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It’s a major adventure in the works…a move from coast to coast (nearly literally)…and an exciting new resident of Seattle in the making. It’s JAY YOVANOVICH’s new slot – he’s the just-named Marketing Director for KING / KONG in the space needle city. The Tegna operation has big shoes to fill because he’s coming from WRAL in Raleigh, which is the best station in the country. Yes, it is and you all know it. Jay’s been Marketing Director for WRAL and their FOX50 sister in the North Carolina capital. He worked his way up the ladder at WRAL, starting as a promo writer producer and it’s been about 12 years since he moved from On-Air Promo Manager at Pittsburgh’s WPGH. He’s also worked in Charleston, SC doing promo for WTAT. The University of Delaware grad is into Brazilian martial arts in his spare time…and he’s quite good at it. He’s even better at getting eyeballs to screens and forging image. BTW, he’s not going to start until we turn the page on this year, so you have plenty of time to shout out to him a big Well Dunne! Jay.
Think About This: “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” ~ William Faulkner
She’s starting on Thanksgiving Day…it’s auspicious to pick such a memorable day to begin a new chapter. CHRISTINE VARGAS is doing just that – picking Thanksgiving, when she starts as News Promotion Manager at Tribune’s FOX affil in San Diego. I bet they’ll have pumpkin pie (at least) for her, eh? Christine is coming over from CBS affil KFMB in SD where she started as Promo Coordinator and was upped to Topical then Senior Promo Producer…shows good work and an eye that her former CSD, MIKE STEWART, had. Very excited for her. Well Dunne! Christine.
Listen up folks in the DC area. Well, more specifically one particular area, namely Gaithersburg, Maryland. Tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 7) is election day and the talented JIM MCNULTY is running for City Council. Do we need to tell you to vote? OK, then – GO VOTE. For him. The University of Scranton grad started his creative career (yes, he’s a TV creative!) at WYOU in Wilkes-Barre, PA and honed his creative promo chops in DC at WJLA, WRC and WBDC before catching on at Discovery Home/TLC and working at any number of creative leadership roles for the behemoth media co. Now he’s the owner of his own shop – Wurdsmith Creative. He’d be a super councilman! So Gaithersburgers…get out there and do the citizenship thing. Well Dunne! Jim.
Worry not…none of the WRAL promo folks were injured in the fire that broke out at their Raleigh studios on Friday night. Good news indeed.
Job Alert – Writer Producer WOFL Orlando (work with CHRIS FRIEDRICHS!)
Think About This: “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Dare we call it the best TV job in the country? Yes let’s. And that job, the Creative Services Director slot at Capital Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh, goes to …. Drum roll….HEATHER GRAY. The California girl will be heading east from her current slot in Phoenix at the NBC affil. Interesting background…she started as a newscast puncher after getting a degree from Cal State Chico. How cool is that. She worked directing newscasts in Sacramento before heading to Jacksonville’s Gannett operation where she got upped from newscast director to Production Manager. From there she took the job in Phoenix, official title – Director of Programming and Marketing. Her new job puts her on staff with some of the greatest folks in the biz (shout out to SHELLY LESLIE and JAY Y), and in a setting that is gorgeous and unique. What will she do with all those gorgeous trees in the Triangle after a drought of vegetation from the desert? Hopefully enjoy them all. Well Dunne! Heather.
Stephen Arnold and his music are now even more places than ever. Besides doing work with China Global Television Network, listen for their work on HLN’s Something’s Killing Me hosted by actor BD Wong. Nice work guys…Well Dunne!
Think About This: “I am old but I am forever young at heart. We are always the same age inside. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious; you can only live it once. Do not regret growing older – it’s a privilege.” ~ Richard Gere
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If there were black belts given out for promo, like they do with martial arts, WRAL’s JAY YOVANOVICH would definitely have earned one. Jay’s just been promoted at North Carolina’s powerhouse WRAL, now NBC affiliate. He’s now the Director of Marketing for WRAL and FOX 50. Jay’s been with WRAL since 06, getting several promotions along the way. He had been the On-Air Promotion Manager, but the titles and duties have been morphed in the station to fit the times. He’s a grad of the University of Delaware who started out in Charleston, South Carolina. He promo’ed in Pittsburgh at WPGH before coming to North Carolina. Jay’s a major martial arts enthusiast – which no doubt helps him on the creative path. A big Well Dunne! to Jay.
