TV channel, especially its "Balls Deep” show. [Host] Thomas Morton is a genius. This show teaches you to always question and be curious. It’s awesome!

I also like to read a lot. Here are a few books I’m currently reading for no reason other than to learn something new.

"Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics" by Richard Thaler

"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari

"Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction" by Daniel Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock

"The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment" by Scott Adams

"The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War" by A.J. Baime

"The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg

This is the best article about what is wrong with the hiring process (and it should be required reading – don’t make me name names but you know who you are) and how to fix those problems. Read it. Do it. 

Think About This:  Our eyes are for looking at things,
But they are also for crying
When we are very happy or very sad.
Our ears are for listening,
But so are our hearts.
Our noses are for smelling food,
But also the wind and the grass and
If we try very hard, butterflies.
Our hands are for feeling,
But also for hugging and touching so gently.
Our mouths and tongues are for tasting,
But also for saying words, like
"I love you," and
"Thank you, God, for all of these things."   ~  Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent



July 7, 2016

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SCOTT STILLEY et familia are lovin’ Texas. And there’s a lot to love, being the size it is, which is 268,597 square miles. He’ll no doubt really adore the Texas warmth this winter when he looks at the Wisconsin temps. Scott is the new Marketing Manager of Raycom’s KLTV in beautlful Tyler, Texas. Yes, Tyler the rose capital. KLTV is the ABC affil there, and Scott has switched from Wausau, Wisconsin CBS affil WSAW where he was Promotion Director. Scott is a Bradford grad who’s worked as Director of Promotion and Production as well as Sr. Producer and Editor for Scripps’ GAC Network. Well Dunne! Scott. Get yourself some boots and learn to say fixin’ and you’ll be the perfect Texan.

Job Alert – Internet Content Director KSWO Lawton

KSWO TV a Raycom Media station located in Lawton, Oklahoma is looking for an Internet Content Director.  Responsibilities include posting news stories to the station’s website and social media outlets.  Produce news content in addition to stories that appear on broadcasts.  Incorporate copy onto the website from other individuals or departments.  Maintaining the site, and ensuring the information is accurate.  Qualifications include a degree in Journalism, Communication, or a related field preferred.  Have excellent communication skills, written and oral.  Be able to multi-task under tight deadlines.  Computer literate with good keyboard skills.  Qualified applicants, apply online (Raycom Media Career Site) and attach your resume.  No phone calls please.  EOE-M/F/D/V

Think About This:  "The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth."  ~ Chinese Proverb

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


July 6, 2016

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy….hope you are all kicking back and enjoying life. Travels have been exciting and fun and its time to get back to work. OK, time to get back to a little more work but let’s not forget it’s summer and there’s a lot of swimming, reading, painting, traveling and shopping to be had. Life is short. Eat deset first.

Down Huntsville way comes word of a former promo pro who has landed a fun job doing promo for radio. Let’s hear it for J TODD LONG who is now Marketing and Promotions Manager for Cumulus Media in Huntsville, as in Alabama. Todd has headed up TV promo at WAFF, Alabama Media Group, Victoria Television and Journal (back when it was Journal) in Omaha. He’s a comedy writer and if you’ve ever caught his posts in such places as USA TODAY, you know how funny he is. He’s a grad of Southeast Missouri State in Cape…Missouri folks always get attention and a big Well Dunne!

Job Alert – CSD WDRB Louisville

We all know Topical Producers are the hardest people to find and the most necessary to keep those eyeballs on the screens. SYDNEY RUBIN and I are doing something about it…Topical Boot Camp. Come to us, bring us to you or (this is a cool option) let’s use technology via online. Don’t hunt for a Topical Producer…train your own. Ms. Syd is the best one to ‘splain it all so let me put you in touch with her. Imagine how you could make some ratings waves if your people are Well Dunne!, so to speak.


