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By News Account on 9/17/2014 3:31 AM

Robert I. Callahan, a veteran Baltimore broadcaster who was honored in June with a star on Maryland Public Television's Walk of Fame, has died. He was 76. According to his obit in The Baltimore Sun:

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By News Account on 9/16/2014 3:45 PM

Clear Channel is rebranding yet again, reports Advertising Age. Just two years after it stripped "radio" from its corporate title, the radio behemoth is taking on the name of its digital-radio platform. Clear Channel will now be called iHeartMedia after its iHeartRadio platform, continued the Ad Age item.

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By News Account on 9/16/2014 11:59 AM


- A major celebration of the 200th anniversary of our Star-Spangled Banner, shown above, has concluded in Baltimore and a key communications component was the social media command center headed by Capitol Communicator's Baltimore editor and PR/social media pro Jeffrey Davis;

- idfive hired Maddie Forrester
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By News Account on 9/16/2014 11:47 AM

- Fixation Marketing in Bethesda added Julie Parsons and Brittany Tevis;

- Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis promoted Matthew Kaler and Anthony Manzanares;

- Weitzman in Annapolis added Heather Haffner as a senior account executive; and,

- TorchLight Hire, LLC, added Beth Ranzer and promoted Julie Lowe.

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By News Account on 9/15/2014 4:55 AM


Vocus and Cision, leading global providers of PR tech software being brought together by private equity firm GTCR, will acquire Visible Technologies. Visible is a worldwide market leader in social media listening and analytics, insights and engagement.

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By News Account on 9/11/2014 5:02 PM

MediaDC CEO Lou Ann Sabatier introduced Washington Examiner's new editorial director, Hugo Gurdon, to approximately 75 advertisers and potential advertisers at a private reception at Morton’s Steakhouse on Sept. 10. Gurdon outlined his plans for expanding Washington Examiner’s coverage of policy issues. He said he will be adding reporters and concentrating on coverage of breaking news, as well as increasing coverage in five policy areas:

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By News Account on 9/10/2014 5:30 AM


Alan Weitzman of the Weitzman agency was honored with the DC Ad Club's Silver Medal Award. Probably half of the 120-plus attendees  either worked at the agency or were former employees of Weitzman - including Mike August, Rebecca Chanin, Dan Rosenthal and Chuck Husak.

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By News Account on 9/9/2014 5:57 PM

CPS Gumpert, a company with roots in the traditional print industry that also offers image development and marketing communications services, announced a corporate rebranding that includes a name change to Ironmark. The announcement comes after three years of growth following the 2011 merger of Frank Gumpert Printing, founded in 1955 and based in Annapolis, and Corporate Printing Solutions founded in 2001 in Hunt Valley. 

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By News Account on 9/9/2014 5:43 PM

- Madeline Beck has been promoted to integration director at Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis;

- Hager Sharp announced the appointment of Lisa Matthews, longtime planning editor for the Associated Press in D.C., as vice president; and,

- Samantha Kappalman joined The Hatcher Group in Baltimore.

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By News Account on 9/9/2014 5:17 PM


The Public Relations Society of America - National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) recognized and honored outstanding public relations campaigns and initiatives produced by D.C. area communications professionals at its 46th Annual Thoth Awards Gala, Sept 9, at Artisphere in Arlington, VA.  PRSA-NCC presented 35 Thoth Awards and Certificates of Excellence, with the “Best In Show” award presented to Booz Allen Hamilton for the “Keep What You’ve Earned" campaign

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By News Account on 9/9/2014 5:07 PM

Approximately 170 attendees at Tuesday’s Advertising Week DC's (ADWKDC) sessions heard presentations that ran the gamut from Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA TODAY; to a panel on the marketing of beer and pizza; to sessions on how Volkswagen markets its products, multicultural communications, and other topics. The common thread to the daylong presentations is that businesses must stay more in touch with their customers, and listen to them all the time.


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By News Account on 9/8/2014 6:36 AM

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, will address attendees during the opening general session at The Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) 2014 International Conference on Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C. Isaacson rounds out a speaker line-up that includes Good Morning America’s Amy Robach; Chuck Todd, moderator of "Meet the Press"; UNCF (United Negro College Fund) president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax; Facebook’s vice president of global business communications Mike Buckley; and Fast Company co-founder and MIX editorial director Polly LaBarre.

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By News Account on 9/7/2014 1:12 PM

Leigh George, VP, Social@Ogilvy, is featured in Washingtonian magazine's "What I Wear to Work" series. In the article detailing what she wears to work, she said: "With a PhD in branding, I’m acutely aware of the power of personal image. I believe your style should tell a story about who you are and how you view yourself. No detail should be left to chance. Even my asymmetrical pixie, color and cut at Eastern Confederate, is a key part of my image.

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By News Account on 9/6/2014 9:21 AM

D.C.-based ad agency RTC has become Wunderman. The new identity, said a release, "reflects the desire to leverage the expansive resources of parent company Wunderman and, more specifically, its Wunderman World Health offering. RTC's healthcare teams in the District of Columbia, New York and Chicago will align under Wunderman World Health, adding significant depth and strength to the global division."

