Longtime Fox O&O Sales Pro Awarded Charlotte Leader Role


For more than 18 years, Mike Lewis has been a sales leader at some of Fox Television Stations‘ biggest O&Os.

Now, he’s being rewarded for his accomplishments by being handed the VP/GM reins of its two stations in Charlotte.

Lewis is now in charge of “FOX 46 Carolinas,” WJZY-TV, and WMYT-TV — the MyNetworkTV station branded as “My12.” He immediately takes the role at the stations, which Fox acquired from Capitol Broadcasting Company in January 2013.

The sale brought WJZY its FOX affiliation, effective July 1, 2013; under Capitol it was Charlotte’s home for The CW Network. The CW is now at WCCB-18, the Bahakel Communications-owned station that was Charlotte’s FOX affiliate from late 1986.

For Lewis, its a return to the South, as he served as VP/Sales for WBRC-6 in Birmingham under FOX ownership from June 2001-December 2007. That’s when he shifted to Orlando, where he served as GSM for Graham Media’s WKMG-6. He then returned to FOX by moving to Washington, D.C., taking a similar role for FOX-affiliated WTTG-5 and MyNetworkTV WDCA-20.

Early career stops include CBS O&O WBBM-2 in Chicago, where Lewis served as LSM and NSM between May 1999 and June 2001.

Lewis takes a role most recently held by Mike McClain, now GM at WOFL-35 in Orlando.

“Leading WJZY and WMYT is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to helping further the growth of these stations’ market influence and prominence,” Lewis said in prepared comments.