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412 Communications is a true one-stop communications and media agency, geared toward helping small businesses and organizations build and maintain lasting connections with the people they serve. We offer a comprehensive array of services, ranging from full-scale development of your brand's online presence to multimedia production, all the way to proofreading and social media consultation. We're small — maybe even a "boutique" agency — so you can rest assured that your project will receive our undivided attention, the work will be specifically tailored to your needs, and every detail will be thoroughly accounted for.

True to our identity, we maintain a part-time presence in the Pittsburgh area, but we are physically based in central Delaware — within three hours of Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C.

JAMES WITHERITE - FOUNDER

JWHeadshotDRFJames Witherite, founder of 412 Communications, may have departed the Steel City in 2007, but his Pittsburgh roots, blue-collar work ethic, and authenticity have not gone away.

An accomplished sports broadcaster, writer and musician, James is uniquely versatile — and more in the "Swiss army knife" sense than a "jack of all trades." From his beginnings in print and web media in the sports department at the DuBois, Pa., Courier-Express nearly 20 years ago to his multi-faceted communications role at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the 2010s and his current pursuits, James has stayed on top of the ever-changing scope of print and digital communications.

After earning his Bachelor of Music degree in music technology from Duquesne University — right in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh — James enjoyed an 11-year stint as one of horse racing's premier commentators, narrating the action at Harrah's Philadelphia from 2007 to 2013 before spending three seasons at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in upstate New York. In 2017, James moved his headset from trackside to the rink, where this winter, he will begin his fourth season as the primary voice of University of Delaware hockey. Additionally, James produced four full-length jazz albums — three of his own as well as serving as the assistant producer on Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band's studio debut — in the past decade.

Through that time, James gained a wealth of copy writing, editing, web and graphic design, social media, audio engineering, and live video production experience — all of which combine to serve as the foundation of what 412 Communications to offer.

To learn more about James' other endeavours, visit his website.

ABOUT THE BRAND

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The 412 Communications identity screams Pittsburgh, a town known the world over for its genuinely good-natured people and blue-collar work ethic. The steel grey and gold colour scheme is a direct homage to James' Pittsburgh roots, as is the name. The font used for the wordmark — Copperplate — is strong, clean and classy, yet without coming off as "out of touch" or stodgy. Lastly, the stylized depiction of the Fort Pitt Bridge which comprises the logo represents the connections between brands and the people they serve — the very bridges that 412 Communications is uniquely qualified to help build and strengthen.

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