Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that WWMT-TV (and CW7) (Kalamazoo) General Manager Jim Lutton will be retiring from television on July 14, 2017. Lutton has served as the General Manager of WWMT-TV (and CW7) for more than 10 years. He is the longest serving General Manager in the stations’ long history of serving Western Michigan.
Lutton will be succeeded by Fred Corbus, who is the current Director of Sales for the stations. Previously, Corbus had worked at WWMT-TV earlier in his career before leaving in 2007. Corbus worked at both WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and WXYZ-TV in Detroit before returning to WWMT-TV in 2015 as Director of Sales.
“Jim has been a strong and tremendous leader over the last 10 years here in West Michigan. He has truly taken both WWMT and CW7 to the next level. I wish him and his family the very best as he moves on to the next chapter of his life.” said James Killen, Group Manager at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “I’m thrilled that Fred is taking the helm of the station that gave him his start and groomed him for this critical leadership role. Fred is a proven leader with unparalleled competitive knowledge of the market with 25 years of successful sales and management experience”.
“I’m honored and excited to help build upon the station’s tremendous momentum created during Jim Lutton’s tenure,” said Corbus. “It is a privilege to work with such a talented and dedicated team of people who have made WWMT-TV the most watched station in West Michigan.”
Jim Lutton has spent the last 21 years running WWMT-TV, WLAJ-TV, WSTM-TV/WSTQ-TV and WACH-TV. Lutton has been a strong advocate of local news wherever he went. In West Michigan he added a Monday through Friday 5:00 – 6:00 a.m. newscast, a 10:00 p.m. newscast on the CW7 and was the first in the market to add a 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday newscast. Jim also relaunched a Saturday and Sunday 2-hour morning newscast.
Lutton won the NAB Service to Children Award in 2010 for the station’s ‘Caring for Kids’ campaign that helped area children get much needed healthcare. Lutton was also recently honored with being named to the Silver Circle by the Michigan Chapter of National Arts and Sciences.