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July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Gray Television, Inc. ("Gray," "we," "us" or "our") (NYSE: GTN and GTN.A) today announced several management changes at its television stations.
Gray announced the long-planned retirement of industry leader
Don Ray after more than 40 years in the broadcast industry. Don has served as a Regional Vice President since 2005 and as the General Manager of WSAZ-TV in
Huntington, West Virginia, since 1989. Under several different ownerships, including Lee Enterprises and Emmis Communications, Don worked his way up through the sales ranks at WSAZ-TV, starting as an Account Executive in 1973. He has held both National Sales Manager and General Sales Manager positions there. During his tenure, Don was named Director of Sales for Lee in 1999 and served as interim General Manager of WFTX in Fort Myers in 2005 for Emmis.
Gray Television President and CEO
Hilton Howell said, "We will miss Don's first-rate leadership of one of our dominant flagship stations, as well as his stewardship of his entire region. Don is a true broadcaster in the finest sense, committed to serving each community he touched."
Matt Jaquint will fill the General Manager position at WSAZ-TV. Don and Matt have been working closely on a smooth transition of leadership at the station since the spring, and Mr. Ray has agreed to remain with Gray Television for an additional period to complete that transition effort.
Matt Jaquint was most recently the General Manager at Newport Television's KTVX and KUCW in
Salt Lake City, Utah, but he is familiar with both WSAZ and Gray Television. Matt led sales as General Sales Manager for WSAZ from 2002 to 2005, and he was General Manager of Gray's WNDU in
South Bend, Indiana, from 2006 until 2008. He has also worked in the
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and
El Paso, Texas markets.
In addition, Gray announced new leadership at those television stations whose managers were promoted earlier this week to corporate positions. In each case, Gray promoted existing managers with deep experience at those stations and in their communities. Mr. Howell explained, "With the appointment of four General Managers to Corporate positions earlier this week, we are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray's large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets."