WHTM abc27 Announces the Retirement of Vice President and General Joe Lewin
On: October 1, 2015 Filed Under: Member News
HARRISBURG, PA WHTM abc27 has announced that after 56 successful years in the broadcasting business, Joe Lewin, Vice President and General Manager of WHTM in Harrisburg, will retire at the end of this year. Joe has been at the helm of WHTM since 1999.
Joe’s career began when he was a Freshman at the University of Cincinnati and was hired by WLWT, the local NBC affiliate, to work in its production department. During his 22-year tenure at WLWT, Joe worked in a variety of production and sales positions while climbing the ranks to Station Manager.
In 1984, he accepted the General Manager position at WRIC in Richmond, VA and oversaw the project to rename the station from WXEX, as well as the planning, building and moving of its facilities to where it is today.
In 1993, Joe served as Vice President, General Manager of WMAR in Baltimore, MD. Then in 1996 he was called upon by an international recruiter looking for “someone with a sense of adventure” to help establish a television network in Russia. After three extraordinary years abroad, Joe came back to the U.S. and signed on to his current post as President and General Manager of WHTM.
Over the past 16 years, WHTM has built upon its terrific tradition of service to its community and greatly enhanced its reputation for on-air excellence. Most deservingly, in 2010, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters named Joe “Television Broadcaster of the Year”.
During his television career, Joe has served on several industry boards and associations, including the Board of Governors for ABC Television Network Affiliates; President, Board of Directors and Legislative Liaison Committee for the Virginia Association of Broadcasters; N.A.B. Broadcast Education Committee and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Telethon Broadcast Advisory Committee. In central Pennsylvania, he has been, served on the boards of The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania CrimeStoppers, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art and the Allied Arts Fund.
“I have had the great good fortune of spending my career in a business I have loved and totally enjoyed. I have worked for some of broadcasting’s best companies…none better than Media General. I will always be grateful for the many opportunities presented to me. The past 56 years have been my pleasure.”
For more than 60 years, WHTM-TV, the local ABC affiliate, has set the standard for television excellence in Central Pennsylvania. WHTM operates three stations through multicasting. WHTM-TV on 27.1 featuring news and ABC programming, RTV27 on 27.2 featuring the Retro Television Network and abc27 StormTrack Center 24/7 on 27.3. WHTM broadcasts five and a half hours of news daily Monday through Friday and six and a half hours over the weekend. In addition, WHTM produces Good Day PA, a lifestyle magazine airing Monday through Friday after abc27 News at Noon. For more information, visit abc27.com.
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