by Pam Zubeck
NewsFirst5 announced today that David Whitaker will retire in March from his position as president and general manager of the NBC affiliate, a post he's held since January 1998.
From the release:
“I’ve been fortunate to have an incredibly rewarding career in broadcasting. I’m especially proud of our achievements at KOAA-TV and its immensely talented and dedicated staff. They are the best. I’m ready for what’s next, including more time for family, travel and potential business investment opportunities,” says Whitaker.
Prior to his arrival in Colorado, Whitaker served as President and General Manager of KDFW-TV in Dallas, WTVT-TV in Tampa and WJW-TV in Cleveland. A graduate of University of Wisconsin (Business Administration and Marketing), he began his career with Storer Television in 1966 as director of sales research and local account executive at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, then national sales representative in New York and Chicago. Whitaker’s first management position was as Station Manager of WGHP-TV in High Point, North Carolina.
“David will be missed by all of us at Cordillera and Evening Post. His creative thinking, ability to deliver results, and never wavering support of his KOAA family were some of the things that make him an exceptional leader,” says Mr. Terry Hurley, President of Cordillera Communications. “Over our ten years working together, David never failed to consistently solve thorny problems with solutions that worked for everyone. I will miss David’s counsel as he moves into the next phase of his life and wish him and his family nothing but the best of everything in the future.”
Among the many improvements ushered in at KOAA-TV by Whitaker are high-definition broadcasting, digital broadcasting, a 24/7 local news and weather channel (News First Now) and digital news and weather delivery to multiple platforms (NewsFirst5.com, iPhone, Droid, social networks, Colorado Springs airport displays).
He has served on several local non-profit boards, including the Colorado Springs Chamber, Silver Key and The Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra. He was a long-time board member of the Colorado Broadcasters Association, served as its chair in 2003-04 and was honored as its 2006 “Broadcaster of The Year.”
In addition to family, travel and working out in the gym, Whitaker will most certainly be found cycling and skiing in the Colorado mountains. He plans to remain in Colorado Springs with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Luca.
The release didn't mention a possible replacement for Whitaker.