The GM of the CBS affiliates serving Great Falls and Helena will be responsible for all the group’s Montana stations starting Sept. 1.
Jon Saunders, president and general manager of Cordillera Communications’ KRTV Great Falls and KXLH Helena, both Montana, is assuming additional responsibilities as group vice president and group manager of the Montana stations.
“I am excited about leading the Montana group of stations and building on the rich tradition of market leadership,” Saunders said in a prepared statement.
“The fact that this opportunity is in my home state, working with the most talented people in small-market television and for a premier broadcast company like Cordillera is a realized dream.”
The promotion is effective Sept. 1.
In addition to KRTV/KXLH, Cordillera also owns four other stations in Montana: KPAX Missoula, KTVQ Billings and KBZK/KXLF Butte-Bozeman. All are CBS affiliates.
A 1990 graduate of Carroll College in Helena, Saunders started his broadcasting career at KTVM Butte, Mont., in 1992, and joined Cordillera the following year.
He has been the top manager at KRTV/KXLH since April 2007.