Monday Memo – October 23, 2017
TO: ALL STAFF
DATE: 23 OCTOBER 2017
CONGRATULATIONS to Drew Prouse, Shane Johnson, AJ Justis and Shawn Conaway, winners of the Hot Bench caps in last week’s drawing.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Larry Fortino and Leland Miller, top producers in the recent sales contest.
This week’s Station Freebie is a pair of coffee mugs….one for you and one for you to share with someone else. A pair of mugs and one winner. You can sign up for your chance to win on the bulletin board across from the time clock and, per normal procedure, the drawing will be Friday morning and the winner announced in the next Monday Memo.
WELCOME ABOARD TO OUR NEWEST HIRES
Derek Sander joined our Studio Team as a part time Studio Tech. Derek is a Communication Arts/Media Production student at Salisbury University. He anticipates a May 2020 graduation. He has worked as a Production Assistant for Get Kinetic in Reading, PA, and Editor for Funny and Amen in Philadelphia. Derek participated in a Cru International Summer Internship. He brings with him a wide range of computer-related skills. Please join me in welcoming him to our Team.
Welcome aboard to Commercial Producer/Editor Kristina Biddle who joined our Team last Monday. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware in Newark and studied a semester abroad at Imperial College in London, England. An honor student, Kristina was on the Dean’s list all semesters. She served as a Transition Assistant Intern to the office of VP, Joe Biden, Production, Intern to the US Department of State and Production Assistant for the Gubernatorial and Congressional Debates. Please join me in welcoming her to our Team.
Welcome to Ed Czerwinski, Jr., who joined our Sales Team this week as a Media Specialist. Ed has a varied background in sales and sales management that ranges from inside sales at MBNA American and The Company Corporation, both in Wilmington, DE, to print and online advertising solutions for IDEARC Media, also in Wilmington. He managed a customer service team for the Speakman Company and most recently was responsible for business development related to digital advertising opportunities on the company’s website portfolio. Ed starts this morning. Please join me in welcoming him to our Team.
A MESSAGE FROM LARRY FORTINO
Good morning, everyone. We have been doing the Salute our Heroes campaign for the majority of 2017. I must say, this has been an amazing experience for me. Today I was able to spend the morning with several veterans from Post 28 in Millsboro, DE. I laughed, I cried, but, most importantly, I had a chance to listen to these amazing people and their incredible stories. Hearing the things that they continue to do for their community just blew me away.
Now, I know John Ebert doesn’t like a lot of recognition, but week in and week out for the past 8 months, he goes out and shoots these amazing stories. He does them in their house, here at the station, or even on location at a VFW or other clubs. No way on earth can this be an easy thing to do, and the final product is always amazing. So, I just wanted to say that I appreciate his effort, because I know that we take this kind of work for granted sometimes. (Larry Fortino)
• Thursday is your last chance to sign up for free Disney tickets.
• We received a fresh batch of posters from ABC. If you would like one, they are free for the taking in the Conference Room. What we have is
o “Fresh off the Boat” (3)
o “The Middle” (final year) (3)
o “CMA” (3)
o “Dancing with the Stars” (2)
o “Speechless” (3)
o “How to Get Away with Murder” (3)
NOVEMBER RATINGS PERIOD
• This is your reminder that you, as an employee of a broadcast facility, and your immediate household may not participate in any of the Nielsen or comScore Surveys. If you receive a phone call or related paperwork, just advise them that you are a broadcaster and cannot participate. If you have any questions, see your Supervisor.
ANNIVERSARY OF NOTE:
• Jessica Simpson will be with our Stations twelve years tomorrow. Thanks, Jess, we appreciate your many contributions!
OUT IN THE COMMUNITY:
• Delmarva African American Pride Magazine (Fall 2017 issue) picked up our Press Release on Travon Miles promotion to Sports Director.
• Remember to fill out and return your United Way payroll deduction forms to Tracy by close of business Friday. Thanks for considering making a donation as part of your community service.
• Friday night was Third Friday in Downtown Salisbury. In case you missed it (I know, I did), it was Comic Con night and I hear it was quite a success. We hosted a booth in front of the Station. Dani Bozzini, Lissette Nunez, Breck Eady, Larry Fortino and his son, Austin, and Sarah Truitt and family were all on hand to give out fun swag from Delmarva’s CW3 and 47ABC. Sarah tells me it was a great turnout and the Plaza was full of wonderful costumes and characters. Thanks to Sarah for the picture.
