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October 17, 2017

Oct 16, 2017 by     1 Comment    Posted under: Featured

When one pivots and tries new things, great things happen. And with that in mind, let’s hear it for DAMON BRYANT, late of the VP CSD slot at Tribune’s FOX affil in Kansas City, WDAF who is now the VP GM and Director of Biz Development for Devlin Design Group. Yep, the set folks. Damon is a grad of  UMKC and kicked off his TV marketing career at CBS in KC where he was On-Air Promo Manager. He transitioned with the same title to WTMJ in Miami then took the CSD slot at WXYZ in Detroit. He then took on Market #3 Chicago as Director of Advertising and Promotion at WBBM/CBS and from there went to VP of Creative Services for Fox Television Stations. He’ll be a real asset for Devlin and you should take his call when he dials you. Well Dunne! Damon!

 

Did you know that curling is a high school sport in some parts of the country? I just found out and I want to thank former CSD now GM CURTIS MILES for the insight. Very cool, in more ways than one.

 

Think About This:  “I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be – boundless and infinite.”  ~  Word Porn

October 16, 2017

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Dare we call it the best TV job in the country? Yes let’s. And that job, the Creative Services Director slot at Capital Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh, goes to …. Drum roll….HEATHER GRAY. The California girl will be heading east from her current slot in Phoenix at the NBC affil. Interesting background…she started as a newscast puncher after getting a degree from Cal State Chico. How cool is that. She worked directing newscasts in Sacramento before heading to Jacksonville’s Gannett operation where she got upped from newscast director to Production Manager. From there she took the job in Phoenix, official title – Director of Programming and Marketing. Her new job puts her on staff with some of the greatest folks in the biz (shout out to SHELLY LESLIE and JAY Y), and in a setting that is gorgeous and unique. What will she do with all those gorgeous trees in the Triangle after a drought of vegetation from the desert? Hopefully enjoy them all. Well Dunne! Heather.

 

Stephen Arnold and his music are now even more places than ever. Besides doing work with China Global Television Network, listen for their work on HLN’s Something’s Killing Me hosted by actor BD Wong. Nice work guys…Well Dunne!

 

Think About This:  “I am old but I am forever young at heart. We are always the same age inside. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious; you can only live it once. Do not regret growing older – it’s a privilege.”  ~  Richard Gere

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October 13, 2017

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It was a short week but just horrid. And now it’s Friday the 13th. Oy. Despite it all, the spirit and strength of the human race never fails to leave one breathless. The fires in California are beyond description. We are still reeling from hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Houston and all of Florida. The earthquake in Mexico City will be hampering life there for quite some time..schools are still closed, buildings are tagged to come down before they fall down…  This time might be unparalleled…and yet, with no place to park in California (not kidding), with people being murdered, with greed taking the lead in the horserace of life, and with a station doing a promo about a dead baby that sounded more like a cutesy come on (shame on you and you know who you are), we still respond to the creative spark that drives us make the world prettier, funner, better. Creative people deserve far more than they’re granted. And the decision to find a creative should be made by a creative, not someone who believes in only numbers. And with that, take a gander at the jobs that are open…perhaps one is just right for your creative spark.

VP Creative & Programming

WLS – Chicago

CSD

WYMT – Hazard KY

KMBC – Kansas City

KTNV – Las Vegas

KDAF – Kansas City

WAVE – Louisville

WRAL – Raleigh

KDAF – Dallas

WSYX/WTTE/WWHO – Columbus

WSVN – Miami

Marketing Director

WECT – Wilmington NC

WAVE – Louisville

KSDK – St Louis

WUSA – Washington DC

KING – Seattle

Assistant Creative Services Director

WLKY – Louisville

KSBW – Salinas

Brand Manager

WCNC – Charlotte

Promo Manager

KIVI – Boise

WPEC – Palm Beach

WOFL – Orlando

News Promo Manager

KSWB – San Diego

Director of Digital

KMTV – Omaha

Digital Manager

KMTV – Omaha

Broadcast Designer

WPVI – Philadelphia

Think About This:  “When we feel a sense of belonging, it is not because we are the same as everyone else, but because we have been accepted as we are.”  ~ somewhere on the Internet

