Michael Lewis has been named senior vice president and general manager of the Fox owned duopoly in Phoenix KSAZ and KUTP.
Lewis replaces Mark Rodman (pictured below) who announced his retirement today. Beginning in January, Lewis will report directly to Jack Abernethy, chief executive officer of Fox Television Stations. Rodman has worked at the station for 24 years.
“We would like to thank Mark for his dedication to Fox and congratulate him on a seasoned career of consistent success across multiple markets,” said Abernethy. “It is always fortunate when succession planning allows for the best candidates to come from within, and Mike is a longtime Fox leader who will build upon the tremendous strength of our Phoenix duopoly.”
Rodman has served as svp and gm of KSAZ and KUTP since 2011. Before this, he spent three years as the vp and gm of Fox owned KTBC in Austin. Earlier in his career, Rodman held sales and management positions in Providence, New York, and Salt Lake City. Before transitioning to the business side of the industry, he began his career in broadcasting as a reporter and news producer.
“The past 24 years with FOX Television Stations have been the highlight of my career,” said Rodman. “I am especially grateful to have worked with an extraordinary group of people under the leadership of Jack Abernethy. I know I am leaving the station in the right hands by passing the torch to Mike, whom I trust to continue the tradition of excellence, just as he did in Austin.”
Lewis has been with Fox Television Stations for 20 years. He’s served as svp and gm of KTBC in Austin since 2011. Before that, he was vp and sales manager at Fox owned KRIV-KTXH in Houston and at WHBQ in Memphis before that. Lewis has also worked as a local and national sales manager at Fox owned WTTG in Washington, D.C.
“It was an honor to lead the incredible team at KTBC and it is now a dream come true to be named the new general manager of these powerhouse Phoenix stations,” said Lewis. “I can’t wait to get started.”