Former WALA-TV sports reporter/anchor Simone Eli has landed on her feet quickly after leaving Mobile, nabbing a spot at KPRC-TV in Houston, according to her Facebook page and other media reports.
Eli left WALA abruptly last month but announced her new position July 14. She says she will report and anchor at the station. KPRC management were not able to be contacted for a comment.
She was the entire sports department for her year at WALA, which began in May 2013, replacing Rob Lehocky, who left to work with the Senior Bowl at the end of 2012.
In Pensacola, ABC affiliate WEAR-TV saw its general manager Terry Cole retire at the beginning of this month.
Bobby Totsch, has been GM/Market Manager for WEAR, its sister station WFGX and Mobile’s Sinclair-owned WPMI and WJTC-UTV44 since the beginning of the year. While Sinclair operates all four of the stations in the Mobile-Pensacola market, they have operated independently. Totsch said he will continue to oversee all four stations until the company announces changes.
Coppock leaves, Scott in at Clear Channel
After 17 years running the Mobile-Pensacola market, David Coppock has left and was replaced by Mike Scott.
Coppock was regional market manager overseeing the Mobile/Pensacola/Panama City/Biloxi markets for Clear Channel radio. Scott inherits Mobile/Pensacola, as well as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg markets.
Coppock joined Clear Channel in 1997.
Scott was promoted from within the ranks of Clear Channel. He was director of sales in West Palm Beach since 2011 and has been with the company a dozen years. Previously he’s also worked in the Dallas, New Orleans and Las Vegas markets.
“Mike Scott is an exceptionally skilled and innovative leader with an impressive track record in revenue development,” said John Rohm, Clear Channel’s senior vice president of operations Southeast Region in a press release. “This is a well-deserved promotion and we’re fortunate to be in a position to expand his responsibilities and contributions across a broader range of markets.”
Though he hasn’t been in charge long, one Clear Channel insider had positive things to say of Scott’s tenure thus far saying he has been positive and sparked “genuine enthusiasm” among many employees.
School system gathers PR awards
Mobile County Public Schools’ “It Starts With Us” marketing campaign has garnered some national awards from the National School Public Relations Association.
The campaign encourages citizens to get more involved in local public schools and won the Golden Achievement Award.
“We asked everyone – students, teachers, parents, business people, non-profits, tax payers, politicians – to become part of ‘Us.’ We asked them to define the ‘It’ and help make it happen,” said Rena Philips, supervisor of marketing and education partnerships for MCPSS. “The ‘It’ can be workforce development, or graduating college and career ready, or academic excellence, or mentoring, or being innovative, or any number of things.”
NSPRA also gave the school system three awards of merit for public service announcements featuring prominent Mobile County Schools graduates. The school system’s television studio also won two honorable mentions for its student-led “On the Move” show and a public service announcement called “100 Days of Non-Violence.”
The system has also introduced a 24-hour television channel that runs on Comcast and AT&T U-verse and is heading to Mediacom soon.