Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The News Star in Monroe also now houses a central copy desk for several newspapers in the Louisiana stable of papers. So we did gain several employees to Monroe.
I just hate a paper that both my husband and myself worked for in our younger years has changed so much. I remember staying up most of the night when we would have a large paper, to work with the artist and layout. Now it is all computerized, even out of this market, out of the country.
I applaud the reporters that are working so hard and photographers that are stretched thin. I really enjoy a paper to read even though I have to read around the ap stories that were on line everywhere the day before. I really hate wire stories, but I understand that the reporters don't have time to cover local info, anymore like they want to.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The event is on it's 7th year and draws from artists throughout the area. A private party that evening will also be held on another floor called Top of the Plaza. Tickets can be requested from the Monroe Symphony. Ticket prices $15.00 for single art ticket, $25.00 for couple for art, private party Top of the Plaza tickets : $30.00 each (these also include the art and the Art in Action).
Artists interested in being part of this show can contact ; CindyIngram 318-329-1929 or email email@example.com for entry forms. Art fees are $50.00 per artist.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunny Meriwether's old spot on KEDM just got filled by the Program director from 101.9 . Interesting, I don't know if any news background.
So the cake walk begins again! Who gets the next seat pulled out from under them.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Becky Tripp who was with KTVE as a news photojournalist joined Comcast in their commercial department to work with Scotty Jackson. Scotty has been with Comcast as long as I can remember.
Word has it, Becky Tripp has been let go. She has a few weeks to find a job. She is so creative and was a true asset to the group.
The receptionist is also on the chopping block. Stay tuned, I am sure more to follow.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I started looking over my old photos of my proms and homecoming and put the pics up on my facebook. I was amazed at how much we look alike! We always have had the same look, but in the prom pics it is so 'there'.
luckily I have a very secure husband and my old high school boyfriends wife is a good sport. Because being from Monroe of course once I put the picture up, I got remarks. Which brings me to write a little about my high school friend. Moving back to Monroe, after living in Las Vegas and New York State has been great, I do love Monroe. I realized I had so much in common with a lot of who I graduated with from Neville, several of us had kids late! So us-- old moms and dads now are all dropping our kids off at Lee and Neville.
Gerald and I started going to the Holidome and hearing the Cadillac Kings. Frank Fergurson and his band of musicians, including Pete Bailey and Walt Silmon are back to playing frequently at local places. The band is good and easy to dance too, it has a dance club following . I wish we were of that ability but my husband of 21 years and I just dance for fun. The band members all have a wonderful time playing the old rock n' roll and get the crowd dancing.
Long story short, if you miss the 70's and 80's and want a place to go, they are playing at the Holidome off and on in a smoke free environment . They will be back October 24th again and I am sure if you look around the room you will see the graduates of the 70's out among the tables.
If I shut my eyes and dream , I can see my daughter Katie now in her beautiful blue dress at homecoming dancing and think of how much fun it was to put on the white and red dress for my dance . Of course she did tell me about the "yuk" floor of the Neville cafeteria and I now remember that too! Oh well my memories are of course very sugarcoated!
Ramblings of a mom of a 14 year old, trying to be in the moment!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I do miss days of long ago , when the lines were drawn in the media world. Now it seems everyone is going to be working for one big firm. KNOE CBS and KAQY ABC, WB housed together, Foxx and NBC together under a West Monroe Roof. Comcast Spotlight is now housed in the old Cablevision /Time Warner / now Comcast building in West Monroe.
Media is changing so quick, I am learning a whole new way of getting my pr clients out nationally by using social media. It is working.
The time of the video on line, on websites and on facebook is here. I automatically tell my clients that the commercial can be put up on their facebook almost immediately after production and sent out into the tweet land to get more exposure. Good focused messages are important, nothing too long or intense just get the point ACROSS AND GET OUT !
Friday, September 25, 2009
I will say on a good note; Meg Smith at KNOE was out on a couple of events recently including Habitat dedication and she did a great job. She actually talked to the new homeowners and cared to listen before rolling film on the interview.
Kudos also to News Star Hope Young , she is so professional with her interview style. She was working on a local story for Life Choices and the crew over there was raving about her and also Mike Dunlap.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I talked to a company today that is calling themselves social media experts. So a whole new industry is spouting up among the ashes for advertising.
I find myself working on networking throughout the system for my clients. I got an invite recently that said meet and greet but no tweet. Leave your cell phone in the car and bring in business cards only. How old school. Them mentioning tweeter means it is working.
