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Posts Tagged ‘Ray Cole’

WOI Boss Defends Decision Not to Air Colbert Ad: ‘It Was a Close Call’

WOI has been a favorite target of Stephen Colbert this past week, ever since the Des Moines ABC-affiliate decided not to air his satirical Super PAC ad in the days leading up to last weekend’s Iowa straw poll.

Colbert even called out station boss Ray Cole on Monday, offering a sort of apology for his criticism the previous week before joking about their chance meeting at the 2008 Emmy Awards (video inside). While Colbert has continued to poke fun of WOI, Cole is defending his station’s decision.

“This was a close call for us,” Cole told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday. “Our instincts are to grant access to our airwaves to qualified parties. We just felt this was too confusing. The straw poll isn’t a real election, but… it has a real impact.” Read more

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Citadel Names Chris Tzianabos VP-GM of WLNE

Citadel Communications has named Chris Tzianabos vice president and general manager of WLNE.

Citadel is set to officially take over management of the Providence ABC-affiliate May 1st and the company expects to receive FCC approval of its acquisition of WLNE this summer.

Earlier this month, Steve Doerr, who has been with WLNE since 2007, announced that he was stepping aside as vice president and general manager.

Tzianabos has significant experience working in the region. He served as vice president and general manager of Boston’s WFXT from 2000 to 2009. Prior to that, he held sales management positions at WHDH and the New England Sports Network. Read more