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Meet The Team

“As president of South Central Media, I am extremely fortunate to work with such a strong team of talented individuals. Our mission every day is to do outstanding work for our customers while creating an enriching work environment built on trust and respect where creative thinkers can thrive. Take the time to poke around this section to learn more about some of our team members in Nashville, Knoxville and Evansville.”

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Craig Jacobus

President
craig@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: CJ, Jake

Favorite Quote/s: "Control your own destiny or someone else will"

Favorite Book/s: 'Outliers' - Malcom Gladwell, anything by Greg Iles

Favorite Musical Group/s: Led Zeppelin

Favorite Movie/s: "Caddy Shack", "Pulp Fiction" and "Raising Arizona"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Golf, playing drums, travel, reading and spending time with (ever-growing!) family.
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Ron Allen

Program Director, 96.3 JACK-fm Radio
rallen@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Fearless

Favorite Quote/s: "Trust but verify" - Ronald Reagan

Favorite Book/s: Les Miseables

Favorite Musical Group/s: Way too many to pick just one!

Favorite Movie/s: "The Hangover"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Family, golf, reading, big football fan, and running
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Barbara Bridges

Program Director, Mix 92.9 Radio
Barbara@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Barb ... Babs, Barbie ... well ... OK ... The Velvet Hammer ...

Favorite Quote/s: "Life is never easy for those who dream." - Robert James Waller

Favorite Book/s: No favorite ... but reading Malcom Gladwell's Outliers right now.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Wow ... are you kidding? I like everything from the Rippingtons to Led Zeppelin and all that lite rock stuff in between!

Favorite Movie/s: Shawshank Redemption

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): What ... .there's life outside of work????? Just kidding ... I have a 10 year old; so, my hobbies tend to revolve around what lesson she is heading to next. When I'm not doing that, I cook a lot; I love to be outside walking at a park or on a trail, riding horses, working in the yard, reading, music etc.
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Dennis Gwiazdon

Vice-President & General Manager
dennis@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: DG

Favorite Quote/s: "Luck happens when hard work and opportunity cross paths."

Favorite Book/s: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Musical Group/s: Led Zeppelin

Favorite Movie/s: The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Spending time with family, golf, travel, watching sports, music, food, reading
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Tina Hamilton

Marketing Director
thamilton@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Ginger. My full name is Tina Louise... so there is a Gilligan's Island theme happening.

Favorite Quote/s: In honor of how I spend my days... "This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons." — Ricky Bobby "Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do." — Shaquille O'Neal

Favorite Book/s: Little House on the Prairie set (as a kid), love anything by C.S. Lewis, How Win Friends and Influence People, Purpose Driven Life

Favorite Musical Group/s: My inner hipster is coming out - Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Avett Brothers, Mumford & Son... then there is the other side of my musical tastes - Far East Movement, Pitbull, Fergie.

Favorite Movie/s: Hard question... August Rush, Fight Club, The Rookie

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Zumba, softball, I love cooking!!!
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Craig Jones

Director of Sales
cjones@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Craigers (men are not allowed to call me Craigers)

Favorite Quote/s: "Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." - Ronald Reagan

Favorite Book/s: The Left Behind Series

Favorite Musical Group/s: The Black Crowes

Favorite Movie/s: Band of Brothers

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Watching/coaching my children in sports, hunting, fishing, camping, going places with my wife and friends.
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Mark Turcotte

General Sales Manager
MTurcotte@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: You’ll have to beat it out of me!

Favorite Quote/s: "Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying." --Johannes Tauler

Favorite Book/s: Impossible to narrow; however, The World According to Garp is right up there. The Stand was also one I couldn’t put down, much to the chagrin of the woman I was with at the time.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Martin Sexton, Santana, kd Lang, Antonio Carlos Jobim, 10 Years After, Kajagoogoo (kidding, but Too Shy is pretty cool)

Favorite Movie/s: Airplane, Casablanca, The Godfather, Forest Gump and a few others I’ll keep to myself, thank you.

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Spending time with my daughters and family, golf, music, being on, in or near the water, food and fun!
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Mark Boudreaux

General Sales Manager, WIMZ/WNFZ Radio
mboudreaux@southcentralmedia.com

Favorite Quote/s: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill

Favorite Book/s: Atlas Shrugged

Favorite Musical Group/s: Pink Floyd

Favorite Movie/s: "12 Angry Men" and "The Shawshank Redemption."