Comcast cable and internet were down for a day this week but my I-phone was able to pick up facebook.Funny thing is News Star was down and some of the reporters were facebooking for info. Felt good to have them send notes back instead of me always sending their direction.
So up and running today and trying to catch up.
Friday, September 18, 2009
A friend of mine told me a funny story; her father was a minister and asked who they should pray for this week. One of the little ladies piped up, Bob Hughes is in the hospital and needs all of our prayers. So soap operas are a part of our life in different ways.
You are probably asking why a media blog is talking about a show, will as soon as it was announced , I purchased commercials for three of my clients in the last two days of the Guiding Light. High profile, well watched , high female based, perfect for Dr Theresa Ross (Bubbles Jones) for opening up a new clinic for women, perfect for Vantage and perfect for S&J for their upcoming special event.
I am going to miss these characters, that are such a part of my life in many ways.
Signing off so I can focus on the last few minutes. Just saw Josh drive off from Riva says he would be back in a year. Maybe they are planning a special, if they do I will be watching and also buying commercials for my clients.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Remember Sunny also, she is a little under the weather with the crud. I am sure with all of the stress of the last month, she is due some sick time. Hope you feel better soon.
Sunny will be helping out Mona Hayden over at la Road trips. She is going to try her hand at sales and working out some new ideas for the state wide publication. The magazine has grown and it is basically just Mona so I am sure she is thrilled to have Sunny give her a hand.
It would seem that the embarrassment of the stations has been taken to a whole new level , going national on such a hot topic, that has had hits all over the media world. Looks like something should be playing out but it is only gaining momentum. Ken Booth used to day, once you give it to the media, your control is gone, (as in the pr person, giving to him). Ken used to always tell me, " If you give me this info Cindy, you can't have it back. I will check it all out before I go on the air." So maybe a word to the wise. This is out of the bag and we can't stuff it back in, it would be like putting ten pounds of sugar in a 5 pound bag , not happening.
hey , I love to ramble! seaching for some tidbits.
The Judge Marcus Clark and Jimmy Faircloth campaign is heating up. Seems whoever had the brochures and websites done for Faircloth didn't double check on what was to be left out! The trial lawyers association was supposed to not appear in any shape or form, but it is still on Faircloths website. The punchs are being thrown, Faircloth did some ugly comments to the other candiate in public saying,he was not a member. Well maybe his adpeople should get the word and do a reprint and fix the website. Right now it is all out there. ok time to move onto the next segment!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tryed to call Brent this afternoon just to congraatulate him but only got the voice mail for KNOE at 3pm. telling me they were closed during lunch. go figure.
We all missed Brent and his knowledge of media buying and what works!
so see guys , I do have a softer side!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Once a digging journalist always a journalist. I was taught from the best "editor Mr. Jimmy Hatten", he always said write it like you see it. Make sure you have the facts. check out the sources, get three quotes, then let it write itself. And most important write from your heart and mean what you say!
I have had the good blessings to work with interns within the three Universities. Those interns have done so well after finding their passion. I hope I instill just a little of what he taught me.
I guess what I am saying is the blog will go on. I am sorry I have ruffled feathers. I enjoy the written word but most of all I enjoy getting the info out there.
No one can ever say that blogging does not cause attention. The phone call today proved that. I will decide what I say and will only put out there what I believe!
let the good times roll , and here some of the not so good times.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Sunny did get a confirmation on her radio show today that Neil was indeed "terminated" from KNOE. He had called her to give her some info.
I will say that Neil also today gave a donation to the telethon in his and his wifes name since he will not be MC. Tune in, I am not sure who will be on. I have a few guesses but will wait for confirmation. I could hear Neil at my house in the fringe Garden District calling the Neville Game as he has for over 20 something years.
Hoping Sunny and Griff will stay on their radio show. I think everyone is enjoying the mixture of news. It was nice to hear tonight that they know how to handle the "off the wall" calls gracefully.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Plus the telethon should be interesting .
signing off until tomorrow.
It's heavy for media land now.
gridiron for ad club will be a hoot this year. I can just see it now. Maybe a game show on history.
When it rains it pours !
I do know that Griff just got off the phone with an interview with their producers so it is moving along .
Neil may be getting a "grace" on the rain out, unless they can find another host. Or will John Roa be doing it all this year. Stay tuned. Unless is Neil paid by MDA or slated as voluteering his time for a wonderful cause.
I have been up there many years for the 24 hours when I was serving on their board for MDA. It is a emotional experience but a very personal good feeling to have helped.
