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Joseph Denk Named VP-GM of WFRV-WJMN As Nexstar Deal Closes

Nexstar Broadcasting’s $20 million deal to purchase two CBS affiliates, WFRV in Green Bay and WJMN in Marquette, MI, was completed today. Joseph Denk will take over as vice president and general manager of both stations.

Nexstar announced the purchase of WFRV and WJMN in April. The deal brings the number of CBS affiliates that Nexstar owns up to 13. ““The acquisition of WFRV and WJMN brings immediate strategic and financial benefits to Nexstar as it expands and diversifies our station portfolio,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said.

Denk, who replaces veteran VP-GM Perry Kidder at WFRV-WJMN, is a Wisconsin native who is currently the VP-GM at WQRF, the Nexstar-owned Fox affiliate in Rockford, IL.

“Under Joe’s leadership, our Rockford operations have performed very well,” Nexstar executive vice president Tim Busch said. “His years of experience, respect within Nexstar and his Wisconsin roots are all a perfect fit to lead our newly acquired operations in Green Bay and Marquette.”

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WFRV is First in Green Bay to go HD

Nexstar-owned WFRV in Green Bay (market #71) becomes the first station in Northeast Wisconsin to go HD. General Manager Perry Kidder, who is soon leaving the station after 40 years, says, “We have made a commitment for years and years and years to try and bring the best product we can to the Northeast Wisconsin market place. That means not only to deliver what we think is the best ethical and high quality news project, but also the technology that delivers that.”

WFRV-WJMN President-GM Plans to Retire as Nexstar Takes Over

WFRV-WJMN president and general manager Perry Kidder, who has been with the Wisconsin-Michigan partner stations since 1974, announced that he will retire as soon as Nexstar Broadcasting‘s acquisition of the stations is finalized (WFRV report above).

“After 40 years in the business and 37 with this company, I made this thoughtful decision to retire,” Kidder said. “I am particularly gratified and honored to have worked with the talented and wonderful people at Channel 5 and Channel 3.”

WFRV (channel 5) is a CBS-affiliate based in Green Bay, WI and WJMN (channel 3) is run as its semi-satellite in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula. In April, Nexstar inked a deal to acquire the two stations from Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

Kidder joined WFRV-WJMN in 1974 and, after working in numerous sales positions, was named vice president and general manger in 1993. He was promoted to president-GM in 2007.

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