Networks & Stations
>Jim Toellner has been named president and general manager of WGRZ, in Buffalo, NY. Toellner will replace former WGRZ president and general manager Darryll Green, who was named last week to the same role at W*USA-TV, in Washington, DC. Toellner has servedas general sales manager for WGRZ since March 2001.
>QVC recently named Rob Cochran chief technology officer. In this role, he will oversee all aspects of the company's IT department, including applications development, technology, production services, and telecommunications. He will also be responsible for the strategic use of technology and information within the organization to increase revenues, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies.
>Ronald Thorpe has been appointed to the position of director, Educational Resources Center (ERC), at Thirteen/WNET New York. He will oversee and elicit funding for all education and outreach activities, including Thirteen's National Teacher Training Institute, Ready-to-Learn Children's Outreach, and the Adult Literacy Center. Most recently, Thorpe served as senior program officer, education, for the Wallace Foundation.
>>Euphonix has announced that Tony Langley has joined the company as vice president of broadcast marketing. He will be based in Euphonix's New York sales and service office. Langley joins Euphonix from AMS Neve, where he was vice president of broadcast products.
>John Pierce was recently named director of sales for the U.S. by Leader Instruments. He joined the company in 1985, serving five years as regional sales manager in the Midwest and 10 years as the U.K.-based general manger of Leader Instruments (Europe).
>Location Sound Corporation has promoted Mike Paul to the product specialist post. He is responsible for testing the viability of new products geared for use by the company's pro audio clientele. He will often be involved in the beta testing stage of audio gear.
>OmniBus Systems has tapped John Wadle as vice president of technology. He will oversee the expansion of the company's broadcast automation and content management product line as well as work with other high-tech companies to tailor integrated solutions for the North American market. OmniBus has also appointed Mark Neary Northeast region sales manager. He will be responsible for markets in the U.S. and Canada.
>Weather Central has hired on Bill Baker in the newly created position of executive vice president. He will focus on developing and expanding existing strategic technology relationships for the company. For the past seven years he has been vice president, director of sales, and a member of the board of directors for AE Business Solutions, a hardware and software systems integrator in Wisconsin.
>HTN Communications has announced the promotion of John Rourke to executive vice president and chief operating officer, which will expand the management team of the recently acquired successor company to Hughes Television Network.