Doug Kiel, president of Journal Communications and CEO of Journal Broadcast Group, will leave on Dec. 27 to start his own company. Steven Smith will take over.
Journal Communications Inc. today announced that Doug Kiel, president of Journal Communications and CEO of Journal Broadcast Group, will retire on Dec. 27, the end of the company’s fiscal year.
“I’ve decide to retire from Journal to pursue starting my own company, outside of Milwaukee,” said Doug Kiel. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Journal and have always felt it was a real privilege to lead the Journal Broadcast Group. I’ll especially miss the great people I’ve worked with and wish them all the best in the future.”
“Doug has had a terrific career at our company including radio and television station management as well as corporate duties working with other Journal Communications companies,” said Steven J. Smith, chairman-CEO. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Doug for his dedication to Journal Communications, for sharing his expertise and talent in both radio and television, and for his years of being a wonderful professional colleague and friend. Doug and the entire Journal Broadcast Group team have done a great job building our local market business across the country. The commitment to excellence and community service will continue and is a legacy of Doug’s service.”
After Kiel retires, Smith will assume leadership of the group for the foreseeable future. “We are fortunate to have a very talented cadre of regional and market leaders within our Broadcast Group, and I look forward to working even more closely with all of them,” said Smith.
Kiel joined Journal Communications in 1987 as vice president and general manager of WKTI-FM Milwaukee. During his career he also managed WTMJ-TV Milwaukee and assumed responsibility for the Broadcast Group in 1992.
He became president of Journal Communications in 1998. During his tenure, Journal Broadcast Group experienced significant growth, including the purchase of the Great Empire Broadcasting Radio Group, Desert Empire Television and three Emmis Communications television stations. Kiel also added stations in a number of Journal markets to leverage existing investments.
Kiel serves on the board of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Affiliate Board of the NBC Broadcasting Network, the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation board of directors, the Television Bureau of Advertising board of directors, and the Radio Advertising Bureau board of directors.