LIN Media announced Blumenthal, EVP/Television, will retire at the end of they year after a distinguished 30-year career with the company. Jay Howell, the Company’s current VP/Regional Television, has been named Blumenthal’s successor. Effective 1/1, Howell becomes VP/Television.
Blumenthal launched his broadcasting career in 1970. He worked in virtually every department at WTWO-TV in Terre Haute and WRTV-TV in Indianapolis before partnering to develop an advertising agency, commercial syndication and animation studio. In 1983, Mr. Blumenthal was recruited by LIN Media to be the Local Sales Manager for WISH-TV in Indianapolis, and in 1994, to be the President and GM of WOOD-TV and WOTV-TV, both located in Grand Rapids, MI. He returned to WISH-TV as President and General Manager in 1999 before being named Regional Vice President for LIN Media in 2002. In 2005, Mr. Blumenthal was promoted to Vice President Television and then a year later, was promoted again to his current position. Following his retirement, Blumenthal will provide consulting services to the company.
“Scott’s deep understanding of television news, programming, sales and community engagement, coupled with his decisive leadership, has contributed enormously to the growth and success of our Company,” said Vincent Sadusky, President and Chief Executive Officer of LIN Media. “His retirement culminates a long and successful career in broadcasting and is certainly well-deserved. Scott has done a great job preparing Jay for a smooth transition and giving him the tools he needs to continue evolving our television stations for the future.”