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LIN Fills GM Roles in Indianapolis and Savannah

linmedia_304x200LIN Media has named Les Vann president and GM of CBS affiliate WISH and MyTV affiliate WNDY in Indianapolis. The station group also named Steve Doerr acting GM of WJCL in Savannah.

Doerr replaces Vann, who was the president and GM of the Savannah, GA, LIN owned ABC affiliate.

“Les has done a terrific job in Savannah, rebuilding and launching a new brand, transforming its news department and strengthening the station’s commitment to localism,”Jay Howell, LIN Media’s VP of Television said in a statement. “He brings a unique skill set to WISH-­‐TV and WNDY-­‐TV that will be very important to these stations’ growth and development.”

CBS recently announced it is switching its CBS affiliation from LIN Media’s WISH to Tribune’s WTTV, starting January 2015.

Before working for LIN, Vann had been GM of WKRC in Cincinnati and had managed stations in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. Doerr comes to LIN after working as VP and group manager, Northeast Region for Smith Media.

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Steve McMurray Named GM of WKTV in Utica

steve mcmurraySteve McMurray has been promoted to general manager at WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, N.Y. The sale of WKTV to former Gray Television executive Bob Prather was completed yesterday.

“We were convinced from our first meetings regarding the acquisition of WKTV that Steve was the right person to be General Manager,” Prather, the president and CEO of Heartland Media, said in a statement. “With his background and knowledge of both the station and the community, we are confident he has the ability to implement the improvements planned.”

McMurray, currently the station’s news director and station manager, has worked at WKTV since 2002. He first joined the station as an assignment manager and was named news director in 2004 and station manager in 2012.

WKTV’s former general manager was Steve Doerr, who also had oversight of Smith Media’s stations in Burlington. WKTV was Smith Media’s last remaining station.

Former Gray Television Exec Buying New York TV Station

WKTV_LOGO_REVA company headed by Robert S. Prather, Sr. is buying Utica NBC affiliate WKTV for $16 million.

Prather left Gray Television as president and COO in June.

According to the FCC filing, Prather is the managing member of Heartland Media, the company buying WKTV. The filing also reveals Prather holds 100% of the company’s votes and 51% of the ownership.

WKTV referred TVSpy to a cnyradio.com story where the station’s vice president and general manager Steve Doerr confirmed the sale to Heartland Media.

The sale, still pending FCC approval, will be the first station buy for Heartland.

Former WLNE Boss Tapped to Oversee Smith Stations in New England, New York

Steve Doerr, who most recently served as vice president and general manager of Providence’s WLNE, has been named VP-group manager of Smith Media‘s New York/New England region.

The Vermont-based company announced the appointment today, stating that Doerr will oversee WFFF and WVNY in Burlington and WKTV in Utica, NY.

“Steve is an exceptional individual and a seasoned broadcast executive with diverse expertise in all key facets of television station management,” Smith Media VP-CEO Michael Granados said, in announcing the move.  “We are confident in Steve’s passion and experience in the television industry will take our Vermont and NY based properties to new levels in the communities they serve.” Read more

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

Under New Owner, WLNE Issues Round of Layoffs

There has been a significant round of layoffs at Providence’s WLNE, the financially troubled ABC-affiliate that was recently acquired by Citadel Communications.

TVSpy has heard from multiple sources that as many as nine staffers were sent packing on Friday and Saturday, including chief engineer Jim Brown and  assignment editor Neil Remiesiewicz. Station management has yet to return several phone calls from TVSpy seeking comment.

Two photographers as well as a handful of production staff were also victims of the station’s Tax Day belt tightening.

Earlier this month, WLNE announced that vice president and general manager Steve Doerr would soon vacate his post. After a judge approved the sale of WLNE, Citadel’s Phil Lombardo said,  “We’ll tell them our philosophy and compare it to what their philosophy is, and hopefully get a gameplan together that works for everybody.”

VP-GM Steve Doerr Departs WLNE as Citadel Broadcasting Takes Over

WLNE‘s vice president and general manager Steve Doerr, who has been with the Providence ABC-affiliate since 2007, is set to exit the station as Citadel Broadcasting revamps its recent acquisition.

Doerr announced his departure in a memo to staff on Tuesday, saying that, “after discussions with Citadel over the last week,” he is stepping aside at the end of April.

Last month a superior court judge approved the sale of WLNE to Citadel. At the time, Citadel CEO Phil Lombardo said that he was going to visit the station to meet with Doerr and evaluate his leadership as well as “crawl all over the place.”

“They clearly have a sense of the direction they want to go,” Doerr told WPRI, assessing Lombardo’s company following their meetings. Read more

Judge Approves Sale of Providence’s WLNE to Citadel Communications

A Superior Court judge has approved the sale of Providence ABC-affiliate WLNE to Citadel Communications, a New York-based company which owns four stations in the midwest.

Citadel Communications entered the auction hearing as the stalking horse bidder and it appears that the company won with its original bid. Citadel will reportedly pay $4 million in cash for WLNE, which declared insolvency last summer, in a deal that will total $5.8 million.

“There is a lot of work to be done,” Citadel CEO Phil Lombardo told reporters following the hearing. “We now need to formulate our plans to make the station very successful.”

Lombardo is set to tour the station today and Steve Doerr, WLNE’s current vice president and general manager, told reporters that he isn’t worried about layoffs. Read more

WLNE Launches ‘Operation: Warm Home’ to Help New England Families Without Heat


As a bitter cold spell whips through the Northeast, Providence’s WLNE has introduced a unique program to help area residents who are unable to heat their homes.

The ABC-affiliate is partnering with northeastern heating company Petro Oil on “Operation: Warm Home,” which connects local families struggling to heat their homes with WLNE viewers looking to help.

“Forecasts are for low temperatures between five and ten below zero,” said Steve Doerr, vice president and general manager of WLNE. “People need help and they need it now. ‘Operation: Warm Home,’ is our program to get them enough oil to get through the next few days.” Read more

Six Bidders Eyeing Providence’s WLNE

In Providence, struggling ABC-affiliate WLNE currently has six suitors.

Steve Doerr, the station’s VP and general manager, has confirmed to Broadcasting & Cable that the station has six legitimate bidders vying for its attention.

Last summer, Global Broadcasting, WLNE’s parent company, filed for receivership in Rhode Island Superior Court, giving the company some breathing room as it moved to sell the station.

New York media brokerage firm Cobb Corp. was hired in October to handle the sale.

“It’s a slow process but we’re getting there,” Doerr said.