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Gray Television Names Jay Baron VP-GM of Charlottesville Stations

Jay Baron is the new vice president and general manager for WVAC-WVAW-WAHU, Gray Television’s triopoly in Charlottesville.

Baron, a Charlottesville native, comes from WBNG in Binghamton, where he has been local sales manager and new media manager since January 2010. He replaces Brad Ramsey, who left for WVEC earlier this month, beginning December 3.

“We are excited to have been able to recruit someone who has such a diverse background in television to lead our Charlottesville stations,” Tracy Jones, Gray’s regional vice president for Virginia, said in a statement.

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Natalie Wilson Joins WVIR in Charlottesville

Natalie Wilson has joined Charlottesville NBC-affiliate WVIR as a general assignment reporter.

Wilson joins WVIR from CTV News in Largo, MD, where she was a reporter, anchor and producer. Her television career began at WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC, where she was a production assistant and field producer.

Wilson is currently pursing a Master’s degree in communications at Johns Hopkins, according to her WVIR bio. Her first day on the air was April 2.

ND Jim Hanchett Leaving Charlottesville Triopoly

News director Jim Hanchett is leaving WCAV-WVAW-WAHU for a communications position at Indiana University.

Hanchett, who anchors the 5 p.m. news in addition to serving as news director, has been at the Charlottesville triopoly for the past three years.  Assistant news director Griff Benner is taking over for Hanchett on an interim basis.

“My wife, a former NBC News Channel producer, and I have four young children and the IU position offers long-term stability and normalcy that’s hard to find in broadcasting,” Hanchett told TVSpy today via email.  “The IU position gives me a chance to use some of the communications and marketing skills I’ve learned in TV in a new way.” Read more