Former WATE Knoxville GM joins Hearst-Argyle’s ABC affiliate.
Jan Wade, a television broadcaster whose experience includes senior positions within leading TV stations in six different markets, is joining Hearst-Argyle Television as president and general manager of WISN, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee.
Since 1994 she has been president and general manager of WATE, the Young Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn. Milwaukee is the nation’s 34th largest TV market; Knoxville is the 60th.
The appointment was announced today by David J. Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Hearst-Argyle Television Inc.
Wade succeeds Frank Biancuzzo, who is returning to Hearst-Argyle’s New York headquarters as a aenior vice president/group head. Wade will report to Philip Stolz, also a Hearst-Argyle senior vice president/group head, with whom Biancuzzo will share management oversight of substantially all of the company’s 29 television stations.
“Jan’s rich experience in general management as well as in programming, operations, marketing and promotions make her an excellent choice to succeed Frank and to help carry on the success WISN-TV has enjoyed as one of America’s top-rated ABC affiliate stations,” Barrett said. “She understands the vitally important role a leading local TV station plays, on-air and online, as a provider of local news and information, and as an active citizen in the community.”
Before joining WATE, Wade was with WKRN, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Nashville, first as marketing and programming director. After serving for two years as marketing director at WFLA, the Media General NBC affiliate in Tampa, she returned to WRKN as operations manager and programming director. Before WKRN, she served in senior marketing roles at WLNE-TV, the Freedom Communications CBS affiliate in Providence, R.I.; and at WCCO-TV, the CBS O&O in Minneapolis. She began her career as an assistant promotions manager at Louisville CBS affiliate WLKY, at the time owned by Gannett Television and now a Hearst-Argyle station.