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.
Gray Appoints Four New General Managers
It makes top leadership changes at its stations in Davenport, Iowa; Lincoln, Neb.; North Platte, Neb.; Marquette, Mich.; and Parkersburg, W.Va.
Gray Television today named four veteran broadcasters as new GMs at stations in five markets.
In Davenport, Iowa (DMA 101), Susan Ramsett is now the GM of KWQC (NBC). She held various management positions in news, operations, and promotions at stations in Lincoln, Neb.; Wausau and La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin over several years before her 2013 appointment as GM of KOLN-KGIN and KSNB in Lincoln, Neb., as well as KNOP, KNPL and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.
In Lincoln (DMA 105) and North Platte (DMA 209), Shannon Booth succeeds Ramsett as the GM Manager of Gray’s stations in those markets. Since 1998, Booth has held various news, operations and promotions positions at Gray’s KCRG Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and she currently serves as the station’s director of brand marketing and creative services. Prior to KCRG, Booth worked at four other Iowa television stations, including WHO Des Moines, Iowa.
In Marquette, Mich. (DMA 180), Rick Rhoades will become the GM of WLUC (NBC-Fox) on April 1 upon the retirement of Rob Jamros, who has led WLUC for the past 27 years. A 14- year veteran of WLUC, Rhoades has been the station’s general sales manager for the past seven years. A graduate of Northern Michigan University, he worked as a golf professional before joining WLUC.
In Parkersburg, W.Va. (DMA 194), Ken Long is now the GM of WTAP (NBC), WIYE (CBS) and WOVA (Fox). He began his broadcast career more than 30 years ago, and joined the Parkersburg stations in 2009. He has been general sales manager since 2013. He succeeds Roger Sheppard, who retired on March 1 after 27 years, including 17 years as GM.