WOFL's Welsh Takes Over WFLD-WPWR Chicago
Succeeds Renda as Chicago GM moves to Fox's Detroit station
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2012 2:44:12 PM
Dennis Welsh, VP and GM of WOFL-WRBW Orlando, is moving to the top spot at Fox-owned WFLD-WPWR Chicago. He starts Jan. 7 and succeeds Mike Renda, who takes over WJBK Detroit.
"Dennis brings an impressive range of sales and local news experience," said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations. "He has done a tremendous job in Orlando and I am confident his leadership will elevate FOX Chicago to the next level."
Welsh also had oversight of WOGX in Gainesville. Prior to Orlando, he spent eight years as VP/director of sales at Fox's KDFW-KDFI Dallas and Fox Sports Net Southwest. Prior to that, Welsh spent a year as director of sales for Fox Station Sales in New York. Previously, he was VP and general sales manager of WJW Cleveland.
"It's a privilege to join a Fox duopoly that is home to top-rated syndicated brands, the Chicago Bears and an aggressive news team," said Welsh. "The station has accomplished a great deal over the last few years but there is still much we can achieve and I can't wait to get started."
Boy does this guy have a lot to learn once he gets into this market. he's saying the right things but he seriously has a hell of a task ahead of him to turn this failing duopoly around at FOX 32/MY50 Chicago. First thing he needs to do...get a better news director and assistant ND and clean out some talent and cancel a few shows, improve the overall look of the programming and actually give a damn about what people want to see.
Jed - 11/18/2012 12:13:15 AM EST
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