Nexstar Names Dione Rigsby Technology VP

He will be responsible for overseeing Nexstar’s engineering operations, information technology infrastructure, as well as the integration of Inergize Digital Media into the company’s technology platform.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that Dione J. Rigsby, has been named vice president of technology, effective immediately. Rigsby will report directly to Blake Russell, Nexstar’s SVP of station operations.

In his new role, Rigsby will be responsible for overseeing Nexstar’s information technology infrastructure, as well as the integration of recently acquired Inergize Digital Media into the company’s technology platform. He will also be responsible for the engineering and installation of the latest technologies into the company’s growing station portfolio and will oversee the Nexstar’s technology team at its Irving, Texas, headquarters.

An experienced broadcast and information technology executive, Rigsby most recently served as chief technology officer, vp/director of engineering and general manager of Newport Technical Operations Center for Newport Television from 2008 to 2012. He was responsible for all corporate technology and technical resources related to television operations and the Inergize Digital platform, HD news production, information management systems including broadcast, storage and server systems, and data center operations.

At Nexstar, Rigsby will assume responsibility for the ongoing integration of the Inergize Digital operations (acquired from Newport Television in December 2012) with Nexstar’s existing e-MEDIA and GoLocal.biz platforms which currently include 43 local community Web portals. Inergize Digital offers fully integrated e-Media management solutions on-air, online and for mobile devices. Inergize has multi-year contracts with approximately 75 stations and other entities outside of the Nexstar platform.

Prior to his role at Newport, Mr. Rigsby held various executive and senior IT positions with a focus on designing and implementing technology systems and developing cost-effective strategies to fit business objectives.

Rigsby earned an Associate Degree from the Southeast College of Technology in Mobile, Ala. He served in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant, avionics systems (1993-2000) and sergeant, flight mechanic (1988-1992). In addition to his Air Force Engineering and Technical Services certifications, Rigsby is a Cisco Certified Network Associate for routing and switching and has his Adaptive Security Appliance certification for securing Cisco Networks. He also is Microsoft and EPA Certified, has completed SkyStream Networks IP Encapsulation and Packeteer Pack Shaper training.

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