The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB) has announced that Bill Applegate, Vice President and General Manager of WOIO/WUAB, is one of the 2011 Honorees of the annual "Excellence in Broadcasting" award. Applegate will join the ranks of some of Greater Cleveland's broadcasting greats and legends.
Bill Applegate has run some of the nation's biggest TV stations and newsrooms, from New York to Los Angeles, in more than 40 years as a broadcast journalist and executive. Unlike most General Managers who tend to have a background in sales, Bill started his career in news as a newspaper and radio reporter in his native Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the 1970s, Bill switched to TV. He worked as an anchor and reporter in Detroit and Los Angeles before moving into management as News Director in Buffalo, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.
Bill spent ten years with the ABC television network, first as News Director at WLS-TV in Chicago and later as News Director and Station Manager at WABC-TV in New York. Recruited by the CBS network in 1990, Bill became Vice President and General Manager of WBBM-TV in Chicago and, three years later, moved to Los Angeles as Vice President and General Manager of KCBS-TV.
Bill joined Raycom Media in 1996 and has successfully managed three Raycom television properties, arriving at his current position as Vice President and General Manager at WOIO/WUAB in Cleveland in January 2001.