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WBBJ General Manager Announces Retirement

wbbj logoAfter 16 years as the general manager of WBBJ, Jerry Moore has announced his retirement from Bahakel Communications’ ABC and CBS affiliate in Jackson, Tenn., TVNewsCheck reports.

“He has done a fantastic job there in developing the station to become one of the very best in the country as well as a respected community citizen; by providing outstanding news, weather and sports coverage for the region,” Bahakel president and CEO Beverly Bahakel Poston said in a statement. “We are very proud of Jerry and fortunate to have had him on our team for all of these years.”

Moore will be succeeded by Mark Brooks, who is currently the general sales manager at WBBJ, on January 1.

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Charlotte’s WCCB Picks Up CW Affiliation

WCCB, Bahakel Comummication’s station in Charlotte, will become the market’s CW affiliate beginning July 1.

Until earlier this year, the station was a Fox affiliate. WCCB lost its affiliation when Fox purchased WJYZ-WMYT in Charlotte.

“We are delighted that we have this opportunity to join such an up and coming network with even more contemporary and creative program series to come,” said Bahakel president Beverly Bahakel Poston said in a statement. “We have been very impressed with the creativity and production quality of the original programming that The CW has provided and plans for the new fall season.”

In Montgomery, Three Stations to Merge Operations

Sweeping changes are coming to the Montgomery market as three stations are set to merge into one operation.

On Thursday, Bahakel Communications, the owner of CBS-affiliate WAKA, announced that it had signed an agreement to purchase CW-affiliate WBMM (which is licensed to Tuskegee) from SagamoreHill Broadcasting, which also owns Montgomery ABC-affiliate WNCF.

In addition to purchasing WNCF’s sister station from SagamoreHill, Bahakel has entered into a time sales and share services agreement with the company, meaning that Bahakel will now oversee sales and production for all three stations.

Bahakel also announced that Jesse Grear, who has led WNCF and WBMM since 2005, would become vice president and general manager of all three stations. Read more