Robert Truman is promoted at KATU-KUNP Portland, Ore.; Dean Radla becomes GM of WOAI San Antonio; while Matt Kaplowitz is upped at KFOX-KDBC El Paso, Texas.
Sinclair Names New GMs In Three Markets
Sinclair Broadcast Group today appointed general managers at KATU (ABC) and KUNP (Univision) in Portland, Ore. (DMA 22); WOAI (NBC) in San Antonio, Texas (DMA 31); and KFOX (Fox) and KDBC (CBS) in El Paso, Texas (DMA 93). The announcements were made by Steve Marks, EVP-COO of Sinclair’s television group.
Robert Truman was promoted to GM of KATU-KUNP Portland, Ore. Marks said: “Robert has been with Sinclair for five years and in the television business for nearly 20. His leadership in Boise has been terrific and we are confident that his success there will translate into great successes at our Portland stations.”
Since 2014, Truman has been the GM of Sinclair’s KBOI (CBS) and KYUU (CW Plus) in Boise, Idaho, where he joined Sinclair in 2012 as general sales manager. He has worked in sales at various television stations in Boise, Seattle and Salt Lake City since 2000.
Truman holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the Washington State University.
Dean Radla becomes GM of WOAI San Antonio. He will continue to be the GM of Sinclair’s Fox affiliate there, KABB, and retain oversight of Sinclair’s provision of services to KMYS (CW) under a joint sale agreement.
Marks said: “We are pleased to be able to bring Dean’s expertise and leadership to WOAI. During his twenty years with us, his skills and determination have been instrumental in helping to build the stations’ brand recognition and their success in partnering with the market’s local businesses towards reaching their customers.”
Radla has been GM of KABB and has been responsible for oversight of Sinclair’s provision of services to KMYS since 2012. Prior to that, he was director of sales at the same stations since 1999. From 1997 until 1999, he was the local sales manager for KABB.
Radla has more than 35 years of sales and management experience, including 27 years in the television industry in the San Antonio market where he began his television career in 1990 at KMOL (now WOAI).
During his career with Sinclair, Radla has been involved in numerous corporate wide projects focusing on inventory management and revenue strategies. In addition, he has also performed the duties of regional sales consultant, with oversight in Sinclair Broadcast’s Oklahoma City market.
Radla received a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and advertising from Texas State University.
Matt Kaplowitz has been promoted to GM at KFOX-KDBC El Paso. Marks said: “Matt has been with KFOX since the year Sinclair acquired it in 2013, leading the sales efforts as director of sales for the last four years. He began his career in El Paso and, with his sales and management experience, as well as deep roots in the community, Matt will provide for a smooth continuity in leadership and operations.”
Kaplowitz has been the KFOX director of sales since 2013. He began his career in television sales working for the ABC affiliate in El Paso. He moved to KFOX in 2001 where he worked as an account executive until 2009.
In 2009, he moved to Reno as a local sales manager working for KRXI and KAME for three years before being promoted to local sales manager of WPXI Pittsburgh. In 2013, Kaplowitz moved back to El Paso to assume the role of director of sales for the now Sinclair-owned KFOX and KDBC.
He holds a degree in media arts from the University of Arizona.