What a pleasure it is to see the kind of enthusiasm that CHRISSY FUNK brings to her job heading up the creative folks at Palm Beach’s CBS affil, WPEC. Ms. Chrissy is incredible all on her own. An adventuresome outdoors woman, she left TV for a spell while she hiked the Appalachian Trail and made waves as a body builder. It’s her work life that has her focus now. A lot of phone calls come this way that are quite the opposite of excited (the biz is pretty wonky even if we don’t want to admit it) but she has the inner excitement that brings about the kind of work we all want to do. What brought this all to mind is her latest campaign, which you can see here. Always a big fan of using music and/or jingles (when Well Dunne!), she shared the following: “This has been such a fun and rewarding project to be a part of (and it’s not over yet)! The CBS12 News creative team has worked crazy shifts, shooting all hours, to gather imagery for this brand campaign. Promotion Manager, JOHN GILLIAM, got in a cage with an alligator for a special moment, who does that?! Luckily him, the gator and FujiXH1 were safe through it all. Then, Promotion Producer, KYLE LACKORE, busted out a Sony A73 to ensure we captured certain light just right. Oh, and of course we couldn’t resist a beauty shot with our drone. That would be a disservice of course. As for the song composition… Noise Distillery helped us bring the vision to life. Rich and his team are phenomenal to work with and yes, they tolerated how much I wanted to be involved in the process. And all my edit requests.” Let’s give them all a double Well Dunne!…one for the campaign and one for bringing happiness back to the fore.
Well Dunne! to LEC COBLE, who’s returning to Tucson where he once headed creative at KOLD TV before getting the nod to head up marketing for the Raycom chain, RIP. He’s going to be Station Manager for TEGNA’s operation in the Sonoran desert city. All the better for riding his motorcycle.
Think About This: “I knew I was on the right path when I started feeling peace in situations where I would normally feel tension.” ~ Yung Pueblo
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