Kirk BlackSenior VP, Meredith Local Media Group 3/07/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
Meredith Local Media management sees a rising star in Kirk
Black and continues to expand his leadership responsibilities.
Black has been on a fast track at Meredith since he
joined the company as general manager of WNEM Flint-
Saginaw in 1998, shifting to Kansas City in 2001 to run
two stations, then adding a senior VP title in 2008 with
additional oversight of Meredith’s stations in Portland,
Ore., and Las Vegas.
Realizing he had Top Ten-market talent, Meredith Local
Media President Paul Karpowicz in 2009 moved his star GM
to WGCL Atlanta, Meredith’s flagship. Black rebranded the
station as CBS Atlanta, remade the newsroom, and has posted
best-ever ratings in multiple dayparts for the longtime also-ran. He
also helped launch a hub out of his Atlanta facility, with traffic, master
control, business functions and research operations for eight Meredith stations centralized at WGCL.
Meredith brass lets Black identify and cultivate creative new business opportunities, such as a recent deal
with Turner Broadcasting for WGCL to manage Turner’s WPCH, known as Peachtree TV.
Black also serves as vice chairman of the CBS affiliate board. In case the affable young GM didn’t have
enough on his plate each day, Black has six children to boot.