Nexstar Media Group on Friday named J. Kyle King VP and general manager of KARK (NBC), KARZ (MNT) Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark. (DMA 57). He will also be responsible for overseeing Nexstar’s relationship with Mission Broadcasting’s KLRT (Fox) and KASN (CW) under a joint operating agreement. King will assume his new responsibilities immediately and report to Mike Vaughn SVP and regional manager of Nexstar Broadcasting.
Since 2009, King has been VP-GM of KMID Odessa-Midland, Texas (DMA 87), where he was also responsible for overseeing Nexstar’s joint operating agreement with Marshall Broadcasting’s KPEJ.
King will be succeeded at KMID by Michael Lee, VP-GM Manager of KXXV Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas.
An industry veteran with nearly 30 years of broadcast and sales management experience, King has spent his career in the South Central United States, including eight years as VP-GM of Nexstar’s Odessa-Midland TV and digital operations.
Before joining Nexstar, from 2004 to 2008 King was director of sales at KXAN and KBVO Austin, Texas. Prior to that, he was a manager of Fox Station Sales in Dallas, where he led a sales staff responsible for developing and selling national inventory for 13 Southwestern Fox television stations.
Earlier in his career, King held sales leadership positions at Hispanic Television Network and at KXAS and KDFW, both Dallas.
King graduated from Baylor University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus in marketing and management.
New KMID VP-GM Michael Lee, from 1981 to 2005 was with KFDA Amarillo, Texas, where he quickly rose through various sales positions of increased responsibility before being promoted to VP-GM of the station in 1987. Lee began his broadcasting career in news and commercial production at KFDA. Before returning to KFDA 1981, he was GM of KFDW Clovis, N.M., for four years.
Lee is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications. He has served as chairman of the board and as an executive board member of the Texas Association of Broadcasters.