Actually had someone say , (I am sure they had not had their am coffee yet). Why didn't he just go to the Foxx Affiliate here and tape and upload.
Have a good day, my fingers can not type fast enough.
have to save some strength for BBQ Blue Crab at Cormier's tonight. meet me there. Wear old clothes because we will be slinging crab and the gossip. It will get down and dirty.
Now that is not the juicy part. Remember I am getting this from sources ---not from a direct confirmed source but walls do talk and loud voices carry especially when materials are flying.
Seems Station GM Tom Pears called Neil in for a little talk and someone threw a fist and major commotion then happened.... Shaw called police to fill compliant about abuse. Search your memory guys. Neil is an axillary policeman for years.
Call and it is a private matter at KNOE.
Wish there was a video camera in there.
So guys that is one ....my source says two --- the last teardrop will fall soon.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
By the way listened to Griff and Sunny , they had on La Revenue for Q and A and also Bubba Chaney called in to congratulate them. Amazing how word travels on the street so fast. They even mixed in another song tonight. But yesterday Chuck Redden or one of his many followers had sent in a little diddy about the Monroe School Board and Dupree.
Today big press conference for la Sheriffs' and Deputies' PAC group to endorse Judge Clark. Lots of flash blubs and cameras rolling.
Richard Summers is back at Assignment editor at KNOE on the news team. Summers stepped into a camera man role again for a while.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
It's a dog eat dog world out there now in the advertising community. With sales reps making a real nuisance of themselves begging for the scraps of money lying around. One day they are telling us all that the price is what you see, then the next day , OH! we had a change of heart and we will accept what you offered. My husband had a good idea, how about we charge the reps -one commercial for every call we field on the same offer. Or repackaged package! (Don't take offense this is not everyone)Infoentertainment/ advertorial is now with the Business to Business publication out there. Maybe a smart move ! but most of us already thought it had happened. Give me a break! I will say Delta Style's concept has worked and they are getting very friendly with non-profits now, which is a good move. That supports the community and makes the economy stronger.
So what do us media buyers or sometimes media buyers do ! when we are promised one product and it changes. Such as the infoentainment advertorials 4 minutes of trible now becomes a 3 minute to 2 minute time frame. Much less time to try to make it sound more like a news story, even though a journalist worth their salt would never give the information out as so. The price is the same but now you get less time ! pencil it out !
Or how about booking a week long classified that now only runs for Wednesday thru Sunday not the whole week. Monday and Tuesday have been great readership for classifieds but now is not available but for much cheaper ! wrong you still pay the same price ! I know you get on line coverage, but some of the older demo still reads the paper daily and expects to be able to get info. So I can rant and rant such as try to cover yourself with a classified now made into a regular display ad and You MAY GET TURNED DOWN TO SPEND MONEY. Does this make a bit of sense? The sales reps could sell it but seems upstairs has other ideas. Let's have more meetings to tell you what you are doing wrong, and to brainwash you into our way of selling instead of giving them the tools to make a living. Get them out of the meetings and let them sell, that is what and who you hired not a clone. I don't want to lose our media here , the daily information is important but taking away the freedom to "give them money" for ads is up there in the dumb catagory. Let the street wise people sell, if they can and stop farming out territories to new hacks that do not have a clue, which is losing revenue. My control is-- only purchasing what works for a client at the price that makes it palatable. With tv so cheap now and the new way of producing commercials, the cost per thousand in tv is more impressions for your money . but I have ink in my veins and want to keep it there. I am one of those people that wakes up to the sound of the paper hitting my front yard and can't wait to read about local projects, good news and real people. Don't take away that pleasure! give us something ! not as much stock / filler off the wire stories that we read two days ago in USA today or saw on the cable news. The public wants to support local media! We want the same local anchors you touted to us as the greatest thing since sliced bread yesterday and that the clients bought into with their new ad purchases . If we wanted someone that mispronouces Ouachita and doesn't know the history of the market or the United States we can watch Foxx , CNN or MSNBC. We (public)want the reporters and editors to be on the street again interviewing and getting the flavor of the market not having to build their own pages and hunt for an easy story off the wire. If we have a wire story, make it one that can have a sidebar with a local quote or two . That would only take a few minutes to make the tie in. Getting out of the market to Las Vegas Nevada for 13 years was a wonderful experience, we used to laugh at how every national story had a local Vegas connection. They may have only slept in a bed at the hotel but the reporter would digg that out and twist it into something we could relate to. Our people here in northeast Louisiana know the same info as the person in Cleveland or Dallas and are trying to survive to make payroll but yet a retailer or Doctor or lawyer in some other town is quoted and made the expert. Support us! if you want our ad dollars to stay on the local broadcast and local papers. support us! Cable is very user friendly and cheap and is watched, so it gets my vote a lot- to stretch budgets and get awareness but I would rather keep the money on my local faces to keep them there than on the majors. So media look within yourselves to do the right thing let your reporters shine at what you hired them to do ! write , hunt down stories, tell the stories and be a mouthpiece for the public good. This town (s) is growing and has so much positive happening so why don't we be the leader and send our story out there over AP Wire, someone is doing that in the other markets they are getting their stories picked up. So enough of my rant, I will go back to working toward spending a "hell" a lot of money for my client list to reach the local public . Who should I purchase to help my client , because that is what I do ! get my clients the best exposure for their funds . I work hard daily and all hours to help! Won't you.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ok media get a grip!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Three wonderful families that have put in their sweat and tears. My favorite moment is watching the new homeowners get their keys and then to talk to the kids about their rooms. Swanson students helped to build these three and learned a trade will giving time.
