DMA 11: PHOENIX

KPHO-KTVK GM Ed Munson To Retire

After 40 years in broadcast TV, he will step down as head of Meredith’s Phoenix duopoly on Sept. 7. A search is underway for his successor.

Ed Munson, vice president and general manager of Meredith’s KPHO (CBS) and KTVK (independent) in Phoenix (DMA 11), said today that he will retire on Sept. 7 after a 40-year career in television broadcasting. Under Munson’s leadership, the news operation “has grown to the largest in the state of Arizona, creating more than 100 hours of local news and information programming each week,” Meredith said.

“I am honored to have led the incredible team at CBS5 and 3TV for the past 10 years. We have seen our way through many historic transitions including the creation of Meredith’s duopoly in Phoenix,” said Munson. “I am grateful to everyone here and at Meredith for their support and will miss all of them.”

In 2014 Meredith purchased KTVK, and Munson directed the merger of the two stations and the creation of the combined Arizona’s Family brand.

“Ed has been an outstanding leader for Arizona’s Family and all of Meredith’s stations,” said Patrick McCreery, president of Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group. “We are appreciative of Ed’s years of service and contributions to Meredith. He will be missed but his influence will be felt for years to come.”

Munson, 62, has spent 40 years in television broadcasting. Prior to joining Meredith, he was VP of sales for LIN Television Corp. overseeing all advertising sales. Previously, Munson served as co-VP for LIN, directing the operations of the company’s East Coast stations. He also served for 10 years as regional VP-GM of LIN’s NBC and Fox stations in Norfolk, Va. In addition, he worked at stations in Charlotte, N.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Richmond, Va.; and Bowling Green, Ky.

Munson recently served on the Board of Directors of the CBS Affiliates Association; is past chairman of the Arizona Broadcasters Association; served on the National Association of Broadcasters TV Board; served on the NBC Affiliates Association board; and is a member of the Endowment Board of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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Meredith said it will conduct a national search to replace Munson at KPHO and KTVK.

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Dennis Wharton says:

July 10, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Good guy and great local broadcaster. Good luck, Ed!

Alan Riebe says:

July 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm

A real pleasure to know and work with at LIN, all the best, Ed.

KaiSen says:

July 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Ed Munson’s a legend in the 757, leading WAVY’s newsroom to be one of the most professional and most-watched newscasts in the area. Godspeed on your retirement, Ed.

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