Fates & Fortunes
John Howell III,
VP/GM, WPXI(TV) Pittsburgh/WJAC-TV Johnstown, Pa./ WTOV-TV Steubenville, Ohio, will retire at year-end.
station manager, WFSB(TV) Hartford, Conn., named VP/GM, WNEM-TV Bay City, Mich.
general sales manager, WDCA(TV) Washington, joins WNAB(TV) Nashville, Tenn., as VP/GM.
manager, marketing and promotion, KPNX(TV) Mesa, Ariz., promoted to VP.
account executive, WYJB(FM) Albany, N.Y., joins WEWB(TV) Albany as regional sales manager.
account executive, WBNS-TV Columbus, Ohio, promoted to local sales manager.
local sales manager, KVUE0-TV Austin, Texas, joins WSVN(TV) Miami in the same capacity.
senior promotion producer, WPHL-TV Philadelphia, named promotion manager.
Promotions at Time Warner Cable, New York: Mark Troller,
senior project manager, Doubleclick Inc., New York, joins as VP, systems operations, information, technology; Davis Ho,
director, systems operations, E-Commerce & Trade Services Ltd., New York joins as director, business technology; Nancy Mazzei,
senior art director, Showtime Networks, New York, joins as creative director, creative services; Larry Dixon,
supervisor, Brooklyn/Queens division, promoted to manager.
program director, KGO(AM) San Francisco, joins KIRO(AM)/KNWX(AM) Seattle as station manager.
anchor, KGTV(TV) San Diego, also becomes host, Sunday Brunch With Jack White, KCBQ(AM) San Diego.
Enrique R. Martinez,
senior VP/GM, Discovery Communications, Latin America/ Iberia, promoted to executive VP/managing director.
Appointments at USA Cable, New York: Scott Silverstein,
senior VP/general sales manager, advertising sales, Sci Fi Channel, promoted to USA Network in the same capacity; David Safran,
senior VP, advertising sales, Burly Bear Network, New York, joins as senior VP/general sales manager, advertising sales, Sci Fi Channel; Robert Kaminsky,
VP, business development, Arkwright, Fiskeville, R.I., joins as senior VP, advertising sales.
sales manager, Turner Entertainment Sales, New York, promoted to VP/New York sales manager.
Appointments at MGM Worldwide Television Distribution, Santa Monica, Calif.: Jeff Brooks,
VP, business development, Mondo Media, San Francisco, joins as VP, basic cable distribution; Kim Sterton,
director, sales, promoted to VP, Western region, syndication sales.
research director, sales and marketing, Cartoon Network, New York, promoted to VP.
Promotions at Fox Sports, Los Angeles:Steve Simpson,
local sales manager, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Net 2, to VP/GM; Andrea Berry,
VP, field operations, Fox Sports Net, to senior VP, field operations, Fox Sports Television Group.
Nancy Bauer Gonzales,
news director, KNBC(TV) Los Angeles, named VP/news director, KCAL(TV) Los Angeles.
Renay San Miguel,
reporter, CBS MarketWatch
and CBS News, New York, named technology specialty anchor/ reporter, CNN Newsgroup/Headline News, Atlanta.
news anchor, WDAF-TV Kansas City, Mo., leaves her post on Nov. 28.
primary anchor, WDTN(TV) Dayton, Ohio, named morning anchor, KCNC-TV Denver.
reporter, WTTG(TV) Washington, promoted to weekend anchor.
weekend reporter, WAGT-TV Augusta, Ga., joins KPNX-TV Mesa, Ariz., as weekend morning anchor/reporter.
weekend anchor/reporter, WREG-TV Memphis, Tenn., joins WWL-TV Orlando, Fla., in the same capacity.
an award-winning television producer, died Sept. 4 at 88.
Maurice Rifkin began syndicating radio programs in the 1930s, then moved to television, where he worked on such series as The Cisco Kid
and Sea Hunt. He was involved in production of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
and National Geographic specials. He won an Emmy for A Storm in Summer
on The Hallmark Hall of Fame
in 1970. He was received multiple Peabody Awards for service to the broadcasting industry.
He is survived by his wife, Tedde, and daughters Joan Sellers and Barbara Alter.—Beatrice Williams-Rude