We have so many wonderful advertisers who continue to support the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News that I decided a couple of years ago we should name an “Advertiser of the Year” each year.
Last year’s winner, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, is still throwing lots of support behind both WCNT-tv (more on that below) and our publications, especially our Wesley Chapel edition, and the Florida Hospital Physician Group has taken full-page ads in both editions since 2016. My friend Kristy Darragh of Florida Executive Realty hasn’t been off our back page in New Tampa for about 20 years (and Kristy also takes the two-page center spread in New Tampa a couple of times each year) and GL Homes has been promoting its The Ridge at Wiregrass Ranch community in full-page ads in these pages since the community began pre-selling homes in 2015.
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC)’s Board Member of the Year, Karen Tillman-Gosselin of Smith & Associates Realty has been on pg. 2 of every New Tampa issue since March. The Dimmitt Automotive Group has promoted its new Audi Wesley Chapel dealership in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel for several months before the dealership opened…and the list goes on and on.
And, while it’s been hard to pick an Advertiser of the Year who hasn’t been buying full-page ads with us, we are thrilled that most of the assisted living facilities in our area are all buying half-pages — including Discovery Village at Tampa Palms, The Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch, Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks and The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve.
To state the obvious, we have a lot of amazing advertising advertisers, including one who has been advertising in the Neighborhood News since before I took over in 1994 — dentist Dr. Michael Green —and another, pediatric dentist Dr. Paul Duga who has been with us for more than 20 years.
We’re also always appreciative of our newest advertisers, including Snowrolls Ice Cream, Jane Crabtree of Coldwell Banker Real Estate. North Tampa Law Group, and John S. Wood, CPA; and for returning advertisers who have been out of the publications for a while, like Jersey Mike’s Subs, The Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Kumquat Festival, the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and Panda Hugs Learning Center.
But this year, I am thrilled to say that the Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is our 2017 Advertiser of the Year! In addition to running full-page ads in 13 issues every year since 2014 (switching off between our New Tampa and Wesley Chapel issues), FOI (in 2017) added half-page ads in the issues that the full-page ads haven’t run in to promote the amazing orthopaedic surgeons at the practice’s Wesley Chapel office. We wrote another feature story about those doctors that appeared in our last issue (photo above). And, FOI just renewed its commitment to us for 2018!
For more information about Florida Orthopaedic Institute (2653 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite 201 (upstairs), visit FloridaOrtho.com, call (813) 305-7775 or see the ad on page 4 and please tell them that you read about them in the New Tampa Neighborhood News!
WCNT-tv Surpasses 500,000 Views & 1 Million Reach!
Fresh off the heels of our recent News Desk segments about a volunteer group helping provide supplies to Puerto Rico (see story on pg. 12), WCNT-tv — Wesley Chapel & New Tampa Television — has surpassed a total Facebook reach of 1 million people and has now surpassed 500,000 total views on Facebook and YouTube combined.
And, to build on that success, we now have a new Rate Card for not only WCNT-tv, but for combining WCNT-tv and advertising in the Neighborhood News (and on NTNeighborhoodNews.com).
In other words, if you’d like to promote your business to the most New Tampa & Wesley Chapel residents, call our sales rep, Tom Damico, at 813.910.2575 or email Tom@ NTNeighborhoodNews.com and ask for our 2018 Neighborhood News & WCNT-tv Media Kit and Rate Card.
And, please remember to View, Like & Share every episode of WCNT-tv on YouTube and Facebook and to check out our daily news updates on our “Neighborhood News” page on Facebook!
I Miss You, Doug!
I was so saddened to learn of the passing of my long-time friend and New Tampa Players (NTP) theatre troupe co-founder Doug Wall, who lost his nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer on November 25.
I met Doug for lunch shortly after he learned he contracted the disease, but he was so positive and happy about the possibility of his long-awaited New Tampa Cultural Center finally coming to fruition (see pg. 8) and about NTP’s recent successes that I was certain he was going to beat his illness.
I’m heartbroken for his family, and for myself, to have to say I was wrong.
Rest in Peace, Doug.