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KDAF GM Retiring After 40 Years In The Biz

Joe Young will retire from the Tribune CW affil in Dallas effective Oct. 11. "It's been a great ride," he says. "I'm extremely proud of everything we've accomplished at KDAF and grateful for being given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful team here in Dallas."

After 40 years of service in the broadcasting industry, KDAF VP and GM Joe Young is ready to retire.

Young, whose retirement is effective Oct. 11, has served as VP/GM sincye 1995, overseeing the launch of the station’s first primetime newscast in 1999, “News @ Nine.” He was also responsible for the creation of the CW33 Kids Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for children in need over the years. Under his leadership, KDAF won the Texas Association of Broadcasters’ “Bonner McLane Award” for community service.

“It’s been a great ride,” says Young. “I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished at KDAF and grateful for being given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful team here in Dallas. I’m going to miss interacting with the talented professionals across Tribune, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.” 

Young’s career began 40 years ago in sales at St Louis’ KDNL and KPLR, before moving on to Petry Television, with sales management positions at Telerep and Kansas State Network following. He then spent 10 years as VP/GM of WXIN Indianapolis before heading to KDAF. He has served on the Fox affiliates board for five years, seeing WXIN win the first Fox Affiliate of the Year Award in 1991 and becoming chairman of the board in 1995.

Larry Wert, president of broadcast media at Tribune, says Young will be greatly missed.

His leadership has served the station and the community well, and he should be proud of everything he’s accomplished,” he says.


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