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Reading, learning, Saint's and LSU football and spending time with my wife and family.
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Randy Chambers

Program Director, 103.5 WIMZ and 95.7 Power FM-WQJK Radio
rchambers@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Big R

Favorite Quote/s: "It doesn't matter where you've been as long as it was deep." The Cars

Favorite Book/s: Trigonometry and Women Simplified.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Gotta go with Van Halen, the DLR years.

Favorite Movie/s: I like "high brow" flicks like Tommy Boy (it was a little over my head but I really liked it).

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): I like to ride my motorcycle, and on the weekend I play handyman around the house doing what my wife wants in order to keep the peace.
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Shane Cox

Program Director & Midday Personality, WNFZ (94.3 the X) Radio
SCox@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Dude

Favorite Quote/s: "Never discount the importance of comfortable footwear!"

Favorite Book/s: The one with pictures only.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Impossible to answer; how can there be only one?

Favorite Movie/s: The Big Lebowski

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Riding dirt bikes in the mountains/ spending time on the boat with my wife/ traveling.
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Terry Gillingham

Vice President & General Manager
tgillingham@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: The Fist

Favorite Quote/s: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is." Proverbs 32:7a

Favorite Book/s: Knitting Circles Around Socks (it has to be, my wife is the author)

Favorite Musical Group/s: Three Days Grace

Favorite Movie/s: Ghost (don't laugh - it's a great balance of comedy, action, romance, and paranormal)

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): If there was any life outside work, I would enjoy photography, computers, music (playing and listening), and pajama days.
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Jeff Jarnigan

Program Director & PM Drive, B97.5 Radio
jjarnigan@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: I'd really rather not say as it will take too much explaining...

Favorite Quote/s: "Even if you're on the right track, standing still will get you run over."

Favorite Book/s: Tuesday's with Morrie

Favorite Musical Group/s: Eagles

Favorite Movie/s: Tombstone

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Golf, Poker, Fishing, hanging with my kids, Facebook, exploring red wines, movies.
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Deborah Mauldin

Promotions & Marketing Director
dmauldin@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Deb; The Cox that Rocks; Promo Princess

Favorite Quote/s: "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Favorite Book/s: Goldie Hawn's biography and Payne Stewart's

Favorite Musical Group/s: Three Doors Down, Nickelback, Loverboy

Favorite Movie/s: The Breakfast Club, About Last Night, Old School, Caddyshack

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): I have one amazing 9 year old daughter. I love to spend time with her - dancing, going to her soccer games, playing games, you name it... I love spending time with all of my family, my super cool boyfriend of 2 years and friends. I also enjoy golf, writing, shopping, the theatre, college football pools and music, music, music!
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Randy Ross

Director of Sales
rross@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Double R or Revenue Randy

Favorite Quote/s: "Ask for the business, you just might get it!"

Favorite Book/s: (the verdict is still out on this one...)

Favorite Musical Group/s: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Favorite Movie/s: Rudy - Vision Quest is a close second!

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Golf, Racquetball, and playing with Chipper (Randy's dog)
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Paul Brayfield

General Sales Manager
pbrayfield@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: PB

Favorite Quote/s: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." Thomas Edison

Favorite Book/s: "The Catcher in the Rye" or "Lord of the Rings"

Favorite Musical Group/s: Radio Head

Favorite Movie/s: Glory and Brave Heart

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Running, hiking and golf
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Mark Elliott

Program Director, WIKY Radio
melliott@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Twinkletoes

Favorite Quote/s: "No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change." -Barbara DeAngelis, Author

Favorite Book/s: Tie - "It" by Stephen King and "The Power of Life" by Matthew Kelly

Favorite Musical Group/s: Three way tie - Beatles, Dave Grusin and Jay-Z

Favorite Movie/s: "Flirting with Disaster" or anything from the Coen Brothers

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Family, outdoor fun (walking, camping), golf , travel (especially someplace WARM)
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Tim Huelsing

Vice President & General Manager
thuelsing@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: According to a certain NY Yankee fan it would be

Favorite Quote/s: I have 2: #1 "You can pretend you care…you cannot pretend you are there." #2 "Smooth seas don’t make strong sailors."

