Tagged with " Lee Minard"
What better place to get the Christmas spirit than Alaska, where JOHN RICE’s neighbor has a pet reindeer. Yes, in Anchorage. John, who is heading up the Denali Media properties marketing and such, even had a close encounter with a 9 foot moose in his driveway. The moose was chill, in more ways than one, and took a nap nearby. For those Christmas-holics amongst us, Anchorage should be on your list. Christmas Eve weather forecast is for snow. Doesn’t that sound lovely! Well Dunne! John and Happy Christmas.
Definitely need more hours in the day. All in favor? Let’s take a moment from logs, last minute family matters, grocery emergency runs and traffic to think about the amazing good your operations can bring about. Take, for instance, CHRIS and CARLA SLOAN of 2C Media. There isn’t anybody who puts their heart into helping like these two and their whole company. They have made the children of Puerto Rico happy after a horrible hurricane. Chris and Carla et all have tirelessly raised funds, wrangled airlines and even delivered presents themselves – all to make a difference. It’s what getting up in the morning is all about. To say Well Dunne! is just not enough.
Read the beautifully written obituary for LEE MINARD. There will be a celebration of his life in the spring. He is more than missed.
Think About This: “If you want to find richer meaning and purpose in your life, just keep loving.” ~ Alan Cohen
It was uncharacteristically cloudy in Fountain Hills, AZ Wednesday. There wasn’t a lot of light in a place where it normally is evident in spades. The weather folks can give you a detailed reason for this odd happenstance. But the real reason is that a man who called himself the Chief Harvester of Light at Minard Nature Photography passed away. That’s how he defined himself on his LinkedIn page. That was his retirement job. LEE MINARD has left us. Nobody was kinder, more talented and a better person than Lee. He was one of the first people who introduced himself on my first job at WFAA TV. His low voice was steady and reassuring for a 21 year old who was in over her head; he told me everything was going to be all right. And it was. He treated everyone with kindness, even if he was delivering bad news. His legacy in TV marketing was not the excellent work…or the awards…or the titles. His legacy was the encouragement he shared with so many people, making them more creative and more wonderful humans. Lee headed up creative for such entities as WCBS, The Food Network, PAX TV, and a series of the best performing and best marketed stations across the country. He was an artist. Loved baseball. A semi-professional musician whose love of jazz made his eyes light up. He knew so much and shared all he knew. The world is darker and colder with his passing. His beloved family should be in your thoughts. There is nothing Well Dunne! about his death, except to say he lived his life in such a way that no doubt St. Peter met him at the pearly gates with a smiling, hugging “Well Dunne! Lee”. xoxo
Think About This: “You are not too old and it is not too late.” ~ R. M. Rilke
Yes, of course it’ still copyrighted by me.
Let’s start February with an apology going out to KLAS CSD HENRY VAZQUEZ, whose name I have accidently misspelled not once, not twice….yeah, red face on this side of the net. It won’t happen again, which is good because Mr. Vazquez shared a change and deserves all the kudos associated with that. It’s not really good news for KLAS, but it’s great news for ASHISH BANTHIA, who is headed to Dallas Fort Worth to be Brand Design Manager for NBC’s KXAS. Creative Head Honcho GARY WANN in DFW created the job for the Kolkata, India native, thus proving that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Ashish has an MFA in Computer Arts from Memphis College of Art and got his first TV job in Memphis as a Graphic Designer at WREG, working with LES POLLARD. Next stop for Ashish was the Norfolk market and a Design Director slot at WAVY/WVBT. The one and only LEE MINARD lured him west to KLAS where he’s been highlighting his art to the delight of everyone. Yes, people actually groaned when Ashish announced he’d be leaving – but everyone is happy for him and his fam. Big Well Dunne! Ashish.
