Sinclair Broadcast Group has named two new general managers at its owned stations in Pennsylvania.
Jason Chavis has been promoted to vice president and general manager of WJAC, replacing Wildenstein. Chavis was the general sales manager at the station.
“Jason Wildenstein and Jason Chavis were an unbeatable team at WJAC,” said Rob Weisbord, Sinclair’s chief operating officer and president of local media. “As Jason Wildenstein shifts to Harrisburg to lead the station and returns home to WHP, Jason Chavis will move into the VP/GM position at WJAC where he has spent the last several years growing his responsibilities. Both are strong, innovative, strategic thinkers and we’re excited to have them at the helm of these stations.”
Wildenstein joined Sinclair in 2019, after serving as the vp and gm of WTXL in Tallahassee, Florida. He started working at WTXL in 2004 where he served in many different leadership positions within the company, including director of operations and production, director of news, and director of interactive media.
“I am both honored and excited to be returning to WHP-TV where my career in media first began as a Master Control Operator,” Wildenstein said. “I am truly looking forward to working with the amazing team there at the station and getting to know the community and market. Taking on the role of Vice President and General Manager honestly feels like coming full circle, and I am deeply committed to lead and build on the excellence and success of WHP.”
Chavis joined Sinclair and WJAC in 2018 as the local sales manager, later becoming the linear and digital sales manager before being elevated to the gsm in 2021. Before joining WJAC, he spent 14 years as an account executive at WTAE in Pittsburgh.
“Sight, sound, motion, emotion, and the power of demonstration have fascinated me since I was a young child in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, hearing that infamous WJAC slogan ‘Serving Millions from Atop the Alleghenies,‘ said Chavis. “I’m excited, humbled and honored to use my Sports, Sales and Digital First experiences to build upon the success of the station that inspired me in my youth, and to take this opportunity to be a true community resource, to so many good people.”