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AAF Tucson 36th Annual Tucson ADDY Awards® Competition Call for Entries / 12/01/2016 12:00 am

December 1, 2016, Tucson, AZ – AAF Tucson has issued a Call for Entries for the 36th Annual Tucson ADDY Awards Competition. This competition recognizes exceptional advertising created in the Tucson metropolitan and Southern Arizona market. The local component of AAF’s American Advertising Awards, the Tucson ADDY Awards honor advertising creative excellence in all media including print, broadcast, interactive, out-of-home and public service advertising, with professional and student categories of competition. Rules and Categories documents are available for download now

The entry deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 4 pm. Physical entries will be accepted between 9am and 4pm at Steven Meckler Photography, located in downtown Tucson at 121 S. 4th Ave. The competition is open to all professionals and students. Members of AAF Tucson & Ad2 Tucson receive discounted entry fees. For details and entry instructions, visit the local ADDY® Awards competition page

A distinguished judging panel of advertising creative executives from markets across the country will gather in Tucson the weekend of January 28, 2016 to select winners from an anticipated 500+ entries. To be eligible for consideration of an ADDY Award®, all work must have been published or aired in the calendar year of 2016.

The 36th Annual Tucson ADDY Awards winners will be honored during a special themed celebration event, Luck Be An ADDY Tonight on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at The Casino Del Sol Resort.  Local Gold and Silver ADDY winners will be eligible to compete in the second level of the three-tiered American Advertising Awards Competition, the AAF District 12 ADDY Awards, which will be hosted in Colorado Springs the weekend of April 8, 2017. District Gold and Silver winners will then be eligible in the ultimate competition, the national American Advertising Awards. National winners will be announced on June 10, 2017 by the American Advertising Federation at their annual national conference, Admerica! at the Waldorf Astoria’s Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA.


American Advertising Federation Tucson and Ad2 Tucson are comprised of more than 300 local advertising professional members. These non-profit trade associations work to enhance the professional development of club members and recognition for the advertising industry while raising funds to support advertising education initiatives and the local community. Both groups are local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, a national organization that represents all aspects of the advertising industry. For information on upcoming events or on joining one of these groups, visit www.aaftucson.org.  For a complete list of the 2016 AAF National ADDY® Awards winners, visit http://winners.americanadvertisingawards.com/awards2016/.  

The American Advertising Federation is the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry: advertisers, agencies, media and suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership includes corporate members comprising some of the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of more than 170 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and more than 200 AAF college chapters, with over 6,500 student members. 

Simpleview Announces New Senior Leadership Additions / 12/12/2016 10:45 pm

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TUCSON, Ariz. (December 12, 2016) - Simpleview is proud to announce two new additions to their senior leadership team. Cara Frank has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Sean Moyle has been named Vice President of Operations.

“Both long-term Simpleview employees, Cara and Sean will bring years of hands-on experience and fresh insights to the leadership team,” said Ryan George, Simpleview’s Chief Executive Officer. “Cara’s external interactions and Sean’s internal processes will help align our partners, staff, and operations in ways that will best serve our customers as we continue to grow, and will allow the executive team and I to focus more deeply on strategy and continued development of innovative and enduring solutions for our clients.”

Cara’s new role means she will often be found at travel and tourism industry tradeshows, on industry boards, and interacting with Simpleview’s strategic partners, bringing a listening ear, open communication, and thoughtful insight. Sean will be partnering with Simpleview Chief Operating Officer Scott Wood to identify opportunities for internal improvement and advancement, to tackle targeted projects, and bring the impact he’s had on the Simpleview CMS department to the company as a whole through his dedication and knowledge.

Cara came to Simpleview nine years ago from the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, immediately bringing the insight of a customer to the Simpleview team. As the former Director of Marketing, Cara helped lay the groundwork for what is today’s Simpleview Summit, a user’s conference with attendance expected to exceed 700 global travel and tourism professionals in 2017. At the same time, she assisted with the integration of acquisitions and helped ensure a successful company culture and strong partner relationships.