For those keeping track, the Creative Services Director slot at WRAL is still open and they are still actively looking. SHELLY LESLIE won’t be making the switch to her new role as General Manager of Audience Development until they find someone. As they used to say…stay tuned for further developments. Thanks Ms. L.
Job Alert – Promotion Producer WKMG Orlando
Job Alert – Director of Marketing KXAN Austin
Think About This: “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes right.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower
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So many people written about here on the Well Dunne! blog are Promo Cowboys, the name BARRY FITZSIMMONS tabbed for creatives who switch markets in order to spin their marketing magic. Every now and then, there’s a very notable exception to that rule. Someone who grabs the golden ring and finds a great job with the right people; matching ideas about how business should be. One of those golden ring people is SHELLY SMITH LESLIE, who, come this June 2, will celebrate 30 years with Capital Broadcasting Company, the owners of WRAL in Raleigh. For the last 25 years, Shelly has been part and then leader of the people who make WRAL one of the most successful stations in the country – the marketing folks. And now, in honor of the success and longevity Shelly has achieved, she will be stepping up to a new title and new duties – General Manager of Audience Development. It’s a new division for Capital, one in which Shelly will be identifying new audiences for new platforms, expanding their video digital footprint and, of course, putting some green in the bank. VERY exciting. I talk to nearly everybody over the course of a year, and Shelly has the unique distinction of being the happiest person in the biz. The first time we talked, that’s the impression she left…lucky and a lady who, indeed, got the gold ring. It’s been a very good couple of months for the avid bicycler. This is the cherry on the whipped cream on the cupcake called Capital. The biggest Well Dunne! coming to you Shelly.
Job Alert – Creative Services Director WRAL Raleigh
(Note: Shelly birthed this baby 25 years ago, so anybody applying better be ready to be The Best)
Think About This: “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~ Steve Jobs
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The last few days have certainly been, uh, interesting. There was joy and gratitude and the sharing of feelings that bind us as humans. For instance, former promo pro JIM GRAVINA, who is now tearing it up at the DC Agency Shine Creative got married. He and his gorgeous bride are actually on their way to Niagara Falls. Love it!
Up in Raleigh, where the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew raged, WRAL’s SHELLY LESLIE has quite the story regarding a huge heavy tree that fell…right on the car she was in. The tree fell perfectly between her house, not hitting anything. It fell on the car, but didn’t hurt her or her passenger. It’s angelic.
Bright days ahead for WJLA’s ZOHRA ALNOOR got engaged! The lady with the great smile now has the greatest smile. Yes, happiness in spades for this wonderfully talented young lady.
Come back tomorrow when we’ll have people news from Portland, Maine..and…
Job Alert – Marketing Producer WLBT Jackson, MS
Job Alert – Creative Services Director KVII Amarillo
Interesting article from The Guardian about how decisions today – decisions that effect every one of our lives – are being made today, and it’s not like in the past. Read the article and think about how this impacts creatives.
Think About This: “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were thankful for today?” ~ an internet posting
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Lovely AMANDA WHITE has taken the creative reins at Atlanta’s WXIA. The lucky lady is an Atlanta native who now has the title Marketing Director of the NBC affiliate. She’s no stranger to the station – she’s been promoted from Director of Insights and Strategic Marketing. She was also Research Director and handled Paid Programming Sales Coordination at one time. The soft-spoken lady also part of the team at the Weather Channel as National Copy Coordinator and did a marketing internship at Atlanta-based Gospel Music Channel (now UPtv Network). She has an MBA from University of Georgia. What a peach. Well Dunne! Amanda.
A quick Well Dunne! to ALISON HOFFMAN upped to CMO from EVP Marketing at Starz in LA. She’s a Brown grad, who’s also done marketing magic at AMC Nets.
What’s better than one adorable pink bundle of joy little girl? TWO adorable pink bundle of joy little girls. Congrats to KGO’s CANDACE ARCHER on her new family addition. Big sister now has little sister!
Think About This: “Sometimes the strength within you is not a fiery flame that all can see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers softly, “You got this”, “Keep going.” ~ thanks SHELLY LESLIE of WRAL.
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In lieu of taking Sunday off and not writing, the mere fact that the date comes along just every 4 years prompted this missive. Post Oscars. It’s Leap Day. February 29. So much fun…looks odd in its own way. Maybe things for all of us will be in alignment…didn’t they seem rather out of sorts? Happy February 29th to one and all.
