The broadcast veteran of 39 years has been in charge of CBS Television Stations’ properties in Pittsburgh since 2004. “Under Chris’s leadership, KDKA has consistently been the market leader in Pittsburgh and one of the truly great TV stations in the country,” said CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn.
Veteran local broadcasting executive Chris Pike today announced his intention to retire in mid-May following 39 years in the industry, including 29 years as a television stations general manager and the past 14 years as vice president and general manager of the CBS Television Stations group’s Pittsburgh (DMA 24) properties, KDKA (CBS), WPCW (CW) and CBSPittsburg.com. He will continue in this role until a successor has been named by CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn.
“Under Chris’s leadership, KDKA has consistently been the market leader in Pittsburgh and one of the truly great TV stations in the country,” Dunn said. “We are proud to have KDKA as one of the crown jewels of our station group and thankful for everything Chris has done to build on the station’s status as a legacy broadcaster while also growing our business on the digital platforms that will ensure the station’s continuing success.”
In 2014, Pike was named General Manager of the Year (markets 1-25) by Broadcasting & Cable.
Dunn added: “While we would love to have Chris remain at the helm in Pittsburgh, we respect his decision to retire. We wish Chris and his wife Irene all the best as they transition to what we hope will be the happiest time of their lives. They deserve it!”
“It has been an honor and privilege to work for CBS and cap off my career at KDKA, a station that has such a great tradition of news leadership, local programming and outstanding community service,” Pike said. “Leaving this great place will be a bittersweet experience, although I am confident my terrific friends and colleagues here will do a tremendous job of ensuring that the station continues to build on its great legacy.”
“I want to thank Peter Dunn and everyone else at CBS who has been so supportive throughout my 14 years with the company. I will always appreciate their friendship.”
“I also want to thank my best friend, my wife Irene, who has been a trooper as we’ve moved from city to city during our almost 38 years of marriage. I look forward to slowing down and being able to spend more time with her and our family.”
Prior to joining CBS in 2004, Pike was a general manager at stations in Washington; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Norfolk, Va. Before that, he held sales management positions at stations in Washington and Sacramento, Calif.