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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Feb 21, 2023

How can you get your pitch noticed? In this episode, Rob Caldwell describes what he looks for in a pitch. If you tell a story in your pitch and make sure it is targeted to the media outlet, your pitch will be more likely to get noticed. Sending a handwritten note can also break through the clutter and help you stand out. Also, someone with a lot of personality will increase the chances of your story being covered or being featured in a cooking segment. Listen to the episode to find out more tips and learn about Rob’s career.  

3:05 Rob shares how he had no plans to get into broadcasting, but quickly realized he didn’t want to be a cab driver after graduating from college.   

14:11 Rob gives his advice on how to become better at interviewing, starting with having a genuine interest, curiosity and being prepared 

18:16 Rob explains that he is always looking for a good story and broad appeal in a pitch, specifically stories about people with lots of personality.   

25:28 Rob talks about handwritten notes and how they can help you break through the clutter 

28:32 Rob recalls how TV, media and news have changed since he started his broadcasting career 

30:42 Rob explains how NEWS CENTER Maine uses social media to promote its programming 

35:29 When it comes to the NEWS CENTER Kitchen, Rob shares that they are looking for people with personality in addition to having talent in the kitchen. 

40:48 Rob shares a resource that helped him figure out a career path he did not want to take. 



"Tell me a story. That's what I want to hear in a pitch, or from anyone, whether it's a pitch from a PR professional or from the person I meet on the street. What's the story here? Why is this a story that people will want to hear? " Rob Caldwell, anchor and reporter for NEWS CENTER Maine 



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About the guest:     

Rob Caldwell is an anchor and reporter for the NBC television stations in Maine, WCSH in Portland and WLBZ in Bangor. He has done thousands of interviews and stories in his 41-year career and his stories have received honors that include regional Emmys and a national Edward R. Murrow award. 

 Since 2003, he has been the co-anchor of “207,” a news magazine that airs weeknights at 7 p.m. In 2015, he was inducted into the Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. 


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