The Nexstar Fox affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., has a new owner, new general manager and now a new news director, all since March. I caught up with Casey Clark in the WJZY Charlotte newsroom on Thursday, his second day on the job.
In March, Nexstar acquired the Fox affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, WJZY.
In June, Ron Romines became VP and general manager.
On Monday, Aug. 1, Casey Clark accepted the job as the station’s news director.
The opportunity is not lost on Clark.
“The biggest thing was new ownership, the opportunity, and Charlotte, all three are fabulous. I feel strongly that Nexstar is behind this station and they’ll do whatever it takes to get to the top.”
“I’m thrilled to have such a high quality news director join our staff,” said Ron Romines. “His experience, attitude, and leadership qualities will play a major role in laying the much needed foundation for our journalistic and viewership growth.”
I caught up with Clark in the WJZY news room on Thursday, his second day on the job.
I’ve known Casey Clark since January of 1993, when he came to WINK Fort Myers, Fla., for a couple years, and we’ve remained friends since then, which is standard operating procedure for people who have worked at WINK. Not ex-WINKERS, former WINKERS.
Since then, Clark has worked in local TV newsrooms in West Palm Beach (WPEC), Seattle (KOMO), Columbus (WBNS), Philadelphia (KYW), Baltimore (WBAL and WBFF), Rochester (WHEC), and Kansas City (KCTV). Clark’s been a senior producer, managing editor, executive producer, assistant news director and was news director in both Rochester and Kansas City.
This isn’t his first rodeo.
“I’ve done this a couple of times before, go to places where the people were passionate about local news”
Casey said many times, the answer was “articulating a clear path to get forward. Do interesting, quality television news. It’s amazing how hungry viewers are for it.”
Often, said Clark, it starts by removing bottleneck and getting obstacles out of the way.
Clark said he’s got 30-, 60- and 90-day plans, which he’ll reexamine every 30 days.
For right now, Clark said he’ll “keep my mouth shut and my ears open.”
NOTE: Here’s a picture of the WINK football team, circa 1995, including Casey Clark. I don’t remember ever playing another team and I believe this was outr only practice.
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