PR STRAIGHT FROM RIPLEYS “Believe it or Not”
March 27, 2009
Hosted by Maureen Kedes
Today’s guest is Tim O’Brien who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years; informing family and children of exciting adventures, amusement destinations, and unusual distractions from the everyday grind of life. He serves as the national corporate spokesperson for Ripley Entertainment Inc. and has the privilege of showing off the company’s 70-plus attractions throughout the world. An industry specialist and award winning photojournalist, has had nearly 5,000 articles and more than 3,000 photos published.. He has appeared in 10 theme park documentaries on the Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel and National Public Television. In demand as a Ripley spokesperson, O’Brien appears on more than 100 radio and television shows each year. In 2001, O’Brien won the coveted “Lifetime Service Award” from the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), making him the first journalist to ever win that accolade in the association’s 75-year history.
PR INSIDER with your host, Maureen Kedes
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PR INSIDER gets you spinning. Get a peak into the world of public relations from the world’s leading experts, sponsored by www.us.Cision.com, providing information and consulting services to communications professionals. High profile guests in PR, Marketing, Advertising, Media, Sales and your host Maureen Kedes get you VIP access. Listen as global leaders in PR and promotions share “how to” and “how NOT to” strategies and hilarious, nerve-racking anecdotes from high visibility campaigns. Learn about damage control, tricks-of-the-trade, tips for successful PR campaigns, D-I-Y techniques, behind-the-scenes tips for corporate spokespeople and public speaking, “piggy backing” your corporate message on a bigger media story, creating buzz, fueling and maintaining a media circus, integrating your company’s promotional departments.
Maureen Kedes is Founder and President of Vertex Communications, a Los Angeles public relations firm. Founded to promote individuals, companies, products and services in the health, fitness, beauty and medical arenas, Vertex expanded to an impressive array of clientele in entertainment, non-profit, technology, and environmental sectors. A graduate of the Ivy League's Columbia University, Ms. Kedes began her career as an actress and spokesmodel for a chance to see the world. Unfulfilled and wanting to use her education, she began working in PR in the mid 1990s. Since then, she has crafted some of the biggest media events of the past decade with celebrities and business VIPs from almost every arena. She has also worked in partnership with Clean Agency, Fortune Broadcasting and Power90 (beachbody.com). Some of her most noted campaigns include: Until There’s A Cure Foundation (the AIDS bracelet) dbSound (Bridges to Babylon Rolling Stones tour), The Power of Two by adidas (first fitness maternity line), Krav Maga (Israeli self defense), Airhead Parts (in conjunction with VW and Disney’s 50th Anniversary & the release of Herbie movie), Hard Rock Hotel (for DC Shoes skateboard ‘bomb drop’)…and the list goes on. Kedes is known for her direct and gutsy style and has found dignity in creating spin based on truths. Kedes thanks her sponsor, Cision. www.us.cision.com, the best communications media data source, and monitoring, distributing and evaluating service.