Sinclair Broadcasting Group has named Glen Callanan general manager of its Cedar Rapids, IA, CBS affiliate KGAN. Sinclair also said Callanan will oversee sales and other non-programming related services at FOX affiliate KFXA pursuant to an outsourcing agreement.
“I am excited to be leading the team at KGAN and KFXA,” said Callanan in a statement “I hope to work with the station employees to make our stations, news product and digital presence more relevant and important to the Cedar Rapids market.”
Before coming to Sinclair, Callanan was the director of interactive and retail sales at WGN in Chicago. From 1999 until 2003, he was the national sales manager at WGN. In between stints at the Tribune-owned Chicago station, he was the general sales manager for KPLR in St. Louis, MO. He has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, TeleRep and other stations in St. Louis.
German comes from Savannah, Ga. where he has been sales manager at WJCL-WTGS since 2010. He began his television career at WJCL almost three decades ago and saw the station through several affiliate changes, as well as its relocation from South Carolina to Savannah.
“I find myself in unfamiliar territory,” The Baltimore Sun reported Jackson told staffers in an email last week. “After 20 years and 7 months at WJZ I’ve decided to leave at the end of the year. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to advance my career goals.”
According to The Sun, Jackson didn’t say where he was going but told the Baltimore paper, “At this time, I am still weighing my options.”
Jackson started at WJZ in 1993 as a general assignment reporter.
Early in her career, Aldridge worked at WACH as an account executive.
“I am thrilled to return to FOX 57 as General Manager,” Aldridge said in a statement. “The team at WACH is dedicated, hard-working and talented. I am excited about the direction our station is headed and the resources available to it under Sinclair’s ownership.”
Sinclair bought WACH as part of its acquisition of 18 Barrington Broadcast Group stations in March.
Most recently, Aldridge helped Sinclair with its newly acquired station operations. Between 2008 and 2010, she was GM of Sinclair’s Charleston, SC, station WMMP and also oversaw WTAT. Before that she worked as GSM, local sales manager, national sales manager and account executive at those stations.
She tossed to a package thanking viewers for watching her over the seven years she’d worked at the station and was then joined on set by family and friends.
According to the station, Pringle is leaving to work in public relations. She started at WMAR in January 2007.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports controversial streaming TV service Aereo has announced plans to expand into 11 Wisconsin counties by early 2014.
Aereo has already launched in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and five other cities also has designs to move into cities like Chicago and Philadelphia.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the service plans to launch in Dane, Rock, Green, Lafayette, Grant, Iowa, Columbia, Saulk, Richland, Juneau and Marquette counties in the first three months of 2014. Dane County was especially attractive to Aereo because of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
On her station bio page, WTNH wrote, “Thank you and farewell Sonia Baghdady! Sonia is leaving News 8 to pursue other interests and passions. While we are sad to see Sonia go, we are happy she’s able to pursue her dreams.”
Wednesday, Baghdady told viewers on her facebook page, “Just want to let you all know tonight’s 5pm newscast was my last one at News 8. I’m excited to say I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue other interests and passions. I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past 11 years at WTNH. That support has meant the world to me. I’m looking forward to where my path leads me next. xo Sonia”
Bagdady joined WTNH in December 2002 from WWLP in Springfield, MA. She previously worked at News12 in Long Island, NY.
“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”
The marketing department for the upcoming “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is working overtime.
In addition his Dodge ads and various in character appearances on talk shows, Will Ferrell gave viewers of Bismarck, ND, CBS station KXMB a show when he donned his Ron Burgundy blazer and mustache and co-anchored the station’s Saturday night news.