Michael Renda, vice president and general manager at
WFLD-WPWR Chicago, has been named vice president and general manager of WJBK
Detroit. He starts at the Fox-owned station Jan. 7 and succeeds Jeff Murri, who
committed suicide in February.
"Mike has proven his great leadership abilities at
three Fox-owned stations over a 15-year tenure," said Jack Abernethy, Fox
Television Stations CEO. "Regardless of the roles he's held, he always
inspires his team to be better, work smarter and think differently. There is no
person better qualified to take charge of our premier Detroit station than
Renda was general manager in Philadelphia and Cleveland as
"I feel honored to have the opportunity to lead the No.
1 station in Detroit, known for its edgy, unconventional and hard-hitting news
product," said Renda. "I look forward to continuing the station's
legacy of serving Detroit."
Murri was named the General Manager of the Year by B&C in 2011 for his tireless
devotion to WJBK, and to Detroit, his hometown. At the time of his death,
Abernethy called Murri "one of our most beloved members of the Fox
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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