Favorite Book/s: Sun Tzu, "The Art of War" – I know it is a cliché to many but I find my self reading it over and over.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band

Favorite Movie/s: The Mission

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Hobbies? I have three kids, I have hobby-envy.
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Rusty James

Program Director, WLFW/WABX Radio
rjames@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: RJ

Favorite Quote/s: "As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot." John Lennon

Favorite Book/s: The Bible

Favorite Musical Group/s: The Beatles

Favorite Movie/s: "Zombieland"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Acting In Movies, Community Theatre; Musician
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Jaleigh Long

General Sales Manager
jlong@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: J-Lo

Favorite Quote/s: "How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone." Coco Chanel

Favorite Book/s: "Purpose Driven Life"

Favorite Musical Group/s: Hands down… Dave Matthews Band. I’ve seen them over 20 times!

Favorite Movie/s: "Old School" and "Step Brothers" - I heart Will Ferrell.

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching the Colts!
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Jeff Murray

Program Director-WSTO Radio
jeff@hot96.com

Favorite Quote/s: "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit." - Napoleon Hill

Favorite Book/s: "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu and "What It Takes To Be #1" by Vince Lombardi Jr…both are always in my office.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Beastie Boys…they do the music inside their soul and not at all worried about being judged for it.

Favorite Movie/s: "Risky Business" with Tom Cruise, learned some life lessons in that movie.

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): My wife and 2 kids! My daughter Alexa and my son Rocco keep me busy! I love hanging with them because I get to do all kinds of fun kid stuff all over again. I also enjoy writing, going to shows, listening to music, running and I really want to skydive in 2011!!
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Melissa Bracewell

Client Services Team
mbracewell@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: ZenMelissa

Favorite Quote/s: "A room without books is like a body without soul." - Cicero

Favorite Book/s: "The Shipping News" by E. Annie Proulx

Favorite Musical Group/s: Alison Kraus, The Samples and Patty Griffin

Favorite Movie/s: "Life is Beautiful"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Bookbinding, boating, running with my dogs

Melissa Grabiel

Production Services Team
mgrabiel@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Grapes or Grabes

Favorite Quote/s: "… Anything can happen child, anything can be." -Shel Silverstein

Favorite Book/s: Shel Silverstein's "Falling Up", the Harry Potter Series & "The Hunger Games"

Favorite Musical Group/s: Purity Ring, Band of Skulls, M83, Alabama Shakes & The Temper Trap

Favorite Movie/s: "Iron Man 3", "Django Unchained", "Twister" & "Avatar"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Dog momming to my two pups, Sonny & Charlie, movie watching, crafting, bicycling & video gaming.
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Michael Guess

General Manager
mguess@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Guess

Favorite Quote/s: "All of life's riddles are answered in the movies." Steve Martin – Grand Canyon

Favorite Book/s: "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" – Dave Eggers, "Now I Can Die in Peace" – Bill Simons, "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" – Tucker Max

Favorite Musical Group/s: U2, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, The Fray

Favorite Movie/s: "The Breakfast Club", "About Last Night", "St. Elmo's Fire", "Sixteen Candles", "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Risky Business" (yes, I have a weird fixation with John Hughes and the Brat Pack)

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Spending time with my wonderful wife and two adorable children, golf, screenwriting, Boston Red Sox baseball and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.

Kristen Johnson

Client Services Team
kjohnson@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: KJ

Favorite Quote/s: "Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders," --All Sons & Daughters; "How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved," --Sigmund Freud.

Favorite Book/s: "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" by Jonah Berger, "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey and "Ocean Mer" by Alessandro Baricco.

Favorite Musical Group/s: Mumford and Sons, Lindsey Stirling, Calvin Harris, All Sons & Daughters and 90's alternative.

