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Helen Swenson Named GM of WIAT in Birmingham

wiat logo_304x200LIN Media has named Helen Swenson president and general manager of Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT.

The move had been rumored after former GM Bill Ballard‘s contract wasn’t renewed.

Most recently Swenson was the senior vice president of Live Programming for The Weather Channel. Before coming to The Weather Channel she was the senior multimedia consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates. She has also held management positions at local TV stations in Pittsburgh, Miami and West Palm Beach, FL, including a stint as news director for KIRO in Seattle.

“Helen is a highly strategic and skilled broadcast executive with a proven track record of achieving growth by developing innovative and superior products that better meet the needs of our viewers and advertisers, ” Scott Blumenthal LIN Media’s executive vice president of Television said in a statement. “We are pleased that she is stepping into the leadership role at WIAT.”

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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

Erik Schrader Named General Manager of KSNW in Wichita

Erik Schrader has been named president and general manager of KSNW, LIN Media’s NBC affiliate in Wichita.

It is a move within LIN Media for Schrader, who has been news director of WTNH in Hartford-New Haven since 2011. Schrader’s last day at WTNH was last week.

“As News Director for one of our largest markets, Erik transformed the stations’ largest single department into a multi-faceted operation with award-winning, multiplatform content creators that work hand-in-hand with every department in a cohesive way,” LIN Media EVP of television Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. “He brings a skill set to one of our newly acquired television stations that will be very important to its growth and development.”

His appointment is effective immediately. Read the official announcement after the jump. Read more

Kathy Mosher-Boule Named Manager of On-Air Image and Design at LIN Media

LIN Media has appointed Kathy Mosher-Boule manager of on-air image and design for its 43 stations.

Mosher-Boule comes from the FX Design Group, where she has worked for 18 years, most recently as the broadcast division’s vice president of business development. In her new role, she will collaborate with each station to “ensure their sets, lighting, graphics, and other image-related aspects of a newscast meet brand-building and integrated marketing strategies.”

“Kathy’s unique creative design solutions, uncompromising visual standards and keen insight into consumer appeal make her the ideal choice to manage the on-air brand image and set design of our television stations,” Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s EVP of television, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to welcome Kathy to the team.”

Kristina Lockwood Named GM at KHON

Kristina Lockwood has been named president and general manager of KHON, LIN Media’s Fox affiliate in Honolulu.

It is a return to KHON for Lockwood, who has previously served as the station’s national sales manager. In her new role, she will also be responsible for KHON-D2, Honolulu’s CW affiliate.

“We are excited to have Kristina back at KHON-TV. She is an outstanding broadcast executive with strong roots in Honolulu,” LIN Media Television EVP Scott Blumenthal said in announcing the hire. “Her unique blend of sales experience in both television and digital media, leadership skills and strong relationships make her an ideal candidate for this position and for advancing our key initiatives.”

Most recently, Lockwood was the director of sales statewide for Cox Media’s California division. She replaces Joe McNamara, who exited KHON last week.

General Manager Joe McNamara Out at KHON

KHON president and general manager Joe McNamara has parted ways with the Honolulu Fox affiliate, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

McNamara had been the station’s general manager since 2006. KHON, previously owned by New Vision Television, was purchased in May by LIN Media.

No successor was immediately named, but LIN Media will “be naming someone here very quickly,” EVP for television Scott Blumenthal told the Star-Advertiser.

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

Gary Yoder Named VP-GM at Mobile’s WALA-WFNA

Gary Yoder has been named vice president and general manager of WALA-WFNA, the LIN Media duopoly in Mobile. His appointment is effective immediately.

Yoder has been vice president and general manager of WUPW since 2009. WUPW, the Toledo Fox-affiliate, merged with WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in the market, last month. Prior to his appointment as VP-GM, he served as the station’s general sales manager.

“Gary is an accomplished broadcast executive who brings a forward-thinking approach to multiplatform news, sales and promotions,” Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s EVP for television, said in a statement. “He also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers.” Read more

B&C: Investigative Reporting Resurgent in Local News

Broadcasting & Cable takes a look (subscription required) today at the resurgent state of investigative journalism in local newsrooms. Three years after the financial collapse, which hit local stations especially hard, B&C finds the conditions of the media landscape are prime for new teams of investigative reporters and producers:

A handful of media trends pave the way for stations to reinvigorate their investigative efforts. First, the sorry state of newspapers, which have lost 30% of their workforce since 2000 according to the Pew Research Center’s recent “State of the Media” survey, opens the door for stations to pick up enterprise reporting slack. The same survey showed local TV is the “outlet of choice” for 55% of respondents, far more than the Internet (16%) and newspapers (14%).

There is no shortage of stories about government waste and civic corruption, but with print newsrooms often a shell of their former selves, there may be a shortage of reporters there to ferret them out. Read more