The road from Austin to Houston is one every UT student knows like the back of their hand. In the spring it’s lined with bluebonnets…in the fall it’s crowded with avid Longhorn fans. Along the way you pass through Blue Bell Ice Cream’s Brenham. Must check to see if they upgraded the route, but it was a lovely trip. Making the Austin to Houston drive will be NATALIA EGAN, who is trading in her slot as Marketing Director of NBC affil KXAN in the Texas capital for the CSD slot at Graham Media’s KPRC, NBC. Natalia will be the newest member in the newest building…they just rebuilt KPRC and they will have only been in for about 2 months when she arrives June 5. Wanna bet they’ll still have boxes in closets? The Hartford, CT lady, who was born in Mexico City and is bilingual, got her start at WVIT and has been at KXAN for several promotions. Let’s hear it for Natalie…a Texas-sized Well Dunne!
If you read this on Thursday, May 25, don’t miss out on NBC’s Red Nose Day, a project from the most wonderful RICHARD CURTIS and Walgreen’s which follows up on the fabulous characters from my favorite movie, Love Actually. Open your wallets and your hearts – help put a dent in child poverty (God knows we need to all pitch in together now more than ever). It will be a lark! Dibs on Bill Nighy. Well Dunne Walgreens, Richard and NBC!
Think About This: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
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Let’s end the firecracker month of July with a lot going on all at once. First, we turn our attention to the elegant Palm Beach market and news the Sinclair stations there, WPEC/WTVX/WTCN, have a new Commercial Production Manager. Enter LARRY DOYLE come August 10. Give the GM there, MICHAEL PUMO, a gold star for recognizing talent. Larry will be part of the station team that includes CSD JAMES GRIFFEL so the excitement level is going to be very high. Anyway, the writer here has worked for and with Larry and he’s utterly creative. Palm Beach clients are in for a treat. Mr. Doyle of the Irish name and visage has been CSD at Tampa’s WFLA as well as WTSP in addition to leading creative at WCNC in Charlotte plus writing and producing for KHOU in Houston. He’s from New Hampshire which adds to his elan. Best part of the new gig is he’ll be close to his college bound daughter, soon to be a freshman in the Sunshine State. Well Dunne! Larry.
Next up, another fave is DAVID HERSHEY heading up CBS’ KTVT in Dallas. He’s filled a critical slot and with that, we’ll let him take over: I’m happy to announce that RHETT SCHWARTZKOPF has been promoted to Senior Promotion Producer for CBS 11, TXA 21 and Me-TV. I first met Rhett almost 10 years ago when he was a student at UNT. I was speaking to his class about this crazy, little known department of misfits called ‘Creative Services’. He came up to me afterwards and said ‘THAT is exactly what I want to do.’ From there, he earned an internship in our department. Eventually, he moved up to being part of our UPN 21 ‘U-Crew’ street team (remember that?). He worked his way up to producing promo spots for us full-time and that’s what he’s been doing for us ever since. Recently, he was also our station Employee of the Month. Rhett’s incredible skills, creativity, can-do attitude and work ethic make him a tremendous asset to our stations and I’m thrilled to have him on my team in this new role. Well Dunne! Rhett. PS – not related to General S that we know of….
Finally, last but not least, KXAN in Austin has promoted NATALIA EGAN to CSD. More info on her Monday. Watch this space.
Think About This: ”Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
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