“Cara has earned this promotion through unwavering dependability, a willingness to pitch in whenever needed, and years of adding to her knowledge of the industry,” said Ryan.”She has played a huge part in elevating and supporting our company goals, ensuring we remain a leading provider of technology and marketing solutions for our hundreds of DMO clients across the globe.” 

“Sean has been here since the inception of our core products, Simpleview CRM and CMS, and knows all of our tools inside out,” stated Ryan. “His hard work, ability to surmount challenges, and talent for smartly aligning people and processes, demonstrate the perfect embodiment of Simpleview’s core values, and make him precisely the right fit for his new role as VP of Operations,” he added. 

When Simpleview launched the newest version of their popular Content Management System platform in late 2014, the product was met with great enthusiasm.  Sean helped Simpleview acquire the talent and resources necessary to successfully manage the increased workload and ensured efficient processes were in place to meet customer expectations with the quality, creativity, and timeliness that they have come to expect from Simpleview. “Under Sean’s leadership we have successfully launched more than 110 websites on the new platform, and more than 200 prior to that, without a single failed project ,” said Ryan. 

The expansion of Simpleview’s senior leadership team will enhance the company’s ability to meet the needs of our growing customer base while we continue to provide enterprising products and services for the travel and tourism market. 2016 marked the tenth consecutive year that Simpleview was named to Inc. 5000’s list of fastest growing private companies.

About Simpleview
Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry's leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, search marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organisations (DMOs). Simpleview employs 185+ staff and works with over 400 customers in North America and around the world, from meeting and vacation destinations the size of Paducah, Ky (population 25,018), to 16 of the top-20 meeting destinations in the U.S., to the country of Norway. https://www.simpleviewinc.com

94.9 MIXfm/Tucson Plans New Lineup for 2017 / 12/20/2016 3:43 pm

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Bobby Rich, Tucson’s Most Celebrated Radio Personality, Moves to Afternoons

94.9 MIXfm (KMXZ), Tucson’s premiere adult contemporary music station, is starting 2017 off with a brand new afternoon show, “Bobby Rich Celebrates Tucson,” featuring Bobby Rich, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

After 24 years of cheerfully waking up Tucson, Rich will venture into the afternoon drive, weekdays from 3-7 p.m. He leaves the Morning MIX team in the capable hands and voices of co-hosts Greg Curtis and Mrs. Grant who will continue to anchor The Morning MIX from 5-10 a.m. The midday show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will feature Marty Bishop and Tucson’s best workday music mix. 

“We are extending the love and laughs we established with our popular Morning MIX team to the afternoons,” said Leon Clark, vice president and general manager for Tucson radio operations for The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). “Bobby is a Tucson radio icon and Arizona Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame inductee. He has an abundance of personality and energy to keep our listeners entertained and inspired every afternoon.” 

Rich’s current MIXfm show has been recognized as the “Best of the City” for consecutive years by the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Weekly and Tucson Lifestyle.

“In addition to playing lots of music and entertaining my audience with my silly and unpredictable comments, I’ll be focusing on our community in every show,” said Rich. “I want my affection for Tucson to truly shine through and I can’t wait to get started.”

Scripps is committed to serving the Tucson community through its multiple platforms with radio, television and digital brands. Scripps has four radio stations, two TV stations and many digital brands to keep audiences informed. 

"It's an honor to be part of Tucson's morning routine,” said Greg Curtis. “Our listeners know they can count on us for good, clean fun and lots of energy.”

“I’ve been connecting with our listeners here for 14 years and it’s been nine years for Greg, so we really know our Tucson community well,” said Mrs. Grant. “We look forward to plenty of interaction and great music to get our listeners moving in the morning.” 


About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including multi-platform satire and humor brand Cracked, podcast industry leader Midroll Media and over-the-top video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television shows including “THE LIST” and ”The Now,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”