Favorite Movie/s: "Little Miss Sunshine", "Birdemic" and "The Prestige"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Yoga, hiking, watching football, exploring new places, dabbling with French movies and literature, enjoying life with friends and loved ones.
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Mandy Lauman

Media Services Team
mlauman@southcentralmedia.com

Favorite Quote/s: “There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in” –Leonard Cohen

Favorite Book/s: "The Perks of Being A Wallflower", "The Glass Castle", "The Bell Jar" and "Unwind"

Favorite Musical Group/s: Motion City Soundtrack, Something Corporate, Everclear and Blink-182

Favorite Movie/s: "Up", "Steel Magnolias", "Never Let Me Go" and "Paranormal Activity"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Running, yoga, naps, pescetarianism, mixed media art, making others laugh, and spending time with the love of my life- my dog Lexie
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Ben Meredith

Business Manager
bmeredith@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Powder, Ginger, Albino, Canadian

Favorite Quote/s: “I just saw that Harry Potter film. A bit unrealistic if you ask me. I mean, a ginger kid with two friends?” – Will Ferrell

Favorite Book/s: "4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss

Favorite Musical Group/s: Disturbed, 311, Breaking Benjamin, anything on my Skrillex Pandora channel

Favorite Movie/s: The whole Twilight series…

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Fishing, Cars, Crossfit, Attempting to play the drums, Volleyball, And finding anything exciting that will get me out of Murfreesboro.

Joshua Milford

Production Services Team
jmilford@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: TBD

Favorite Quote/s: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” - Steve Jobs

Favorite Book/s: "Hard Boiled Web Design"

Favorite Musical Group/s: The Wallflowers, Ryan Adams

Favorite Movie/s: "The Aviator"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Running, Watching "Full House" with my kids
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Kristin Sartain

Client Services Team
ksartain@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: schmitty, kaskas

Favorite Quote/s: "Make it work" a la Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" fame

Favorite Book/s: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss

Favorite Musical Group/s: Anything I can dance to or see live!

Favorite Movie/s: "The Princess Bride"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Traveling, Painting, Watching mindless reality television, Spending time with friends, family, and my two kitties- Tygra and Bengali
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Sean Shaw

Digital Production Team
sshaw@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: ShonShaw

Favorite Quote/s: "The opposite of faith is not doubt, it's certainty" - Anne Lamott

Favorite Book/s: "Alice in Wonderland", "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Harry Potter"

Favorite Musical Group/s: The Beatles, Jack White, Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire

Favorite Movie/s: "Memento", "Good Will Hunting" and "Pulp Fiction"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Concerts, Friends, Traveling, Food, Drinks, Disc Golf, New Experiences
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Marcus Snyder

Media Services Team
msnyder@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: Daddy

Favorite Quote/s: "Your imagination is the hood ornament on the car of creativity" - Gary Busey

Favorite Book/s: "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and "1984" by George Orwell

Favorite Musical Group/s: Maybeshewill, 65daysofstatic, Russian Circles, Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Eat World

Favorite Movie/s: "Donnie Darko", "Billy Madison" and "Clerks"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Sipping whiskey, banging on guitars and devouring spicy food
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Steve Waterfield

Business Development Team
swaterfield@southcentralmedia.com

Nickname: SGS (sales guy steve) it’s the only one allowed in print.

Favorite Quote/s: "Stop Selling. Start helping" - Zig Ziglar and "Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else. " - Vince Lombardi

Favorite Book/s: Oldie…. "Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Favorite Musical Group/s: Classic Rock – AC/DC – RUSH – Led Zeppelin

Favorite Movie/s: "Rudy", "Hoosiers", "Caddyshack" and "Remember the Titans"

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Boating and Camping with Family and Golf
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Aaron Zawislak

Business Development Team
azawislak@southcentralemedia.com

Nickname: Zawislak

Favorite Quote/s: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.” - Bob Marley, Redemption Song

Favorite Book/s: “The Tipping Point” - Malcolm Gladwell, “The Prince” – Machiavelli, “Olympic Weightlifting” – Greg Everett

Favorite Musical Group/s: Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Bob Marley, Sex Pistols, Gun ‘N Roses, Pink Martini, David Allen Coe...almost anything really.

Favorite Movie/s: “Silence of the Lambs”, “Layer Cake”, “Green Street Hooligans”, “American History X”, “Reservoir Dogs”

Life Outside of Work (Hobbies): Coaching CrossFit, CrossFit competitions, spending time with family and friends, traveling both domestically and internationally and following the Red Sox.

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