DMAS 97, 156, 161 & 181

Gray Names Four New General Managers

The group owner promotes Jay Barton, Kim Lee, Alan Chatman and Eric Krebs to the top spots in Burlington, Vt.; Bangor, Maine; Gainesville, Fla.; and Charlottesville, Va.

Gray Television on Tuesday announced the promotion of veteran broadcasters to lead its television stations in four markets. Like all other new Gray General Managers named in 2017, these four individuals were promoted from within Gray’s station ranks.

In Burlington, Vt. (DMA 97), Jay Barton became the GM of WCAX (CBS) on June 1, upon the commencement of a standard pre-closing local marketing agreement for the station. Since 2012, Barton has served as the general manager of Gray’s Charlottesville, Va., stations. He succeeds Peter Martin, a career-long veteran of WCAX who in 1995 succeeded his own legendary father Red Martin as the station’s general manager.

In Bangor, Maine (DMA 156), Kim Lee is now GM of WABI (CBS). Lee has held various positions at WABI for the past 15 years including most recently as the general sales manager. She succeeded 34-year veteran and long-time GM, Mike Young, who recently retired from the station.

In Gainesville, Fla., (DMA 161), Alan Chatman has become GM of WCJB (ABC). He began his broadcast career more than 35 years ago, and he has served as WCJB’s general sales manager since 1994. He succeeded Carolyn Barrett, who recently retired after 38 years with WCJB, including the last 31 as the GM.

In Charlottesville, Va. (DMA 181), Eric Krebs has succeeded Barton as the GM of WCAV (CBS), WVAW-LP (ABC), and WAHU-CD (Fox). Krebs has spent his entire professional career in television broadcasting and has held several positions in multiple markets over the years. For the past six years, he has been the general sales manager for Gray’s Charlottesville stations.

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