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Wednesday January 17, 2007

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The downright bizarre weather has impacted so much…oranges are going to become the Bentley of fruits, at least for a little bit…studded tires are in great demand in climes where the words ‘stud’ and ‘tires’ were never used in the same sentence…commuting to an office becomes a challenge rather than an everyday occurrence…closets full of clothes perfect for 72 degree weather are now making room for coats, mufflers and mittens…and the regular ebb and flow of info on new jobs and new beginnings is thrown off. Yep, the pace isn’t happening like normal. But I’m sure it will right itself soon. Meanwhile, listen to news from the Turner folks.

Turner Entertainment has promoted KATHERINE JOHNSON to SVP/Promotions & Marketing. Cool. She’ll be creating marketing ideas that will focus on TNT, TBS and Court TV. And who will she call boss? LINDA YACCARINO, who is EVP of Ad Sales and Marketing.

Think about this: “Wisdom has to do with our relationship to the whole, to the cosmos, to nature, to both the feminine and the masculine powers of nature. Wisdom is, finding the balance between head and heart, upper chakras and lower chakras, earth and sky, masculine and feminine, joy and sorrow, yin and yang, energy and rest, human and divine, cosmos and psyche.”
~Matthew Fox

Tuesday January 16, 2007

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It was a one-two punch. Mother Nature was punch #1. With all the ice across the country, things were at a stand-still. Few offices were fully staffed, and those that had folks dutifully in attendance were too busy to chat. It was in the 20 degree range out in places like Santa Barbara, and the coats were dug out in LALA land. Punch #2 was the MLK holiday, which allowed a lot of folks to sleep late and not take to the cold, icy roads. All this means that the Who’s Where for today is cancelled, due mainly to weather. Come back tomorrow.

Think about this: “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” ~ Jim Rohn

Monday, January 15, 2007

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There’s more news in lovely San Diego than that of the Chargers. Ah, just a few inches to the right and the season is over. For you non-football types, the football team lost their Super Bowl dreams in the last seconds of the game to a missed field goal. Don’t you HATE that when it happens? You non-football types, you probably don’t care, do you? OK then. Like I was saying, there’s good news from San Diego, and it involves a promotion. At the McGraw Hill ABC affiliate, KGTV, there’s a new News Marketing Manager. It’s BILL ROLAND, who has been a Sr. Videographer and Editor for about 5 years. Before joining CSD DON WELLS, Bill was Director of TV Production for the San Diego Sports Arena. And before that, he was in LALA working with Carsey-Werner. Yep, I definitely think that’s waaaay cool. Bill and his lovely wife are into new media, too. Website development, actually, which is where the whole TV thing is headed, right? Bill’s official new duties begin February 1. Way to go, Bill. Thanks to CSD DON WELLS for the info.

MyNetworkTV created a position, and fantastic MARY BETH MCADARAGH was the perfect choice for it. She’s the new SVP of Affiliate Relations – all 175 affiliates to be precise. Way to go MB! She reports to EVP PAUL FRANKLIN out in LaLa Land. Mary Beth had been over at NBC where she was VP of Marketing. Mucho congrats!!

And last but not least, MICHAEL LEATHERS has been named creative director in the television division of Trailer Park. Leathers was most recently president and creative director of Launch Pad.

Think about this: “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday January 12, 2007

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AMY JENKINS has been creating promos in Albany for a few months now, but I’m just getting around to tell ya’ll about it. Amy hails from Owings, Maryland (OK, for those who want to mapquest it, it’s near the Chesapeake Bay, Southeast of DC and looks like its ideal) and had been with CBS in Greensboro, NC, WSMY. Amy made the move to the Albany area. Albany, btw, is the state capital of the Empire State. CSD LISA JACKSON at Freedom Broadcasting’s WRGB has her toiling in the creative trenches and everybody seems very happy about it. For those who know SARA DIAZ, Ms. Jackson and Ms. Diaz are voice twins. Really, voice twins!

Atlanta-based promotion agency GREAT! has upped DONNA BRITT to GREAT! Marketing Director in the Nashville office and NICOLE YODER to GREAT! Marketing Director in the Atlanta office. GREAT! Does TV buzz marketing campaigns and some kind of travel stuff.