• Friday night I was working at the Annual Rotary Pig Pickin’ fundraiser. Our goal was to raise $40,000 and we came very close! Food, adult beverages, homemade desserts, music by Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys, good fellowship and a cash prize raffle. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes directly to local charities. What could be better than that? For those of you holding raffle tickets, the big winners were as follows: $500 to Debbie Layton, $1,000 to Lisa Powell and $10,000 to TJ Maloney.
• This year, our Stations are partnering with Mountaire on the Thanksgiving for Thousands project. Promos for that partnership will start tomorrow and the collection day is Saturday, 4 November. Volunteers are needed! The times are 8:30AM – 4PM at these locations: Hockers in Clarksville and Bethany and Redners in Georgetown. We will be distributing flyers to shoppers and collecting the items they purchase as they leave the store. All the collected food is then added to the food supply for Packing Day at Mountaire on 20 November. We will be packing meals to feed 8,500 families in need. If you would like to help on 4 November, there is a signup sheet by the employee entrance. Come lend a hand….Because Local Matters!
• As with prior years, our Creative Services Department has created a :15 donut spot to support local food drives. If you are involved with a group that is having a food drive, be sure to get in touch with me so we can promote it. There is no charge for this community service project.
Yesterday, Lissette Nunez, Michelle Mackonochie and Justina Coronel worked a table at Trick or Treat Street at Perdue Stadium. Thousands of kids came through to collect candy.
THANK YOU NOTES FROM THE PUBLIC
• We received a thank you note for our donation to the Children with Hair Loss event. All together they raised, $4,000 and 11 feet of hair.
• DART sent us a note of appreciation for our promoting of their food drive
DUMPSTER DAY: A MESSAGE FROM DREW PROUSE
• Dumpster Day is scheduled for this Thursday, 26 October. As always, the dumpster will be here from approximately 8AM until around 1PM. If you have items that you would like to dispose of, please let me know and clearly mark them for disposal. Additionally, if you have heavy items that need to be moved, we can do it at this time. I’ll have a couple of day laborers to assist in the moving. If you have other questions, please let me know (extension 312) and I’d be happy to answer them.
• We have a notice from the City of Salisbury that they will be doing more work on the water mains in our area and we may or may not experience a disruption of service between 10PM tonight and 6AM tomorrow morning.
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING:
• Regarding the search for ownership of the box of pink paints: When I was finally able to reach someone, I learned it was sent by the American Breast Cancer Foundation across the Bridge in the “hopes” we would have someone do something with it for a news story. An accompanying letter would have saved me a bit of time! I didn’t get a taker in the Station, so I donated the box to a local Girl Scout Troop who is going to paint Kindness Rocks and will be back in touch with us.
• Our Weather Van: The wrap on our Weather Van is projected to be completed sometime this week. Following its return, a Weather Station will be mounted on top of it and it will be moved to an outside parking lot as it will no longer meet the clearance requirements for the parking garage.
ABC HAS SCHEDULED 1 HOLIDAY SPECIAL PLUS THEMED PROGRAMMING FOR THIS WEEK
• M-F at 1PM = “The Chew” has Halloween-themed episodes every day
• Tuesday starting at 8PM = Tuesday night comedies have Halloween-themed episodes
• Wednesday starting at 8 = Halloween themes for Wednesday night comedies, also
• Sunday night, 8-9PM = “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown”
CHANGES IN LOCALLY PRODUCED PROGRAMMING ON 47 ABC FOR THIS WEEK
• Saturday at 11:30PM (est.) = late time period for our evening news
• Sunday at 5:30PM = A DSI Special: The Governor’s Challenge Selection Show
“BIG DEALS” THIS WEEK INCLUDE
• Monday = Cemetery House in Laurel, DE ($20 voucher for $10)
• Tuesday = Breckenridge Adventures in Linkwood, MD ($45 voucher for $20)
• Wednesday = Snappers Waterfront Café in Cambridge ($30 voucher for $15)
• Thursday = 911 Airsoft in Greenwood, DE ($60 voucher for $30)
• Friday = Ropewalk /OC-Chincoteague ($20 voucher for $10)
• National Reading Group Month
• Polish-American Heritage Month
• Vegetarian Month
THIS WEEK IS
• National Massage Therapy Awareness Week
SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK INCLUDE
• Tomorrow is United Nations Day and World Polio Day
• Wednesday is Unity Day, a day to wear orange with PACER to support kindness, acceptance and inclusion
• Saturday is “Plush Animal Lovers Day”
• Sunday is National Cat Day
WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS:
• MCO (part time/ fill in; potential for full time): see Ken Evans
• Media Specialist (full time): see Phil Bankert
• MMJ/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!