Happy Halloween! Want to hear something scary? Hair-raising? Freightening all because it’s true? TV stations are the targets of crazy people right now, more than ever. Crazy and perhaps lethal people. In the last few days, there are at least two stations that have had to take drastic measures for their personnel’s safety. Up in Billings, KTVQ was the target of someone who left a suspicious box outside one of their entrances. The bomb squad blew up the box, which was covered in some strange writing and contained wires. The man responsible is now in psychiatric care. In Albuquerque, KOAT had two policemen stationed at their location because some nutjob was outside and could have been dangerous. All this in light of the mailed bombs. Out in Salinas, California, KSBW’s production van was set afire Friday night … on purpose. Arson is being investigated. One more time, with feeling…use your air. Use your talents. You can make people know things and understand them. Use those talents. The press is NOT the enemy of your viewers. Or your non-viewers. Or the population of your market. As you trick or treat today, remember there’s Godiva chocolate for the folks who send in their anti-hate, pro news actions. As they used to say on Hill Street Blues, stay safe out there. Don’t let Well Dunne! be a eulogy.
Think About This: “Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but refuse to hate him.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Is there anything as exhilarating as someone with a new career slot – they’re so happy and enthusiastic that it transfers and that happiness and enthusiasm makes your day? What a great way to start the week, and we have ALEXANDRIA LEAVENWORTH to thank. She’s the newly named (actually it’s a promotion) creative services producer for Hearst’s KSBW located along the gorgeous central California coast. Ms. Alex, as she calls herself shared the following: I started at KSBW in February 2015 as a part-time Master Control Operator and Production Assistant, was promoted to a full-time Production Assistant in August 2015. Then, I took a risk by dropping from full-time to part-time again, to go into my dream department as an Assistant Creative Services Producer in May 2016, and now am back to full-time in my new role as a CSP! (Whew! It’s been a journey). A go-getter with a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications specializing in Integrated Media Communications from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Alex sounds like she can handle the biz as it spins different ways daily. She’s a delight and her CSD ED EVEREST was very happy to bring her aboard – bet the whole market loves their work. A very big Well Dunne! Alex!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Want to hear a frightening story? This is one about the recruiting firm that is desperate to fill a major market open CSD slot and the firm has NO idea about what marketing is, no idea about the station itself, no idea how to write (think hyperbole then magnify it for their site and emails) and they don’t coordinate their efforts. That, my pretties, is enough to make one get out one’s flying monkeys.
Job Alert – Creative Services Producer/Director KERO Bakersfield
Think About This: You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. —Arthur Ashe
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