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Mitch's Media Musings May 16 - June 15, 2018

Mitch's Media Musings

May 16 - June 15, 2018

Society of Professional Journalists - SPJ Georgia will host a June 16 event focused on podcasting. Details:

PRSA Georgia - "PR in the Entertainment Capital of the World" is the focus of the June meeting on June 14.

Georgia Radio Hall of Fame - 2018 Career Achievement Candidates include:

  • Silas Alexander, KISS, Magic 107, WIGO

  • Vernon Arnold, WJEM

  • Edgar Champagne, R&B 92.1

  • Jamie Dupree, WSB

  • Mitch Faulkner, V-103,KISS

  • Steve Mitchell, 96 Rock, WKLS, Star94, WYAY

  • Bob Neil, WSB, Cox Broadcasting

  • David Nolin, WBPC

  • Denis O'Hayer, WABE

  • Rob Stadler, Star94, WYAY

  • Myrna Taylor Ransom, WCLK, WVEE, WCEG

  • Eric Seidel, WGST

  • Bill Shanks, WGST, WCNN, WXKO

  • Laura Starling, WRFD, WDEN

  • Kevin & Taylor, WFSH

  • Bert Weiss, The Bert Show, Q100

  • Jeff Winter, WQXI, 96 Rock

Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Ellie Hensley, who's been covering the entertainment industry for the paper for last few years, is departing for a position with Allied Integrated Marketing. Allied describes itself as "the world's leading entertainment, culture and lifestyle agency." During her ABC tenure, she covered healthcare in addition to entertainment. She tweets that she'll join AIM in an Account Executive position.

Atlanta Jewish Times - Michael Jacobs departs as editor. Read his departing message here:

Appen Newspapers - Carson Cook joins as a reporter focusing on Johns Creek.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • After ten years on the PeachBuzz beat, Jennifer Brett shifts to the Enterprise group. Ten years and 1000 Peach Buzz columns.

  • Former AJC reporter Katie Leslie, who's been in DC reporting for the Dallas Morning News for several years, is taking a position as an investigative producer for the NBC TV affiliate in DC. She says she'll be behind the scenes but who doesn't think they'll put her on the air eventually?

Covington News - Jackie Gutknecht is the managing editor.

Forsyth County News - Brian Paglia is the new editor of the paper.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

  • Fenly Foxen is producing for the daily On Second Thought show.

Georgia Report - Tom Crawford announced this month that he's "in the final stages of cancer and [is] under home hospice care. For that reason, we are suspending operation of The Georgia Report after more than 18 years of publication." The AJC's Jim Galloway writes that "Crawford began his career as a reporter for The Montgomery Advertiser, then the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal."

Points North - The magazine has ceased publication.


  • Congrats to Rose Scott, who was recently recognized by the Atlanta Dream as their Inspiring Woman of the Game for June.

  • Amy Kiley is leaving the station.

WAGA - Marc Teichner celebrates 20 years with Good Day Atlanta.

WGCL-TV/CBS46 - Adam Murphy's 2018 "Miracle for Mom" Open, a fundraiser for debilitating brain diseases, raised more than $48,000! Learn more on their Facebook page, MiracleForMom.


  • John Lemley departs as the station closes its doors. He's been on Atlanta radio since 1997, first on WABE and most recently taking his City Cafe to WMLB. His last show aired on May 13. But he's not slowing down and is open to bringing City Cafe to a smart radio station in town.

  • He's signed on to work with Nancy Grace as an investigative reporter on her new Sirius XM Radio show, Crime Stories.

  • Look for his writing as well in Our Town Gwinnett magazine. His column, "A Sprig of Moss," focuses on Gwinnett county's historic cemeteries.

  • He'll be the online anchor for a new online TV news roundtable program called "Momentum" that will address topics affecting Atlanta.

  • Finally, he's working on podcasts in food, genealogy, and the paranormal.

WSB Radio

WSB TV - Karen Minton marked 30 years with the station this month.


  • Look out for "The A Scene," a new feature focusing on entertainment.

  • Ashley Johnson joins the station as a reporter on the 11 p.m. show.

  • Wes Peery joins as a weekend meteorologist. He joins from KOLR/KOZL TV in Springfield, MO. Wes is a graduate of Mississippi State University.

  • Lindsey Basye is a Multi Platform Producer

  • Addie Haney works on the Digital Team

  • Tiffany McCall is a Multi Platform Producer

  • Kristen Reed is a Digital Content Producer

The 100 Companies launches The Arizona 100

News from the PR Dept

  • Congrats to Artis Stevens, who was awarded the American Marketing Association's National Nonprofit Marketer of the Year! Wow. Artis works at 4-H.


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