Tribune Company today announced the appointment of Marty Wilke as interim general manager of Chicago’s WGN-TV, effective immediately. Wilke replaces Tom Ehlmann who resigned for personal reasons. Wilke has served as the station’s director of sales since 2002.
“As general manager for more than four years, Tom led WGN-TV to unprecedented heights as the No. 1 station in the Chicago market. Marty is the right person to step in and keep the momentum going, along with the support and strength of the station’s department heads,” said Ed Wilson, president of Tribune Broadcasting. “We’ll continue moving forward with our plans to expand local news and develop additional local programming. Marty is incredibly talented, has a wealth of experience and strong relationships throughout Chicago.”
Prior to becoming director of sales, Wilke served as local sales manager for WGN-TV.
“I’ve always been proud to be a part of the WGN-TV family. The wealth of history and knowledge of our staff will make this a quick and smooth transition — these folks are the best in the city,” said Wilke. “I’m excited to step in and lead the station, especially as we’re launching a 5:30 p.m. half-hour newscast show in September.”
Wilke, a native of Downers Grove, Ill., is a member of the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago.