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Dan Cates Named General Manager at WJHL

Media General has named Dan Cates vice president and general manager of WJHL, the CBS-affiliate in Johnson City, TN. He begins in his new role on September 3.

Cates has worked for Media General since 1999. Most recently, he worked WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, where he has been director of digital content since 2009. Prior to that, he was news director at WKRG in Mobile.

“I am pleased to name such a talented broadcast professional to our Johnson City station,” VP of broadcast markets Jim Conschafter said in a statement. “Dan is a proven leader and involved community advocate with exceptional journalistic instincts.” Read more

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Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

Former WJHL Anchor and News Director Passes Away

Bob Lewis, who spent 40 years working in a variety of roles at WJHL, died last night. He was 66.

Lewis retired from WJHL, the CBS-affiliate in the Tri-Cities area of northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virgina, in 2007. In his tenure at the station, he was a cameraman, announcer, morning anchor, noon anchor and news director.

“Bob was the heart of this TV station for more than four decades,” WJHL evening anchor Josh Smith said in a statement. “He hired many of us, shared his coffee with us, and lived life along side us and we are heartbroken he is gone.”

WJHL Meteorologist Off the Air Following Crossbow Attack During Home Invasion

WJHL meteorologist Rob Williams is recovering at home after being shot with a crossbow during a home invasion that occurred around 4:00 a.m. on Monday.

“I wish to thank everyone for their concern as I recover,” Williams said in a statement. “I am working with police as they continue their investigation into this matter. I’m looking forward to returning on air very soon.”

WJHL reports that police responded to Williams’s home early Monday morning and the meteorologist told them that a man had broken in through a window and shot him with a crossbow and also fired at him with a pistol. Read more

Longtime WJHL GM Moves to Rival WCYB

Jack Dempsey, who has spent the last 23 years as president and general manager of CBS-affiliate WJHL, is moving to Tri-Cities rival WCYB, and WEMT.

Bonten Media Group, which owns the NBC-affiliate in the Tri-Cities area of northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, and oversees operations at WCYB, the market’s Fox-affiliate, announced today that Dempsey has been named vice president and general manager of WCYB and WEMT.

“We are fortunate to be able to attract so talented a manager as Jack Dempsey,” said Bonten CEO Randy Bongarten, announcing the hiring.  “His deep knowledge of and success in both television, in general, and the Tri-Cities market, in particular, will be a great asset to our company.” Read more

WJHL Swapping Morning and Evening Anchors

WJHL announced this week that anchors Josh Smith and Sara Diamond are switching schedules.

Smith will move from mornings to anchor the CBS-affiliate’s 5, 5:30, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts and Diamond will take his place from 5-7:00 a.m., as well as noon.

“The move gives our viewers more reason to watch,” said John Soares, WJHL’s news director. “Our devoted morning viewers won’t want to miss Josh anchor our incomparable evening news coverage and our evening viewers will certainly be eager to wake up in the morning to start their day with Sara.”

Smith and Diamond have been fixtures at WJHL for the past decade. A native of the Tri-Cities region, Smith joined WJHL in 1999 and Diamond came along in 2001, working as a weekend anchor before landing the weekday evening spot.  Video of the anchors announcing the switch inside… Read more