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Adrienne Roark Named KOIN GM

roark cropped koinAdrienne Roark has been named president and general manager of Portland CBS affiliate KOIN.

“Adrienne is a highly strategic and driven leader that brings an impressive range of large market experience to this position,” said Jay Howell, VP of Television fro LIN Media. “She also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers. I am excited to welcome her to the team.”

Roark comes to KOIN from KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, where she was the VP and news director. She has also worked as news director at WFOR in Miami, FL, and assistant news director at WESH in Orlando.

She starts June 23.

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LIN Announces Blumenthal Retiring, Names Howell Successor

linmedia_304x200LIN Media has announced the retirement of Scott Blumenthal, executive vice president television and the appointment of his successor, Jay Howell.

Blumenthal started his broadcast career in 1970 and worked at WTWO in Terre Haute, IN, and WRTV in Indianapolis, IN, before starting his own advertising agency, commercial syndication and animation studio.

He was hired by LIN in 1983 as local sales manager for WISH in Indianapolis and was named president and general manager of WOOD and WOTV in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1994. He came back to WISH as president and GM in 1999 before being named regional vice president for LIN Media in 2002. Three years later he was promoted to vice president television and was named executive vice president television in 2006. Read more

LIN Media Announces Executive Promotions: New GMs in Providence, Dayton

LIN Media has announced three promotions within the company’s executive ranks. Jay Howell has been promoted to vice president of regional television, Patrick Wholey has been named president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC in Providence, and Joseph Abouzeid has been named president and general manager of WDTN-WBDT in Dayton.

Howell previously was the president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC. In his new role as vice president of regional television, he will oversee those stations as well as WWLP in Springfield, WAVY-WVBT in Norfolk, WIVB-WNLO in Buffalo, WDTN-WBDT in Dayton, KIMT in Mason City and KSNT in Topeka.

“Jay did an outstanding job as General Manager, building revenue and profit performance through the growth of audiences both on-air and online, staff development and relationships with clients and viewers in the local community,” LIN Media EVP Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. Read more

WPRI Launches Partnership With Providence Journal

WPRI and the Providence Journal have announced the launch of a new multimedia weather partnership.

Beginning today, WPRI’s Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 weather team will be the source of weather information for the newspaper’s online and print editions.

“We provide superior weather coverage to our local news viewers every day,” WPRI general manager Jay Howell said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with the terrific team at the Providence Journal to provide Rhode Islanders with an accurate and dependable weather forecast on television, in print and online.”

WPRI Expanding Morning Newscast to 4:30 a.m.

WPRI announced today that it is expanding its weekday morning newscast.  Beginning Monday, November 28th, the CBS-affiliate’s morning show will start at 4:30 a.m.

“Our viewers are telling us that their mornings are starting earlier than ever before,” said WPRI president and general manager Jay Howell, in announcing the expanded newscast. “We want to be responsive to their needs for local news and weather.”

Setting their alarm clocks a half-hour earlier are the established WPRI morning team of anchors Danielle North and Patrick Little (right), and meteorologist Michelle Muscatello. Read more

After Nearly 22 Years with Providence’s WPRI, Anchor Karen Adams Set to Retire

WPRI anchor Karen Adams has decided to step away from TV news after a decorated 35-year career in broadcasting.

“You don’t want to stay at the dance too long,” Adams, 55, told The Providence Journal about her decision to retire.

WPRI‘s news director Joe Abouzeid announced Adams’ retirement on Friday, saying that her final broadcast will be December 30.  Adams has been with the Providence CBS-affiliate for nearly 22 years, anchoring the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“Karen is a Rhode Island icon who has tremendous ties to the community,” Jay Howell, general manager of WPRI and its sister station WNAC, said.  “While we will miss her here at the stations, I know that Karen is excited to continue on with her community involvement, and we all wish her much continued success.”

“Rhode Island is where I call home, and I have been fortunate that our Eyewitness News viewers have allowed me into their homes every evening,” Adams said. Read more