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ATLANTA BRAVES OPENING
ATLANTA STADIUM
April 12, 1966
An Operat{ons Manual
on the Job to be Done
Prepared for The Atlanta Chamber
of Commerce and The Atlanta
Br aves by Bell & Stanton, Inc.
February 20, 1966
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OBJECTIVES •••••••••· •••
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INTRODUCTION •••.•.••••.••.••••••••••••••••••••••.•• 2
SUMMARY. OF RECOMMENDATIONS •••.•••••••••••••••••••• 4
DETAILED PLANS •••..••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••. 9
SEAS ON TICKET SALES •...•.•.••••••.•.••••••••••••• 10
ADVERT IS ING SUPPORT ••.•.•••••.•••.•.••••••••••••• 13
DOWNTOWN OFFICES, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, POLICE •••• 16
NATIONAL PRESS PREVIEW •.••••••••••••••••••••••••• 17
PERSON-TO-PERSON VISITS •• • ••••••••••••••••••••••• 19
POLITICAL GUESTS .••••.••••••• • ••.•• • .•••.•••••••• 21
CELEBRITIES AND BASEBALL LEADERS ..•••••••••••••.• 22
GAIN SUPPORT OF PRIVATE CLUBS ••.•••..•••••••••••• 23
THE MAYOR'S DINNER . • .••••••.•.•••• • •••• • •••••• • •• 24
THE OPENING DAY PARADE •••.••.•••••••••••••••••••• 2 6
NATIONAL AND LOCAL TELEVISION AND RADI0 •••• • ••••• 28
THE "AWAY" GAMES WITH METS AND CARDINALS ••••••••• 30
APPEND ICES .••.•• • .•.. • •• • . • •.• • ••• • •. • ••••• • •• • •• • I


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OBJECTIVES
1. To fill Atlanta Stadium opening night, April 12.
2. To sell a maximum number of season tickets.
3. To obtain maximum interest in the Atlanta Braves -locally, statewide, regionally through the entire
market area, and nationally , It is this year's biggest
.baseball story.
4. Gaining momentum from all that is done, this operation
is a prime generator of maximum favorable attention
for Atlanta.
Our major objective, then, is to pivot
this e x citing baseball team and its home city on a
360 degree swing of visibility surpassing any atte ntion
any city has r e c e ived in the p a st.
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INTRODUCTION
Atlanta and the Braves are linked together; what
helps one on opening day supports the other.
We have a
brief period of time in which to build a strong local
sense of this joint destiny.
We have a brief period of
.time to help the entire Atlanta metropolitan area
re-capture and put on a continuing basis, the sense of
active pride in the Braves they had when the team signed
to come here, and which was so manifest as the Stadium
itself was completed and opened.
All of that was preparation.
It was passive,
as far as the entire popu lace was concerned.
them to beam with pride, and they did.
move into effec tive action :
We asked
Now we ask them to
to talk up ~he Braves, to
support the Braves, to realize in so doing that all of
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this effort demonstrate s to the nation at large that
Atlanta is the city of spirit and "can-do " in the entire
United States.
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As in every good thing that has transformed
this town, the lead has to come from the business
community.
The business community is in City Hall.
It
is in office with the largest plurality ever given a
Mayor of a major city .
Now that Mayor needs votes again
. -- in the form of an all-out effort in behalf of Atlanta's
reputation when the eyes of the nation are on this city
opening night, April 12.
Essential l y , that i s what the plan of action
on the following pages is all about.
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SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
To put across the biggest opening day baseball
ever has seen, we can think no little thoughts.
However,
big thoughts are a futile exercise in mental gymnastics
unless supported with practical follow-through . .. We need
the help of all concerned to make certain we have both,
for only the thorough execution of this big job in the
end will win the day for Atlanta and for the Braves.
1.
It is urgent that we get Atlanta into action
on season ticket sales.
This will take personal contact
from the highest levels of the Atlanta business community,
directed toward the highest levels of the Atlanta business
community, plus efforts at that same level aimed at
business lea d e rs in other market cities .
2.
We need to start the bal l rolling so that
every ad carried in the early part of Opening Week refers
to the Braves; every downtown office bui lding takes on
the challenge of creating banners; e v ery local theatre
enters the act; every school and colle ge hereabouts
be comes involve d, as does e v ery t axidriver , e v ery bus
driver, every member of the police force .
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(Summary of Recommendations
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writers covering the 1'-edgers-Braves eJ!?ltilsitieT. series
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and general feature writers to Atlanta at that time.
Plans call for them to see a game, be given personalized
tours of the city, and be guests at a superb dinner hosted
by Atlanta Newspapers, Incorporated and Jack Tarver.
