Vaughn Names KARK Successor, Kyle King of Texas Stations

by Kyle Massey  on Monday, Mar. 13, 2017 9:07 am  

Kyle King was the general manager of both ABC affiliate KMID-TV, Local 2, and KPEJ-TV, Fox 24, in Odessa, Texas. (KMID-TV)

Mike Vaughn, the general manager of KARK-TV before becoming a senior vice president and regional manager of Nexstar Media Group, has named his replacement at the Little Rock NBC affilliate: J. Kyle King, formerly general manager of KMID-TV in Odessa-Midland, Texas.

King, a 30-year broadcast and sales veteran, will also oversee Nexstar's joint operations with Mission Broadcasting's KLRT-TV of Fox and KASN-TV, a CW affiliate, also in Little Rock.

Vaughn was named Nexstar's senior vice president and regional manager in January, overseeing about 30 TV stations in 14 markets. He kept his headquarters in Little Rock, calling it his "hub," and said one of his first priorities would be finding his replacement.

Vaughn praised King's "exceptional service and community involvement" in Nexstar's Odessa-Midland operations, as well as his "results-oriented, entrepreneurial approach" to broadcasting.

King, a Baylor University graduate who has led KMID since 2009, is known for overhauling news programming, managing local branding, creative approaches and for his experience in hiring on-air talent. He has also increased his stations' profitability overall, Nexstar said. 

"He has a deep understanding of Nexstar and our critical functions" in developing local programming, "as well as effective multi-platform marketing for our clients," Vaughn said.

One major focus for King will be leading KARK's digital services, including ArkansasMatters.com.

In a news release, King thanked the people and businesses of Odessa-Midland, Nexstar's management team for its confidence in him, and his colleagues at KMID, whom he described as among the "best in the business." He called the Little Rock properties he'll manage the company's flagship operations.

"I will leverage the management and sales experienced garnered over my career to generate results and further our long-term leadership position in the Little Rock marketplace," King said.

Before the job in Odessa-Midland, King was director of sales at KXAN-TV, an NBC affiliate, and KBVO-TV (MyNetwork) in Austin, Texas, where he also directed associated digital properties. Earlier, he held jobs in Dallas.

Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales services to 171 television stations in 100 markets across the united states. Its programming reaches nearly 40 percent of American households with televisions, the company says.

 

 

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