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Ray to retire at WSAZ-TV

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 12:11 AM

ATLANTA -- Gray Television Inc. Friday announced the retirement Huntington's Don Ray, general manager of WSAZ-TV and a regional vice president with the broadcast company.

"We will miss Don's first-rate leadership of one of our dominant flagship stations, as well as his stewardship of his entire region," said Gray Television President and CEO Hilton Howell in a press release. "Don is a true broadcaster in the finest sense, committed to serving each community he touched."

Ray began with WSAZ in 1973 as an account executive and later became national sales manager and general sales manager at the station. He has been general manager of WSAZ since 1989, under ownerships with Lee Enterprises and Emmis Communications. Ray became regional vice president for Gray in 2005.

Matt Jaquint has been named the new general manager for the station, effective Aug. 1, according to the news release. Ray has agreed to remain with Gray Television for an additional period to complete that transition effort.

Jaquint most recently was the general manager of KTVX and KUCW in Salt Lake City, Utah, but he also previously served at WSAZ as general sales manager from 2002 to 2005.

Gray Television is headquartered in Atlanta and owns television stations broadcasting 45 channels affiliated with one of the "Big 4 Networks" (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC) and 41 additional channels of programming in 30 television markets.

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