We have already begun working with the national
magazines; Look Magazine will be here on assignment right
after Washington's Birthday as a first step.
We need to
get national television, including network news shows. The
"Today" Show should broadcast from Atlanta opening day, on
the day after, or both.
We need more press association
series on Atlanta and its team; the hassle with Milwaukee
has made this the biggest sports yarn in years.
4.
We need to h~ve the cream of Atlanta's business
community take on the task of personally inviting the very
top leaders of the nation to be their house guests over Opening Day.
Every branch of a national firm should have its
national president here .
game .
This is far more than a baseball
It is Atlanta's day in the court of public opinion
when everything that makes this town great is on display .
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5.
We need help in pulling our loftiest
national political leaders here, and that need goes
right to the top.
We need all southern governors and
many mayors here.
6.
We need to get glittering celebrities
here, and we shall call on Bill Bartholomay personally
to guide and help us on that.
We will call on Georgia
advertisers who use personalities in their campaigns to
have those celebrities here.
And of course baseball's
o f f i cialdom is a vital part of the program.
7.
We need to mount a Mayor's Dinner on the
eve of the Big Game which will show the greatest outpouring of Atlanta's elit e --and the nation's well-known
figures--that Atlanta has seen since the 1939 premiere
of "Gone With The Wind".
8.
We n eed a p a r a d e Open i ng Da y aft e rnoon
which will be unforgettable in Atlanta 's annals.
We
s e e this as featuring ever y high school a nd college
b a nd in the a rea , e ach b and spons ored b y a n At l a nt a area business firm; Br aves and Pirat e s stars; the May o r;
The Gover nor; c e l ebrit ie s .
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The bands later go to the game with tickets paid for
by their sponsors.
Who ever heard of such generosity
and spirit on the part of business leaders?
It takes
Atlanta to put this over.
9.
We need to coordina~e with Pittsburgh
leaders to get a representative Pittsburgh group here.
We need to get plans started as well for the Atlanta
leadership to be in New York Friday, April 15, when the
Braves open the Mets' home season, and in St. Louis,
Thursday, May 12, when the Braves open the new St. Louis
stadium.
This is the essence of the bold but simple
program which we ask Atlanta to support.
As we write
today, we cannot estimate costs precisely.
If all who
come to the Mayor's Dinner pay substantially more tha~
the $7. 50 cost per head of the affair, we .can obtain
part of the needed funds at that time.
Atlanta will spend
what is needed, regardless of where the funds come from,
we are confident of that .
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At Bell & Stanton we will not spend any significant
amount without prior clearance from the Chamber.
thing must be clear:
One
this over all is Atlanta's challenge,
for in saluting the entry of the Braves, Atlanta salutes
itself and she shows the nation once and for all, the kind
of fibre that makes up this remarkable community.


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DETAILED PLANS
In the section that follows, we list specific
plans, with complete assignments.
The Bell
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public relations organization is charged with working
closely with the Chamber, with the Braves, and with all
other involved groups and individuals.
We must see to
the action of each committee.
Overall supervision will be the responsibility
of the firm's president, Alan Bell, from New York, and
of Senior Vice-President George Goodwin from the Atlanta
office.
The specific Bell & Stanton executive under them
will be David Pearson of Atlanta.
Already the Chamber has offered to lend the
firm extra manpower as evidence of strong support.
Extra
people as needed will be employed on a temporary basis
if the pace builds up too swiftly.
In any event,
additional staff from the New York Bell
&
Stanton office ,
headed by Ex ecutive Vice-President Edward Stanton and b y
the Ne w York account executive for "Forward Atlanta , "
Margaret Larson, will be closely inv olv ed at all times .
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SEASON TICKET SALES
The Assistant General Manager of the Braves,
Jim Fanning, has led a task force which already has sold
some 3,000 season tickets during the course of an intense
area campaign over months.
It is only now, after Fulton
Superior Court Judge McKenzie has spoken, that it is
possible for anyone to be able to go all-out on this.
Season tickets should be sold to every business organization
in this area, for use of its employees and customers.
This sales need comes at a time when the Braves organization
must turn its attention more and more to spring training.
The community can -- and we suggest, must -- help put
across this sales effort.
1.
We suggest that Mayor Allen assemble in his
office ~ group of lead i n g b u sin essmen to take o v er on this
project as they would on any e mergency, for we appro ach
crisis when we hav e sold so few season tickets this close
to Opening Day of our first Big Le ague season .
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(Season Ticket Sales
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2.
3.
Let the group that meets with the Mayor include:
A.
