The eyes of Texas…you know the song. And it’s the theme for today’s post. Beginning in the heart of Texas (another song), namely Austin. FOX’s KTBC has a new Promotion Manager who’s a Texan through and through and has even worked at the station before. Welcome GENO GARZA to the new title. He came up I-35 from San Antonio, where he was Art Director for the CBS affil under the fab DON SMITH. Of course, his new CSD is fab as well (shout out to DAVID SQUIRES). Back in the day, Geno worked at KTBC as a graphic designer before teaching it at Austin Community College. Then he went over to KVUE and added Video Editor to his talents. He ran his own creative shop and added motion graphics as well. KTBC has landed a whale, as they say in Vegas (and always as a big ol’ compliment). Well Dunne! Geno.
What’s he going to miss is the big debate at KENS. Big Senate race in the Lone Star State between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. They’ve agreed to do three (and only three) debates, and KENS landed one. The last one. Set for October 16, details will be coming along. Hoping they stream it. The candidates will also debate at my alma mater SMU, so there’s that. Well Dunne! everyone.
Think About This: “Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.” ~ John Lennon
Ready to take on a great new job as well as the daunting traffic in Atlanta is RICK SNYDER who is the new VP of Creative for Fox O&O WAGA. Isn’t that JEFF ZELLMER’s slot you ask? Well it was, but Jeff has gotten a promotion to handle regional creative management duties, so that led to Rick’s focus of WAGA itself. Very cool…growth in a time of no-so-much. Mr. S is vacating his Director of Creative Services role at ABC affil WKRN in Nashville. The Elon University grad has a long track record working with FOX. For instance, he got his first TV station job producing promos and doing graphics for Fox affil WGHP in High Point (home of furniture) and then graduated to VP of Creative for WBRC in Birmingham. Again Fox. Then down in the Big Orlando, he repeated the VP Creative role for WOFL. He tore things up in a great way as VP for Speed Channel in Charlotte. So there ya have it…he’s the ideal candidate for Atlanta. See ya Rick before 2019 dawns. Everybody, a big and hearty Well Dunne! Rick.
Job Alert – AV Manager Creative Services Universal Pictures Home Entertainment LA
Looks like Hurricane Florence is headed to the coast of NC and SC and VA. Best hurricane tip shared by a lifelong hurricane alley resident is this: Fill zip lock bags with good water and throw in freezer. They will keep foods cool when electricity goes away and can be used as drinking water after they melt. You’re welcome.
Think About This: “As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” ~ Buddy Hackett
Scott Fitzgerald said there were no second acts to American lives. Things have changed; many creative types not only have second acts, but concurrent lives. One such modern is DARYN JOHNSON, who is on the road to Tampa’s WFTS where he’ll be live directing news and events. That’s one act. Act two is his voice work. He’s amazing. Daryn has been directing at Fox in Philly – the man hitting buttons for “Good Day Philadelphia” to be precise. His move to the Scripps ABC affil is for the best of reasons – to be closer to family. He’s been a director for WOFL and WESH in the Orlando markets as well as several production companies. But let’s focus on his voice work. Of course, he’s Well Dunne! and with that, we send him kudos and all the best. And you…well, send good thoughts but listen and see if he’s not just the sound you need. Go on…do it.
ANGELA COURTIN has three new initials to add to her business card: CMO. Love those three initials. The striking redhead is joining FOX as the VP and Chief Marketing Officer for the network. Angela is an Oklahoma State U Cowboy who’s making the switch to Fox just in time, since her old post at Relativity Media is going away (poor Relativity declared bankruptcy Friday). Ms Angela has worked at MTV, Aegis as well as been a producer for HBO’s Big Love. Very interesting background. A big Well Dunne! for a big job.
Job Alert – Promotion Manager WHBQ Memphis (work with RON DEJOSEPH)
If you can write creative circles around your peers and are ready to take that next step in your career by joining a winning organization…we would love to hear from you.
WHBQ-TV, the CMG owned Fox Affiliate in Memphis, TN is looking for a Promotions Manager.
Ideal candidates should have superior topical, series, image and PSA writing skills. Candidates should have the ability to creatively connect the dots of market research and parlay them into brand-reinforcing news, weather and digital promotion across all platforms.
The Promotions Manager will oversee a staff of Writer/Producers and supervise topical writing, editing, series and image production. Working closely with the Creative Services Director in forecasting, planning and executing station image campaigns is essential for this position.
Candidates should have experience in multi-platform promotion: on-air, web, social and mobile. Applicants must have editing experience and an outstanding demo reel showcasing your writing and creative prowess.
This is an amazing opportunity to work for one of the best companies in broadcasting.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. College degree is required.
If interested, apply at www.coxmediagroup.com/careers. No phone calls please. EOE M/F.
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Think About This: "You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from."
~ Werner Erhard
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