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Al Blinke

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Al Blinke

Post by tvbobn » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:55 am

From TVNewsCheck:

Al Blinke, vice president and general manager of WNEM Flint-Saginaw, Mich. (DMA 71) for the past 13 years, announced today that he will retire from the Meredith-owned CBS affiliate after a 40-year career in television and radio broadcasting.

“The last 13 years at WNEM TV 5 have been some of the most rewarding of my career. I’ve been blessed to oversee a great station through drastic changes in technology that reshaped the business I grew up in—all while being the market leader in ratings,” said Blinke. “Time has flown by, but that’s what happens when you have the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the business. WNEM is the No. 1 station for news and digital because of the amazing staff I’ve had the honor to work with over the years, and I will miss all of them.”
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Blinke is the longest-serving general manager in WNEM’s history as a Meredith station. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors.

“Al has been a tremendous leader in broadcasting and a H*** asset to WNEM and the whole family of Meredith stations,” said Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith’s Local Media Group. “Al will continue as vice president and general manager until a replacement is hired. We appreciate his years of service and contributions to Meredith, and are grateful for his support while we fill his role.”

Blinke started his career in radio as a reporter, writer and producer at WWJ Detroit. He moved into television as an assignment editor at WJBK, also in Detroit, then as an assistant news director and assignment manager at WTNH New Haven, Conn.

Blinke became news director at WPXI Pittsburgh, then took on the same role at WSB-TV in Atlanta. He was a domestic television consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates before returning to news directing at the KDKA-WNPA duopoly in Pittsburgh for three years.

Meredith is conducting a national search for Blinke’s successor.

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by SaginawSid » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:58 am

Big Whoop. The person who takes his place will be at the helm of a sinking ship -- WNEM and local television in general.

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by DAC » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:40 pm

At least he's wise enough to get out.

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by DAC » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:24 pm

Here's everybody's big chance to right the ship! My favorite part about this posting is where it says "We're not just a TV station anymore!" At least that explains why the tv product sucks. ... 074?sid=47

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by JRBlitz » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:28 am

Meredith wants someone from Nashville to take over. Nothing has changed since Al Blinke took over the station. The station is stuck in a time warp. While every other station in the market got a new set, WNEM is still using the same one from the late 1990's. They just hired a former DJ and just added the son of WJBK's Hall of Shame segment host to what they view as news. There is the new segment about starting confrontations called The Rant. That promo features their sales staff on what may be the oldest phones in the market. The only thing Al brought was adding more paid programs and really nothing else. He probably would have retired early, but it was very easy money. If he was smart, he would stop Ian's numerous gimmicks during their newscast. It is really unfortunate watching what used to be the dominant product trying to remain relevant for the blue-haired audience.

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by autolab » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:37 am

If I were Ian, I'd be dusting off that resume. A new GM will absolutely come in and clean house. Morale is low, the newscasts are filled with gimmicks, there is no chemistry with the anchor teams, and the list goes on and on... One of the first things I'd do is get rid of the disastrous My5 newscasts which sap resources from the main newscasts.

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by IIN4MU » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:51 pm

How the hell is Ian still employed?

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Re: Al Blinke

Post by lovinlife101 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:15 pm

They want someone from Nashville to take over? Elvis Keller!

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