Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Back in the market

Beale's Bites has learned that WBRE/WYOU has hired a new executive producer to replace Ron Krisulevicz, who was promoted to news director. A tipster reports that Mark Craig Davis, whom you may remember from his time at WNEP, is the new second-in-command at the Nexstar duopoly. Stay tuned for more info...


Blogger David Yonki said...

Now this is interesting. After more than 15 years in public relations jobs at Wilkes College and Geisinger Health care, you wonder why he'd want to get back in the fray. He might be at that stage in his life/family/career where he can afford to do this. I remember him from his news days on Public Square in the WB newscenter as well as working at WILK AM 98 in the early 80s.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of work. Needed a job. 'Nuff said.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you're way behind the story. Vince Sweeny and Jason Knapp both quit yesterday after being told they were being dropped in a month!!!! Where are you?

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tad bit impressed with himself too.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Mark will have two fewer employees to oversee.

What do you know, Howard?

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All sorts of fun going down at Nexstar now that they've fired Vince Sweeney.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Mark being in pr for 15 years, he has stayed in touch with the business and still knows the area. This is a solid addtition to WBRE and will help the station in its news coverage.

The guy knows his stuff, maybe the tech has changed some since the days of 16, but he knows news and what viewer are looking for and will help guide WBRE in the right direction.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard it's getting kinda crazy over there at Channel 50.

Sweeney axed.

Knapp axed.

heard one more to go....Will it be...

a. Lyndall Stoudt?
b. Marbles Mehalshick?

5:45 PM  
Blogger Noozguy said...

Like a lot of broadcasters here, MD has had his bad career breaks. One would think things might stabilize after leaving the microphone behind, but not for Mark. Still, he always seems to recover. Here's hoping he can bring some positive morale to BRE.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Dude, you're way behind the story. Vince Sweeny and Jason Knapp both quit yesterday after being told they were being dropped in a month!!!! Where are you?

That's why I have my e-mail address on the front page of the blog, so tips like this can be sent. I don't claim to know everything (big surprise, eh?)

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Davis is one courageous guy to take on a job at 28. It's not even close to the WNEP newsroom he knew as a reporter. Come to think of it, it's not even close to the WBRE newsroom he knew when he worked there as a reporter (That's right, Mark worked at 28 prior to 16).

Even without the craziness of Nexstar, we're talking about a guy who's been out of television for many years. He has catching up to do, but at least he knows the market and knows some of the movers and shakers who can be contacts for stories. A bonus...his brain is like a local television history museum. Name a person who worked here, Mark can spit out tons of info about them.

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a good hire for them, but then again, I thought the same thing when they took on Frank Andrews. I don't think WBRE has a people problem. They have an image problem. They need more Feed a Friend jars on the counter at Turkey Hill and they need more Snowbird ads in Schools (remember those).

The WNEP Vial of Life was a smart move. Who cares what is in the vial, just put their logo in the window of your home and in your pick-up truck. Let's get the logo out there folks!

Perhaps Mark Davis can help 50 get out of the rut they are in.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Davis is a good man, a good journalist and an area native. All three are important.

But I always thought an Executive Producer should at least know how to produce a newscast. What new skills can he bring to the table? "I know how WNEP did it in the 1980s" doesn't sound state-of-the-art.

I like him and I wish him well.
But Mark, take a look under your chair. If there's a tag reading "Seat Cushion can be Used as Flotation Device" be very afraid.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark is a sharp guy, but he doesn't have the horses to work with.

Is he bringing NEP secrets to success with him? Yeah. It worked so well with Shimkus and Stueber.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shimkus and Stueber might have had success if anyone at Nexstar paid attention or actually gave a damn. It's an old line but true: the Nexstar folks know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Every morning John Dittmeier, like all the Nexstar top execs, puts his clown pants on one leg at a time.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank Andrews and Paul Stueber didn't take NEP secrets to Nexstar because Bob Absher had them and kept them at 16.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever secrets Mr. Davis has are seventeen years old, not exactly applicable in this day and age. Nice enough guy, but imagine how he feels this past Tuesday; he's in building, not even on the payroll yet, and two key people get fired before his first day is done. Nexstar's last gasp in this market is somewhere out there in the not too distant future, I'd bet some big bucks on it.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Nexstar's last gasp in this market is somewhere out there in the not too distant future.

Let's see... Shamrock buys 22, Richard Connor buys 28. They become WCZV and WTLR.

Now we just have to staff them.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be great if someone would by either 22 or 28, but then again Nexstar would never sell them to a company they know would dump money into the station and make it more competition.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rumors of Shamrock buying WYOU may not be rumors at all, it may be the selling price that has prevented it from happening. Plus, there are at least two other local groups interested in WYOU. Not so WBRE. The asking price for WBRE would be astronomical, because Nexstar paid such a huge amount of money for it, because it was such an incredible financial performer, which it not longer is by any definition.

And I'm with the poster about Nexstar's last gasp, I think that operation is circling the bowl right now. We may all be around to see the end of it.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These "circling the drain" comments concerning Nexstar go back so tickles me pink to see them prove you guys wrong again and again year after year.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

22 and 28 can't get it right...Just watch and see how many mistake they make each newscast...Mark will get so frustrated working with non-professionals who just can't seem to get it right...Good luck Mark, you'll really need it..

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew him when...and he thought he was hot shit then! Wonder if he's mellowed with age or if he's an even's as...talent.

6:40 PM  

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