LIN Media (NYSE: TVL), a local multimedia company, today announced the promotions of John “Jay” Howell to Vice President-Regional Television; Patrick Wholey to President and General Manager of WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV in Providence, RI; and Joseph Abouzeid to President and General Manager of WDTN-TV and WBDT-TV in Dayton, OH.
Mr. Howell previously held the position of President and General Manager of WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV. In his new role as Vice President-Regional Television, he will report directly to Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s Executive Vice President Television, and oversee operations of the company’s owned or operated television stations that are located in Providence, RI; Springfield, MA; Norfolk, VA; Buffalo, NY; Dayton, OH; Mason City, IA; and Topeka, KS.
Mr. Howell launched his broadcasting career at WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio in 1989, serving as an Account Executive and then Sales Manager. In 1999, he was hired to be the General Manager of KRBC-TV in Abilene, TX and KACB-TV in San Angelo, TX. Mr. Howell was appointed President and General Manager of WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV in 2001. He served on the FOX Affiliate Board of Governors from 2005-2011, and currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Rhode Island, including Meeting Street, Crossroads and The Providence Performing Arts Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
“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 Mr. Blumenthal. “We are pleased that he is stepping into the company’s new regional management role.”
Prior to Mr. Wholey’s promotion as President and General Manager of WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV, he served as General Sales Manager of the stations since 2006. A native of Rhode Island, he began his career in New York City after graduating from Stonehill College in 1994, working in advertising at Young and Rubicam ad agency, and later in sales and marketing at MTV Networks, the Hallmark Channel and CNBC. Mr. Wholey returned to his home state in 2002 as Account Executive of WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV, before being promoted to Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager. In his new role, Mr. Wholey will oversee the day-to-day operations of Providence’s CBS and FOX stations and a MyNetworkTV digital channel.