NEW YORK — Keith Fenimore wants to be “The Most Recognizable Man in America.” That’s a pretty lofty goal, but in the name of science, I will do my part.
Keith’s mother wrote me and introduced herself and noted that her son wanted to be “recognized”, not famous, but recognized. She went on to tell me that he is a senior writer and producer for Howard Stern. Honestly, that was a turn off for me, but I decided to give him a chance (based on his nice mother).
Being a scientist/researcher by education, I listened to Keith and asked him why he was after this “Maximum Exposure.” Keith said “I am guinea pigging myself for the sake of a social and traditional media experiment, a commentary on our information culture, if you will.”
“My theory is that I will use one piece of press as my “Launch Article” to create my own media tornado, which will cause a domino effect.”
“It’s an interesting idea, but what are you selling?” I asked him.
He noted he wasn’t selling anything. Keith simply wants to create a buzz among the media outlets and social networks that will test the power-of-press and the people.
Keith has an impressive resume. In addition to his work with Stern in New York City, he has been an executive producer on shows on A&E, VH-1, FOX Reality and TV Guide Channel.
Finding out that Keith graduated just down the road from me at Old Dominion University with a degree in public relations and marketing, I thought it was worth the time to play along with his little experiment (in the name of science).
Keith was raised in New Hope, PA. Growing up on the rough and tumble streets of New Hope brought him valuable skills like spotting antiques at 100 yards away and the ability to tube aimlessly on the Delaware River. Sounds like a marketing major, doesn’t he?
He was one of 89 in his graduating class, the school’s largest. He is very proud that he participated in many activities, but mastered nothing. This is probably the reason that at age 39, he wants to be “recognizable.”
Keith has a beard that he notes “takes away from some of the size of my nose, a feat that peach fuzz in high school was not able to accomplish.” He also said that since his school was so small he was able to be a jock, a band geek and a loser all rolled into one.
After graduating from Old Dominion, a round-trip ticket to vacation with some friends in California turned into a one way 15 year stay. He used his degree to get a job at an entertainment public relations company.
The folks realized Keith could write well and sell and he moved up the ranks quickly to account executive. From there he went to E! Entertainment Television, where he served as a marketing executive.
Keith launched the hit series “E! True Hollywood Story,” “Fashion Emergency,” “Wild On” and did marketing and PR for “Talk Soup” and “E! News Daily.” Keith’s mother was proud.
In 2000, Fenimore switched careers and created and sold his first TV series called “You Wish.” For the last decade he has served as a comedy writer, executive producer and show creator.
He has partnered with people like Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven, Tony Alva and Stan Winston.
Now he’s the award winning Sr. Writer and Sr. Producer for Stern’s TV Network.
He went on to tell me how good looking his wife was (bragger). He has a baby boy and two dogs. His dogs are “Poopers” who loves Gloria Estefan and “NuDog” earns his keep by working as a security guard in the mall at night. He was probably lying to me about NuDog’s occupation.
He also noted that he “loves home renovation and real estate and traveling to unwelcoming countries while carrying large sums of money on my person is a huge thrill for me.” He was sounding a little more like a nut.
Keith’s last comment sold me on doing a piece on him. He simply said “I love my mom and dad and lucked out by getting a mother-in-law I like hanging out with.”
Good luck Keith Fenimore!
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