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October 11, 2017

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Was your Tuesday good? Was it? God bless ya. Some of us had the opposite kind of Tuesday, but it was made much better by some news about CBS’s MICHAEL CHARACH. His new title is now Vice President, Marketing and Affiliate Relations / Entertainment Tonight at CBS Television Distribution. Michael is aces – the newest member of the VP Club. He had been Director Marketing and Affiliate Relations / Entertainment Tonight and The Insider at the Tiffany Net. Before that, the Oakland University grad was a Producer for Storm Studios and Telepictures. Yes, he was station-side at KTTV Fox in LA doing his promo thing. This brightened the day and I know it did his as well. Join in giving him a big Well Dunne! Michael.

 

Think About This:  “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”  ~  L.R. Knost

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October 10, 2017

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Always love and respect a man who understands the important things in life, and KEVIN KALVITIS is one such man. Father to two daughters (one a teen and one a pre-teen…bless his heart!) Mr. K is the new Creative Services Director for Hubbard’s NBC affil WHEC in his hometown of Rochester, NY. This time of year, Rochester is particularly gorgeous…fall colors painted on every tree leaf. He’s been lucky enough not to have to fill boxes and move, so you know he must be happy (and lucky in this biz…) A grad of the noted media department at Syracuse University, Kevin hit the ground running in the marketing and promo area at Hubbard’s WHEC, where he now returns. He began doing writing and producing and was named Director of Marketing and Promotion. He then went over to WHAM, the ABC station in the market to head up their creative efforts before doing his creative thing (with many aspects and titles) for Mason Marketing. He’s now back ‘home’ and enjoying life and the challenge of a new opportunity. Well Dunne! Kevin.

 

Job Alert – Creative Services Writer/Producer KERO Bakersfield

 

Think About This:  “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that this impact lasts in your absence.”  ~  Harvard Business School

 

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October 6, 2017

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It’s a Two-fer Friday. Two new CSD announcements, all focusing at one place. Like the chess game that TV marketing sometimes becomes, which isn’t really a bad thing for change to fall into place like dominoes . Fresh ideas, fresh energy always energizes any slot at any company; all the more for creatives. So let’s start out with the newest member of the CSD brigade, NATE TODD. Nate’s the new creative leader at Hearst’s WTVM in Birmingham, Alabama. Nate’s promotion is well deserved; he’s been the Assistant CSD at the NBC affil, so he’s all ready to roll. A grad of  University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Nate’s first TV job was as a Topical Producer for WCCB FOX in Charlotte. He then headed a bit north to Winston-Salem’s WXII where he was ASD before heading to Birmingham. A big Well Dunne! to Nate.

 

Meanwhile, his former boss JASON HOLLOWAY is headed to Hearst in Kansas City, KMBC, where he’ll wrangle the CSD department. Jason began his broadcast career in Abilene, Texas and then headed to KTUL in Tulsa doing Special Projects. He took on the promo world at KMOV in St. Louis (horray hometown and Cardinals!) as Promotion Manager, Special Projects Producer and Photog. The man can do it all!  He then went on to Boston’s WCVB as Assistant CSD under RUSS NELLIGAN before getting his first CSD slot in B’ham. Big Well Dunne Jason!

