Fates & Fortunes
By P. Llanor Alleyne -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/14/2001 8:00:00 PM
Allyson DiPalma, national sales manager, Fox Sports Net Florida, Sunrise, Fla., joins WBZL(TV) Miami in the same capacity
Tracy Dean, account executive, Cable Advertising of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta, named sales account executive, WTVZ(TV) Norfolk, Va.
David DeVoe Jr., CFO, News America Marketing, Los Angeles, named executive VP/deputy CFO, Fox Entertainment Group, Los Angeles.
Janice Arouh, senior VP, affiliate sales, Fox Family Channel, Los Angeles, joins Fox Cable Networks Group, Los Angeles, as senior VP, affiliate marketing.
Appointments at Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, Culver City, Calif.: Angela Bundrant, director, affiliate relations, promoted to VP, affiliate marketing; Colyn C. Scott, manager, research operations, promoted to director, multimedia marketing; Gregory Calvosa, independent marketing consultant, Los Angeles, joins as director, marketing; Mike Freeman, director, creative services, E! Networks, Los Angeles, joins as director, marketing; Peter Soikkeli, creative consultant, Buena Vista Television, Los Angeles, joins as VP/creative director.
Mera Cardenas, national futures editor, CNN Newsource, Atlanta, named director, affiliate relations, CNN Newsource Sales.
Appointments at Legend Communication: Promoted to VP/GM: Roger Gelder, GM, KZMQ(AM)/-FM, KODI(AM), KTAG(FM)/ KCGL(FM) Cody. Wyo.; Smokey Wilderman, GM, KBBS(AM)/KLGT(FM) Buffalo, Wyo./KZZS(FM) Story, Wyo.; John Pelletier, GM, WJEH(AM)/WRYV(FM) Gallipolis, Ohio, and WMOV(AM)/WLWF(FM) Ravenwood, W.Va.
David Sall, eastern regional sales manager, Hiwire, New York, appointed national sales manager, WCBS(AM)/WINS(AM) New York.
Appointments at Clear Channel Radio: John Hunt, VP/market manager, Clear Channel Radio Tallahassee, named to the same position, Clear Channel Radio Palm Beach cluster; Muriel R. Funches, general sales manager, KHMX(FM)/KODA(FM) Houston, named VP/GM; Named regional VP, Midwest division: Bill Gentry, VP/market manager, Louisville, Ky.; Mike Kenney, VP/market manager, Cincinnati; and Jim Meltzer, VP/market manager, Cleveland.
Ron Harig, station strategist, Audience Research & Development, Dallas, joins KOTV(TV), Tulsa, Okla., as news director.
Jenny Grzelak-Martinez, news producer/assistant news director, KRGV-TV Weslaco, Texas, promoted to news director.
Giselle Fernandez, co-host, Access Hollywood, Los Angeles, named co-anchor, morning news, KTLA(TV) Los Angeles.
Anita Vogel, reporter, KCRA-TV Sacramento, Calif., joins Fox News Channel, Los Angeles, as correspondent.
Mark Mullen, anchor, KING-TV Seattle, joins KRON-TV San Francisco, in the same capacity.
Jim Acosta, reporter, WBBM-TV Chicago, joins CBS Newspath, Dallas, as correspondent.
Kareen Wynter, reporter, WTOL-TV Toledo, Ohio, joins WEWS(TV) Cleveland, in the same capacity.
Rob Piercy, weeknight anchor/reporter, KIVI-TV Nampa, Idaho, named weekday morning anchor/reporter, KTNV(TV) Las Vegas.
Jaquitta Williams, weekend anchor/reporter, WBIR-TV Knoxville, Tenn., joins WLFL(TV) Raleigh, N.C., as weeknight co-anchor.
Arne Harris, 67, longtime director/producer of Chicago Cubs telecasts for WGN-TV Chicago, collapsed from a heart attack on Oct. 6 while dining with his wife, Arlene, and Cubs announcer Chip Caray. He died a short time later at a Chicago hospital. He had directed a Cubs telecast that day.
The late Harry Caray, the legendary Cubs announcer, and another WGN-TV legend, Jack Brickhouse, often joked about Harris on the air—but always thanked him when his camera direction caught the action others might have missed.
Harris is survived by his wife and sons Craig and Lyle.
Gerald Mayer, film and TV director, died Sept. 21 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 82.
The nephew of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer mogul Louis B. Mayer, Gerald Mayer followed in his father's and uncle's Hollywood footsteps, directing feature films Mr. Whitney Had a Notion and The Sellout. He later moved on to television, where he directed episodes of, among others, Bonanza, Eight Is Enough and Lou Grant.
Mayer is survived by his wife, Irene, and two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren.
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