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Maryland news from WJZ-TV, Planit, MPT, Sage Growth Partners and more

by | Aug 18, 2022

WJZ-TV’s Denise Koch is Baltimore’s best TV broadcaster. That’s according to the results of Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll, which tallies votes each year to find the best of everything Charm City has to offer. Koch, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, has delivered local news to viewers from behind the WJZ anchor desk for more than two decades.

Warschawski, a fully integrated advertising, digital, PR, branding and marketing communications agency, announced the addition of Kendall Zeswitz as Senior Associate. In her role, Kendall will oversee client relations and strategic communications campaigns that include public relations, social and digital media, advertising, branding, and more. Before joining Warschawski, Kendall served as the Director of Development at The Children Deserve a Chance Foundation.

Sage Growth Partners (SGP), a Baltimore-based healthcare research, strategy, and marketing firm, announced that Drew Whalen has been hired as Senior Vice-President, Business Development. Whalen brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience and a track record of winning new business and operationalizing new partnerships with the likes of CVS, Mass General Brigham, Duke Health and Philips Healthcare. His experience includes a wide range of market segments, including healthcare IT, bio/pharma, medtech, payers, and digital health. Prior to joining SGP, Whalen was most recently Vice President, Business Development for Pattern Health where he created commercial strategies to drive topline company revenue growth for the early-stage digital startup. Previously, he also held multiple leadership roles with Philips Healthcare, Eliza Corporation and Sanofi. Sage also announced a new strategic partnership with Slice of Healthcare, one of the nation’s top healthcare business news and healthcare IT podcasts.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is making available free of charge the audio files of its public affairs programs for use by commercial and public radio stations in the region under a new program called the MPT Regional Radio Service (RRS).  At present, two commercial and two public radio stations have subscribed to the new service, and up to another 44 other stations across Maryland and contiguous states now have access to RRS programs as well. The program is designed to provide meaningful content to enable radio stations to round out their public affairs programming. The RRS is a free service under which radio stations in any market can use the audio files of MPT weekly public affairs programs Direct Connection and State Circle. MPT will also make available to RRS clients the audio from other programs it produces, such as political candidate debates, the annual Ways to Pay for College public affairs production, and town hall meetings that air on the statewide public television network.

Planit announced the hiring of Amy Hammond Long as Director of Planit Productions and promotion of Jon Gregory to Director of Account Services. These decisions come as Planit projects continued growth and positions itself to best support current and anticipated client needs in a rapidly evolving industry. “We’re excited about the future at Planit, and as such, the talent that continues to position us for continued success for the years ahead,” said Matt Doud, president and co-founder of the agency. “Always evolving, thinking bigger, and pushing limits to help our clients creatively meet their goals, we’re excited to have Amy and Jon expand, focus and build upon this talent in a strategic way.”

About the Author

Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and heads J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, a PR and social media consultancy. A three-time PRSA Maryland president, he serves as Maryland regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-founder of Podville Media in D.C. where he co-hosted the "Practically Social" podcast. Jeff is the regional representative of the national Public Relations Consultants Group (PRCG). He began his career as a reporter at daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.


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