 

Job Alert – Sr. Writer/Producer/Editor Syfy/USANet NYC

Job Alert – Marketing Director KHOU Houston

Job Alert – Marketing Director KING Seattle

Job Alert – Marketing Director KPNX Phoenix

Job Alert – Brand Manager WCNC Charlotte

 

Think About This:  “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ~  Fred Rogers

 

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October 3, 2017

Oct 2, 2017 by     Comments Off on October 3, 2017    Posted under: Featured

While we are assailed yet again by massive, senseless violence…the desire to run away to Magical Thinking World is so strong and so enticing, it seems the only rational decision in light of the pain and exhaustion of emotions which Real World grips us. Some of us ate desert for dinner in hopes the sugar high would please (which it always does) as well as numb a crass Monday. But the creatives on the planet can’t do that. It’s only going to be the thoughts, ideas and illuminations of the creatives that will solve things…find ways to make life better…lighten the burdens. So keep your ideas sharp…we need them more than ever.

 

The most lovely GINA OLIVA PINTO has a new job and it’s a big fish job. She’s been named Senior Director of Marketing for the NBCU owned TV station group, reporting to THERESE GAMBA, who is  SVP of Marketing and Acquired Programming. Gina comes over from WABC marketing. Stops along the way for Gina include Warner Bros TV Distribution, Fox 5 in NYC and CBS4 in Miami. She’s going to get to do it all and call on many of her talents in the new role. A hearty Well Dunne! Gina.

 

Think About This:  “When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders.”  ~  Simon Sinek

October 2, 2017

Oct 1, 2017 by     Comments Off on October 2, 2017    Posted under: Featured

Turning this over to KPRC Promotion Manager MARIAH GARDNER, who is one of the best writers in the biz…she writes about the CW in August, GA: A few days ago, we found out my friend and former co-worker, BRENT HLAVATY, passed away after a prolonged illness. This picture is how I remember him, a strong towering pillar of a man who smiled with his eyes and who really loved making people happy. Brent had a lot of big ideas. I rolled my eyes more times than I can count at this master showman, but he always came through with concepts that made his viewers and his clients happy. One of his favorite things to do was to make food for his co-workers, clients and friends…and man, was he good at it. He enjoyed trying out vegetarian recipes on me (or as he called it, “veggin”) and they were always home runs. I will really, really miss him. Please keep his wife, son and teenage daughter in your thoughts and prayers. After I moved to Houston, I communicated with Brent a few times through LinkedIn (he wasn’t a Facebook kind of guy). One of his last messages to me just happens to be a great bit of advice. After reminding me that he very wisely predicted I’d meet a great guy when I moved to Houston (he was very sure of it), Brent said, “Take care of yourself, and live life to its fullest.” And that is advice I’m happy to take in his honor. Goodbye for now, dear friend.

 

Job Alert – Creative Writer Producer WKMG Orlando

WKMG-TV News has an immediate opening in our Creative Services Department for a Writer/Producer. This creative genius will be responsible for writing, producing and editing original image, targeted special report promotion, proof of brand, sports, public service announcements, and marketing messages for other platforms. Producer should be skilled in creating and managing original production shoots, as well as, working with vendors and clients. The position requires a self-motivated producer that is a strategic thinker. An experienced producer able to work tight deadlines and meet them with minimal direction. You must write and edit content that pushes tune in and cuts through the clutter. You will produce marketing for all platforms including outside media. This is not an entry-level position.

  • Write, direct videographer on shoots, produce, edit and direct compelling image, special report, proof of brand, contest and PSA promos for all platforms.
  • Must be highly creative, innovative and have strong writing, video, original production and editing skills.
  • Generate new ideas to help further the brand of WKMG News 6.
  • Proficiency with non-linear editing equipment, specifically Adobe Premiere.
  • Must have proficiency with After Effects, and solid knowledge/experience with Photoshop.
  • Must have excellent knowledge and editing abilities with Adobe Premier and/or Avid.
  • Must have attention to detail and accuracy with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights, weekends, holidays on short notice and as news dictates.
  • Must have strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize.
  • Able to handle multiple projects in an efficient manner.
  • A strong team player with positive attitude.
  • Reports to Creative Services Director  REQUIREMENTS
    • Minimum of three years related experience.
    • Exceptional knowledge of Premier or Final cut experience and After Effects a plus
    • Ability to write and edit strong, clear and imaginative copy.
    • Must have the experience and ability to direct and oversee shoots, including scheduling and talent directing.
    • Must be highly creative, innovative and organized with attention to detail.
    • Must have strong video, original production and editing skills.
    • Must be able to work fluidly between traditional and new media with ability to switch directions quickly.

