The Southern Weekend Team

 

Despite spending her teen years in upstate N.Y., Molly McKinney’s Kentucky-bred parents still made sure she was raised in a southern household. From her frequent usage of “bless their hearts!” to her perfection of the family’s Southern mashed potatoes recipe, she’s fit right in since moving back to the South and serving as one of our hosts of the Southern Weekend.

Molly began her on-camera career at nine years old, when she was cast as a host of the TV show, “Aqua Kids”. She hosted the Emmy-award winning series for fourteen years (successfully capturing all of her gawky years on-camera).

Today, McKinney resides in Charlotte, N.C. where she spends her southern weekends rock climbing, sipping micro brews, sampling hipster food trucks, and taking her dog on long hikes in the Pisgah Mountains. When she’s not filming the Southern Weekend, you can catch her hosting the Emmy-award winning T.V. show: NASA360, and behind-the-camera producing for nonprofits and corporate clients around the world.

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Mike Mocklar firmly believes BBQ, homemade apple pie and a nice cold beverage make any day perfect. He heads up programming and editorial operations for The Southern Weekend and Raycom Media’s Digital Innovation Group. He’s based out of Atlanta. Before helping to create The Southern Weekend, Mike was an Executive Producer at HLN and CNN, where he created and acquired new programming, and produced documentaries. He also worked for CNN/Sports Illustrated, where his weekends were spent covering the SEC, ACC and NASCAR. Mike’s idea of a perfect Southern Weekend is spending time with his wife and kids … especially if it includes that BBQ, apple pie and cold beverage.
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Pete Nickell may be a Yankee by birth, but at 5 years old his family packed up and moved south to his adopted hometown of Atlanta. From the capitol of the South, he operates as a production manager and producer for The Southern Weekend. After high school, Pete headed up the road to Charlotte where he got his career started in an industry with a long history of exciting southern weekends: NASCAR. Starting as a grunt video production assistant, Pete worked his way into producer and project manager roles over his eight years with the sport. Now with the Southern Weekend, Pete helps keep the wheels moving at almost every level of the production process … and joins the fun with the production crew when the opportunities arise. An ideal Southern Weekend for Pete includes his wife and daughter, their dog, ice cold beverages and a big lake to jump into.

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Philip Weiss is Charleston born and bred. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in broadcast journalism, Philip returned home to the Lowcountry where he spent his weeks working in a newsroom, and his weekends enjoying all the Holy City has to offer. Now with The Southern Weekend, he will be cruising through Georgia and the Carolinas in search of the top food and travel destinations to help you plan your next Southern road trip. When not behind the camera, you can catch him spending his Southern weekends grilling out with friends and family, cheering on his favorite sports teams, or out beating the Charleston heat on any body of water he can find.
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Big Boi once said, “If you want me, you can find me in the A”.  Not only does this lyric transcend hip-hop, it also refers to Atlanta-native and The Southern Weekend Editor and Producer, Mark Willard. After graduating from The University of Georgia, hallowed be thy name, Mark got his start in the TV & Film industry as a Production Assistant on the hit series, T.I. And Tiny – The Family Hustle. After kicking it with Tip, Mark traded in his PA duties for the marketing and advertising agency world where he produced and created video content for brands such as Marriott, Coca-Cola, and Keurig. He has also worked at Turner Broadcasting creating video content for the NBA, MLB, and NCAA.  When he’s not editing, operating a camera, or laying down a smooth voiceover, Mark can be found grilling outside and enjoying a cold one with his smokin’ hot wife and searching for the best ‘que the south has to offer.

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A strong love of all things New Orleans has kept David Gladow married to the South for over a decade, where he acts as the supervising producer for City Weekend. Before that, he spent time with media outlets like CBS Sports, the Miami Herald and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Fiercely protective of family first, he resides in uptown New Orleans with his wife, Cait, and their three kids. David is always on the lookout for a good deal, stuff that’s suitable for families, and also a little quiet! Football, food and family constitute THE perfect Southern Weekend.


The City Weekend Team

 

Shan Bailey is the digital content producer and on-air personality for FOX 8 Nola Weekend. She is a creative storyteller who is passionate about bringing interesting stories to life. Growing up on the West Bank in Jefferson Parish, Shan is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. In her free time, Shan loves exploring new hot spots around town, diving into good food and discovering new music. Drop her a tip about what’s hot in New Orleans!

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to beautiful beaches, slow sunsets and delicious food. Mix those together along with family and friends and you’ll have Corey Hudson’s perfect Gulf Coast Weekend. Born and raised on the coast, Corey has enjoyed working at WLOX-TV since 2002 and attributes his knack for storytelling to a passion for friendly people and a curiosity to explore.

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Ryan Burgee is originally from Baltimore but has lived in Columbia, S.C. for close to 10 years now. Ryan started his career as a still photographer in Washington, D.C. before moving to work as a television news photojournalist in Columbia. Coming up on two years producing and managing Palmetto Weekend, Ryan loves meeting and sharing the stories of the people who work every day to shape the face of our city! Ryan has a 3-year-old son with Down Syndrome who may be the cutest baby in the Midlands. Ryan is an active advocate for awareness and inclusion.

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When Patrick Hoffman isn’t running around East Tennessee with a camera strapped to his face, he’s living out his dreams as a collector of Godzilla memorabilia. Rest assured, he makes his love of Godzilla known every chance he gets. Having lived across the globe, Patrick returned to his hometown of Knoxville to share his love of life and adventure with everyone he meets, and Knoxville Weekend gave him the perfect platform to bring the beauty, excitement, and diversity of East Tennessee to the world! With a degree in Video Production and more than a decade of filming, editing, and graphic animation experience, Patrick uses all his skills to capture the best East Tennessee has to offer!

