A pathfinder has passed. She was bold, brash, profane, dedicated, passionate, colorful in all ways, absolutely loved her dogs and her job, and in the end, was ravaged by that torturer dementia. MARTHA PELL STANVILLE passed away yesterday, May 17, after fighting the ghost fight against the condition that robs a person of what makes them unique. A southern belle raised in Macon, Georgia, she never lost her lovely accent and fell in love with TV when she took at job, at 19, at WMAZ in her hometown. Her dreams of musical theatre stardom were replaced by the excitement of TV marketing. Along the way, she was President of American Women in Radio and Television and worked at WCCO in Minneapolis as well as leading TV affiliates in top markets. At NBC TV Network she was VP of Affiliate Advertising and Promotion Services and was noted for her amazing parties. She was like a bulldog about admission, btw, and she never missed a trick or nametag. She was a redhead and could cut an imposing figure when needed. She went to work at Fred Hayman when he as THE perfume man in Bev Hills and she knew everybody…and they knew her. For over 50 years, she brought creativity, fun, and a joi de vivre – je ne sait quoi to everything. She will be missed by many, many people. God bless ya Martha.
Think About This: “The secret to being happy is having a sense of humor and a dirty mind.” ~ James Pettit, as inspired by Martha Pell Stanville.
After quite a few months sitting in the CSD chair of CBS affil WUSA as a consultant, SANDY GEHRING is going to become the fulltime occupant of said chair. The Gannett owned flagship has been splitting Ms. Sandy’s time between DC and Orlando. Ms. G started her career in Sioux City, Iowa with a degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She’s worked in promo for NBC and served as GM at WTKR TV in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia as well as GM of The Daily Buzz program. I know she’s busy already. Well Dunne Sandy.
One of the super ladies in TV promo is MARTHA PELL STANVILLE. That’s her pictured with Warner Bros’ JAMES PETTIT. She’s done it all, so to speak. What a fab lady she is and the stories…oh what fantastic stories. Martha probably worked with you in recent years – she had Enerigizer Bunny vitality. Martha is entering assisted living and would love to hear from everybody….so please take a moment and drop her a card or note at 2236 Merton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90041 It would be a very good thing to do.
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Think About This: “To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first green to the remote and unknown future.” ~ Bertrand Russell