    Must be able to provide a creative reel that exhibits the above qualifications: Applicants without a demo reel will not be considered.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE   E-mail or send resume and reel to:    kpeoples@wkmg.com

 

Think About This:  “The only true magic in this world is Love. Everything else is just smoke” ~ Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse

September 28, 2017

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The Lion King explains it all. It’s a circle of life. Back in the early days of TV, Ben Casey started with a simple chalkboard graphic of man, woman, birth, death, infinity. That’s it. All the rest are details. All the changes, the heartbreak, the love and tears…all the saying goodbye and saying hello, starting fresh and going into pre-programmed mode. It’s all the circle of life. This blog (someone get a new name puhLEASE) is about that, and you need to know that you are thanked, valued and even cherished for any time and or attention spent here.

 

Now a few quick catch-ups: Well Dunne! to RILEY SEXTON who traded her Manager, Platform and Affiliate Marketing slot for Associate Director of Affiliate Marketing for Fox Broadcasting Company in LA. The SMU grad did some great stuff for KMSP in Minneapolis before heading west.

 

Condolences to Well Dunne! Talent’s DENA YASNER and her significant other LOREN. Loren’s mother passed this week. Loren is the kind of son we all hope our sons will be.

 

GM CURTIS MILES at WAOW in Wausau has a new CSD, namely KRISTI SCHREIBER, a native Wausan (is that correct…Wausan?) who is totally slammed with the new job. But Well Dunne! Kristi.

 

Think About This:  “Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better
and happier. Be a loving expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. To children, to the poor, to all who suffer and are lonely, give always a happy smile. Give them not only your care, but your heart.”  ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 26, 2017

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So there you are, sitting on the fender of a water logged Toyota Yaris, in the sun because so many trees were blown down and away. It’s hot…you’re hungry and would give a prize body part to have a Diet Pepsi. With ice….oh yeah, baby. Ice. You wonder how your cousin is – he and his kids live about 50 miles west. There was no answer when you called him, but that was before Maria. Your cell doesn’t work, so maybe he would answer if he could. You hope he’s OK. His family could stay with you, your dad, your mom and the Lopez family. They used to live across the street. Your roof isn’t there any more, but there’s blankets that have finally dried out. It’s hot but they make a passable pillow on the floor. You’re lucky because your mom and dad and you made it through. Your sister had flown to Mexico City and you knew she was going to come through. One day she’ll come back…when they fix the airport; when they fix the road TO the airport. You think it’s ironic that one of the things that made it through the water and wind is the American flag that you had in the storage area above the hallway.

Puerto Rico needs our help. This is what life is like on the island just a little more than 1,000 away and is, let me repeat  IS, part of the US. These are our fellow citizens suffering.  Three media executives have personally launched Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift, an effort that – as of Monday morning – has already generated more than $30K in cash and supplies, as well as a charter plane generously donated by CargoNationExpress. The effort will involve sending supplies Friday and eventually a “go team” to the island. Behind this boots-on-the-ground mission are Discovery’s LARA RICHARDSON, who grew up in Puerto Rico, and 2C Creative’s CHRIS SLOAN and CARLA KAUFMAN SLOAN, whose non-profit Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation supports many efforts benefitting children and families.  Thank you press release for that info…and now here’s deets:

So come on people…we are SO blessed and lucky, even after our battering at the hands of Mother Nature. Most urgently needed items are Pedialyte, personal care kits (toothpaste, tooth brushes, tampons, soap, shampoo), water purification tablets, diapers, flashlights, small radios (solar/battery operated), small tents, sleeping bags, mosquito repellent/bug spray, canned non-perishable foods, first aid kits, baby formula, gloves, hand sanitizer, trash bags and towels.

