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Vic Vetters Tapped for VP-GM of Providence’s WJAR

Vic Vetters, a 28-year veteran of the local news industry, will take over as vice president and general manager of Media General’s WJAR, the NBC affiliate in Providence, on October 3.

Vetters will join WJAR after four years as vice president and group manager of three Smith Media stations: WFFF and WVNY in Burlington and WKTV in Utica, where he spent the bulk of his career in local news.

He joined WKTV in 1994 as both the director of news and operations and the afternoon anchor at the NBC affiliate. He was named general manager in 2001 and continued his responsibilities anchoring the noon newscasts until 2008, when his role at Smith Media was expanded to include the two stations in Burlington.

Vetters is a practicing attorney and a member of the New York State Bar. He replaces Lisa Churchville, who retired June 30.

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Lisa Churchville Retiring After 14 Years Atop WJAR

After 14 years running WJAR, Lisa Churchville is retiring as president and general manager of the Providence NBC-affiliate.

“I am very proud to have played a role in the station’s rich history,” Churchville said in announcing her retirement, calling WJAR’s staff “the best people in local television.”

Churchville began her career in TV at New York WABC, before moving on to work for a series of NBC stations. She worked as director of sales at Chicago’s WMAQ and later became vice president of sales at Philadelphia’s WCAU.

Reid Ashe, executive vice president and COO of Media General, which owns WJAR, described Churchville as “an accomplished professional and an inspiring leader.” “We will miss her and we wish her all the best,” he said.

Churchville’s final day with the station is set for June 30th. Video of the retirement announcement inside… Read more

In Providence, WJAR First to HD

WJAR became the first station in the Providence-New Bedford market to make the switch to HD on Monday, when the NBC-affiliate debuted a brand-new set and weather graphics during the morning newscast at 6:30 a.m.

“Our in-house set designer, Wally Franco, and his team worked tirelessly to create and build [a] news desk that showcases our video, our newsroom and our anchors’ keen interviewing skills,” WJAR news director Chris Lanni said of the new, HD-optimized set. “We’re looking forward to exploring all of the facets that this set has to offer in order to improve the viewer experience.”

WJAR put together a send-off for its old set as anchor Frank Coletta unveiled the new, HD studio (video above).

Last week general manager Lisa Churchville announced that the station would be broadcasting in HD by the end of the month. Read more

WJAR Set to Become First Providence Station to Broadcast in HD

After acquiring WLNE in March, Citadel Communications CEO Phil Lombardo said that one of his main goals would be to launch an HD newscast, pointing out that there are currently no stations in the Providence market airing local news in high definition.

Well, it looks like NBC-affiliate WJAR is set to change that.

WJAR general manager Lisa Churchville told The Providence Journal this week that her station, which is owned by Media General, would begin broadcasting in HD this month, perhaps even this week.

“We feel we’re the market leader, and we should be the ones to do it first,” Churchville told the Journal, saying that WJAR has spent roughly $2 million over the past three years to convert its operations to HD.

The Journal reports that CBS-affiliate WPRI and Fox-affiliate WNAC are also in the midst of converting to HD. It appears that Lombardo’s WLNE may end up being that last Providence station to make the switch.