Think about this: “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” ~ Isaac Asimov

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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So there I am, lazily leafing through my brand new February issue of BON APPETIT when, to quote Emeril, BAM! There is it…a small but important article on Rick’s Picks. What, you say, are Rick’s Picks? They’re pickles, silly. Gourmet pickles. And why, you ask, would I include gourmet pickles in an electronic marketing missive? I’m glad you asked. Because the Rick of the Picks is none other than RICK FIELD, who was the subject of a very good PROMAX session two years ago in which he explained that what he learned while doing TV helped him establish his pickle business. It was presented by CHRIS MOSLEY. Rick was a producer for Bill Moyers, who, like many in the TV world, lost his gig. He didn’t want to leave NYC, and he really didn’t want to put himself through the TV grind again, so he decided to do what he liked. And the guy like making pickles. He’s doing quite well, thanks for asking, and you can read all about it in such publications as the New York Times. The entire point of this is that some people who get lemons make lemonade, and some people who get canned make pickles.

Hey, where is CHRIS MOSLEY anyway? I can’t find her since she left Hallmark Channel, and the PROMAX site doesn’t have an update. Let me know, s’il vous plais.

Think about this: “Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.” ~ Caroline Schoeder

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

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Anybody out there a fan of The Onion? If we have to tell you what it is, then you aren’t. But if you’re an Onion fan, then you’ll love knowing that a TV type is headed up to NYC to work with the Onioners, who have a magazine as well as a very popular online site. www.theonion.com if you’re interested in checking it out. Well, we’re going on about The Onion because BILLY CUMMINGS, who’s doing art for WOIO in Cleveland, is headed there to do his artistic thing. The Texas creative, who’s very young from what I can tell, worked in Tyler Texas before getting tapped for Cleveland. Now he’s headed to market #1.

Thoughts to keep in mind and ponder: “The U.S. population doubled during the past 60 years and is projected to double again in the next 60 years to more than 520 million. If this takes place, there will be insufficient land to maintain food exports and feed the U.S. population.” – David Pimintel, Ph.D., Cornell University

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

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AR&D, still located in Dallas, has expanded their services by buying out STEVE SAFRON’s consulting biz. A Boston based guy, Steve has also been involved with 602 Communications, focusing on new media, particularly the net. His pix is already on the ARD website, so I guess the announcement got out later than the news flashes that ARD push stations to get out. Ha!

Raleigh NC based Third Floor Productions has found themselves a new Director of Development. It’s OWEN JONES. The company has done some nice work for the PBS station in the Triangle as well as WRAL.

OK, lots to come tomorrow. So get back to work today.

Thoughts to keep in mind and ponder: “Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.” ~ Anthony D’Angelo

Monday January 8, 2007

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Well, it’s officially the first real work day of the new year. I know…so many of you were working last week, but this is probably the day traffic gets heavy, phones begin ringing, your e-mail count soars, and decisions start being made once again.

Because of the long holiday pause in getting things moving along, there’s not a lot going on for today’s blog. What movie is that phrase from…I got nothin’.

BUT I’ll take a few minutes to promote the upcoming Super Bowl Commercial Extravaganza. Let’s face it. SuperBowl isn’t just the best in football. Its supposed to be the best in commercials, too. At $2.6 million for each :30, I would hope that the best of the best of the best would be put on display. So, to help sift through the hype, and so you can actually use the restroom and fix those nachos, a select group of Creatives have been asked to give their input about those expensive spots. Starting the day after SB, you can read the professional and personal takes on the commercials that the world has watched. You won’t want to miss it.

Have a great day. It’s the beginning of the year, and we can make of it anything we want. Remember, 07 is UNLIMITED POSSIBILITY.

Friday December 5, 2007

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I told you about long-time Promo boss RONNIE MINTON, didn’t I? I think I did; yet my trusty iBook can’t find it. In an effort to totally catch up and organize this year, I’ll do a quick recap. Ronnie is now with Chattanooga’s NBC affil, WRCB owned by Sarkes Tarzian, doing that creative direction thing he does so well. And he has been for a bit. Check that off the list…

That bad boy billionaire Bob Bass (and yes, that was most fun to write. Try saying it out loud several times, fast.) has written a large check and now owns himself a string of TV stations. Bob of the oil inheritance and Fort Worth address, is now the owner of the Times stations. All 9 of them. Bob once owned a huge chunk of Disney stock. I think he’d love to be part of that glitter of show biz.

