Gray Appoints Four New General Managers
Gray Television today announced that Jama Killingsworth, Kerri Blanco, Tim Walker and Jacque Harms will lead Gray’s stations in the Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs; Hattiesburg, Miss.; and Meridian, Miss.
Today’s announcement brings to nine the number of new general manager positions filled by Gray this year. These six women and three men were all promoted from within the company: five were general managers who were moved to lead stations in larger markets, while four proved themselves as successful department heads before their promotions into general manager ranks.
In Huntsville, Ala. (DMA 78), Gray named Jama Killingsworth as the new GM of NBC affiliate WAFF, effective May 11. For the past four years, she has served as the general manager of Gray’s WDAM, the NBC affiliate for the Hattiesburg market. In that role, Killingsworth has expanded newscasts, significantly grown digital revenue, and strengthened community partnerships.
In Colorado Springs (DMA 85), Gray named Kerri Blanco as the new GM of CBS affiliate KKTV, effective May 4. Kerri has been director of sales for KKTV for the past nine years. Her 27-year media career began as an account executive for the local Fox affiliate, and she also served in various roles at the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, including local sales manager and national sales manager.
In Hattiesburg, Miss. (DMA 167), Gray has named Tim Walker as the GM of NBC affiliate WDAM effective May 18. For the past 15 years, Walker has led ABC affiliate WTOK in Meridian, Miss. He first joined WTOK in 1986 as the station’s production manager, and he actually began his broadcast career with a part-time position at age 14. Tim is currently the immediate past chair of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, having served as chairman of the organization in 2018-19 and 2003-04.
In Meridian, Miss. (DMA 190), Gray named Jacque Harms as the new general manager of ABC affiliate WTOK, effective June 1. She currently leads the KNOP-KNPL-KIIT news department in North Platte, Neb., and spearheads the collaborative news delivery services with KNEPTV in Scottsbluff. Harms joined the KNOP staff on a part-time basis in 1994 as an anchor, reporter, photographer and producer. She assumed news director responsibilities in 1997. She is an award-winning journalist with honors from the Associated Press, Nebraska Broadcasters Association and Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.