Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tribune Press Release

Tribune Names Marty Wilke as General Manager of WGN-TV

Sales Veteran has Track Record of Success at Station Wilke Names Errol Gerber as Director of Sales

CHICAGO, IL, September 24, 2008 -- Tribune Company today announced the appointment of Marty Wilke as vice president and general manager at Chicago’s WGN-TV, effective immediately. Wilke has served as interim general manager since late-July, and has been the station’s director of sales since 2002.

"Interim-schminterim... Marty’s earned this promotion," said Ed Wilson, president of Tribune Broadcasting. "She’s the right person to lead the station -- her talent, energy, creativity, and dedication to WGN-TV’s viewers and advertisers are without question. Marty understands the important role that WGN-TV plays in the community and the connection it has with people all over the Chicagoland area -- she’s committed to keeping the station No.1."

Wilke has a long history of working with advertisers and buying and selling media time. After a successful ten-year career with several advertising agencies, she joined WGN-TV in 1996 as a local sales account executive. She became local sales manager in 2001, and was named director of sales at the station in 2002. As interim general manager, Wilke oversaw the recent launch of WGN-TV’s new weekday 5:30 p.m. local newscast.

"I am surrounded by a great staff doing great things," said Wilke. "Our 5:30 p.m. newscast is off to a great start and everyone is working hard to keep WGN-TV the leader in local news, information and entertainment programming. This station has a rich history of service to the community and I’m proud to lead it."

In her first move as general manager, Wilke announced that she has appointed Errol Gerber as director of sales for WGN-TV. (See separate WGN-TV press release issued today.)

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