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Media Moves


Chris Hrabe joined KMOX as the host of the Sports Hub show weeknights from 9 p.m. to midnight. When the Cardinals and Blues play, he will host their postgame shows. Hrabe comes to KMOX from WHBQ AM in Memphis.

WXOS-FM 101.1

Kent Sterling left 101 ESPN for personal reasons. Chris “Hoss” Neupert replaced him as program director. Neupert, who joined the St. Louis sports/talk radio station in 2009, previously served as the assistant program director, then executive producer and director of St. Louis Rams radio operations before that for 101ESPN.


Houston’s Classic Rock Station KKRW hired JC Corcoran as its new morning show host. Corcoran now also appears on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Houston’s talk stations KTRH and KPRC. Corcoran spent the last 29 years in St. Louis as a radio personality at KSHE, KSD, KIHT and KMOX. While in St. Louis, Corcoran also served as an entertainment editor and commentator at NBC, CBS and Fox television stations, as well as a columnist at St. Louis Sports Magazine.


Chris Stanford joined St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV as evening weekend anchor. Stanford came from WCCO in Minneapolis, where he was the morning anchor since August 2011. He previously worked at WQOW in Eau Claire, Wis.

Lauren Trager left her job as weekend anchor for Little Rock, Ark., NBC affiliate KARK to join the St. Louis CBS affiliate as a general-assignment reporter.

Advertising and Public Relations


Erin Gitau has been promoted to account executive at Geile/Leon Marketing Communications in St. Louis. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of agency clients, including GreenLight Innovations, Enterprise Truck, Enterprise Fleet Management and XIOLINK.

Lucas Pierson joined Geile/Leon as a content copywriter at marketing communications in St. Louis. He is responsible for developing the voice and messaging for all aspects of the agency’s online presence, including website copy, white papers, blog posts, social media messaging and campaign development.

Travis Randolph joined Geile/Leon as a copywriter. He previously was a copywriter at TRG Group.


The St. Louis Blues hired Kuhl/Swaine of St. Louis as its official advertising agent of record.


Preston Gibson joined CFM as an editor/motion graphics artist. Gibson recently earned his master of fine arts degree in motion media design from the Savannah College of Art & Design.


Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Southern Illinois found itself well-represented at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association SINBA Awards, which were announced at the INBA spring convention in Urbana April 20. Several SIU students, radio and TV programs earned honors at the event, including: “River Region Evening Edition,” first place for outstanding TV newscast; “Saluki SportsView,” first place for outstanding TV sports program; Jessica Anderson, first place for TV sports reporting, third place for TV news reporting; “Sunrise Sports,” second place for radio sports program; and Danny Valle, second place for radio sports play-by-play. The professionals in southern Illinois won big, too. The Associated Press presented statewide awards at the same event, and WSIU-FM was named the “Best Radio Newscast – Downstate.” Many SIU graduates also were honored, as stations they work for throughout the state took home honors. WSIL-3, where many SIU graduates work, was honored with numerous awards.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The Illinois College Press Association awarded nine awards to the Alestle, SIU Edwardsville’s student newspaper, at its annual college media conference in Chicago Feb. 22-23. Sports editor Roger Starkey took third place in features; managing editor John Layton earned third place and honorable mention in the sports news story; online editor Michelle Beard claimed second place for an ad of less than a full page, award in advertising; former Alestle reporter Victoria Mizel took third place for a critical review other than film; David Pruitt received an honorable mention for a sports feature; and online editor Joseph Scoggins shared an honorable mention in the advertising/in-house promotion category with Beard. The staff won third-place awards in editorial writing and for its annual special supplement “Back to School Survival Guide.” Tammy Merrett-Murry is the faculty adviser.

University of Missouri School of Journalism

Two Missouri School of Journalism students from the St. Louis area have been chosen as 2013 Dow Jones News Fund summer interns. Tony Puricelli, a print and digital news junior, will be working at the Kansas City Star as a copy editor. Matthew Patane, a print and digital news senior, will be working at the Denver Post as a business reporter. Puricelli is a Walter Williams Scholarship recipient from St. Louis.