Donations Needed By Thursday, September 28, 2017 for Next-Day Departure to Puerto Rico

THREE WAYS TO HELP:

1.    You can bring supplies to 2C: 12550 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 700 North Miami, FL 33181 Attn: Nikki Coloma 305-672-8229

2.    Send supplies to 2C via an e-tailer like Walmart.com or Amazon.com. View a pre-set Amazon Wishlist at this URL. http://a.co/5FrJgbW

3.    Donate Funds to GoFundMe, and Lara, Chris and Carla will purchase supplies: https://www.gofundme.com/operationPRCareLift

Think About This:  “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”  ~  Steve Maraboli

September 22, 2017

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So many slots are finally being filled. So many need to be written about and given the chance for us to share their excitement (and new title). But there are other things afoot in the world and it’s difficult to not focus on the news.

The stories coming from Mexico City…from Florida…from Houston…amazing. Harrowing. Uplifting. When a good friend called to catch up on what has happened (for instance, who knew that the earthquake was responsible for the eruption of the Popocatepetl volcano and that eruption killed 217!) she stood in awe of the young people of the Districto Federal. They formed human chains to uncover those trapped in rubble and street by street, they made a difference. She honestly thought she was going to die.

All this in way of saying that the ‘normal’ way of doing marketing might need to be examined with the eyes of people who have suffered and seen suffering. Experiences – loss – fear – persistence – they all seem to shrink and even denigrate the marketing done for news and entertainment. Just a thought…perhaps it will spark reexaminations and perhaps new directions. How exciting.

Job Alert – Director of Digital KMTV Omaha

Think About This:  “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.  In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.”  ~  Isael Allende

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September 21, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 by     Comments Off on September 21, 2017    Posted under: Featured

They’re all safe….the Well Dunne! Talent voices that live and work in Mexico City. LILIANA DE MIGUEL, who not only announces but also translates (take note you NBC folks who have the Spanish side to deal with) had to walk 6 miles home, but her place was OK, if not glass-less. The windows in DF were major victims. CHRIS SMITH had a duble whammy….the quake shook things up but didn’t do major damage in Mexico. However, he lives part time in Houston, and there was flooding. When the quake hit, he reported the very first piece on CNN out of Mexico in English that day… in front of the fallen General Hospital. Both are very grateful. Well Dunne!

 

Talk about a perfect day. Take picture perfect LA weather…mix in the amazing GEORGIA SCOTT and DENNIS FITCH of The Agency…add a lunch of great food but better conversation and ideas…and that, my friends, is why one of us is very happy.

 

Think About This:  “Friends … they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

September 20, 2017

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Every time one is lucky to stumble upon someone who is delightful, it feels like a present. I mean someone who shares something that makes you go…’whoa…I so get it”. Had that happen with JOHN GILLIAM, who is heading to Palm Beach to be Promo Manager for Sinclair’s WPEC. CSD ALEX SHAW picked John from under the tutelage of CSD PETE FERRARO at  Sinclair’s flagship WBFF in Baltimore.  He’ll be down amongst the palms in early October and will be bringing with him a background that is ideal for a creative – diverse adventures and life experiences. Take note HR folks – creative are not quite like the other little mushrooms that work at a TV station. Creatives draw from their life and outlook to be able to bring forth the ideas that make up their job. John does that and this is what he had to share about himself.. As a kid, I had the world’s coolest older brother. I remember being six or seven and my brother sat me down one Saturday and said, “Let’s build a speaker”. He tried (emphasis on tried) to show me how to construct a speaker from wood, paper, and magnets. I may not have fully understood the concepts he taught me that day, but nevertheless it ignited a spark in me.  He went on to talk about how expression through media was the answer to his inner calling.  One of my first jobs out of high school was teaching kindergarten. Even then I had the urge to produce something media related. In class, my students would put on historical reenactments. We would shoot them with a little Sony Handy Cam and turn them into short documentaries. The kids really enjoyed it and it gave me the opportunity to teach in a way that I loved—through film. When I went back to college, I took a one credit university seminar where we were asked to give a presentation about our first semester college experience. So I took my Handy Cam and made a 10 minute highlight reel about my experiences. At the conclusion of my presentation, my adviser stopped me and asked if I knew there was an entire department at the school dedicated to multi-media production. It had never dawned on me that I could make a living making videos.  John has a Masters degree and kicked off his TV career at KFSM in Fort Smith. A hearty Well Dunne! to a man who values tea parties with his daughter.

