Local effort seeks to make Jacksonville record-holder for largest speed-networking event
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:02:37 +0000
Michael Empric, a Guinness World Records judge, was in Toronto last week witnessing an unsuccessful attempt to set the record for the most car seats installed at one time. He’ll be in Sacramento later this week to oversee what could become the world’s largest Easter Egg hunt.
In between, he’s coming to Jacksonville.
On Wednesday, he’ll enter the Morocco Shrine Center wearing the “very British” uniform of a Guinness judge — gray slacks and a blue blazer — to watch hundreds of Jacksonville workers take a shot at the record for the world’s largest speed-networking event.
Action News looks to attract young viewers with technology
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:35:16 +0000
Action News made a big bet that two young anchors imported from out of town could contend with the familiar faces at the higher-rated Channel 4 and First Coast News, both on air and in the community. Many of those competitors have been in Jacksonville for decades.
“The adjustment has been what I would say is what we expected, which is we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said John Bachman, who arrived from Atlanta.
Jacksonville's local TV oulets adapt with technology to attract younger viewers
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:32:15 +0000
Television screens are getting smaller.
Tablets and mobile phones are replacing home TV screens for so many viewers that the choice is clear for TV news operations: Adapt to changing technology or be left in the ratings dust.
For younger viewers especially, the Internet and social media are the information vehicles of choice. Late-night news has proven especially vulnerable to changing viewer habits.
Gas prices jump in Jacksonville
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:41 +0000
Gas prices took a big jump up last week in Jacksonville in the past week. But they didn’t go up everywhere.
According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of regular gas stayed at $2.42 for the past week. The average in Georgia stayed at $2.22.
But in Florida, it went from $2.43 to $2.53. Jacksonville saw an even bigger jump, from $2.31 to $2.45. No every city saw that.
In Pensacola, for example, the average price drop 1 cent to $2.37.
Career Track: See who's getting promoted and moving up the corporate ladder.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:49:50 +0000
Aphora at Marina San Pablo waterfront condominiums in Jacksonville hired Jennifer Beck White as the director of sales for the 12-story tower being erected on the Intracoastal Waterway.
White is a sales person with Marsh Landing Country Club Realty and has more than 14 years of real estate sales in Northeast Florida.
Bucky Buchanan has been promoted to vice president of wealth management with the Buchanan Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services in Jacksonville.
Ratings generate big money for TV stations' news programs
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:10:57 +0000
Television revenue is dictated by ratings, and in Northeast Florida, the ratings leader depends on local news more than anything else.
Unlike its local competitors, News4Jax, WJXT TV-4, is an independent station, unaffiliated with national networks.
For Channel 4, that is a curse and a blessing.
News4Jax anchors stable in often-changing TV news landscape
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:53:07 +0000
Tom Wills won’t speak of his age, but the most familiar face in local news offers a visual clue.
“There’s a young man out there [in the newsroom] who’s producing our 6 o’clock news who used to play on my kitchen floor,” Wills said with a laugh. “I used to be ‘Mr. Wills,’ now I’m Tom.”
Wills, the top-rated anchor at Jacksonville’s top-rated TV news station, has had a 40-year career all on the air at the anchor desk at News4Jax (WJXT TV-4) and he also got from behind that desk to report from the field during his career here.
Sunday Notebook: Regency Square may fill big space with auto museum
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:34:21 +0000
Regency Square mall is trying to bring an auto museum into one of its bigger empty spaces. Jim Kramer, the mall’s general manager, said he is negotiating with the Jacksonville Auto Museum to take most of the ground floor of what was once Montgomery Ward.
The museum itself is something of a mystery. There’s a website, but efforts to contact anyone there didn’t work.
It does, however, promise “hundreds of collectible and unique cars ready to be displayed.”
Fernandina distillery opens; now real work begins
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:50:45 +0000
FERNANDINA BEACH | Roger Morenc officially opened his Marlin & Barrel Distillery a week ago. He has bottles of his own vodka and rum ready for sale, along with T-shirts, glasses and beach towels with his logo.
But now much of the real work begins.
“Everything we’ve been doing to this point was from the front door back,” he said. “Now we have to create demand.”
Jacksonville's Moira Rossi starts new business helping the disabled be successful
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:50:20 +0000
Moira Rossi has been a role model since she was a child.
Now 27, she has acted in theater, been a public speaker, done nonprofit volunteer work, won a national video award, graduated from the University of North Florida, has two part-time jobs, serves on a state panel and is engaged to be married in 2017.
Now Rossi is starting her own business and may be the first Jacksonville-area person who has Down syndrome to do so.
New GM reins in drifting First Coast News
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:47:10 +0000
First Coast News President and General Manager Rob Mennie found a stunning internal struggle when he arrived in August.
“This was a station … I’ll just use the word confused. They didn’t know who they were,” Mennie said. “They were trying to figure out what makes us tick.”
Even with news personalities who are fixtures on the air and in the community, First Coast News had lost its way while it was often leaderless. In the past year, First Coast News replaced its news director, general manager, sales manager, local sales manager, director of technology and digital director.
Rural areas vulnerable to Internet disconnects
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:47:52 +0000
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. | When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation’s Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.
OSHA cites construction company for safety violations
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:15:56 +0000
A Jacksonville roofing company faces $184,000 in penalties from the Occupancy Safety and Health Administration due to safety violations.
Great White Construction Inc. received six citations after two employees were spotted working on roofs without fall protection in September and October, according to a news release from OSHA.
“The crew leader told the inspector on-site that he was given proper equipment, training and knew the regulations, but chose to ignore them,” said Brian Sturtecky, the Jacksonville area director for OSHA, in the release.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:40:06 +0000
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