Think About This:  "Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."  ~ Elie Wiesel

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent


June 30, 2016

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As a most lovely June winds down and we’re all poised to kick off the July 4th festivities and holiday, had to interrupt some time away with news of one of the best. You can take the boy out of Texas but there’s always a hankering – yes, hankering – to get back to the Lone Star State, politics aside. You don’t have to be born in Texas to be a Texan (but you do have to have a Texas locale on your birth certificate if you want a Native Texan car plate, which you can actually purchase), but you have to have been a resident and loved it and want to return. That’s what Lake Charles, LA native DON SMITH is doing…he’s setting free his Inner Texan and returning to San Antonio and the Tegna CBS affil there, KENS. He’ll be top wrangler for the creative, the official title being Marketing Director. He’s no stranger to SA, having worked at KENS once before when it was a Belo station. Don and his lovely family (his little boy is the cutest thing you can imagine!) will love living there. Confession – my son was born there and it’s a great place for little ones. Mr. Smith is departing his current role as Director of Creative Services at CBS’ KOVR/KMAX in California’s capital, Sacramento. Along the way, Don’s done promo for KHOU in Houston and his first job was at KBMT in Beaumont.  Let’s not forget a stop in Salt Lake City and Stun Creative in NYC. So very excited to hear about a very happy creative talent and a city most loved. Get a big place..need a bedroom for next year’s Fiesta! Well Dunne! Don.

Job Alert – Executive Producer 12 Creative (WKRC) Cincinnati (work with SHEILA OBERMEYER!)

Make your mark in Broadcasting. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the nation, programming 162 stations located in 79 geographically diverse markets after pending transactions. Our success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believes in a vision and is dedicated to making Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. a communications powerhouse. We are advancing the world of Broadcasting and we want YOU to join our winning team!

Local 12/WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, OH is currently seeking an Executive Producer/Creative Services.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Shooting, producing and potentially editing station news and entertainment promotion including, in addition to, long form programming and commercials.
  • Special focus on being a team player, who is attentive to deadlines, thrives in a fast paced work environment and is inspired to bring creative visions to life.
  • Handling multiple projects from concept to completion, both daily & on an ongoing basis for each of the three television stations as needed.
  • Responsible for creating, writing & producing on-air promos for the station that fit within & echo the Local 12 News brand as required.

This position reports directly to the Creative Services Director.

Required Skills:

  • Familiar with ENG style video cameras (JVC 850, Sony FS7, Canon C300 and Canon 5D Mark II)
  • Still photography experience
  • Superior Lighting skills, both in-studio and on location
  • Field audio experience
  • Ability to lift 40-50lbs on a regular basis
  • Ability to communicate/work in a team environment
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Valid Driver license

Required Experience:

  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two to five years of videography and or producer experience.
  • Non-Linear editing experience a plus (Premier Pro; Avid).
  • A college degree is preferred.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

Job Alert  – Promotions Producer WOAI San Antonio (with with TERRY MCFARLANE)

WOAI – NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO has an immediate opening for a Promotions Producer. The News 4 San Antonio creative team has a great opportunity for an exceptional promotion producer who loves marketing news. This is not an entry level position. We need a pro who can engage with the news department, write copy that sells, and has production skills to turn the finished product into great nightly spots. The ability to write, shoot and edit are essential. Must love a fast paced environment, and work with nightly deadlines.

Responsibilities include:

  • Producing nightly news topical promos and targeted special report promos
  • Assisting with station sponsored events
  • Contributing ideas and concepts as part of our team

If you have the required experience and skills, please apply below or visit www.sbgi.net and include your salary requirements while completing our on-line application. In addition, include a link to your latest work. Work examples should showcase strong editing and writing skills. If you do not have a link to your work, apply on-line and then send your non-returnable DVD to: WOAI-TV, Attn: Terry McFarlane, 4335 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229 

Think About This: “There was never a good war or a bad peace.”  ~ Ben Franklin

Copyright 2016 © Kate Bacon / Well Dunne! Talent




People Pix

Jun 23, 2016 by     Comments Off on People Pix    Posted under: Featured

 L to R: Tom Hebel WFLA/Tampa

Marc Morriston WNCT/Greenville NC
Kristen Byrum WNCN/Raleigh
Dan Klintworth WBTW/Myrtle Beach
Brett Kenyon WJTV/Jackson MS
Mariah Gardner KPRC/Houston
Dixon Johnston WRIC/Richmond