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WJHL General Manager Dempsey jumps to WCYB/WEMT

Staff Report • Jun 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

WJHL's general manager is leaving the local CBS television affiliate to manage two competing stations based on Bristol.

Bonten Media Group announced today in a news release that Jack Dempsey had been named vice president/general manager of the group’s Tri-Cities operations, which encompass television stations WCYB –TV (NBC), and WEMT (FOX), along with related digital sub-channels and new media initiatives.

The appointment will be effective June 11. Dempsey has worked at WJHL in Tri-Cities for the past 27 years, the last 23 as president/general manager.

“We are fortunate to be able to attract so talented a manager as Jack Dempsey,” said Randy Bongarten, Chairman and CEO of Bonten Media Group. “His deep knowledge of and success in both television, in general, and the Tri-Cities market, in particular, will be a great asset to our company.”

"It is an honor to be chosen to lead Bonten Media Group's enterprises in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia,” Dempsey commented. “I am truly excited to take the helm at WCYB-TV, a station rich in history and number one in the market, as well as leading the operations at WEMT, one of the strongest FOX affiliates in the nation.”

Bonten Media Group operates 31 full power, low power and digital television stations in eight markets. The group operates WEMT via agreements with Esteem Broadcasting, which owns the station.

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