Wilke New GM at WGN

Marty Wilke had been interim GM at WGN Chicago since Tom Ehlman left for KXAS Dallas in late July.
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Marty Wilke was named vice president and general manager at WGN Chicago, effective immediately.

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.

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