Joanne Winik will step down as president-GM of KLRN, a San Antonio public station at the end of September after 22 years. She’ll be succeeded by William Moll, former head of the Clear Channel Television station group, who was part of the team that put KLRN on the air in 1962.
William G. Moll, the former head of the Clear Channel Television group (now Newport Television), is back in the station business where he started — at noncommercial KLRN San Antonio, Texas (DMA 37).
The Board of Trustees of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council (APTC) announced in February that Joanne Winik, president-general manager of noncommercial, for the past 22 years, would retire effective Sept. 30. Today, Jim Goudge, chairman of the APTC board of directors announced that Moll will succeed Winik as interim president-GM.
Moll will succeed Winik on Oct. 1. He was part of the team that founded KLRN in 1962 and served as station manager from 1964 through 1969. “I look forward to returning to KLRN in this new role. Joanne Winik and her exceptional staff have built Channel 9 into one of the premier public television stations in the nation. It’s an honor to be invited by the board of directors to help continue their legacy of service to San Antonio,” Moll said.
Moll really has come full circle in his career. “I spoke the first words ever spoken on KLRN back on Sept 10, 1962, when we signed-on the air,”he said. “And in a sweet completion of the circle, last Friday night at midnight (June 12) I spoke the final words as KLRN signed-off the analog transmitter, some 47 years later. Six minutes later, I signed-on the digital transmitter. I have no aspirations to complete that circle, however. May it run forever!”
Winik said “During my time with KLRN I have worked with the finest, most talented and caring leaders in our community of service who generously committed their wisdom and thoughtful consideration to the guidance of this organization. I’ve served with a team of professionals that is dedicated to a mission and value that only a strong public media entity is capable of delivering to the life, conversation and conscience of a community.” She continued, “I am grateful to the citizens of our diverse viewing area who have allowed me this successful and fulfilling career, to its leaders who have helped enhance the value of KLRN through their open-minded awareness and guidance, and to those who have committed their professional lives to the development of an organizational team that is the envy of the public television system.”
Jim Goudge, chairman of APTC, said: “Joanne’s many years of dedication to the development of our public television institution has touched the lives of millions of viewers across the station’s 30-county viewing area. With his broad and successful experience in media, we are confident that Bill Moll will enhance and grow this legacy.”