What was it like in New Mexico during this last huge snowfall? Up Santa Fe way, SARA DIAZ and her hubby were snowed in with over 30 inches of the white stuff. Gorgeous pictures. I’m learning to post pix, so perhaps I can do that soon. Meanwhile, down in the Duke City, it was a struggle to get folks to stations. Reporters were snowed in on stories. But the kids at Hubbard’s NBC affil KOB were all present and accounted for. And did they have news! GER DEMAREST, who’d been leading the creative efforts, has left the biz. He’s now selling modular housing. Taking the lead, if not the full title, is VINCE GASPARICH, who’s been at the station as Ass’t Promo Manager. He’s quite the artist in his own right, so New Mexico is the perfect locale for him. The Sandias have brought some exciting talents to the Land of Enchantment, and KOB has landed them. EVAN WRIGHT, who’s been writing and producing for LA’s KCAL as well as editing for the popular SURVIVOR show, is now working his magic at TV Plaza. KATIE WARTHAN left Indiana behind and her old gig at Nexstar’s FOX affil, WTVW and loves her New Mexico work. And MICHAEL PRIVETT used the snowy driving skills he developed growing up in West Virginia to get back and forth from his place to KOB. Michael has been working on both the West and East Coast, for Paramount on Melrose as well as for A&E’s NYC creative folks. Mrs. P is also settling in as Business Manager of KOB, which tells me that the Promo folks will never be overlooked when it comes to expense reimbursement! You are all lucky folks. Everybody stay in touch, and I’ll see you when the snow melts.

Thoughts to keep in mind and ponder: “I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.” ~ Katharine Hepburn

Thursday January 4, 2007

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Straight off the top of the year, got a great bunch of info from energetic BOB ST CHARLES, the Marketing Director of COX’s powerhouse ABC affil WFTV and indy WRDQ in the Big O:Orlando. He’s got a threesome of announcements. ERIN MARTIN NORMAN, and most of you might know her by her maiden name, is back with them. Her official title is Sr. Producer at WFTV. She’s been with them as a topical writer producer for 2.5 years. Now she’ll be handling promotion for sweeps stuff as well as image spots for Eyewitness News. Cool. ROGER DOCKING, who’s been reporting to work on South Street since 1998, has been promoted to Executive Producer, working brain to brain with Erin. Roger has been working his way up the food chain, having done stints as Writer Producer then Sr. Writer P. Good work, RD. And last but not least is newbie CHRIS ROMERO. Newbie in that he’s a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida (very good school btw). Chris isn’t a stranger to TV…he interned with Bob’s team and then was working part time. Chris is a fulltime Writer Producer for WRDQ. Hip Hip Hooray. Repeat. Repeat. Good going everybody.

Thought to hold in mind and ponder: “Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday January 3, 2007

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How Sweet It Is In Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sweet as in JAMES SWEET, the new creative services director for Nexstar’s NBC/FOX combo there, KNWA and KFTA. Sweet, a Toledo, Ohio native, THE Ohio State Buckeye fan and long-time Senior writer/producer for WEWS in Cleveland says he was attracted to the position because “KNWA offered me a great opportunity. Plus, if you’ve
Never been to Fayetteville— its beautiful-quaint, artsy, lots of night-life, very cool town”. He says that while other larger markets and stations were interested in him for management roles, he chose Fayetteville because he “gets the chance to grow in an up and coming market, with good equipment and staff to put my ideas to work”. He also says that he thinks there are lots of talented #2s out there who feel like they’re stuck in a rut, and that he’s “grateful that Nexstar
gave me a chance to move up into management”. While the move into management and to Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, will change their lives, it pales in comparison to the change the Sweets made in their lives on December 18th, when they adopted a little boy, Aaron James. All three Sweets expect to be together in Fayetteville shortly.