 

Think About This:  “For bees, the flower is the fountain of life.  For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.”  ~  Kahil Gibran

2017 Copyright

September 19, 2017

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Ah, 30 Rock. Home of NBC and WNBC, the NYC iconic Christmas tree, the winter skating rink and the site where the lobby holds a spot in art history (google Rockefeller, Diego Rivera and Lenin). Love the place. I bet JACK POORMAN loves it as well, especially now that he’s the Manager, News and Digital Promotion at WNBC as of yesterday, if you’re reading this on Tuesday the 19th. Jack’s no stranger to the Peacock Net…he’s been freelancing with MELISSA CRAWFORD’s Creative Team since June. He’s produced and directed a number of outstanding spots for WNBC including our StormRanger launch spots that ran in the Rio Summer Olympics; the TV Everywhere spots that are currently on-air; and he created New York Live’s new brand spots with Sara Gore and Jacque Reid.  Before coming to New York, Jack was the coordinating producer for The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ with Sam Champion.” He also was the production manager for the Visual Effects Society Awards in Los Angeles, as well as, a marketing writer/producer/editor for both Cozi TV and KNBC. Well Dunne! Jack!

 

Think About This:  “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”   ~  Gloria Steinem

Yes, it’s copyrighted…move along

September 14, 2017

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More and more TV marketing people are taking their talents and decamping the frenzied station-side gigs and finding new ways to make money and still be creative. Yes, it not only can be done, it IS being done. Take LOWELL BRIGGS for instance. Lowell has an amazing and impressive background in TV. He’s been a Video Journalist for CNN, worked in news in Portland, Maine, Boston, Providence and Raleigh before discovering his creative side (which was always there) and moving to marketing for stations in Birmingham, Alabama, Hartford and Fox in Boston. He’s now pivoting and will be Senior Marketing Manage for Avid. And he won’t have to move…they’re in the Boston area. Great to see talent find new ways to bloom. Well Dunne! Lowell.

 

Job Alert – Commercial Production Manager  WEWS  Cleveland

Job Alert – Supervising Producer/Creative Services KTLA LA

 

Think About This:  “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”  ~  Alexander Den Heijer

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September 13, 2017

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Anybody remember blow up toys that were punching bags? They looked like a clown, right down to the punchable red rubber nose and when you punched them, they’d rock back and then go forward at an unbelievably fast rate, usually hitting you in the face. Did I mention they were kid size? It seems that life has been that blow up clown in recent weeks. One thing after the other…pow, pow, pow. So if you haven’t yet been written up, take some deep breaths. You will be. Unless the clown bops us in the face again.

 

Tomorrow more about how Florida is doing…How Houston is doing…and we catch up with a lot that’s been simmering.

 

The good folks at Stephen Arnold Music wanted me to pass along the fact the WJLA campaign using their Waking Up My Day music (shout out to Promo Manager BONNIE WOOD) is not part of their brand new campaign called Ready. Just know all their music is Well Dunne! (and more).

 

Think About This:  “How Not to Respond to a Flood” by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Don’t respond with theology.
God isn’t angry, and God doesn’t want devastation.
Your sin didn’t cause the flood
that swept away your home, your town.
God doesn’t punish Houston, and
didn’t punish Miami or San Francisco, or New Orleans,
because God isn’t in the storm.
God weeps at our suffering. God loves.

