Monday Memo – March 13, 2017

 MONDAY MEMO
      TO:  ALL STAFF
FROM:  KATHLEEN
  DATE: 13 MARCH 2017

FULL STAFF MEETING TODAY AT 2:30

• It will start promptly at 2:30 and wrap up no later than 3PM
• Pizza will be served, bring your own beverage, if you wish
• Department Heads will briefly introduce new hires and update you on anything that may not have appeared in the Monday Memo
• We will take questions and, if we don’t have the answers, we will get them for you
Following the introductions, it is your opportunity to circulate and get to know folks you may not have met before.  We plan to continue these Full Staff Meetings on a quarterly basis, so the next one will be in June.  The specific date for June will be announced closer to the time.

MEET OUR NEWEST EMPLOYEES

Ryan Eldredge joins our News Team today as Anchor/ Reporter/ Producer.  He comes to us most recently from Steubenville, OH, where he anchored the 10PM and 11PM newscasts as well as reporting for WTOV 9.  His reporting specialties there included investigative, education and political.  He also covered feature events, produced and worked as an MMJ as needed.  Prior to WTOV 9, he worked at WHP-TV in Harrisburg, PA, as a News Producer and Web Content Producer.  He also served an internship at Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia.  Ryan holds a BA in Broadcast, Telecommunications and Mass Media as well as a BS in Political Science.  Both degrees are from Temple University in Philadelphia.  He will begin his duties here as our 10 and 11PM anchor.  Please join me in welcoming him to our Team.

Last week, Meteorologist Jean Vivola joined our News Team as Meteorologist/ Web Producer.  She is a graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Meteorology and a minor in Mathematics.  Jean was on the Dean’s list for four semesters.  She comes to us most recently from WGAL-TV in Lancaster where she was a Weather Producer/Digital Editor.  Prior to that, she interned at WHP in Harrisburg.  She was a Student Volunteer Intern for the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, NJ, and a Field Research Participant at NASA Discover-AQ-Houston and a Lead Forecaster and Streaming Video Forecaster at the Millersville University Weather Information Center while she was a student there.  If you haven’t already met her, please plan to do so.

REMEMBER WHEN WE HELPED BERLIN WIN BEST SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA?

The folks in Berlin are now in the running to win America’s Best Main Street Contest.  They have made it very easy for us to support their efforts with a link directly to voting for them:  http://mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=61  You can vote every day from all of your devices:  your PC, Smartphone, etc.  Let’s help bring more recognition to Delmarva!

BE FIT, STAY HEALTHY!

In an effort to do our part, 47ABC will once again offer free basic memberships to the local YMCA for all employees, full and part time, and their immediate families.  The sign-up sheet is posted by the employee entrance.
• If you are already signed up, please check your status and note any changes.
• If you are not currently signed up and plan to use a membership, add your name to the bottom of the list and Linda DiGrazio will handle the details for you.  You can find out more about what the basic membership includes by going to their website.
The deadline for signups is 31 March.  See Linda DiGrazio with your questions.  Be fit, stay healthy!

CHEERING ON TRAVON MILES!

• On Thursday, 23 March, Travon Miles will join the Globetrotters performance at the WYCC by going head-to-head as a General against the Harlem Globetrotters.  The signup sheet for free tickets is on the bulletin board at the employee entrance and we will distribute them in the order in which employees signed up.  Our seats are together in one area so that we can be a real cheering section for Travon.  You should feel free to bring signage and other fun stuff to cheer him on. I’d love it if someone could grab a shot for me for the Monday Memo.  If something happens, even at the last minute, that you cannot use your tickets, let Tamara know (across from Lindsy’s office) and we will give them to the next person on the list.  Prepare to be cheerleaders!

EASTERN SHORE MISSION OF MERCY

The Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy wrapped up this weekend.  Weather-wise, it was a brutally cold weekend for those seeking treatment. This picture was taken Friday morning as it was getting underway with the patient line wrapped around the building and down the street.  Some started lining up as early as Thursday evening and others joined the line throughout the night.  By morning, an estimated 1,500 people had arrived, with the maximum that could be treated in a day only about 1,000.  Those who braved the elements on Friday, but could not receive treatment, were given wristbands so that they were granted first in line status for Saturday without having to stand in line all night in the freezing temperatures.  Mission of Mercy is an every-other-year event held at the Civic Center.  47 ABC is a major sponsor as well as provider of volunteers.  If you were one of those volunteers, I thank you.

WONDERING WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THAT CRAZY WEATHER WE’VE BEEN HAVING?

• Severe weather affects all of us.  SKYWARN, established by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters.  These volunteers help keep our communities safe by providing timely and accurate information.   A Meteorologist from the Wakefield NWS office will be at Wor-Wic Community College on Tuesday, 11 April, at 6PM offering a free 2-hour training course that teaches
o Basics of thunderstorm development
o Fundamentals of storm structure
o How to identify potential severe weather
o Information to report
o How to report that information
o Basic severe weather safety
The training is free but you need to register:  http://www.weather.gov/akq/SKYWARN  If you have questions or need assistance registering, you can call Donna Smith at 410.548.4820 or email her at dmsmith@wicomicocounty.org.  Deadline to register is 31 March.

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY

• On Thursday, Terri Mahoney will represent our Stations at the Ocean Pines Business Expo booth

AROUND THE STATION

•    Lauren Ruhl will be here Wednesday to perform an environmental assessment survey of this building and the tower site.
 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

• Michael Bosley-Phillips who will be moving to full-time News photographer, starting Wednesday
• Trevor Taylor who moves from Studio Tech to Studio Tech/News Editor
• Matt Sigler who has been promoted from Evening Director to Managing Director
• Phil Comeaux who is training to pick up News graphics duties

COMINGS AND GOINGS

• Geoffrey Harris starts tomorrow as a part time Sports Reporter
• Josh Lynch finishes up Friday.  We wish him much success in his new venture.

JUST ONE SPECIAL THIS WEEK ON 47 ABC

• Friday at 10 = “Truth and Lies:  The Family Manson”

CW HAS THREE SPECIALS THIS WEEK

• Monday at 8 = “Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala”
• Thursday at 8 = season finale of “The Vampire Diaries”
• Friday at 8 = season premiere of “The Originals”

BIG DEALS THIS WEEK INCLUDE:

• Monday = Kickin’ Chicken in Long Neck and Lewes, DE ($20 voucher for $10)
• Wednesday = Red Door Sub Shop in Salisbury ($20 voucher for $10)
• Friday = Catch 54 in Fenwick Island, DE ($20 voucher for $10)

MARCH IS

• Credit Education Month
• National Craft Month
• National Horse Protection

ALL THIS WEEK IS

• Termite Awareness Week
• Brain Awareness Week

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK INCLUDE

• Today is “Earmuff Day” (yes, indeed)
• Wednesday is “True Confessions Day”
• Thursday is “No Selfies Day”
• Friday is St. Patrick’s Day and Freedom of Information Day
• Saturday is “Awkward Moments Day” (and)
• Sunday is “Let’s Laugh Day” (perhaps at those awkward moments from the day before)

WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS: 
• MCO (part time/ fill in):  see Ken Evans
• Account Executive (full time):  See Teri Monahan
• News Producer (full time):  See Sarah Truitt

In-house candidates are encouraged to contact the respective Supervisor at their earliest convenience.  If you know of someone who has the necessary qualifications and would be a good addition to our Team, please share the information about these openings with them.  Brief job descriptions are posted on both bulletin boards and applications and more information can be found on our website.  Marquee Broadcasting, Inc., along with its holdings, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Make it a great week!
 

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