If you were getting tired of the Is-the-Michael-Hancock-story-really-a-story debate, good news. The proposed Gaylord Hotel development in Aurora is the newest catfight in town, and it is splitting Denver’s PR community. On one side are Wendy Aiello (repping Aurora) and Pete Webb (repping Gaylord). And on the other side is Andrew Hudson, who doesn’t want to see the Stock Show relocate from Denver.
And if you aren’t tired of the Michael Hancock debate, Big Media blogger Jason Salzman takes Denver media to task for running with a story that was broken by a guy using rampant rumors as a source.
By Wendy Aiello
Principal, Aiello Public Relations & Marketing
Forging and maintaining relationships will continue to be the bedrock of a successful public relations agency. We must utilize every person and their skill set at our agencies to find our new media relationships. The truly successful firms will discover and become sources for all credible media outlets – both traditional and “new.”
The birth of smaller agencies continues. With the massive shift in the media market more people will hang their public relations shingle in 2010. A prediction for 2011 – fewer small shops. It’s not as easy as it looks!
More consortiums of public relations and marketing professionals will physically band together. It gets lonely working remotely. Great ideas are born when face-to-face communication takes place. The “old” model agency may not be viable for many PR pros, but coming together with other individuals in the field will continue to provide new business, media leads and contacts and a greater quality of life.
Arthur Folsom, the lawyer representing Colorado terrorist suspect Najibullah Zazi, hasn’t exactly been knocking the ball out of the park lately (who lets their client voluntarily talk to the FBI only to have them arrested for lying to the FBI a couple of days later?). But brighter days assuredly are on the horizon. Folsom has retained Wendy Aiello of Aiello Public Relations to represent him.
Unfortunately, things so far are not going well for Aiello, who is married to CBS4 GM Walt DeHaven. Since adding Folsom as a client four days ago, Bruce Goldberg at the Denver Business Journal reports she has received a number of threatening and abusive phone calls and emails.
The civil suit between Denver Magazine and its former editor, Dahlia Weinstein, is moving forward, and the magazine’s publisher has retained Wendy Aiello as his spokesperson. Penny Parker at the Denver Post has the details.
Wendy Aiello is the sister-in-law of E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, who will be joining Bruce Springsteen at his Pepsi Center concert on April 10.
We were going to stop taking shots at Wendy Aiello because she invited us to sit at her table at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show (and because Walt kept eyeing us with a “I’m-not-afraid-to-stick-this-fork-in-your-throat” look), but then the entertainment was so godawful* we decided she was fair game anyway.
So imagine our glee when Wendy appeared in this morning’s Bill Husted column. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much to make fun of. Successful restaurant launch. Placido Domingo. Big write-up in the News. No “PR Princess” comments. But after being a little optimistic with our over/under on Wendy Aiello mentions for both Bill and Penny Parker, we’re taking any mentions we can find. And we’re still gunning for you, Wendy (but please don’t mention that to Walt).
*We enjoyed Andrew Hudson’s band with that skinny lead singer guy
“PR princess” Wendy Aiello is back in Penny Parker’s column this morning, and our world makes sense again. But Wendy can’t be happy that Penny outed her as a woman “of a certain age.”