There are some very tired folks in the creative services departments of Capital’s WRAL and Media General’s WNCN in Raleigh. While you were watching some very clever Oscar tie-in commercials from Kohl’s and McDonalds, they swapped nets – WRAL now NBC and NCN now CBS. If you have never been involved in a network affiliate change, well, it’s the marathon of marketing. Let’s hear a big Well Dunne! for all the people who made it happen, with a particular Well Dunne! going to CSD KRISTEN BYRUM at NCN and CSD SHELLY SMITH LESLIE at RAL. Ladies, great jobs.
CLYDE BECKER loves Denver and is staying put with his new job in Multi-Media for the Media News Group. Well Dunne! Clyde.
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Think About This: “Anything that annoys you teaches you patience. Anyone who abandons you is teaching you to stand on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” ~ Collective Evolution
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TLC has called one of their own back into the fold. JENNIFER SARLIN is back at Discovery as Sr. VP Marketing for TLC after a five year stint doing her own thing as Benzo Creative. Jennifer was Director Advertising and Promotion at TLC before going off on her own. She has a news producer background and worked for Conus and WBAL in Baltimore. Other stops along the way for the NYU Masters lady include Exec Producer roles for Big Shot Productions and Pixel Workshop (cute name). Well Dunne! Jennifer.
Promo pros seem to really love cycling. One such example is WRAL’s creative leader, SHELLY LESLIE, who is using her bike to raise money to fight cancer. Excellent. She rode in honor of my brother last year and will do so again this year. If any of you have ever lost someone due to cancer, you might want to consider donating to Shelly’s ride. Better hurry…the deadline is Friday. To make it easy, just click – and then be generous.
Think About This: "In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities but in the expert’s there are few.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
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He’s a bull dog, a Georgia Bulldog that is. Thus JOSH MOREY has been living and doing very well career-wise in Alabama, which in football lingo isn’t really home turf. But he’s loving it. Josh and family recently celebrated his new job – Marketing Director of Birmingham’s Fox Affil, WBRC. It’s a 92 mile trip northwest from Montgomery, where he had been Marketing Director of WSFA, the NBC affil and Raycom flagship. He honed the promo craft while writing and producing down in Albany, GA for WALB. Know he’s gonna love Birmingham. And Birmingham will fall in love with his lovely family. Well Dunne! Josh!
Job Alert – TV News Graphis Designer WRAL Raleigh (work with SHELLY LESLIE !!)
This from the wonderful and fabulous BONNIE BARCLAY, VP of Marketing for FX Design Group who has been on an adventure with her family around America: In the dark theater, the voice came up before the first frame, with immediate recognition. Without blinking or stumbling, I knew it as Walter Cronkite. We were visiting FDR’s Little White House in rural Georgia, and stopped in the theater for the short video that all museums proudly suggest as your first stop. But through the war footage, the polio footage, the presidential campaign – it was Walter’s voice that not only brought it to life, but lent the austere gravitas that only his voice could. We could nightly wrap ourselves in that cashmere blanket of a voice and know that we might make sense of the world. That is the power of just one voice.
Think About This: “It’s but little good you’ll do a-watering the last year’s crops.” ~ George Eliot
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While a great many of you are digging your way out of a ton of snow…let’s see what Comcast Entertainment Group has done, making changes to the in-house creative agency they run. BEAR FISHER is now SVP/Creative Director of E! and Style Nets. She’s a U Conn grad who did great work at FX, too. Bear will get to have LEIGH ANNE GARDNER report to her. Leigh Anne’s title is now SVP/Print and Online Design. Another new title for the biz card will be VP/Print and Online Design. That belongs to MARK SCHNEIDER. Well Dunne! ya’ll.
JOB ALERT! Legendary WRAL has an opening (rare) for an Image pro who can do it all..concept, light, write, edit, pick the right voice (hint hint). Go online to apply and best of luck. The lovely SHELLY LESLIE, CSD is the lady who’ll be signing off on your time sheet. But PLEASE don’t bother her with calls. Seriously. Don’t do it. Apply online.
HELLOooo….Is it me or does the Jimmy Johnson, former Dallas Cowboy and Miami Dolphins coach, commercials for ExtenZe just seem WAAAAY not cool?
Think About This: "There are no little events in life, those we think of no consequence may be full of fate, and it is at our own risk if we neglect the acquaintances and opportunities that seem to be casually offered, and of small importance." ~ Amelia E. Barr