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Bay News 9 Names Veteran Newsman As New General Manager

Rod Gramer Joins Award-Winning 24-Hour Local News Channel


St. Petersburg, FL

Bright House Networks announced today that veteran news director Rod Gramer has been named Vice President/General Manager of Tampa Bay’s award-winning 24-hour local news channel Bay News 9 starting July 11th.

For more than a decade, Gramer has been Executive News Director at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon. The station is a perennial number one in the news ratings and has earned dozens of awards for its news reporting.

“Rod runs one of the best local news shops in the country,” said Elliott Wiser, Bright House Network Vice President of Local Programming, “He is highly regarded in the business and we are excited to have him join our team.”

Prior to working in Portland, Gramer had a 10-year run as Executive News Director of KTVB-TV in Boise, Idaho. He began his career in the newspaper business working for the Idaho Statesman in Boise. Gramer is co-author of the book, Fighting the Odds, the Life of Senator Frank Church, which won the Evans Prize in Biography.

“I have followed Bay News 9 since it started and know it has an outstanding reputation for its commitment to journalism excellence,” said Gramer. “The station has a wonderful team of professionals and it’s a great privilege to have the chance to work side-by-side with them.”

Gramer is a graduate of the University of Idaho. He has a long history of community involvement in both Boise and Portland. Rod and his wife Julie plan to relocate to the Tampa Bay area.

Bay News 9 is the country’s top-rated 24-hour local news channel. Bay News 9 recently won the national Edward R. Murrow award for best local news website in the country. In Florida, Bright House Networks also owns and operates Central Florida News 13, Bright House Sports Network, and the Spanish language news channel-InfoMas.

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