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Mitch's Media Musings, Sept. 16 - Oct. 15, 2017

I think one of the most unique bits of media news this month is 11Alive’s relaunch of the 11 p.m. news. “The Late Feed” is hosted by Vinnie Politan, who shifted over from the morning show.

The show is definitely a radically different approach to delivering news at 11. Check it out and let me know what you think!

The relaunch celebration continues! In case you missed it, we're excited to unveil the new and even-better Leff’s Atlanta Media and Mitch’s Media Match websites!

What's new? Faster. Sleeker design. Totally mobile-friendly. Voice-capable search on mobile. More social media.

Journalists can now easily access hundreds of experts and story sources via the Mitch's Media Match site on their mobile devices.

4 Questions Journalist Spotlight

With had a little “Cobb” thing going this month as you our “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” feature with Atlanta Daybook included: Larry Johnson with the Cobb County Courier, Cory Sekine-Pettite, with Cobb in Focus, and Wendy Parker with the East Cobb News. Click to see them all.

Mitch's Media Match Experts

Every month we bring a selection highlighting the 150+ experts in our Mitch's Media Match (M3) database. Here’s a selection for this month. Contact info for all is in the M3 database.

  • James Marlow, Founder, Radiance Solar, can talk about issues relating to solar energy, the growth of alternative energy sources and how companies can invest in solar to increase their green footprint and their bottom lines.

  • Austin Mills heads the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group at law firm Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. He says very few industries will not be exposed to or disrupted by blockchain. Blockchain technology is now a tangible reality that could disrupt any industry that relies on the movement of data or value. He’s also well-versed in cryptocurrency such as bitcoin and ethereum.

  • Shelbia Jackson is the Director of the new DeKalb Entertainment Commission, which launched officially this month. She can talk about the booming entertainment industry and how DeKalb is supporting growth in film, television, music and digital entertainment.

  • Joe Raboine, National Design and Training Specialist with Belgard. Belgard provides outdoor living products and design elements, and Raboine is an expert on anything related to outdoor living design, construction and renovations. He can speak to design trends, how to create the ideal outdoor living space, construction/installment techniques, the use of virtual reality by contractors to share a vision with clients and more.

Remember you can check our Atlanta media blog anytime throughout the month. The link’s right at the top of the main page of Leff’s Atlanta Media and Mitch’s Media Match.

Got changes? Working a new beat? Additions or departures? Great stories you want to brag about? Let me know and I'll put it in the blog.

Mitch Leff

Mitch’s Media Musings, Leff & Associates, Leff’s Atlanta Media, Mitch’s Media Match

Mitch's Media Musings

Sept. 16 - Oct. 15, 2017

Media Musings

Atlanta Voice - Editor Stan Washington steps down this month.

Atlanta Real Estate Forum - Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is looking for “Around Atlanta” guests to talk about things to do around the holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Their next recording date is Wednesday, October 18.

  • If you have a suggestion for a guest, email Their studio is located just inside the perimeter at 5555 Glenridge Connector, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 30342.

  • Shows are recorded and they are currently exceeding 10,000 downloads from iTunes each month, so this is a great way to let Atlantans know all about your upcoming event.

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum radio airs two shows each week. It is a podcast that they post on Atlanta Real Estate Forum and on iTunes so it is available 24/7 for people to listen to.

  • For a sample of the show’s format, visit

Forsyth Daily News -- Stephanie Woody has been named publisher

Georgia Public Radio

  • Host Celeste Headlee has a new book out called "We Need To Talk." The content is based on her popular TED Talk, “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter.”

  • Sam Whitehead departs for WABE

PeachATL - We've added Mikkel Hyldebrandt to our database and Editorial Director.


  • Sam Whitehead joins as reporter/producer (he was previously with Georgia Public Radio).


  • Nathalie Pozo departs the station for WHDH-TV in Boston.

  • Looking for the best burgers in town? Watch Buck Lanford's "Burgers with Buck" segment.

WGCL/CBS46 - Change is afoot at CBS 46!

  • CBS46 morning host Bobby Kaple has left the station as he prepares for a run for political office. He's running for Georgia's 6th District House seat.

  • Paul Ossmann has been promoted to chief meteorologist.

  • Ella Dorsey will move from weekend to weekday meteorologist starting this fall.

  • Reporter Julian Johnson is leaving the station.

  • Reporter Will Frampton is leaving for a job in New England.

  • The station is launching a new newscast at 9 p.m. It'll air on Peachtree TV.

WSB Radio

  • Congrats to Condace Pressley for being named one of Atlanta's 100 most influential African American women by the Atlanta Business League.


  • Nicole Carr promoted to Investigative Reporter.

WXIA TV/11Alive

  • The station has reformatted its 11 p.m. show. "The Late Feed" is hosted by Vinnie Politan.

  • Natisha Lance joins the station as a reporter. She was formerly with HLN.

  • Congrats to reporter Kaitlyn Ross, who recently welcomed a baby boy into the world!

  • Former producer Ben Mayer, who's been at MSNBC for several years, will be producing a new show there "KasieDC" with Kasie Hunt. Sunday's at 7 p.m.

News from the PR Dept

  • Leff & Associates, a member of the new Georgia Entertainment PR Alliance, this month helped launch the new DeKalb Entertainment Alliance.

  • Whitney Jinks is PRSA Georgia's October Champion. She's the chair of the organization's social media committee.


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