The five major bank presidents
B.
The president of the Sales
Executives Association
&
Marketing
If the Mayor agrees, the banks should be
asked to use their contact officers, both from the main
office and from branches.
These officers should contact
all corporate customers, urging those customers to buy
season tickets to b e used by their e x ecutives, by their
employees, and by their customers.
The contact officers should take specific
ticket orders -- with no money cha nging hands.
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should relay them to Mr . Fanning o f the Braves, who will
fill the orders a nd b ill t h e p u rch aser dire ct.
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(Season Ticket Sales
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(NOTE:
Bell
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broken down by categories of the firms and individuals
who already have purchased season tickets.)
Mr. Fanning, for his part, will supply daily
lists ·of new purchasers to all bank supervisory officers
involved.
Mr. Fanning will supply all contact officers
with adequate supplies of season ticket broch~res and
ticket order blanks.
He also will see that ticket sales
personnel is available at the Stadium to serve purchasers
who want to select seats in person.
As a final point:
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ADVERTISING $UPPORT
Tucker Wayne
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Co., as advertising agency for
"Forward Atlanta" and for the Brav es, is requested to
assemble at the earliest moment a gathering of all
agencies, all advertising managers, all sales managers
of newspapers, radio and TV, all retail sales promotion
directors, newspaper representative s and the Georgia
Association of Broadcasters to consider the following
points:
A.
Insofar as is feasible, every advertising
message placed locally beginning with Easter Sunday, and
continuing through Opening Day
(the following Tuesday)
should salute the Braves, or otherwise speak of them.
B.
We would hope all concerned would e x plore
the possibility of a spec i a l section to be run in both
newspapers on openin g day.
be pulled out and s aved.
This would be something to
It would be filled with news
and advertising mat e ri a l suitabl e f or such a special
section , commemor a ting the d ay Atl a nta Goes Big Leagu e.
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Every store in and around should--have special
windows and in-store displays to salute the opening of the
first season.
Tucker Wayne is requested to assign one staff
member to stay with this, working separately with the sales
. promotion department of each major store, and working with
managers of others.
The Braves will make some display
material available, but basically all of this should be put
together as the contribution of the stores involved.
1.
As a subpoint, stores are urged to
consider tying their sales which start on Monday after Easter
to the debut of the team.
Why not call the events:
"Braves
Day Sales?"
D.
We ask t hat Tucker Wayne work with the Georgia
Association of Broadcasters to prepare a special one-minute
promotional film for the Opening Day, and these would be
made available at no cost tc all TV stations in the entire
market area, as well as to as many motion picture theatres
as seems feasible (all those in greater Atlanta at least) .
We would hope these would be run as p ublic se r vice gestu r es .
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We specially ask that the advertising
agencies of the four sponsors of the Braves -- CocaCola, Pure Oil, P. Lorillard, and Falstaff -- work
closely with the coordinating committee.
Their active
help in mounting promotional spot campaigns, advance
advertising, and banners, cards, and giveaways would
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DOWNTOWN OFFICES, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, POLICE
We ask the Chamber of Commerce to assign a staff
executive to work closely with all employers of office staffs
in the downtown to arrange for display material in the form
of banners or window painting. to evidence enthusiasm for the
start of baseball.
This would be appropriate activity for members of
the Junior Chamber to take on_, under direction of the "Forward
Atlanta" group at the Chamber.
Further, the Chamber should contact the Restaurant
Association,the Motel Association and individual major hotels
to arrange for lobby displays, special menus keyed to Opening
Day, special room notices to be in every guest room each day
of the Opening Week.
No group is more important to Big League baseball
on a continuing basis than the Police Department.
We suggest
an immediate meeting held with Chei f Jenkins b y the e x ecutive
vice-president of the Chamber , and b y representativ es of Be ll
&
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NATIONAL PRESS PREVIEW
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Two weekends~ Easter is, under the
ci~cumstances, an appropriate time for having the nation's
top travel and general writers come to Atlanta, with their
wives, as guests of the city.
It would be inappropriate to
ask them to be away from their homes on Easter weekend, and
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the earlier date, while not ideal, would permit their schedule
in Atlanta to include attending the exhibition game Sunday,
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This tour would be low in key, and would give us .
an opportunity to show Atlanta during the dogwood time, and
at the same time l et the visitors soak up the bas ebal l flavor.
They would be supplie d with press kits
material on all the
lures of Atlanta, lat est material on the Braves and on the
stadium -- would be taken to our maj or attract ions here .
they would not be rushed.
