The revolving door has begun spinning again at Sinclair-owned television stations WPGH and WCWB. Only seven months after beginning work there, station manager Jayne Adair left the Fox and WB affiliate stations yesterday.
Regional manager Dick Singer, who hailed Adair as "unbelievably well-rounded" upon her hiring in April, had little to say yesterday. "It's an internal corporate decision that was made, and I'd prefer not to comment on it," Singer said.
Adair replaced Mike Norten, who had the title general manager, considered a step above station manager. In an interview this summer, Adair said she expected to be named general manager eventually, and that opportunity drew her to the company. Yesterday she said it's also the main reason for her departure.
"I came to these two stations believing that I would be moving into the GM position very soon after I came, and that simply did not happen and I don't believe that's going to happen," Adair said. "I've come to an agreement with the company to leave and look for other opportunities in the market."
Adair characterized her departure as a "mutual agreement on the part of the company and me."
"I came here to learn to be and then to be the general manager, and that's where I feel my talents are best used," she said. Adair, who joined the Sinclair stations after a stint as general manager and vice president at Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh, said she has no new job lined up.
Norten, Adair's predecessor, also worked at the stations for just seven months. Singer acknowledged the revolving door effect is not ideal.
"I think Sinclair certainly is concerned, as am I. It's not something you like to have happen," he said. "At the same time, those things do happen in any business."
Sinclair, based in Cockeysville, Md., owns 62 television stations and last month shut down the news operation at a Florida station and laid off staff at other outlets. The company also eliminated the local position of regional program director. Terry Caywood, a 15-year veteran, will be let go from WPGH/WCWB at the end of the month.
Before working at the TV stations, Caywood did promotions and marketing for local radio stations, including WTAE-AM and WDVE-FM. He was also an on-air dee jay. Caywood had recently been overseeing both the programming and creative services departments at WPGH and WCWB. Singer said a replacement in creative services will be hired.
As for Adair's position, Singer said it's not an immediate concern.
"We will be getting a general manager at some point," he said, "but our first priority is filling the position of director of sales."
(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)
SYNDICATION CHANGES: WPXI will downgrade low-rated "Dr. Laura," moving the show to 3:05 a.m. beginning Monday. It replaces reruns of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
"Power of Attorney" and "Judge Mills Lane" will fill the 11 a.m. hour vacated by "Dr. Laura." A second run of "Family Feud" will take the "Power of Attorney" spot at 1 p.m. The new version of the game show "To Tell the Truth" will continue to run in late night, but will also now air at 1:30 p.m.
Studios USA has canceled "Lover or Loser," which airs locally on WPGH. Beginning next week, "Sex Wars" will air at 1:30 p.m. in the "Lover" slot. "America's Funniest Home Videos" moves into the old "Sex Wars" spot at 7:30 a.m.
AIDS SPECIAL: KDKA will air a World AIDS Day public service announcement today at 8 a.m. The one-hour program addresses the increase in HIV and AIDS cases in the African-American community.
MET PREVIEW: Today's "Met Season Preview" will feature a three-hour look at the Metropolitan Opera's 61st season of live radio broadcasts, which start next week and run through April 21.
The preview airs today at 1:30 p.m. on WQED-FM (89.3). The regular season of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts starts next Saturday at 1 p.m. For a season schedule, call (800)-MET-8828, or go to www.metopera.org.
CHANNEL SURFING: Fox will premiere "The X-Files" spin-off "The Lone Gunmen" in the "X-Files" time slot (9 p.m. Sunday) for several weeks in March. The network is also likely to launch the live-action superhero comedy "The Tick" that same month.