She had been interim GM since late July, when Tom Ehlman left for KXAS Dallas.
“Interim-schminterim … Marty’s earned this promotion,” Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson said. “She’s the right person to lead the station -- her talent, energy, creativity and dedication to WGN-TV’s viewers and advertisers are without question. Marty understands the important role that WGN-TV plays in the community and the connection it has with people all over the Chicagoland area.”
Wilke came to WGN in 1996 as a local-sales account executive, became local sales manager in 2001 and was named director of sales one year later.
“I am surrounded by a great staff doing great things,” Wilke said. “Our 5:30 p.m. newscast is off to a great start, and everyone is working hard to keep WGN-TV the leader in local news, information and entertainment programming. This station has a rich history of service to the community and I’m proud to lead it.”
Wilke’s first move as official GM was appointing Errol Gerber WGN’s director of sales.