Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Joe Hengemuehler. I first met Joe when he was working in the Valley at Channel 15. Our paths crossed again when he was doing his own thing, running a research firm. You can take the man out of news, but you can’t take news out of the man, so Joe has picked up and moved to Tucson to serve as the news director at KOLD TV.
So, Joe, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
The very first thing I’d like to share is that it’s great to be back in the business I know and love so very much. And to be back in, right here in Arizona, is all the more meaningful.
I worked in news for nearly 25 years. And then, I did something I had only dreamed about doing; I launched my own business. Actually, I owned two businesses. One of them was a focus group research firm and the other centered on creating video content for the digital platforms of various businesses. On top of all of that, I was asked to join the City of Glendale, primarily to help with the city’s Super Bowl 49 strategy.
When you step back and look at my work experience in total, you can quickly tell that storytelling is and has always been at the core of what’s important to me.
So, that brings us to the present. As I tell people, I now know that while I left day-to-day news temporarily, news never really left me. And because of that, I find myself in the wonderful and exciting position of helping the KOLD-TV team grow to even greater levels of sustained success both over the air and most certainly in the digital space.
In closing, here’s a quick list of things you didn’t know about me, but by some odd circumstance, you just might find interesting. But please know, if you don’t, I won’t be offended!
*When I was a kid, I always wanted to be in a movie. Precisely one week after I left my hometown to go to college, filming began in my hometown on Stephen King’s movie Children of The Corn. Several of my high school classmates are in the film.
*Once, when I was on a rollercoaster at an amusement park in suburban Chicago, I screamed so loudly they actually stopped the ride to get me off of it. I was 8-years-old.
*When I was in junior high, I would sneak into my brother Ed’s bedroom and listen to his Styx albums. Today I am friends with Styx founding member and former lead singer Dennis DeYoung. I’ve been to Dennis’ home and have seen the actual old black and white framed photo that inspired him to write the band’s biggest album Paradise Theater...one of the very albums I listened to in Ed’s room.
*One of my greatest joys, professionally, is being a voice of support for team members and watching them develop.
*I never travelled abroad until about 10 years ago. Since then I have been to Costa Rica, New Zealand, London, Paris, Rome, Budapest and Munich.
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