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Sinclair Group Manager Dies Suddenly

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has announced Doug Gealy, group manager for multiple markets, has died.

“We are grieved and shocked at the sudden loss of one of our own,” Sinclair CEO and EVP David Amy said in a statement. “Doug brought over 30 years of broadcast television experience to our Company and we will miss his talent and leadership. He was a very dedicated husband and family man and deeply valued the friendships he had in our business and many will miss him greatly. We wish to express our condolences to his family in this time of sorrow.”

Gealy oversaw Sinclair’s stations in the Washington, D.C, Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA, markets.

Before being named group manager in November 2013, Gealy had been president, CEO, COO and founder of ACME Communications. Before that he was EVP of Benedek Broadcasting. Gealy had previously worked as GM of WCMH and WWHO in Columbus, Ohio and WHOI in Peoria, Illinois. He had also worked at various stations in Ohio as general sales manager, local sales manager, national sales manager and account executive.

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Doug Gealy Named Group Manager by Sinclair

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Doug Gealy group manager.

As group manager, Gealy will oversee Sinclair’s stations in the Washington, D.C, Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA, markets.

“Doug is a very seasoned broadcaster bringing 31 years of broadcast television experience, including 24 years of broadcast executive experience to Sinclair,” Steve Marks chief operating officer of Sinclair’s TV group said in a statement.

Gealy was founder of ACME Communications and served as and president, CEO and COO from 1997 until 2013.Before that he was EVP of Benedek Broadcasting. Between 1989 and 1996, he served as VP and GM of WHOI in Peoria, IL, and then president and GM of WCMH and WWHO in Columbus, OH.

Acme Reports Slight Increase in Station Revenue

Acme Communications, which currently owns and operates three stations in addition to producing the syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz,” announced that it saw a 2% increase in station revenue in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year.

The 2% increase is from Acme’s “continuing” stations, since the company recently sold off three of its properties (WBXX in Knoxville, WBDT in Dayton, and WCWF in Green Bay). Acme currently owns KWBQ and KASY in Alberquerque-Santa Fe and WBUW in Madison.

“Market conditions continue to improve and we are cautiously optimistic that this positive trend will continue at our three remaining continuing stations and ‘The Daily Buzz’ through the remainder of the year,” said Doug Gealy, Acme’s president and CEO, in a press release.

Revenues at “The Daily Buzz” increased 16% for the quarter.

Shedding Stations, Acme Reports Transitional 2010

Acme Communications, whose roster of stations is dwindling, announced financial results this week for the fourth quarter as well as the full year of 2010, emphasizing that management is in the process of essentially righting the ship.

LIN Media recently took over Acme’s stations in Dayton and Green Bay while Lockwood Broadcast Group is set to purchase Knoxville’s WBXX. Acme excluded these stations from its financial results, stressing to shareholders that it was working to quell losses and cut costs.

“During this past year we made significant progress on our overarching goal of monetizing our assets for the benefit of our shareholders,” Doug Gealy, ACME’s President and CEO, said in a news release. “With our stations in Knoxville, Dayton and Green Bay expected to be sold in the current quarter, we expect to begin returning a meaningful portion of the cash component of those proceeds to our shareholders and will work to reduce corporate costs to reflect the reduced scale of our operations.” Read more

ACME Sells Knoxville’s WBXX to Lockwood Broadcast

ACME Communications announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to sell WBXX to the Lockwood Broadcast Group for $5.6 million.

Lockwood’s all-cash purchase of the Knoxville CW-affiliate is now subject to approval by the FCC. ACME expects the deal to close by the end of the second quarter of 2011.

“The strategic monetization of this station reflects our focus on maximizing our assets to the benefit of our shareholders,” said Doug Gealy, ACME’s president and CEO, in making the announcement.

“Lockwood Broadcast Group acquires a station with a loyal audience base and a solid local management team. We thank all of our employees at WBXX for their hard work and dedication over the years.”

Lockwood Broadcast currently owns CW-affiliates in Huntington, WV, Huntsville, AL and Ada, OK.