Welcome Fellows!

November 9, 2009

scottThe PRSA’s College of Fellows, of which I am a member, has inducted 11 new members.

They are: Richard Batyko, John Deveney, Anne Dubois, Lynne Timpani Friedmann, Allen Kirk Hazlett, Margaret Ann Hennen, Stephen Johnstone, Paul Kincaid, Nance Larsen, Diane Gage Lofgren and Sandra Longcrier.

Each was recognized during a black-tie dinner at the PRSA’s International Conference in San Diego.

The College of Fellows is an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 400 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.

Welcome to the College!

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alisonWhaaaa????

Anyone else read the news that someone – apparently interns – convinced the House of Mouse that it would be a good idea to re-brand Mickey Mouse for a video game? Set in a “cartoon wasteland?”

Creepy New MickeyAs someone who works with brands on a daily basis, I certainly understand the need to keep  images fresh, but doesn’t Disney already do that with of its Princesses and all those lovable Pixar characters?

To me, this has disaster written all over it – and Mickey looks creepy based on this first glance.

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scottThe Arizona Broadcasters Association has inducted four new members.

They are Kent Dana, Dave Pratt, W. Steven Martin and Bud Foster.

Kent, who has spent more than 35 years in Phoenix television – most recently with KPHO-TV, said he was “currently between opportunities.”

Dave Pratt, who was introduced by Mark Curtis, was at the event with his wife, Paula, their four children and Paula’s parents. Dave has nearly 30 years on the air in Phoenix.

W. Steven Martin spent nearly 27 years at KNIX-FM and is also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame.

Bud Foster’s TV career has spanned more than 36 years in Arizona, most of it in Tucson.  He is also a member of the NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter Silver Circle Society.

Also honored was Dr. W. Dale Hoskins, one of my professors at Northern Arizona University.  Dale received the Jack Clifford Excellence in Broadcast Education Award.  Dale has been at NAU since 1977 and has had a positive impact on the careers of scores of broadcast journalists now working throughout the country.  He always talks about how proud he is of his former students.  Now – Dale’s former students can be equally as proud of him!

Sports Junkies Get Fix

October 29, 2009

scottThis is the small window during the year when all four major sports are underway.

A sports fan’s clicker can get burned up quickly going between NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball World Series games.

Add to that:  the high school football season is in full bloom, the Valley is currently hosting more than 100 teams from around the country who are participating in the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series and countless soccer and other youth sports leagues underway.

You don’t need a ticket for everything.  If you did, it would certainly be an “E-Ticket.”

BethA few months back, I wrote a blog post about a letter I had received in the mail from the Screen Actors Guild regarding a commercial they were making using a photo of me from back in my high school days as a cheerleader.  Well, after doing some digging, my friend Carla (who is also in this commercial) found it on YouTube.  Good ol’ YouTube – you can find anything on there!  Even T.G.I. Friday’s commercials. 

Enjoy it here; I’m left of Kayla, who’s in the center of the big group of cheerleaders.

Pink Pony’s Last Ride

August 27, 2009

PonyWhoa pardner.

Another Valley landmark has bitten the dust.

The Pink Pony in Scottsdale has gone out of business.

Located on Scottsdale Road not too far from the Sugar Bowl, the Pink Pony was a gathering place for some of baseball’s most storied characters during their Spring Training stays in the Valley, including Billy Martin and Leo Durocher.

Much like Durant’s on Central Avenue, the Pink Pony was known as an old-school place to be for movers and shakers, a place to see famous people and a place to get a good steak.  Maybe there is crying in baseball.