Hughes Leahy Karlovic Agency won “Best In Show” at the ADDY Awards Feb. 28.

Switch: Liberate Your Brand received a Gold ADDY Award Feb. 28 for its 2012 “Ugly Holiday Sweater Tees” charity effort. Switch received its award in the “Advertising Industry, Self-Promotion, Creative Services and Industry Suppliers – Digital” category.

Atomic Dust won three Gold ADDY Awards: for the “Self Promotion, Non-Traditional” category for its “Atomic Dust Intern Recruitment” video, for the St. Louis Children’s annual report and its St. Louis Design Week.

Rodgers Townsend’s Nawgan “One Brainy Beverage” campaign received nine Gold ADDYs across a spectrum of categories, including vehicle graphic advertising, social media, branded content and radio. The Nawgan campaign also won a special judges citation for campaign copywriting.

TOKY won for Baileys’ Fifth Wheel, Logo, Caravus, Logo, St. Louis Design Week, App, St. Louis Public Library Foundation, Gala Invitation, Invitation and TOKY PROOF, Volume 01, Newsletter.


The St. Louis Ad Club reports that Rodgers Townsend was ranked in the top 100 advertising agencies, design firms and institutions globally for best interactive design.


St. Louisan Bob Costas has won the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from WFUV, the radio station of Fordham University in New York. The Emmy-award-winning NBC Sports broadcaster has worked 10 Olympic Games, hosted six Super Bowl, hosts “Football Night in America,” and contributes to “Nightly News,” “Rock Center” and the “Today Show.” He also appears on HBO and the MLB Network.


Two Post-Dispatch reporters are among 134 journalists honored for excellence in business journalism by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in its 18th annual “Best in Business” competition, in the dailies 100,000 to 200,000 division.

David Nicklaus, a veteran columnist for the Post, was honored for business commentary. Jim Doyle who covers the business of health care, was recognized in the explanatory journalism category for “The Care Quandary,” an examination of difficult end-of-life medical decisions, published in June.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photojournalist Chris Lee was the photojournalism sweepstakes award winner in the 2012 Missouri APME newswriting and photojournalism contest. Lee won for his photo, “The playoff pitch.” The Missouri APME honored five other Post-Dispatch photographers:

Spot news photos – First, J.B. Forbes, “Murder and suicide in Glendale”; third, J.B. Forbes, “Foam and an overturned truck.”

Sports photos – First, Chris Lee, “The playoff pitch”; third, Huy Mach, “Trashing the infield fly rule.”

Feature photos – Second, Robert Cohen, “A hot fourth of July under the Gateway Arch”; third, Christian Gooden, “Cooling off at a fire.”

Photo story – First, David Carson, “Death on the Rails: Hundreds die each year walking on train tracks”; second, Robert Cohen, “Joplin: one year later”; third, Laurie Skrivan, “Cowgirls at the county fair.”

Post-Dispatch winners for news writing were:

Spot news – First, Stephen Deere and Kim Bell, “At rail crossing, a real tragedy”; third, Christine Byers, Jesse Bogan, Elizabethe Holland, “Mother, 2 shot dead at home.”

Feature writing – Third, Todd C. Frankel, “Joplin tornado a year later: A new journey.”

Spot sports – Second, Bernie Miklasz, Tom Timmermann, “Rick Majerus lived his life to help others.”

Sports feature – Third, Derrick Goold, “‘Matheny Manifesto’ reshaping youth sports.”

Headline writing – First, Roger Hensley, “No Tony. No Albert. No problem”; second, Santiago Carlos Ayulo, “No-hitter”; third, Lacey Burnette, “Rockets’ red glare extinguished.”

Community affairs/public interest – First, Jeremy Kohler, David Hunn, “Disability pension/taxpayers’ burden.”


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