But
They should have time for golf ,
Stone Mountain , the cyclorama o r for a trip to Lake Lanier's
Yacht Club for houseboating and for Saturday l unch.
We suggest they have · a Spring Weekend in Atlanta
beginning with Friday evening departure from New York,
returning to Ne w York Sunday evening, following the ball
game.
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We would show these people Atlanta and the
surrounding areas on Saturday, with the high point being
a fine dinner at which the Cox newspapers would be the
host.
Talks would be given by May or Allen and by Ralph
McGill, who of course is known and respected by all the
journalists attending.
The qualit y of Atlanta that will
appeal to the visitors will include their exposure to
Atlanta's springtime loveliness, and the Sunday highlight
of the stadium and the ball game.
We will have perhaps 80 people in all, 4 0 writers
and 40 wives.
We will need hotel rooms; we suggest they all
be at one hotel such as the Marriott.
We propose t h at we be given permission to establish
a committee to e xplore this proposal thoroughly.
On this
committee should b e officials from Delta, from the Marriott,
from the Chamber , from Cox n ewspaper s, from the Br aves a n d
of course Bell
&
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This is d e signe d to h ave major travel stor ie s break
in key newsp aper s a r oun d opening wee k of the season, at a time
wh en, hopefully, so mu c h e ls e wil l b e appe a ring o n t he new
baseball t e am and its city. Thi s advanc e e xposur e i s needed to
g ain the fu ll p res s coverage.
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PERSON-TO-PERSON VJSITS
We ask the president of the Chamber and the
head of "Forward Atlanta" to take on the task of
coordinating with the business and cultural elite of
Atlanta an unprecedented "Red Carpet" invitation to their
peers nationally, to come to Atlanta for the Opening Day
festivities.
These would be friends inviting friends,
and the guests for the most part would be houseguests.
Essentially, we seek to have a significant
number of the nation's decision makers in Atlanta, not
just for the ball game, but primarily to sample Atlanta's
atmosphere in springtime and its spirit in general.
To do this properly, we need. help from Lockheed
to fly in certain of the guests.
Others of course will
have their own corporate aircraft or will fly commercially.
But the availability of JetStar help from Lockheed would
be of the greatest help , and would be of worth to Lockheed
as well in its role as the greatest single industry in
Georgia.
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The guests would come on Monday after Easter, in
time for the Mayor's Dinner.
If they cannot come until
Tuesday, they will see the downtown parade, see the ball
game, see the first class facilities in the Stadium and
catch the way Atlanta is on the move.
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POLITICAL GUESTS
With the active help of Mayor Allen and the
Governor, it is hoped that political g~ests of the first
rank will conv erge on Atlanta, both for the Mayor's
Dinner . on Monday, and for the game and all that goes with
it on Tuesday.
How appropriate it would be if it is the
President who throws out the first ball.
We know thought
is being given to all of- this.
On o ther leve l s , thi s o c c asion i s . a n opportunity
for all the Governor s of the South , and th~ mayors of the
l a rgest cit i e s of the South , t o c ome to Atlanta offi c ial ly .
Bell & Sta n t on sug gests it work with the Mayor ,
and with t he Gove rnor, o n a ll aspec t s o f this obj e ctive.
I t f its Atla nta ' s role of leadership f o r t h e ent ire Sou th,
howeverJ for her to think in just s uch t erms as she puts
together the offi ci a l invi tatio'n list.
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CELEBRITIES AND BASEBALL LEADERS
Top Hollywood and public personalities who also
are baseball fans would add much to the excitement and
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impact of Opening Day.
helpful in this area.
Mr. Bartholomay will be very
He already has offered to help.
We'll call on him for an all-out effort to entice to
Atlanta the Danny Kayes, the Natalie Woods, and other
stars who are red-hot fans.
The Commissioner of baseball, the presidents of
both leagues, all team owners, and other such luminaries
comprise an obvious invitation list which will be worked
out with the Braves, both for the Mayor's Dinner and for
Opening Day.
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GAIN SUPPORT OF PRIVATE CLUBS
We suggest Mayor Allen appoint private club
co-chairmen, one white and the other Negro~ to gain the
support of all the social organizations serving Atlanta.
The men chosen for these roles should be impressed with
the need to get on with the task of rallying every social
club in Atlanta behind the Opening Day program.
This would include more than decorating the
clubs, although t hat and canvassing the membership in
behalf of the events is important.
We believe a need exists for an early buffet
the night of the game and that arrangements should be
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THE MAYOR'S DINNER
We see the Monday night, black-tie dinner for
1,200 at the Marriott as representing Atlanta's official
statement in behalf of the Braves.
finest of affairs.