Don’t respond with politics.
Hate government assistance later;
dismantle welfare tomorrow.
This is a time for us all to unite
to offer assistance,
to protect the weak and endangered.
Remember to feed the hungry
and clothe the naked.
The Bible and the government both agree on that.

Don’t respond with gree
Raise prices later,
on something else.
Not on housing or food, or medicine.
Not when people are soaked, tired, and terrified.
Do you rob the poor to line your pockets?
God cherishes the poor and the needy.

Don’t close your doors.
The point of your great big building is the people it can shelter.
You can always redo the floors
or get another carpet.
The time to shelter the homeless is now.
God wants to send an Ark.
Be that Ark.

As you treat the least of them …

Respond with compassion,
Respond with deeds of kindness,
Respond with open hands,
Respond with love,

… so shall you be treated.

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September 12, 2017

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As was the case with the amazing TV people in Houston, the Florida TV pros stepped up and did epic work covering Irma. They still are. The internet allows us to see their news on-air, which is a modern miracle imo. The Florida, Georgia, South Carolina markets all shone. So many stories…so many deserving our attention and applause. So let’s start and keep adding to the honor role. And interest role, since we’re starting with blatant WDT promotion.

 

Well Dunne! Talent’s DARYN JOHNSON is a TV director for Fox’s WTVT in Tampa and was making it all happen on the air while sleeping in an office at the station on West Kennedy. Well Dunne! Talent’s SEAN CALDWELL headed to Atlanta and Irma followed him up I-75. An Atlanta resident already, RICH VANSLYKE read copy for Florida markets while preparing to have the hurricane mess with his town. Big-voiced MITCH PHILLIPS kept his sense of humor from the Fort Lauderdale area. All are safe.

 

In Jacksonville, WJXT’s Meteorologist JOHN GAUGHAN (pronounced Gone) did an A+ job on Irma in the Jax market. Promo that man with “GAUGHAN WITH THE WIND”. (Sorry SHERRY CARPENTER…had to use that.)

 

Creative “architect” STAN MELTON heads up DC’s ABC affil WJLA…and he recently teamed up with STEPHEN ARNOLD and his music, using the SAM cut “Waking Up My Day” for the station’s American Idol Front of the Line contest. The cut is part of the new “Ready” promo package. Well Dunne! Stan Stephen and CHAD COOK, VP of Creative for SAM.

 

Think About This:  What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?”  ~  Karen Salmansohn

 

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September 11, 2017

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Here it is September 11th again. We’ve got an ongoing deadly hurricane going on in the south, fires out west, flooding in the desert (Palm Springs), Texans cleaning up, and a lot of professionals doing their all to get vital information to people and tell the myriad of stories involved. In TV, in medicine, in utilities, in fire and police… amazing people doing a job that defines the best in humanity in both grand and mundane ways.

September 11th 2001 was not just an attack, but a milestone for most of us. In these sixteen years since the towers fell and we let fear be part of our daily thought process, we have learned so much… how to persevere…how to keep going…how to remember those around us and offer helping hands…how to dust ourselves off and move forward no matter what…how to find what our souls demand and follow that…how to make changes and be brave…how to eliminate the non-essential things from life…how to stand up against nature’s worst and men’s most evil. And we’re here. Still here. Making our way on step at a time.

Here’s to you all. A heartfelt Well Dunne!

Tomorrow we’ll talk of TV and jobs and people again. Thanks for your time. Namaste.

Think About This:  “Courage is looking fear in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way. I have things to do.”  ~  Unknown

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September 8, 2017

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With all eyes on Florida and Irma, it seems a little shallow to talk about people with new jobs in TV marketing. But in reality, it’s not. A job is crucial…even though one is cautioned not to let it be part of ‘who you are – it is. A good job can make life better. A bad job can make even the happiest individual miserable. So while we watch the hurricane and send wishes and prayers to all the Floridians…to the friends and colleagues who are helping by broadcasting much needed information…we’ll carry on. Turn the spotlight on those whose smiles and hopes are fresh and whose future is rainbow hued.

