Robert Furlong named Vice President, General Manager of WRGB-TV
IRVINE, Calif.—Jan. 20, 2004—Robert (Bob) Furlong has been named Vice President and General Manager of WRGB-TV in Albany, N.Y. Furlong replaces Tom Long, who moved to Freedom station, WWMT-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. as Vice President and General Manager.
“I am very happy that Bob has decided to join Freedom Broadcasting,” said Broadcast Division President Doreen Wade. “He will be an excellent addition to the team. His vast broadcast experience and management skills will be a perfect fit for WRGB and the fine team of associates there.”
Furlong moves to WRGB from KPHO in Phoenix, Ariz. Furlong started his broadcast career in local sales at WTCN-TV in Minneapolis in 1976. His first senior management job was as a General Sales Manager at WCIX-TV in Miami, Fla. Furlong has also managed stations in Milwaukee, Wis., Salt Lake City, Utah and Phoenix, Ariz.
"This is a great opportunity for me,” said Furlong. “Freedom Broadcasting is a great company and WRGB has a tremendous broadcasting heritage and is a leader in New York s Capitol region. I look forward to working with the successful team of associates at WRGB and living in a beautiful part of New York state.” Furlong also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Phoenix as well as a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University. He is known for playing a very active role in the communities where he has lived and worked. Bob and his wife Cindy have three children.
WRGB, channel 6, is an award-winning television station, founded in 1928 and acquired by Freedom Communications in 1986. The station’s mission is to be the most influential television station in New York’s Capitol region, using its influence to improve the quality of life for the residents of the communities it serves. WRGB reaches 425,000 households weekly and serves the capitol district which is surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains to the north, the Berkshires to the east, the Catskills to the South, and bordered by the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. For more information, please visit http://freedom.com/broadcast/wrgb.html.
Freedom Communications, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, Calif. is a privately owned diverse media company of newspapers, broadcast television stations and interactive media businesses. The company publishes 28 daily and 37 weekly newspapers, with a combined daily circulation of more than 1.2 million subscribers. The broadcast division includes eight stations including five CBS and three ABC network affiliates.
For more information, visit www.freedom.com. Contact: Stephanie Miclot, Director Corporate Communications & Marketing, Freedom Communications, Inc. 949-253-2339, Stephanie_miclot@link.freedom.com