Jay Howell, president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC
Providence, has been elevated to a vice president-regional television role at
parent LIN Media. Patrick Wholey, general sales manager of WPRI-WNAC, takes
over the GM job.
Joseph Abouzeid, news director at the Providence stations,
has been named president and general manager of WDTN-WBDT Dayton. Lisa Barhorst
departed LIN's Dayton stations in July to run the Sinclair duopoly there.
son of former WPXI Pittsburgh GM John Howell, got his start at WTOV
Steubenville, OH in 1989.
He will oversee operations of LIN's owned or operated
stations in Providence; Springfield, Mass.; Norfolk; Buffalo; Dayton; Mason
City, Iowa; and Topeka.
He will report to Scott Blumenthal, LIN executive VP.
"Jay did an outstanding job as general manager,
building revenue and profit performance through the growth of audiences both on
air and online, staff development and relationships with clients and viewers in
the local community," said Blumenthal.