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Zach Powers can best be described as a writer, videographer, editor and beer lover at Cincy Weekend.

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You can say Nichole Cartmell is Heartland Weekend. She writes, shoots and edits stories for multiple platforms while keeping a finger on what is going on around the area. Nichole has a passion for people and storytelling. Hailing from Colorado, Nichole has called Missouri home for the last seven years. She graduated from the University of Missouri and loves cheering for her Tigers. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time outdoors, especially on the water or going for a drive. She also really enjoys live music, donuts and shoes.

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Maggie Solomon arguably has one of the best jobs in the industry serving as the lead Queen City Weekend producer. It’s her responsibility to know the latest Charlotte has to offer and give you new reasons to explore! Born and raised in Tennessee, she’s no stranger to the South. She loves exploring the vibrant food scene and trying out all the healthy activities Charlotte has to offer! When she’s not in the city, you’ll probably find her on nearby hiking trails or cheering on her Tennessee Vols.

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Ryan Denley was born and raised in Tennessee and moved to Birmingham, Ala. in 2010. Ryan spends most of his weekends listening to music, watching movies and eating great food. He’s excited to be the executive producer for Magic City Weekend.

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Amber Powell is the producer of Derby City Weekend, WAVE 3’s lifestyle brand in Louisville, Ky. In 2016, she created Sounds of the City, a series at WAVE 3 that showcases local musicians. Amber is the Executive Producer of the Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards. She is also a managing member of The ELITEgiance, one of the largest deejay coalitions in the south/midwest. Amber is nominated for Power Player/Industry Executive of the Year for the 2018 Southern Entertainment Awards.

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Danasia Pascal is the 12 About Town content producer bringing Richmond, Va. stories to all screens. She was raised right in Chesterfield County and went to VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture. Go Rams! She truly loves RVA to its core. In her spare time, you can find Danasia finding new adventures in the city, eating great food and enjoying a mimosa here and there. Find her around RVA with her camera!

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Katie Carpenter is the lead Tennessee Valley Weekend producer. She was born and raised in North Carolina, and loves everything about the South. Katie enjoys exploring all that Huntsville and the entire Tennessee Valley have to offer. When she is not at work, you can usually find her playing with her pup or cheering on the (NC State) Wolfpack!

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Megan Hayes was born and raised in Sweet Home Alabama and got her start in the broadcast industry as a general assignment reporter. Six years and thousands of cups of coffee later, Megan jumped at the opportunity to explore and creatively showcase all South Florida has to offer! Megan’s idea of a perfect #SouthFloridaWeekend involves hot yoga in Jupiter, a Sunday brunch with friends on Clematis Street, and an afternoon exploring Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound with her goldendoodle, Murphy.

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Bluff City Weekend’s Andy Mannis is brand new in Memphis, hailing from a tiny town in Arkansas. He loves food, fitness, fine spirits, and beer. Especially beer. When he’s not at the gym, he’s enjoying his new home in Memphis and everything the city has to offer.

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Heather McKinney is a native of Evansville, Ind. and the producer for River City Weekend. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Rupert. You can also catch her reading, watching movies, or answering obscure trivia questions.

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Based out of Montgomery, Ala., Jacob Saylor is the host and producer of Central Alabama Weekend, the region’s premiere destination for food and fun.

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Kendyl Turner writes, shoots and edits stories for The East Texas Weekend. A Texan at heart, Kendyl is from Houston but ventured away to study Journalism and Spanish at The University of Mississippi. Hotty Toddy! A few years later, Kendyl and her husband moved to East Texas where they’ve decided to make it home.


Special Contributors

 

Felicia Willett started her culinary career at the age of 12, selling cheesecakes in her hometown of Jonesboro, Ark. Selling cheesecakes was only the start of a career that includes being the chef of her own restaurant, which recently hit its 15th year. After completing culinary training at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C., Felicia wanted to learn from the leader in her field: Emeril Lagasse. Felicia would earn a position as Lagasse’s assistant, co-author of his cookbooks and producer of his “Good Morning America” segments.

While building her experience with Lagasse, Felicia resolved to open her own restaurant. Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant was opened in the beautiful Lowenstein Building in downtown Memphis in 2002. Felicia considers the Southern dishes she creates to be puritan representations of the region’s culture and signature foods.

Since the opening, she has taken being a local chef to a new level. She is an expert in cooking with the locally-sourced food of the South. Though many assert a devotion to locally-sourced food, Felicia makes it a top priority to shop at producers within 90 miles of Memphis, and she meets new farmers on her weekly farmer’s market trips.

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Pascal Racheneur has left us for different pastures, but we can’t take him off the site since he helped create it.  He still has the thickest Southern accent of anyone at The Southern Weekend. (It’s actually a Southern Belgian accent, but we pretend he’s Cajun).


About Raycom

 

The Southern Weekend is a proud member of the Raycom Media family. Headquartered in Montgomery Ala., Raycom is an employee owned company, and owns and operates 63 local television stations in 42 markets, with locations in every state in the South. Raycom also owns PureCars (a digital automotive ad platform) Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company), RTM Productions (a Franklin, TN-based automotive programming production and marketing solutions company), Tupelo-Honey Productions (a NY-based production company), and Broadview Media (a post-production/digital signage company based in Montgomery, AL). Raycom is also responsible for the design and hosting of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail website.