Since 2000, Lots of New Faces

In less than three years, all the top five stations in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market have gotten new leadership:

Paul "Dino" Dinovitz arrived from KCRA-TV Sacramento in mid 2000 to convert KRON-TV from an NBC affiliate to an independent. He replaced Amy McCombs, who left the station following its sale to Young.

KTVU(TV): Sales executive Jeff Block took over Cox's KTVU in early 2001 when Kevin O'Brien announced that he would retire from the group. Block became the ranking Cox official there that November when O'Brien left to take over the Meredith group.

KNTV(TV): Linda Sullivan arrived at the new NBC affiliate in last May, shortly after the station was purchased by the network. She had been running NBC's WRC-TV Washington for three years. She replaced Bob Franklin, who had been hired by then-owner Granite Broadcasting to convert KNTV into a network affiliate.

Ron Longinotti came to this long-open slot from Belo's KGW(TV) Portland, Ore. He remarks that he was group Executive Vice President Dennis Swanson's second choice for the job; first choice Joe Ahern was already in the market, running ABC's KGO-TV, but returned to Chicago to run CBS's WBBM-TV.

Valari Staab moved to this ABC station, replacing Joe Ahern, from the group's WTVD(TV) Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Before that, she had run ABC's KFSN-TV Fresno, Calif., where she had worked with her current news director, Kevin Keeshan.