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Raycom Promotes Myrtle Beach News Director to GM

miles wmbf croppedRaycom has named Sarah Miles VP & GM of Myrtle Beach, S.C. NBC affiliate WMBF.

Starting in January, she replaces Ted Fortenberry who was promoted to VP and GM of WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”

Miles has been news director at WMBF since 2010. Before that, she was executive producer at Raycom’s WAVE in Louisville, Ky.. She started her career at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois.

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WTIC GM Leaves After Less Than a Year

chris geigerChris Geiger is out as GM of Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy Geiger “has decided to leave the station.”

Geiger was named GM in April. He came from Sinclair Broadcasting’s stations in Syracuse WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. He replaced Rich Graziano, who became GM of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX.

Steve Lavin to Replace Retiring WBAY GM

wbay logoMedia General has named Steve Lavin to replace retiring WBAY GM Don Carmichael.

Lavin is the station manager/general sales manager for the Green Bay, Wisc. ABC affiliate.

Lavin started at WBAY in 1996 before leaving in 2000 for WEAU in Eau Claire. He came back to WBAY in 2005 as GSM.

“We are delighted to name such a talented and experienced broadcaster as Steve to be our new General Manager at WBAY,” Deborah A. McDermott, SVP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement.

Michael Jack to Retire as GM of WNBC

mj+new1Michael Jack has announced his retirement as GM of New York NBC owned station WNBC.

Jack was GM at WRC in Washington, D.C. before coming to WNBC in 2010. He told staffers at a Town Hall meeting he would retire in June 2015.

“Michael has been a dynamic leader, who has run three NBC Owned Television Stations over the course of his career,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “He has been a trusted confidante and friend to me, a committed broadcaster and a mentor for so many in our division. He has championed the careers of countless individuals, always reaching back to help others in the industry grow. Michael also has a great family. His wonderful wife, Mary, and treasured daughter, Truce, are his true foundation and they deserve more time with him. We will miss him greatly and wish him all the best for a truly wonderful retirement.”

He started his career at with WABC in New York in October 1977. He was an account executive for ABC Spot Sales in Chicago before working for KGO in San Francisco. He spent 10 years as sales manager at Capital Cities National Sales Office in Los Angeles, leaving in 1996 to work at KNBC as VP of Sales. He has also worked as GM of WCMH in Columbus.

Media General Names Replacement for Retiring Columbus GM

wcmh304Media General has named Kenneth Freedman GM of Columbus, Ohio NBC affiliate WCMH.

Freedman replaces Dan Bradley who is retiring at the end of the year, after 40 years in broadcasting. He starts January 1.

He currently works as VP and GM of KWQC in Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

Before working at KWQC, Freedman worked as director of sales and marketing for KGW in Portland, Oregon. Freedman has held sales management positions at at KSTU in Salt Lake City, WOFL-WRBW and WKMG in Orlando, Fla. He’s also worked for HRP and Blair TV in New York City.

Cox Names New GM for Memphis Station

whbq_logoThe Memphis FOX station that recently went from FOX to Cox ownership has a new GM. Paul Briggs was named by Cox Media Group as VP and GM of WHBQ effective immediately.

Briggs was the general sales manager at Cox’s Charlotte, N.C. ABC affiliate WSOC.

“We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent like Paul for this important leadership position at one of our newest TV brands,” Cox EVP of Television Jane Williams said in a statement. “Paul will play a pivotal role in leading the professionals at WHBQ-TV and to continue informing, inspiring, entertaining and improving the Memphis community.”

Briggs replaces former GM John Koski.

KABC GM Announces Retirement

kleiner kabcArnold Kleiner, longtime GM of Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC, has announced he’s retiring at the end of January 2015.

Kleiner has been GM of KABC since February 1996.

“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” Kleiner said in a statement. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today. I leave the station in good hands, and they can count on me to be their most loyal viewer.”

Before coming to KABC, he was president and GM of KFMB in San Diego. He started his career with Westinghouse Broadcasting in 1968 as an account executive at KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He’s worked at WJZ in Baltimore, WBZ in Boston, WPVI in Philadelphia, and WMAR in Baltimore until moving to KFMB in 1993.

KMSP GM Retiring, Replacement Named

kmsp_logoCarol Rueppel is retiring after 17 years with FOX Television Stations.

“Carol has been a successful leader and respected colleague whose 17-year career with FOX is filled with many accomplishments,” FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “We want to thank her for her many years of dedication and wish her much happiness in her retirement. I am disappointed that she is leaving us but respect her decision and she will be truly missed.”

Abernethy announced Rueppel’s replacement would be Sheila Oliver who is Director of Sales at KMSP-WFTC.

“Over the last 13 years with FOX, Sheila has proved herself as a results-driven, strategic and thoughtful executive,” Abernethy said. “She gets our business and understands what it takes to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.”

Before coming to KMSP 12 years ago, Oliver had been VP and GSM at Phoenix FOX owned stations KSAZ-KUTP. She had also worked as VP and GM of WCGV-WVTV in Milwaukee, Wisc., WTVR in Richmond, Va. and WUPW in Toledo, Ohio. She started her career in radio at WJLB in Detroit, Mich.

“The FOX Minneapolis team is passionate, smart and talented,” said Oliver. “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to build on our success and lead the team to even greater heights in this challenging, complex television environment.”

Journal Broadcast Names New GM for Boise Stations

Ken RitchieJournal Broadcast Group has named Ken Ritchie VP and GM of ABC and FOX affiliates KIVI and KNIN in Boise, Idaho.

“Ken has been a longtime sales leader at our Boise operations and is well respected in the stations and in the community,” Debbie Turner, EVP of Television for Journal Broadcast Group said in a statement.

Ritchie has been the interim GM at the station since spring. He started at KIVI in 1975 and rose from account manager to general sales manager before leaving the station. He came back as GSM when Journal bought the station in 2002. He was named Director of Sales in 2009.

WTLV-WJXX Hires Station Manager/Director of Sales

wtlv wjxx largeBill Lancaster has been named VP/station manager and director of sales for WTLV-WJXX.

This is a move within Gannett for Lancaster, who comes to the Jacksonville, Fla. NBC and ABC affiliates from WFMY in Greensboro, NC.

“I am very excited for Bill to join our team in Jacksonville,” Rob Mennie, president and GM of WTLV-WJXX and SVP of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “I have known Bill for many years and have always been impressed by his leadership and sales results.”

Lancaster started with Gannett at WFMY as an account executive. He worked at WUSA in Washington, DC before returning to WFMY as national sales manager. He then worked his way from local sales manager to general sales manager before being named VP of sales in 2011.

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