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Fox General Manager Mike Renda Moves From Chicago to Detroit

Breaking: After three years as general manager of WFLD in Chicago, Mike Renda is jumping to another Fox O&O. Effective January 7, Renda will be the VP-GM at WJBK in Detroit.

Renda and Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy are announcing the news to the WJBK newsroom at 9:30amET. The pair are expected to travel to Chicago later today to announce who will succeed Renda at WFLD.

“I feel honored to have the opportunity to lead the #1 station in Detroit, known for its edgy, unconventional and hard-hitting news product,” Renda said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the station’s legacy of serving Detroit.”

Prior to working at WFLD, Renda spent two years as the VP-GM of WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia. He has also been VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Mike has proven his great leadership abilities at three FOX-owned stations over a fifteen-year tenure,” Abernethy said in a statement. “Regardless of the roles he’s held, he always inspires his team to be better, work smarter and think differently. There is no person better qualified to take charge of our premier Detroit station than him.”

Renda replaces Jeff Murri, who died in February.

Read the full release from Fox after the jump. Read more

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WJBK Remembers Jeffrey Zaslow, Husband of Anchor Sherry Margolis

Funeral services were held this afternoon for Jeffrey Zaslow, the best-selling author and husband of WJBK‘s Sherry Margolis.  Zaslow died in a car accident Friday morning in northern Michigan.

WJBK, which recently mourned the loss of general manager Jeff Murri, remembered Zaslow in a long segment during its 10 p.m. newscast on Friday (video above). Read more

Death of WJBK GM Jeff Murri Ruled Suicide

The Oakland County medical examiner’s office ruled Saturday that the death of Jeff Murri, the general manager of WJBK in Detroit, was a suicide. Murri died last Thursday of a gunshot wound to the head at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, MI.

Murri joined the Fox O&O in 1984 and was named general manager in 2001. In a statement last week, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy called Murri “an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father.”

Murri’s funeral took place this morning at the same church where he died.

WJBK Remembers GM Jeff Murri Following Sudden Death: ‘This Place Will Never Be the Same’

The hosts of WJBK‘s morning show “The Nine” shared their memories of general manager Jeff Murri today.  Murri died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 50.

“The whole thing is quite amazing to me because just two days ago I was talking to the guy,” Lee Thomas said.  “We sang songs together.  We’ve shared life.  It’s like a part of you is missing truly because he meant so much to each and every one of us.” Read more

WJBK GM Jeff Murri Dies at 50

WJBK vice president and general manager Jeff Murri died suddenly on Thursday.  He was 50.

Murri began his broadcast career with WJBK and had served as GM of the Fox O&O since 2001.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our most beloved members of the Fox Television Stations family,” Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.  “There are no words to express the sadness of this tragedy. Jeff was an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father. He had great passion and dedication to WJBK and his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched. We will miss him tremendously.”

The cause of death has not yet been released. Read more

B&C Names Top Local TV Executives of The Year

Broadcasting & Cable is out with its annual “Local TV Executives of the Year” list (subscription required). B&C contends that 2011 was a remarkable year for the local landscape — with tornadoes in Tuscaloosa and Joplin, with Hurricane Irene, and with the ever-present problem of how to make it all work on a shoestring budget:

From floods to wildfires, and even that once-in-a-century earthquake that rocked the East Coast, local stations were at times forced to report under the most trying circumstances. Because that is what their FCC license mandates, and that is what their DNA tells them to do.

After the jump, read the full list of B&C winners. Read more