I am writing about positive events today since the last few blogs have not exactly been in that mode.
This weekend is the 37th Cotton land Cluster of Dog Shows. Yes , more than one in our town of Monroe. Think about this , over 1500 dogs showing per day bringing in a handler, owners and groomers and vendors. A big burst for Monroe , West Monroe Economy. The gate fees stay here with out K-9 unit for the Ouachita parish Sheriff's Department. I enjoy wandering around the civic center behind the scenes. The last few years I have shot lots of pictures of dogs that will appear in the big Westminister Dog Show but you know what this show is big too! and it is right here! I pool my money once a year to buy dog shampoo, NEEM oil shampoo especially. You will laugh but that shampoo works for lice in humans hair and is a lot better feeling than the lice stuff at the store. (I googled lice and found that Neem is an alternative) I buy usually four bottles and it delutes into lots of baths for my furry loves at my house.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
facebook and twitter are magic and unless you understand the game, beware. I guess the KTVE powers humor bites. He was probadly right.... let's give all of the newscasters a test and see who passes but god forbid we discuss it later. on social media. So much for freedom of speech and not taking ourselves to serious.
I hate to lose another good news person but the heads are rolling daily around here for the smallest blip on the radar screen.
I just did a brief history lesson here in my building to some of the youngsters . It was 50/50. Maybe that should be a survey question. Sorta like who can pass the US citizenship test.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
As I stood looking across the Riser Elementary school parking lot I was amazed by the creativity of this state actually of a tri state area. Several floats came from Arkansas and Mississippi. The first float I looked at had a wreaked car and a clothes line full of socks and underwear that were a sight, next in line I saw a complete deer camp, wait look there are the hunters tied up by the deer. I took a second look and saw a group of boys decorating their four wheelers and after that --floats as far as I could see. In all over 400 entries last year made up a parade that started at the front of the school and went around the school twice and then onto a side street for the Santa floats. It took over an hour just to get the parade rolling and clear the lot.
The 3rd annual bawcomville redneck Christmas parade is rolling out again this year the first Saturday of December . Saturday , Dec 5th,2009- line up starts at 7:30 and then the parade rolls into the street at 10am. it is $10.00 and a new children's toy for all entries large or small. The money goes toward adding to the toy selection for the kids of Bawcomville , la . Bawcomville is a small township right out of west Monroe, la. The first people or groups to sign up will get the prime front of the line.So hurry call 318-388-5858 and reserve your space and get your money in. Riser School is located at 100 Price St,in Bawcomville / West Monroe, La .
KEDM Summer Beer Tasting
Join the Friends of KEDM Thursday, July 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Tonore's Wine Cellar in Monroe for a variety of domestic and from Marsala Beverage.
The KEDM Summer Beer Tasting features appetizers from the KEDM Cookbook and the award-winning Bar-B-Q of Rhoda Brown's Smokin' Fatties.
Admission is $10 at the door, with special pricing on mouth-watering Bar-B-Q.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Where else can you go to bed hot and wake up hot again. After leaving in Las vegas I swear it is hotter in Louisiana due to the water in the air . Learning how to direct to clients in this weather is interesting to say the least. I am doing more selling over the phone and on facebook. Facebook is amazing last night , I wrote about Cypress Inn still having crawfish until July 4th and they got so many calls. It makes them a believer . Social media is the way of the future just got to figure out how to use it !