Check out the enterprising Soprano’s game. A&E premieres America’s First Mob Family on January 10, and in a run up to the cable debut (it’s a cleaned up version, and I wonder if Tony and the boys will be as real if the “F” word is edited away), A&E has the Connection Game working. Check it out on their website. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Thought to hold in mind and ponder: “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday January 2, 2007

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Let it be known…2007 is declared the Year of Unlimited Possibility.

Think about that…unlimited possibility. What comes to mind when you read that? Whatever thoughts that sprang to mind are the areas that you need to focus upon this year. Whether it’s a career change, a relationship, travel, a new place to live, a new physical you, marathons or workout routines, or learning to chill, let’s make 2007 the year when old patterns don’t hold us back. When “the way it was” isn’t going to be the “way it is”. Let’s take time each day and write down the best three things that happened to us and let’s let the bad stuff go its own way.

Unlimited Possibility. Yep, that’s this year.

And as you evolve and progress, we’ll chronicle it here on Well Dunne! Because, as we all know, a journey shared is better than one undertaken alone.

Thursday December 28

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On the fast track is….drum roll please….BRYAN JOHNSON, who has news this last part of 06. Bryan is an Art guy by talent, and yet he writes so very well. Just because it’s already Thursday and because I’m trying to do a bit of holiday relaxation, I’m going to turn the whole caboodle over to Mr. Bryan and let him spill his own great news.

“I’m at KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona. I started here as Art Director almost three years ago, gladly accepting additional Promotions Manager responsibilities under CSD STEVE HARRIS last year. Before that, I worked in San Francisco at KRON under CSD JEFFREY WEINSTOCK, and in Portland at KOIN under CSD LARRY MCDANIEL. After falling in love with the world of Marketing and Promotions, I knew that’s where I wanted to grow. Last week, I accepted the Creative Services Director position at brand new, KOHD-TV in Bend, Oregon. The move is not only a promotion, but a homecoming, getting my wife and two beautiful kids closer to our family in Portland. It is also a tremendous opportunity to brand and position the start-up ABC station using the latest in HD equipment. KOHD will be one of only 11 fully High-Def stations in the U.S.”

Bryan’s new boss is GM JERRY UPHAM, who was once at Portland’s KATU. Bryan begins in February. ALL the very best to him!

Thought to hold in mind and ponder: “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.” ~ Anatole

Tuesday, December 26

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Like many of you, today is a travel day for me. That’s just a polite and low-key way to say there’s no column about Who and Where, just a nice little posting to say I hope you all had what you most desired for Christmas…whether that be a quiet day of music and reading, the fun of assembling new tech toys, watching the faces of little ones as magic unfolded, or sharing laughter around a table of friends and great food. Most of all, I hope you felt peace. I myself will be leaving a mountain retreat where a babbling brook is the only sound you hear out the back door…the perfect place for my dog to run without fear of cars (she had a smile on her face, I swear it was a real smile)…and the joy of my son’s company. Watch for a special series of holiday columns to appear starting tomorrow. Safe travels for those of you on the road. And for those of you at work, be thankful for the opportunity to use your talents.

Come back tomorrow. Now scoot along…

Friday December 22

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STEVE HOUK is one of the best communicators around. He’s got a first-rate media e-mail blast that keeps me up-to-date on the goings on at his CBS affil in DC, and he’s a real peach about letting me know whom he brings aboard. I’d give him a gold star if I knew how to do that on this blog space. That being said, let’s turn the focus to Steve’s latest hire, JOHN MALONE. Starting on January 2, the very first work day of 2007, John will be clocking in as the new promotion manager at the Gannett station, whose call letters are officially W*USA. John comes over from Alexandria, VA where he’s been a writer producer for American Forces TV and Radio. John’s been a Sr. Writer Producer at WTTG FOX in DC, where the same Steve Houk was VPCS, so the two have worked together in the past. Love when that happens. Also on John’s resume is a stint as promo manager at UPN20, which is now My20. I might add John has never had to leave DC, which is always a good thing when you’re happy. Thanks guys…and congrats to JM on his switch. Mr. Malone takes the place of DAVID REEVE, who’s celebrating his first holiday season at Gannett’s WFMY in Greensboro, NC.

Think about this: “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~Mary Ellen Chase

Thursday December 21

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

Think about this: “People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.”
~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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