In November Gary Anderson, Vice-President and General Manager of Raycom Media’s WPBN-TV in Traverse City, Michigan, announced that he planned to retire in mid-January. This opening has attracted considerable interest both inside and outside the company according to Raycom Media’s President and CEO John Hayes.
After reviewing the candidates the following changes will take place effective January 15, 2001. John Llewellyn will assume the general manager responsibilities in Traverse City. Llewellyn is the general manager of Raycom’s Cleveland television stations WOIO and WUAB. Llewellyn also had group responsibilities overseeing stations in Traverse City and Marquette, Michigan, which will be reassigned to other Raycom Group VP’s in the near future.
Replacing Llewellyn in Cleveland will be Bill Applegate, Vice President and General Manager of Raycom’s Memphis station WMC-TV.
Howard Meagle, Vice-President and General Manager of Raycom’s KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, will replace Applegate at WMC-TV.
A decision has not been reached on the new general manager for KFVS.
Hayes said, “I am glad we have such experienced and talented managers within our company so when these opportunities arose, we could promote from within Raycom Media.”
Hayes said,” Llewellyn recently came to me and expressed interest in putting down roots in Traverse City since this is where he wants to retire. Gary’s decision to retire presented both John and the Company with an opportunity to fulfill our mutual needs.”
When approached about assuming increased responsibilities, both Applegate and Meagle were enthusiastic to accept new challenges, Hayes said.
Raycom Media covers 10.2% of the U.S. television households with operations in 21 states. From a geographic standpoint, Raycom is the nation’s largest media company stretching from Syracuse to Honolulu. Raycom owns 34 television stations including 5 ABC, 7 CBS, 6 FOX, 13 NBC, 2 UPN, 1 UPN/WB. Raycom also owns Raycom Sports, a marketing, production, and events management and distribution company. Raycom Sports owns three LPGA golf tournaments, the Micron PC.Com Bowl and in a partnership, owns the television basketball rights to the Atlantic Coast Conference and syndicates television program “More Than a Game.”