Proven Broadcast Executive with Large Market Expertise Returns to Hartford-New Haven to Lead WTNH-TV (ABC), WCTX-TV (MyNetworkTV) and WTNH.com
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut and IRVING, Texas – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that Richard Graziano has been named Vice President and General Manager of WTNH-TV (ABC), WCTX-TV (MyNetworkTV) and associated digital services, including WTNH.com, serving Hartford-New Haven, CT (DMA #30). Mr. Graziano will immediately assume his new responsibilities and report to Doug Davis, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
An accomplished industry executive, Richard Graziano’s broadcast career spans over 26 years with expertise in station and sales management, local content development, and strategic planning across multiple media platforms. Before joining Nexstar, Mr. Graziano held various executive management roles, most recently, where he served as President and General Manager of WPIX-TV (CW) in New York, NY (DMA #1). During his tenure at WPIX-TV, Mr. Graziano developed and led highly effective teams and implemented sales, marketing and digital media initiatives that drove increased audience, market share and profitability at the station. In addition, he was responsible for negotiating broadcast rights for marquee sporting events, including the NY Yankees and NY Mets, while also developing unique content partnerships with Sports Illustrated among many other entertainment and media properties.
Prior to WPIX-TV, Mr. Graziano was the CEO of CT1 Media in Hartford, CT where he was responsible for overseeing WTIC-TV (FOX), WCCT-TV (CW), in addition to serving as Publisher of The Hartford Courant newspaper and associated print and web properties. During his tenure, he successfully merged and integrated the broadcast and publishing properties into “CT1,” a single local media business, resulting in the largest multi-platform newsroom in New England with over 700 employees providing the most local broadcast news in Connecticut. Mr. Graziano previously was a Senior Vice President for Tribune Broadcasting with regional broadcast operational oversight of WPHL-TV, in Philadelphia, PA (DMA #4) and WDCW-TV (formerly WBDC-TV), in Washington DC (DMA #7). He also held various sales management and local account development positions at broadcast properties in the Boston, MA (DMA #9) and Atlanta, GA (DMA #10) markets.
Commenting on the appointment, Doug Davis, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. stated, “Richard Graziano brings to his new role at Nexstar over two decades of broadcasting sales and management experience, including ten years of service in the Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut market. A well-respected leader, Richard has a record of building deeply engaged sales teams that have established enduring partnerships with local advertisers, sports franchises, businesses and community organizations by providing effective cross-platform marketing solutions and unique content partnerships. Importantly, he has diverse local media experience and an intimate understanding of critical business functions including exclusive local news and content production, digital and social media integration, strategic planning, inventory management and new business development. With a results-oriented focus and entrepreneurial approach, throughout his career Richard has successfully exceeded economic goals while growing digital revenues, improving customer retention and creating new local direct business partnerships. The core tenet of Nexstar Media Group is our organization-wide commitment to localism and with Richard’s extensive local broadcast background, broad market experience and strong client and community relationships in South Central Connecticut, we are confident in his ability to continue enhancing the effectiveness and value of our broadcast, digital and mobile services in Hartford-New Haven.”
Commenting on his new role, Richard Graziano stated, “Nexstar’s long-term success is a result of its deep commitment to the local communities it serves across the United States. I am excited to return to the wonderful Hartford-New Haven community and reconnect with my personal friends and long-standing business contacts. In this role, I will leverage the management experience and relationships built over my career as well as Nexstar’s extensive local broadcast and digital resources to grow the operations and generate results while providing superior service to our clients, advertisers, and local viewers. I look forward to taking on this new opportunity at Nexstar and working alongside the exceptional local media teams at WTNH-TV, WCTX-TV and WTNH.com, as we work to expand our marketing solutions across multiple platforms for our advertising partners, while also building continued viewership growth through the delivery of enhanced local news content and entertainment programming for our local viewers.”
Richard Graziano earned his B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Boston College. He is a current Advisory Board Member of Jebbit, Burst.com, Zazoom Media and FitWorx. He also previously served on the Boards of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York State Broadcasters Association, Connecticut Association of Broadcasters, Interval House, Camp Courant, Connecticut MDA Association and The Hartford Courant Foundation (currently The Fund for Greater Hartford).
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 171 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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