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KXLY changes rumored here

April 9, 1982

By Karen Dorn
Spokane Chronicle

A rumored change in management at Spokane’s ABC affiliate, KXLY-TV, has staff members “waiting with baited breath,” according to news anchorwoman Terry Douglas.

There has been no official announcement of the move, which would replace manager Wayne McNulty with Steve Herling, general manager of WISC-TV in Madison, Wis.

The Madison station is owned by the Evening Telegram Co. of Superior, Wis., which also owns KXLY.

Dale Hazen, manager at KIMA-TV in Yakima, said Herling was introduced as the new manager of KXLY at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting earlier this week in Dallas.

“Herling was introduced to me as the Spokane station’s new manager, and he acknowledged this fact,” said Hazen.

“The announcement that Herling is coming to Spokane has already been made in Madison,” said Irwin Starr, general manager of Spokane’s KREM-TV.

Repeated attempts to reach McNulty and Herling for comment this morning were unsuccessful.

The Evening Telegram Co. bought KXLY in 1961 for $3,250,000. McNulty was appointed station manager in May 1962.

McNulty also serves as vice president of Spokane Television Inc., the corporate subsidiary of the Evening Telegram Corp., which in addition to its stations in Spokane and Madison has television holdings in Yakima and the Tri-Cities, and in the Fargo-Moorehead area on the North Dakota-Minnesota border.

Under McNulty’s tenure KXLY became an affiliate of ABC in 1976 after CBS severed its 23-year-old ties with the station on Feb. 19 and switched over to KREM in August of that year.

CBS hadn’t liked KXLY’s decision to run independent programming in network time slots. The move came at a time when CBS ratings were slipping, and the network chose to make an example of an affiliate that ignored its programming directives.

Because McNulty owns 10.8 percent of Apple Valley Broadcasting, the Evening Telegram Co. subsidiary that operates Yakima station KAPP-TV, company employees are speculating that he may move into management of that station. But Jeff Wasson, news director at KAPP and former anchorman at KREM, said no announcement had been made there either.

Friday, April 9, 1982

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