It should be the very
The list of speakers should be not too
It ma y b e t h a t
one o f the c e l ebritie s under
discussion could entertain at the dinner.
In eve ry way, it s hould b e an affa ir at which
the most polished guest would feel comfortable.
Although the dinner , as we s e e it , should be . a t
the Marr iott, tha t
for the purpose .
is only because i t h as the largest r o om
We would hope all hotels in At l a nta, i n
their r eali zat i on o f how much t he presen ce o f baseb a ll will
mean t o t h e m, wo uld c o operate in all aspects of the event,
and have the menus so p ublicly state .
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Therefore, we suggest the MayOr appoint a
Dinner Committee which would cut across the hotel community
of Atlanta, and which also would include representatives of
the Braves, of the Chamber, both sports editors, and the
general managers of all radio and TV stations.
We suggest the possibility of charging $15 per
ticket, rather than the actual cost of $7.50, in order to
obtain promotional funds to go toward meeting the City's
and Chamber's special April expenses.


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THE OPENING DAY PAR.ADE
Think of a parade, wending its way down
Peachtree Street from the area of the Capital City Club
to Five Points and ending at Hunter Street; a parade
bursting with the music of every high school and college
band in the Atlanta area -- plus every ball player on the
Braves roster, all the Pirates, Mayor Allen, Bobby Bragan,
and celebrities.
We think such a parade would be fresh, would
symbolize better than anything else the way young Atlanta
is taking B·i g League baseball to heart, and would make great
~ictures for the national press.
We suggest this be held in the afternoon of the
Opening Day game.
We see it as being held from 4 to 6 P.M.,
presenting of course problems of traffic, but with the parade
carefully confined to the heart of the city, thus out of the
way of home-bound vehicles to a great extent.
All of downtown would be decorated -- if the
various committees have done their jobs.
It would be Atl anta ' s
great ticker - tape parade , filled with y outh and music and h eroes.
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We suggest that each marching band be the
respopsibility of an Atlanta business organization which
can make as much of the relationship as it wishes.
The
possibilities for generating good will are considerable.
At the least, all members of the marching bands should be
given free tickets to the opening game, courtesy of their
sponsoring business firm.
tickets.
In some schools this means 100
The students would sit in special sections, still
in their marching uniforms.
They would check their instru-
ments at the end of the parade of course, then would have
two hours to eat and get to the stadium.
We suggest Mayor Allen appoint a parade committee,
to consist of the people who know most in Atlanta about
parades.
That includes WSB staff, department stores, and of
course representatives of the Braves.
It would seem to us
that Arthur Montgomer y , as chairman of the Stadium Authority,
might assume responsibility for lining up the sponsoring
business organizations.
He could be helped in this by Chambe r
staff, and by committee members from the Board of Education
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NATIONAL AND LOCAL TELEVISION AND RADIO
We ask that Mayor Allen appoint a broadcasting
committee to meet as soon as possible, to lay plans and
thereafter to work with Bell
&
Stanton on all aspects of
network TV and radio coverage of .the festivities
surrounding opening day.
The objective would be to use
the event itself as the possible news peg which could
lead to significant national TV and radio attention to the
city of Atlanta.
We would like to call on the active help of all
local broadcasters to get this exposure.
Further, we would like the help of WSB in
particular in seeing about getting the "Today" show either
to originate the morning after the game from Atlanta, or
to have a part of the show with an Atlanta dateline.
If
it is necessary to pay for this, we should find out the
costs involved, and then see about obtaining the funds .
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and Radio continued)
Generally, the networks would cover the event
as news, but we should stay flexible in order to help in
every way possible.
What kind of town is this Atlanta
where Big League baseball is making its debut?
That is
the story underlying · the big event itself, and we feel
this will have interest to broadcasters.
On local TV and radio exposure, we ask that the
committee work with all stations, definitely including
those serving all ethnic audiences, to arrange for spring
training interviews with players, and then for interviews
as the season is about to open.
Much of this will flow
spontaneously from the Braves own public relations effort
but the Jspecial broadcast committee should try to be
helpful.


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THE "AWAY" GAMES WITH METS AND CARDINALS
The Atlanta Braves will open the season for the
Mets April 15 and the new St. Louis Stadium for the
Cardinals May 12.
We shall work with the Mayor, with the
Chamber, and with the Braves, on coordinating all aspects
of this.
Several officials should go to each opening.
How helpful it would be if Lockheed could supply a JetStar
which would be the official plane flying to both cities.
We shall stay in touch with the Mayor, the
Chamber, and the Braves on this, and will approach Lockheed
if given permission.
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