By Alan Pergament
Michael Nurse's patience paid off this morning when he was named president and general manager of Channel 7.
Nurse, who has been the station manager and vice president of sales at the ABC affilliate for 11 years, had been the favorite to become GM after Bill Ransom announced he would retire on June 30.
Ransom had previously stated that he would recommend Nurse for his job when Granite Broadcasting announced it would undertake a national search for his replacement. Some people inside Channel 7 had expected Nurse would become GM before this year. He officially takes over on July 1.
In announcing Nurse's promotion, Duane Lammers, Granite's chief operating officer, said in a release that Nurse has "proven himself to be an experienced manager and industry leader" for nearly 30 years.
"He is a seasoned broadcast executive that embodies Granite's commitment to the communities we serve. With a deep knowledge of the greater Buffalo market and our operations, he is the ideal person to lead WKBW."
In the same release, Nurse said he looked "forward to continuing to work with the great team at WKBW, as we serve the Buffalo community in which we all work and live."
Nurse doesn't have the easiest job in the market but he has been here long enough to know what Channel 7 needs to try and recapture its position in the community. After decades of dominance into the 21st Century, its news department is now a poor third in the market and has the smallest news staff.
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