I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I would send the above card out, but instead of flooding e-mail inboxes, I figure I would embed this card here so everyone can see it and so I can give thanks to the hardworking public relations departments from the TV and radio networks that send press releases to Fang’s Bites. Their work does not go unnoticed on this end.
For many of you, the names will not be familiar, but they are fine men and women who give 110% so they can spread the word on their employers in hopes of generating buzz, getting news coverage and giving their networks some publicity in advance of various sporting events. Having done PR work and been in the news business, I appreciate what they do so I recognize the people who have sent press releases or have been kind to respond to various requests I’ve made via e-mail or on Twitter in the past year. Some people may have left over the past year from their various departments and I’m also listing them with their former networks.
Big Ten Network – Elizabath Conlisk, Mike Vest
CBC – James Lamont, Libby Stunt
CBS Sports/CBS College Sports – Robin Brendle, Gerald Caraccioli, Jennifer Sabatelle, Dan Sabreen
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area – Jen Franklin
Comcast SportsNet Chicago – T.K. Gore
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – Brian Potter
Comcast SportsNet New England – Skip Perham (the first to send press releases to Fang’s Bites)
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia – Maureen Quilter
ESPN – Kristie Chong, Bill Hofheimer, Crystal Howard, Mike Humes, Kimberly Jessup, Keri Potts, Josh Krulewitz, Diane Lamb, Chris LaPlaca, Alison Lazar, Colleen Lynch, Rachel Margolis, Paul Melvin, Dave Nagle, Mac Nwulu, Nate Smeltz, Mike Soltys, Rob Tobias
Fox Soccer Channel – Chelsea Hettrick, Ben Alkaly
Fox Sports/Fox Sports Net – Chris Belitti, Dan Bell, Lou D’Ermilio, Eddie Motl, Ileana Pena, Liliana Rosales
Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports – Amy Pempel
Fox Sports Ohio - Kate Buddenhagen
Fox Sports South/SportSouth – Kate Hart, Eileen Schnettler
Golf Channel – Jeremy Friedman
HBO Sports – Gregory Domino, Kevin Flaherty, Ray Stallone
MLB – Matthew Gould, Jeff Heckelman, Lauren Verrusio
MLB Network – Lorraine Fisher
National Geographic Channel – Minjae Ormes
NBC Sports – Adam Freifeld, Lyndsay Iorio, Chris McCloskey
NESN – Mike Hall, Gary Roy
NFL – Greg Aiello, Joanna Hunter, Dan Masonson, Brian McCarthy
NFL Network – Andrew Howard, Dennis Johnson, Brenna Webb
NHL – Brian Walker
Showtime – Chris DeBlasio, Arnie Van Tornhout
Sirius XM – Andrew Fitzpatrick
Tennis Channel – Doug Drotman
Turner Sports (TBS/TNT/NBA TV) - Megan Bondi, Jeff Pomeroy, Eric Welch, Tareia Williams
Universal Sports – Kevin Endsley
Versus – Kate Bradshaw, Leslee Byxbee, Meier Raivich
Westwood One Radio – Peter Sessa
I think I have everybody that has sent me a network TV press release over the last year.
Thanks also to Joe Favorito who has done publicity for the play, “Lombardi”. I have to see the play before it closes, which I hope won’t be for a long time.
Happy Holidays to all and I’ll have a couple of more holiday posts before the night is out.