Go West Young Man, the Horace Greeley advice was part of the temptation that found DON SMITH’s heading past the Mississippi. He traded central Florida for Salt Lake City, where he took the CSD slot at Newport’s ABC affil, KTVX. Now, he and his lovely finance are headed further West, this time to the capital of the Golden State, Sacramento. Don is thrilled to be the new Promotion Manager at CBS’s KOVR. Don will be working with CSD DREW FOWLER, another fave guy. Sounds like a road trip is order now. Don is a Belo alum and a great guy. The station is a fave, too…at one time owned by a close friend’s father and then the creative home to some of the most amazing done under the late JOHN TISCHENDORF. Well Dunne! Don. See you and Drew one day soon!
MICHAEL WINTER (that’s him on the right) has a new slot, and it’s exciting. Formerly the head of programming for DIY, Michael is now VP of TV Production and Development for Boy Wonder Productions out of NYC. Michael has a marvelous background with such companies as Castle Rock, MTV and Versus. Well Dunne! Michael. Great news.
In the light of all the downsizing news, there are stations and slots open. For instance, WKOW in Madison, WI is on the hunt for a Marketing Manager. MICHAEL LANGE, who writes and does promo magic, was on the ball and emailed me Friday and I just now got around to posting it. Sorry Michael… But if you’re interested in a great small city with a very high IQ viewership, here’s a golden opportunity.
Meredith brands parts of itself into a whole… I like it.
Think About This: “Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.” ~ Golda Meir
As PROMAX kicks off in NYC this morning, station-side creatives are hard at work in their own offices or, sadly, wondering what their next opportunity will be. Cut-backs have done just that, cut a wide swatch through the industry. The word “echo” was used to describe a Top 5 operation where so many have been jettisoned, it was shocking. OK, that said, let’s move on with an eye to the future and a note to be kind to each other. You meet the same people going up as you do going down.
If you ARE at PROMAX, check out MITCH PHILLIPS tonight when he and Judah Friedlander of NBC’s 30 Rock are all about the bda Awards. Mitch is Well Dunne! Talent.
MOLLY KELLY got a boot upstairs. The lovely Irish lass (with that name, how could she not be?) has been named Station Manager for WCIU, WWME and WMEU, the three Weigel Broadcasting stations in Chicago. Molly has been with the group as Director of Marketing and Promotions. Along the way, Molly has been at WOOD in Grand Rapids as well as WISN in Milwaukee. Congrats and Well Dunne! Miss Molly.
While we’re in that neck of America, over in Madison Wisconsin comes word that GRANT FENSTER has been writing and producing Topicals at WKOW, the ABC affil in the state capital of the Badger State. Yes, the one owned by Quincy Newspapers. Before transitioning to promos, Grant was producing the AM News show. Well Dunne!
Freelance Job: Have experience on a Quantel and want some freelance opps? Easy as pie. Go to the Quantel website and check out the Freelancers section. Good luck and keep me posted.
Creativity…the key to success says Harvard.
Think About This: “The next step in human evolution is not inevitable, but for the first time in the history of our planet, it can be a conscious choice. Who is making that choice? You are. And who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself.”
~ Eckhart Tolle