ATSC 3.0 Pioneer Names A New VP/GM


An independently owned NBC affiliate at the forefront of the next gen broadcast TV standard known as ATSC 3.0 has selected its next VP/GM.

This individual is trading America’s Finest City for the Triangle region of North Carolina, and takes on his new role July 16.

Inbound at Capitol Broadcasting Company‘s WRAL-5 and FOX affiliate WRAZ-50 in Raleigh-Durham is Joel Davis.

He was formerly VP/GM of The E.W. Scripps Co.-owned ABC affiliate in San Diego, KGTV-10.

Davis spent nine years at KGTV, rising from News Director to GM.

In Raleigh, he succeeds the retiring Steven D. Hammel.

Capitol President/COO Jimmy Goodmon said, “The WRAL and FOX 50 team conducted an exhaustive nationwide search for the next vice president and general manager. We looked for someone who can help fulfill our mission and commitment to the people and community of North Carolina, and we know that we have found the right person in Joel. His experience, leadership and integrity will help lead us into the future while maintaining the WRAL journalistic standards and ideals for which WRAL is known and respected.”

Davis began his broadcasting career as a reporter and news anchor at stations in Iowa and Ohio. He served as news director at KBAK-TV in Bakersfield and KFSN-TV in Fresno before being named managing editor at WFTV-TV in Orlando. Davis joined KGTV as news director in 2009 and was promoted to station manager before ascending to VP/GM.

“The opportunity to work for Capitol Broadcasting and WRAL and FOX 50 is one of the best in the business,” Davis said. “Their commitment to the community, quality journalism, and the station staff is well known in the industry. I look forward to getting deeply involved in the local community and helping lead the team to even more success.”


Next Gen TV Champion To Retire From WRAL, WRAZ

Capital Broadcasting Co. and its NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, WRAL-5, have been at the forefront of the roll-out of the next generation broadcast TV standard — ATSC 3.0. Much of these efforts can be tied to Steven D. Hammel, VP/GM of WRAL and FOX affiliated sibling WRAZ-50 in North Carolina’s Triangle region. Hammel will now have more time to enjoy watching ATSC 3.0 broadcasts come Q4 2018, as he told staff on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

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