Gray Television has promoted from within by giving a quartet of veteran broadcasters the keys to four of its television stations across the East Coast.
In Burlington, Vt., which is DMA No. 97, Jay Barton is now GM of CBS affiliate WCAX-3. He took his new duties on June 1, following the start of a pre-closing local marketing agreement for the station.
Gray on May 4 reached an agreement with the Martin family’s Mt. Mansfield Television to acquire WCAX-3 for $29 million.
Barton was formerly GM of Gray’s Charlottesville, Va., stations and succeeds Peter Martin, a life-long veteran of WCAX-3 who in 1995 succeeded his father, Red Martin, as the station’s GM. Barton joined Gray/Charlottesville in 2012.
In Bangor, Maine, DMA No. 156, Kim Lee has become GM of WABI-5. She’s being promoted from the GSM role, and is a 15-year veteran of WABI. She succeeds 34-year veteran and long-time GM Mike Young, who recently retired from the station.
In Gainesville, Fla., DMA No. 161, Alan Chatman has become GM of WCJB-TV. Chatman began his broadcast career more than 35 years ago and has served as WCJB’s GSM since 1994. He succeeded Carolyn Barrett, who recently retired after 38 years with WCJB, including the last 31 years as GM.
Gray on Feb. 16 announced that it had agreed to purchase WABI and WCJB from Diversified Communications for $85 million.
In Charlottesville, Va., DMA No. 181, Eric Krebs succeeds Barton as GM.
Gray’s station group in the city that is home to the University of Virginia is comprised of CBS affiliate WCAV-TV, ABC affiliate WVAW-LP and FOX affiliate WAHU-CD.
Krebs has been GSM of Gray’s Charlottesville television stations since 2011.