Robert “Sully” Sullivan, broadcast financial journalist, TV host, group leader, business owner, and real estate entrepreneur, received the 2022 San Diego Man of the Year award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Sullivan won the award by raising the most donations in 10 weeks from a group of 11 people. The Rancho Santa Fe resident raised $418,459 by citing stories of several people in his life affected by cancer, as well as his commitment to blood cancer research, he said.
“What moved the needle was the community’s generosity and clarity of thought regarding cancer research,” Sullivan told The San Diego Times. “I was dazzled.”
Certainly, the 62-year-old’s high profile has helped his fundraising efforts from a wide network of friends and professional contacts. The former investment banker has worked in radio and television in San Diego for the past 28 years.
Currently, on weekday mornings, he delivers business reports on KOGO-AM News Radio 600 and KUSI-TV’s Good Morning San Diego.
Over the past 28 years, Sullivan has also hosted two nationally syndicated television shows (also simulcast on radio), including “The Big Biz Show” and “Sully’s Biz Brew”. The weekday Big Biz program airs nationally on more than 150 radio stations via iHeart Radio, BizTalk Radio Network and American Forces Network in 175 countries, as well as televised on Youtoo America TV and Biz Television Network via Time Warner Cable , AT&T U-Verse , Cox Communications and other outlets. The shows have a reach of over 110 million broadcast homes.
Additionally, since March 2020, Sullivan has hosted Emmy Award-winning “On The Air with Sully & Little Tommy,” an hour-long television talk show on KUSI-TV featuring talent from radio and local television as guests.
Sully is also a frequent contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax and MSNBC.
Additionally, Sullivan, founder and CEO of Sully Entertainment Group, is the lead singer and guitarist of “The Sully Band”, which has performed locally for the past two decades.
The 10-piece band released their debut album in March which showcases vintage soul, blues, fun and R&B from the 1960s and 1970s. The album, titled “Let’s Straighten It Out”, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Blues chart and at one point reached the No. 2 spot above Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. The album was produced by Chris Goldsmith, president of Belly Up Entertainment, and is distributed nationally by Blue Elan.
He also owns and operates Loft100 Studios, a Carlsbad-based full-service TV, radio, video, audio and livestream production company. Loft 100 recently expanded from a 3,000 square foot space to an 11,000 square foot space in nearby buildings that Sullivan recently purchased.
“We originally set our fundraising goal at $300,000,” Sullivan said. “But, after seeing all the generous donations pouring in from KUSI viewers, KOGO radio listeners and On The Air fans, as well as The Sully Band loyalists, we have decided to increase our donation target. at $400,000.
“Additionally, I have been fortunate to have close friends and family members who have donated and raised funds in my name, including my fiancée Trish Hunt and Tim and Courtney Presutti. Additionally, I have been grateful for the support of some of my cancer-specific biopharmaceutical procurement information clients with whom I have worked for many years, including 22nd Century Corp., Northwest Biotherapeutics, and Acurx Bio Pharmaceuticals.
Coronado’s Akbar Khan finished behind Sullivan, who raised $306,000. Del Sur’s Natalie Sherod raised $274,531 to win the 2022 LLS Woman of the Year award.
LLS said the 11 people raised $1,589,021, a new local record. Eight of the 11 contestants raised more than $50,000.
SDSU Journalism Senior Receives Sinclair TV Fellowship
Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates dozens of television stations across the country, has awarded scholarships to 17 college students under its Diversity Scholarship Program. Among the recipients is Tairiq Marshall, a senior from San Diego State University, who received a $2,500 scholarship.
“I will use the money to take some of the tuition burden off my parents,” Marshall told The Times of San Diego.
The Sacramento native, majoring in journalism with a major in media studies, is on track to graduate in December. He is vice president of the SDSU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Marshall spent this summer as a public relations intern with the Los Angeles Sparks, a women’s professional basketball team that competes in the Women’s National Basketball Association.
“I see myself working more in public relations than in journalism,” Marshall said. “There is a lack of black men in the PR profession, and I would like to change that. I love sharing stories and getting media attention.
In a statement, Sinclair said its diversity scholarship program has provided more than $250,000 in tuition assistance since 2013. The scholarship program complements the company’s efforts to bring more diversity to teams in press nationwide, including recruiting qualified and talented employees from historically black colleges and universities. as well as institutions serving Hispanics, the company said.
“Through Sinclair’s annual scholarship program, we aim to develop and inspire the next generation of journalists and marketers and continue our commitment to increasing diversity in the broadcasting industry to reflect the communities we serve,” said Chris Riley, President and CEO of Sinclair. “We congratulate the 2022 winners and look forward to their future success.”
The Baltimore-based media company owns or operates 21 regional sports networks and 185 television stations in 86 markets. Sinclair also owns Tennis Channel, Tennis Channel Plus and Stadium, a digital television and internet sports network operated as a multi-platform sports network.
Ad spending fell in June, the first time in 16 months
Ad spending fell 3% in June, which was the first decline since February 2021, reports Standard Media Index’s US Ad Market Tracker.
The 4.9% drop in February 2021 marked the end of a year of monthly declines in pandemic-related ad spend. Perhaps the worst month was June 2020, when ad spend fell 23.1%. Then, March 2021 began a year of double-digit monthly increases in ad spend that ended in February of this year.
Contributing to the downward trend in June 2022, SMI said, was a decline in traditional media ad spend of 16.6%, compared to June 2021. Meanwhile, digital media ad spend increased by 8.6% and their share of all media spend rose from 56% a year ago to 62% in June 2022.
Insider Radio, an industry trade publication, said falling ad spending could be a harbinger of a recession. MediaPost captioned the pullback in the ad economy as “The expansion is over.”
Ovation TV recognizes Mayor Todd Gloria for supporting the arts
Ovation TV, a Los Angeles-based arts network, recognized San Diego for its support of Stand For The Arts, an Ovation TV initiative that encourages community support for local artists and arts organizations.
To support access to the arts, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria recently presented a $10,000 Stand for the Arts award to the WorldBeat Cultural Center, a nonprofit, multicultural arts organization that preserves and celebrates the African diaspora. and indigenous cultures of the world. The WorldBeat Cultural Center is headquartered in a renovated million-gallon water tower on the edge of Balboa Park at 2100 Park Boulevard.
“We’re thrilled to have Ovation shine the spotlight on San Diego as part of their Stand For The Arts initiative, and we’re especially proud to see our own WorldBeat Cultural Center celebrated nationally,” Gloria said in a statement. . “For more than 35 years, WorldBeat has helped provide a diverse and culturally vibrant experience for visitors to Balboa Park, and I’m thrilled that Ovation has chosen to showcase their contributions to the arts in San Diego.
Additionally, Gloria taped a public service announcement that aired on Ovation TV.
Ovation is available to approximately 50 million subscribers through cable, satellite and telecommunications systems, including Comcast Cable Communications-Xfinity, Direct TV, AT&T U-verse, Spectrum and Verizon FiOS. Ovation NOW is its TV app that offers both live TV and video on demand.
Rick Griffin is a public relations and marketing consultant based in San Diego. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in the Times of San Diego.