Morgan King and Whitney Carr first met the Horizon Credit Union team when they co-hosted Good Day Tri-Cities on WKPT, TV. Morgan admits that when he and Whitney were headed to their first meeting they were a little skeptical about meeting with “banking people”. However, much to their surprise, when they met Beverly and Mark, they were mesmerized by the passion that they both displayed towards Horizon Credit Union and their members. “It was just like sitting down and talking with old friends about people they love. That dynamic hasn’t changed one bit over a year later and today we are honored to be a part of their story,” Whitney says.
Whitney and Morgan enjoy having Beverly, Mark, and Horizon Credit Union staff members on the show each week. “One of the biggest highlights was our Halloween Show. Morgan dressed as Colonel Sanders, Whitney as Elly May, and Beverly as Aunt Bea. “We had a blast and our viewers talked for weeks about Aunt Bea,” beamed Whitney. Sadly in January of 2017, the station went off the air, and their show ended.
The story of this friendship and partnership did not end with the show, as a matter of fact, that was only the beginning. Not long after Whitney and Morgan made a public announcement about the cancellation, both Angela Baker, Publisher, and Angelica Ares, Creative Director, from VIPSEEN Magazine, contacted them and asked for a meeting to discuss new and exciting possibilities! Little did they know at the time VIPSEEN was looking to add a digital/video element to the already popular publication. Surging social media trends paired with the popularity of the magazine and the popularity of Whitney and Morgan equaled the perfect opportunity to introduce a new concept in marketing to this region: Social Media Influencers. And, just like that, Whitney and Morgan were back on the “air”. They travel the Tri-Cities with their trusty equipment broadcasting VIPSEEN Live! with Whitney and Morgan. The duo provides their followers a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest events VIPSEEN attends. This new endeavor has allowed Whitney and Morgan to, once again, partner with their good friends, and Horizon Credit Union was back on board as VIPSEEN Live!’s very first Red Carpet Event Sponsor. Being the Red Carpet Event Sponsor also meant that the Horizon team often joined Whitney and Morgan at featured Tri-Cities events. Whitney is quick to say that Beverly is the heart behind Horizon Credit Union.
Every Thursday, Whitney and Morgan can be “SEEN” live on a new, exciting adventure or sometimes just sitting around casually talking with Horizon Credit Union. “We really enjoy talking about, as well as, educating our social followers about Horizon Credit Union’s ‘Live-A-Lot’ loan service with Beverly, Mark, and the HCU team. This campaign was a fun one! We made the most of it and showcased multiple activities people enjoy doing and parlayed it into the ‘Live-A-Lot’ loans program. Although several standout, I would have to say the most memorable adventure would have to be the zip lining adventure. You’ll have to ask Bev about that one or better yet, you can still check it out on our Facebook page. The absolute best part of each and every segment was showing viewers what Horizon Credit Union can and wanted to do for them,” Morgan tells us with a huge smile on his face.
Whitney and Morgan both love and trust Horizon Credit Union so much that they have financed their recent vehicle purchases with Horizon Credit Union. Morgan is proud to say, “I have moved everything to Horizon Credit Union! I love it here!” They are quick to say that as soon as they left the initial meeting, they joined Horizon Credit Union. “I felt so connected to Bev and what Horizon Credit Union stands for. They are really good people who want to help people improve their lives,” professes Whitney.
Morgan King, a Kingsport native, first began his broadcasting career being a Weatherman and Radio personality. His career has enabled him to know or be known by practically everyone in this area. Morgan was so surprised to know that his long time friend, Vicky Fields heads up the Mortgage Lending Center at Horizon Credit Union. Morgan says emphatically, “I love these people and I love Horizon Credit Union. I am excited that they are real people who are available when I call or stop by. There is always a welcome for you too,” Morgan states. “I have sent lots of my friends and family to Horizon Credit Union. Why? Because I know that they will take care of them, treat them right, and send them home with a smile!” Morgan’s journey that has led him to where he is today has been an adventure in itself. Many people would be surprised to know that he used to be a hair stylist; was Amish for a year; owned a costume store and many other interesting career paths along the way. Morgan exemplifies the very definition of “living a lot”!
“People think I work at Horizon Credit Union. Beverly, Mark, and Dee Dee are people who are sincerely genuine and warm. I want people to know that they are considered part of my family,” Whitney adds.
Whitney is a wife, mother of three, and well-known in the region for helping homeless pets. She is a native of Rogersville. She realized she wanted to pursue a career as a host so Whitney promptly called WKPT and asked to meet with them. Fortunately, they had been considering starting a morning show and were seeking hosts. “Timing is everything,” says Whitney. “I was fortunate to be paired with my co-host, Morgan King.” Whitney says that Morgan is like her big brother, and has taught her the ropes. Morgan tells us that Whitney is his perfect sidekick! Together with Horizon Credit Union they will have a long, successful relationship. Horizon Credit Union, VIPSEEN Live! and VIPSEEN Tri-Cities Magazine – a Picture Perfect Match!