Toellner Named General Manager at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY
McLEAN, VA – Jim Toellner has been named president & general manager of WGRZ-TV, the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in Buffalo, NY. Toellner will replace former WGRZ president and general manager Darryll Green, who was named last week to the same role at Gannett’s Washington, D.C. affiliate, W*USA-TV.
“Jim knows and understands this market. As a member of the management team, his role goes beyond sales and he has been a great contributor to the success of WGRZ. I have every confidence in his ability to lead this team to greater success and to continue to meet the needs of our viewers,” said Craig Dubow, president & CEO, Gannett Broadcasting.
Toellner has served as general sales manager for WGRZ-TV since March of 2001. Before joining WGRZ-TV, Toellner was general sales manager at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, from 1999-2001.
Toellner began his career at the Buffalo News as an account executive and later as a sales manager. He moved to television and held positions at the local ABC and CBS affiliates as an account executive, local sales manager and national sales manager.
Toellner, a native of North Tonawanda, NY, graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981 with a B.S. in management.
Toellner and his wife Bernie have two daughters, Brittany and Kristin.
Gannett TV stations are: W*USA, Washington, DC; WXIA, Atlanta; WTSP, Tampa-St. Petersburg; KARE, Minneapolis; WKYC, Cleveland; KPNX, Phoenix, KNAZ, Flagstaff and KMOH, Kingman; K*USA, Denver; KXTV, Sacramento; KSDK, St. Louis; WZZM, Grand Rapids, MI; WGRZ, Buffalo, NY; WFMY, Greensboro, NC; WTLV and WJXX, Jacksonville, FL; KTHV, Little Rock; WBIR, Knoxville, TN; WCSH, Portland, ME; WLTX, Columbia, SC; WMAZ, Macon, GA; and WLBZ, Bangor, ME.
In addition to its television operations, Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 100 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns in excess of 400 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the web.
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