VETERAN TV NEWS EXEC RESURFACES

When we last heard from Elden Hale, Jr. he was the GM at Meredith’s WSMV in Nashville, TN as well as the guy who oversaw operations at the rest of the Meredith group..

That was back in 2011 when he “retired” after more than 7 years at the station.

Since then, he’s been on the consulting road.

And now he’s back in the game on the corporate level

Waypoint Media has hired Hale as its corporate director of news.

Hale will oversee news operations at all of Waypoint Media’s stations as well as at Vision Communications’ WYDC in Elmira, NY.

Waypoint says it plans to increase its local news output.

The lower profile company owns eight stations (three full power, the rest LPTVs), all affiliated with several networks via subchannels.

This is a reunion between Hale and Waypoint co-owner Bill Christian who worked together at WNEP Scranton, Pa.

Waay back.

Hale was the president-GM of WNEP and went on to oversee stations in Norfolk, Va.; Hartford, Conn.; and, yeah, Nashville.

So beyond exciting, isn’t it?

“We are so excited to be working with Elden again,” says Christian, owns WYDC in Elmira. “Having someone with his expertise and history of leading stations in the production of quality local news is a big win for our stations and communities.”

“Elden Hale’s reputation for being the consummate leader in the creation of quality television is unmatched in our industry,” says Waypoint Media founder Mike Reed, “We are beyond excited to bring someone who has guided and managed No. 1 television stations and media groups for decades to our team.”

The Waypoint stations:

Meridian, MS: WMDN/ WGBC/WMDN

Hattiesburg, MS: WHPM

Jonesboro, AR: KJNB

Lafayette, IN: WPBI/WPBY

Jackson, TN: WNBJ

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