 

KENNY LAWRENCE is now President and GM of Nexstar’s WJHL, in Johnson City, Tennessee. At one time, he was a marketing pro with CBS TV Distribution and at CBS Atlanta. He announced that he’s hired STEVEN WALLACE as his new CSD, so one surmises Steve must have a killer reel and all. Mr. W will be coming to WJHL from ABC affil WTVQ in lovely Lexington, Kentucky. Steven got his promo chops at WFAA in Big D…one of the best. He’s done work with agencies, etc. Well Dunne! Steven. Thanks Kenny.

 

Job Alert – Supervising Producer Creative Services KTLA LA

 

Zello is an app that let’s you use your cell as a walkie-talkie. It was indispensible during Harvey in Houston so you Florida peeps might want to consider downloading it now. Well Dunne! Talent’s MITCH PHILLIPS, who is in the Fort Lauderdale area, is mpvoice for those who want to connect.

 

Going to be a long weekend…no matter where you are. Fires all over the west…dust storm in Phoenix, Houston still reeling, and there are 2 Atlantic Ocean hurricanes. God bless each and every…xo

 

Think About This:  And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through – how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ~ Haruki Murakami

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September 6, 2017

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40 years. Some of you aren’t even that old. But 40 years is how long MARK OLIVER worked in Wausau, Wisconsin at ABC affil WAOW. Note the past tense, because last Friday was his last day. Mark had been Marketing and Promotion Manager.  Imagine retiring. Ah…retiring. Like working for yourself without the guilt and no need to keep answering your cell. So let’s have a big Well Dunne! for him on his amazing stay at the Quincy Media station. Tomorrow, we focus on the lovely lady who has taken his place.

 

Job Alert – Broadcast Designer WPVI Philadelphia

Job Alert – Director of Social Media and Content FX Los Angeles #FNG0006851

 

Florida people…helpful hint. Fill ziplock bags with water and throw them in the freezer. They’ll keep food colder longer when power goes and you can use the clean water if needs must. And anybody using the word ‘irmageddon’ in relation to this hurricane, whether for promo, news or to assuage your GM or ND…you will be hunted down and made to pay.

 

Think About This:  A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.”  ~  Robert Reich

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September 5, 2017

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Did you spend Labor Day putting away summer clothes…or vowing to buckle down and help the children do their best in school this year…or did you help neighbors stack their household goods in their front yard…or help those in shelters as they tried to find their way to a different life? Perhaps you prayed for rain in Burbank and prayed for no rain via Irma in Florida. The last week has seemed like a year’s worth of events…of disbelief, of empathetic suffering, of unsure futures and anger at it all. Or did it leave you with that numbness that comes with overload? Whatever this last week brought you, perhaps it let you understand the deep kindness and care that is at your core…at all our cores.

 

Cincinnati is where JEFF PAULUS now calls home, and he’s using his creative talents for the folks at FOX affil WXIX in the city where they claim the best ice cream in the country. Jeff is a man who knows how to do so many things, which means he’ll be having fun in promotion. He’s handled promo and even run the department in Lima, Ohio at WLIO…and the man knows how to punch a newscast. Do we say that now…punch a newscast? Or is that like tape..we know what it means but it isn’t really what happens. Perhaps it needs to be changed to ‘did you get those pixels’ instead of tape. Jeff wrote and produced for legendary WBNS in Columbus. Glad to see his gifts being put to good use. Well Dunne! Jeff.

 

Are you an ambitious young promo pro who wants to run their own department but needs some solid work on their reel and a mentor that will guide? BTW, this is one amazing mentor. There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a non-crazy station in the upper Midwest where you would not only be appreciated, but groomed to be an excellent CSD. Contact me for details.

 

Saw the most interesting promo on Free Form…a promo that is a text on screen. With their target demo, it seems a terrific idea. Well Dunne! Free Form.

 

Think About This:  “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”  ~  Joseph Campbell

 

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