In the picture is Cypress Inn owner Vic Hendricks and his son Bruin. Cypress Inn is in Monroe , la . facebook Cypress Inn
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Today is the day for all of the politicos to get a par on the back and spend time talking about their roles. Whatever ! But if it gets us the money they can talk away. I really don't care who gets the credit just am glad something good is happening. Let the good times roll in Northeast La.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Looking at my desk , it is a world of tidbits of stories and scraps of paper along with notes to myself. I want to take a day to catch up and get all of the stories out of my head and into a niche so I can do something with it (story). Do you ever think that will happen. Stories wake me up at night taking a life of their own.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
www.starrhomeplace.org in Oak Ridge is a plantation home that carries with it seven museums of history and also touts itself on the cultural economy of Louisiana. A place for artists, potters, quilters, jewelry makers, writers and anyone that has a desire to create, to work on their passions in an environment that will nuture their crafts. Seems Louisiana wrote a big book thru the lt. Gov office about cultural economy but forgot to tell the state people that give out it's funds of survival for keeping such a place in time available and running. I can go on and on, I work with and see so many non-profits thinking out of the box but the state is not seeing these groups , maybe they have on rose colored glasses or blinders. Open your eyes we need these to keep our heart pumping.
Monday, June 8, 2009
S & J Farm and Feed on Thomas Road in West Monroe. First up was sending to all people in the commercial on their facebook, then upload to u-tube , then twitter then blog, final stop is the actual tv run. Smart marketers are now using all of the "free" media they can assemble as quickly as they can. Did anyone see Peter Shankman on CNN tonight talking about the Burger King sign that put up a note of " I don't believe in Global Warming" the sign hit the e-waves so quickly , the sign was down within minutes but not before it had made national news and I am sure the person that has that franchise never thought it would be "foundout". No days think before you make a statement and when you have a message get it out there.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Times are bad, I know , there are some bright spots out there. the new editor of delta Style is a sweetheart and is working hard ..... Cassie is a young mare' with a twist. making her own style.
Louisiana Road Trips , that Mona Hayden owns is now statewide and has tyed into some 'cutetidbit' writers that are getting the pub kept to read. See she has a new sales rep: Renee Wong. Good to see, a company gearing up, plus Mona is looking for more salespeople.
David Marchman has started a new group of publications with Rhonda Councilman of Cooley Printers. A glossey pony tab. First one hits the street in July , targeted publications. David has been in retail forever.
So would like to be able to figure out the "image marketing that is out there", boatload of commercials for each month but now as the bills are coming out, seems like they are getting more of the sister station with entirely differant demo. than the business want.
a tale of marketing or there is always a "tell" , the media sometimes shows their tale before thinking !
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Such as ON VACATION, WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, PLEASE FORWARD ALL INFO TO (PERSON OF CHOICE). Why not just say .... sorry but we fired that person , got someone cheaper or really don't care.
Just sent a few to friends that are gone or on an "unpaid" vacation , not of their choice. be my guest ... go for it and while you are at it , call them (where they used to be).
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Great place to go eat, not much on the outside but everything's fresh. Think California Baja Fresh -- sorta like a subway but with different ingreds. hey real steak and good chicken !!!! I talked to a couple that comes almost every night "The Martin's" It is so healthy and makes you feel good when you are finished.
They have several sports groups that come to eat there if they have games. Good fuel for teh body and brain.
They say mexican grill but actually that's a miss conception. The ingreds go into the containers of a mexican meal but are so so differant . Go tell the owner nick ....Cindy the pr lady sent ya !!!! if you don't see him, wave toward the window by the counter. Nick started this restaurant concept from scatch so he cares what you think. so post back here after you eat there. or send him a note from his website! So if you are going to tinseltown it is in the middle of a small center on Blanchard in the same place as the coffee house.
He even has ice creal , grilled that is !
Watch for more updates on restaurants around town. Hey someones got to do it ! and we eat out everynight .
So also Ed Murphy is gone to never never land after 20 years. Who is producing the am show? I'll get back to you.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
gannett is giving out unpaid vacations (furloughs) to everyone , sales and reporters.
Comcast Spotlight cable , the selling arm of Comcast has laid off their manager s in the cities. Giving instead head sales person as a team leader.
Suddenlink has hired up instead of downsizing . They hit the smaller areas. smart buy for retailers and professionals.
Baton Rouge advocate newspaper had a blood bath of firings... by source , not a family friendly cut .
So moral of story, book your media on firesales.... call me or email me.
Time now for getting your story out! If you don't tell someone , how are they going to know?