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
What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘hometown’. Most of us exhale and enjoy the sepia-toned memories of the place or places where we grew up, – learned and laughed and perhaps made friends we still hold dear. Some of us have one hometown, and others are blessed with knowing many places that played their part as home. ETHAN EDWARDS thinks of Smithfield, Virginia as home, and it’s a gorgeous town on the Pagan River (a tributary of the James) where, among other things, Smithfield ham become a must-have dinner item. Ethan went into the TV biz, which led him to take his degree from Elon to interning at CBS News in London during the Gulf War. Back stateside, he started in news at WFMY in Greensboro where he was an Assignment Editor then to WTKR in the Hampton Roads area. He switched to Promo Producer there, and went on to Hearst’s WDSU in New Orleans, where he met his wife. From there, it was the Land of Enchantment where he became Assistant CSD at KOAT. He’s now got his own department to run as Creative Services Director of KOKH/KOCB, the Sinclair-owned Fox and CW duop. Speaking of running, his little girl just started walking, so he’ll be running creative at work and running after her at home. It’s all great. Big Well Dunne! Ethan.
Job Alert – Graphic Designer KOKH/KOCB Oklahoma City
Tracking Code 5799. KOKH FOX 25 & KOCB CW 34 in Oklahoma City has a great new opportunity for a television Graphic Designer. Qualified candidates will be able to demonstrate good digital filing skills. You will be given plenty of creative freedom on our Mac-based systems. As part of this role, you must be able to participate in promotional and station outside events including occasional weekends and evenings.
- Prepare motion and static graphics for on-air promotions spots, sports programs and client commercials
- Create commercials, including audio and video elements
- Convert media files
- Create miscellaneous posters, banners, signage, TV billboards, web banners, print ads and other graphics as necessary
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects
Online applications ONLY accepted; while applying please provide an online portfolio link for review.
Think About This: “Through every generation of the human race, there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.” ~ Alexander the Great
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