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By News Account on 9/5/2014 12:12 PM

- Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis added Nicole Bandy as digital marketing specialist, Tierra Collins as associate integration manager, and Angelica Demiris as multimedia production coordinator;

- Delucchi Plus, a D.C.-based agency, hired Damian Rintelmann as COO; and,

- Metro Productions in Richmond announced that Patrick Bedall, COO, left the company.

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By News Account on 9/5/2014 11:26 AM


LMO Advertising in Arlington added four new client accounts: Hargrove, Bionic Turtle, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lurn.

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By News Account on 9/5/2014 4:26 AM

PRWeek has come out with its annual list of “40 Under 40” – “40 MVPs under 40, nominated by colleagues and peers, who are evolving the comms industry to new heights.” On the list are three from the D.C. area - Shana Glickfield, Partner, Beekeeper Group, 38; Marcie Kohenak, VP, health, Zeno Group, 29; and, Jessica Smith, MD, public affairs and crisis practice, Burson-Marsteller, 37.

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By News Account on 9/4/2014 5:30 AM

New York’s Daily News publishes its annual National Football League preview today with one omission — the Washington franchise appears without the name Redskins, reports the paper. Similarly, continued the Daily News, “its logo depicting a feathered Native American has been replaced with an image that uses the team’s burgundy and gold colors to key readers to stories, columns and statistics relating to Washington."

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By News Account on 9/3/2014 1:39 PM


USA Today has begun "a painful round of layoffs, reported the Huffington Post. Jeremy Gaines, vice president of corporate communications with Gannett, which is based in McLean, VA, told the Huffington Post in an email that there were about 60 to 70 total job cuts, with about half of those hitting the newsroom.

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By News Account on 9/2/2014 1:29 PM


- At Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis, Gillian Pommerehn, shown above, has been promoted to vice president, public relations and reputation management; Katy Leuschner joined as an associate integration manager; and, Florence Pique-Monnier joined as an integration supervisor;

- Profiles, Inc., announced two hires and one promotion at the Baltimore- based firm; and,


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By News Account on 9/2/2014 1:07 PM

Alex Orfinger is stepping down as publisher of the Washington Business Journal after 18 years to take a new position overseeing 20 business journals for the organization's parent company, WBJ reported today. According to WBJ, American City Business Journals CEO Whitney Shaw announced Orfinger's promotion to executive vice president, effective immediately.

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By News Account on 9/2/2014 6:36 AM

Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico, a primarily digital news organization that competes with The Post on political coverage, The Post reported today.

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By News Account on 9/2/2014 5:08 AM


Geoff Livingston, founder of Tenacity5, has joined Capitol Communicator as Media Strategist. In this capacity, he will provide Capitol Communicator readers with his insights into the constantly-changing communications scene in the mid-Atlantic. Livingston also will work with Capitol Communicator to continue to diversify its media offerings,

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By News Account on 8/29/2014 6:50 AM


Approximately 200 communicators are expected to attend the 2014 PRSA-NCC Thoth Awards, which will be held on Sept. 9 at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA. The annual awards are named after Thoth (pronounced “tot”), an Egyptian god of wisdom, considered a mediator and scribe and credited as the inventor of communications and writing. In the spirit of Thoth, PRSA-NCC honors DC-area PR professionals for their wisdom and contributions to the profession.

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By News Account on 8/26/2014 11:02 AM


ADWKDC 2014, the D.C.-region’s largest and most diverse conference for marketing and communications professionals, will take place Sept. 6-12, at locations across metro D.C., The week-long conference features more than 30 expert presenters and informative topics. “ADWKDC is an ideal event for communications professionals because they can learn from the best in the industry,” said Greg Kihlström, president of the DC Ad Club. “This year we’ve taken things up yet another notch.

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By News Account on 8/26/2014 8:59 AM

- TBC is Baltimore’s largest ad agency with 95 full-time employees, according to Baltimore Business Journal’s annual ranking published in this week’s issue;

- Baltimore-based Advertising.com, the online ad business of AOL, is on the move; and,

- Piccirilli Dorsey adds Kristi Frisch as senior project manager.

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By News Account on 8/25/2014 10:13 AM


Seth Goldman, co-founder and "TeaEO" of Honest Tea, and Ben Savage, CMO, Flying Dog Brewery, are set to deliver keynote addresses at the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit, Sept. 19, at Pier 5 in Baltimore. In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, creating a national platform for expansion of Honest Tea's organic and Fair Trade certified products. Today, Honest Tea is the nation's top-selling

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By News Account on 8/25/2014 7:11 AM

- LMO Advertising in Arlington announced four promotions and three hires:

- Crosby Marketing in Annapolis promoted two;

- Jessica Bates joined Tenacity5 Media as director of digital media; and,

- ADG Creative in Columbia reported adding business.


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By News Account on 8/25/2014 4:51 AM

The Washington Post editorial board has joined a growing number of organizations that will stop using the word “Redskins” when writing about Washington's football team; however, the Post’s news coverage will continue to call the team by its official name.

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By News Account on 8/21/2014 5:15 PM


The DC Ad Club, in collaboration with the American Advertising Federation (AAF), honors one person annually who has made outstanding contributions to advertising and who has been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.  Recipients of the Silver Medal Award are recognized for their contributions to


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