On a January 19 newscast, the staff of WNEM-TV (Saginaw) said goodbye to 13-year station veteran, Vice President and General Manager Al Blinke:
Blinke announced his retirement in October of 2017, following a 40-year career in broadcasting.
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.
Blinke’s replacement at WNEM is Julie Zoumbaris, who began her new position on January 22. Zoumbaris joins the station from WRTV in Indianapolis. Read more here.