Job Alert – Director Art & Creative KLAS Las Vegas
Best wishes to WSAV’s CSD DAN FLAXER who popped the question this week…and of course the answer was ‘yes!’. Put him on the ‘His Heart is Taken’ list. Savannah is such a romantic town…
Think About This: “Creativity is intelligence having fun…” ~ Albert Einstein
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Did not have the time to catch up with ya’ll today, but the last day of June deserves at least a wonderful Think About This…
Think About This: “Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other, and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised or become preoccupied at each other’s failures – rather, see and find in each other the good, for each one of us is created in the image of God." ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Gorgeous dragonfly photo courtesy of LEE MINARD, who took it in Arizona. He’s an amazing nature photog now that he’s not doing TV promo. Thanks Lee! Gorgeously and Well Dunne!
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Is there a prettier city in the spring than Atlanta? OK, Paris, but I’m talking domestic. Yes, Atlanta and their peachtrees in full bloom win the eyes and hearts of anyone who loves gorgeous. The timing of Atlanta in the spring is going to work out perfectly for DAVID TALLARICO. David is the new Promotion Manager at CBS’ WGCL, or as they brand themselves CBS46 and Peachtree TV (see, Peachtree is big business there). After not just one but two periods at WJAC, the Johnstown PA Sinclair NBC (once as producer and then again as CSD), David will bid adieu to Pennsylvania. He’s a PA boy with a degree from University of Pittsburgh and time as a producer at WPXI in The ‘Burgh. . Best of luck with your new job, David, and you’ll love working with your boss JEFF HOLUB. Well Dunne!
Job Alert – WXYZ Detroit has two (yes 2) open Producer slots. Come work in a dynamic news market for a fabulous company (Scripps) and one of my favorite CSD’s around (DAVE BAUMANN). This is not a paid ad…I mean it when I say it’s a great opportunity.
Well Dunne! Talent’s MELANIE HAYNES isn’t just fab behind the mic (and she is – click her name and give her a listen) but you’ll have the opportunity to see how she shines in front of the cameras as well. She’s just finished shooting an episode of SALEM, a new series for WGN. Details on when it airs will be made yours in advance so you can set your iCal reminder. Well Dunne! Melanie!
Think About This: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” ~ thanks to LEE MINARD who posted this on Facebook.
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Change is all around. Always has been, but there are times when it seems to rush ahead more quickly, sweeping us breathlessly along with it. Found out there’s a big change happening out west, where KLAS’ LEE MINARD has announced he’s leaving the station the end of June. He and his lovely wife (and the family cats of course) will be heading to the Arizona desert to enjoy life lived to the max and not to the time clock. Lee’s career is amazing and he’s brought his magic to such places as Food Network and stations across the country. An award-winning pro, it seems his departure from active TV will leave a hollow spot. He loves jazz, photography and art, so he’ll be busy in between sunrise and sunset. A sincere and heartfelt Well Dunne! Lee.
More change. This coming Friday is going to be extra exciting for Well Dunne!’s RICH VANSLYKE. His daughter Ali is graduating high school. The lovely young lady is going to college and study jazz saxophone performance…making her my favorite Freshman. Well Dunne! VanSlykes.
My wonderful entertainment lawyer reminds me that ya’ll need reminding that all material on this site, including the daily Well Dunne! blog is under copyright and all that it implies. OK, carry on.
Think About This: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
Just in time for The Season, which is code for “escaping to Florida to avoid ice, snow, and cold” comes word out of Tampa of a great hire. JOSH COMBS – and his family – are now enjoying the Bay area where he is the Promotion Manager of Media General’s WFLA. Josh is already on the job at the NBC affil, so this Christmas will be all extra happy. He’s making the switch from being Marketing Director of Nexstar’s FOX affiliate in Little Rock, KLRT. The Indiana U grad has worked in TV doing marketing and commercial creative at WMBB, ABC in Panama City as well as WBKI in Louisville. The Combs family will have a very merry Christmas indeed. Well Dunne! Josh.
Job Alert – WFLA is looking for a Topical Beast (put THAT on a biz card…)
WFLA-TV News Channel 8 in Tampa, FL is seeking a Writer/Producer to write, produce and edit promos, including daily topicals, station and news image spots, POP’s, network prime, and program spots. Must have a proven track record of producing conversational yet compelling promotional spots that take a different approach, connect emotionally with viewers and give clear reasons to tune-in. Requires top-notch writing skills and a desire to win every day. Good understanding of how to sell news stories and station programming to target demographics. Must have the ability to execute distinct marketing and branding strategies for the station. Must be very familiar with social media sites and ways to increase traffic. Flexibility and ability to meet tight deadlines is a key. A minimum of two years television promotion experience, a degree in communications or related field, a good understanding of graphics and visual effects along with proficiency with Microsoft Office, Premier Pro and ENPS.
