Al Blinke, Vice-President and General Manager of WNEM-TV (Saginaw) has announced that he will retire, following a 40-year career in television and radio broadcasting.
Blinke told TVNewscheck: “The last 13 years at WNEM TV 5 have been some of the most rewarding of my career. I’ve been blessed to oversee a great station through drastic changes in technology that reshaped the business I grew up in—all while being the market leader in ratings. Time has flown by, but that’s what happens when you have the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the business. WNEM is the No. 1 station for news and digital because of the amazing staff I’ve had the honor to work with over the years, and I will miss all of them.”
Blinke has led WNEM for the past 13 years. He started his career in radio as a reporter, writer and producer at WWJ-AM (Detroit). He moved into television as an assignment editor at WJBK-TV (Detroit), then as an assistant news director and assignment manager at WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn).
He went on to became news director at WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh), and later took on the same role at WSB-TV (Atlanta). He was then a domestic television consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates before returning to news directing at the KDKA-WNPA duopoly in Pittsburgh for three years.
Blinke is a member of the MAB Board of Directors and has served on the board for many years.
No date has been announced yet, but a nationwide search is underway for his replacement.