Please complete the online application and upload your resume, cover letter with link to demo reel (preferred method) or submit your resume, cover letter and link to demo reel via email to HR@wfla.com. EOE M/F/D/V Drug test and background check required.
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A belated but very sincere Happy Birthday to Well Dunne! Talent’s NIKKI STANZIONE, who is headed to The Big Apple for the holidays. Celebrate twice over, lady
Congratulations to both WXYZ in Detroit, where DAVE BAUMANN does his creative marketing magic and to KLAS in Denver, where LEE MINARD is the creative king. Both stations are just two of three broadcast facilities to have won a Columbia DuPont Award for outstanding achievements in journalism. Very Well Dunne.
Think About This: "Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees." ~ E. F. Schumacher
Any day I hear from LEE MINARD, CSD at KLAS in Vegas…well, those days are great. Today was such a day, and he is looking forward to having BRENDA MICHAEL join his creative team at the Landmark CBS affil in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Brenda is heading west from her slot at the Tribune stations in Indianapolis, where she’s been for the last four plus years. The Ball State grad is a Muncie native who has worked her way up the ladder at Indianapolis’ MyTV WNDY, handling graphics, writing, producing and was On-Air Manager of Promotions during an 11 year run. Bren, which I’m told is her nickname, will love the desert. Lucky girl working with Lee. Well Dunne! to you.
Yeah baby…that’s Well Dunne! Talent’s RICH VANSLYKE doing the announce for the FORD end of the year national TV campaign. Rich has THE sound that’s getting him noticed and getting stations signing him up. The Ford spots, btw, feature former KPIX talent MIKE ROWE, who has a super voice, too. Oh, just heard it on NBC. Well Dunne! Rich.
Viva Riccardo. For all you South Floridians, don’t miss Well Dunne! Talent’s RICCARDO PEROTTI whose musical talents will be front and center Friday and Saturday nights at La Casa de Tula. All part of the Miami Music Festival. He sings, he has a great voice, he’s bilingual. Wow! Well Dunne! Riccardo.
Each and everyone involved in marketing is aiming at getting a consumer/viewer to switch brands one way or another. Here’s a very interesting take on what retailers need to do to make that happen, and there’s info for your biz as well.
Whole Foods is going to unveil their Top 10 holiday wines on Nov. 17. On Twitter. Interesting.
Think About This: “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ~ Confucius
Lots of you love living by the sea and those who don’t are always looking for a chance to get closer to the sand. One such lucky lady is trading one seaside locale for another. BARBARA BERESFORD is settling in to Corpus Christi, TX, which sits hard on the Gulf. She’s taken the job of Director of News Brands and Markets at KRIS-TV, the NBC affiliate . Well, actually it’s more than just KRIS. It’s a combo of 7 entities: KRIS, KZTV (CBS affil), KDF, KAJA (Telemundo), CW, KRISTV.COM, and KZTV10.COM. Barbara, a grad of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, was at Media General’s WJAR in Providence, hard on the Atlantic. She’s also been Art Director at DC’s WUSA and KVBC in Las Vegas. Well Dunne! Barbara.
Job Alert! – Barbara is looking for a Topical producer.
Speaking of Vegas (one grabs a transition where one can)…SETH SKUZA has been writing and producing for LEE MINARD at KLAS in Vegas. He’s now headed to Dallas Fort Worth where he’ll be wrangling topicals for KTXA, part of CBS’s operation in the Metroplex. Thanks to CSD DAVID HERSHEY for the info.
Well Dunne! to Stephen Arnold Music’s new contribution to CNN Headline News. Specifically the theme for Prime News.
Ever worry you’re not a great A#1 manager? Here’s a quick 7 step article that might help you figure it out.
Think About This: "Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings." ~ Helen Keller