Veteran Station Manager Has Been Overseeing Duopoly on Day-to-Day Basis Since August
Patrick McClenahan has been promoted to President and General Manager of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, the CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, effective immediately; it was announced today by Tom Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Television Stations.
McClenahan has served as Senior Vice President and Station Manager at CBS 2 and KCAL 9 since the stations became the largest duopoly in the nation in May 2002. In August, Kane announced that McClenahan would succeed Don Corsini as President and General Manager at the end of the year.
“Since announcing our plan to have Patrick assume leadership of our Los Angeles stations, he has done a tremendous job of ensuring a smooth transition that has been supported by the strong and experienced team of department heads and managers at the duopoly,” Kane said. “Our decision to hand the reins to Patrick has been extremely well received by our employees, advertisers and business partners and the community as a whole, and we look forward to supporting Patrick and his team as they manage the continuing evolution and growth of our stations in this crucial market.”
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities as Station Manager, McClenahan has overseen several major projects, including the merger of CBS 2 and KCAL 9’s operations, the planning and construction of the stations’ new home at the Studio City Broadcast Center, the most technologically advanced HD television facility in the country, and the negotiation of KCAL’s long-term broadcast rights agreements with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
McClenahan first joined KCAL 9 in April 1997 as Vice President and Executive Producer of Sports and was responsible for overseeing the production of more than 150 major sports broadcasts per year. In 2000, he added oversight of the station’s new media businesses to his responsibilities; and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Station Manager one year later.
Prior to that, McClenahan ran his own production company for seven years. In 1989, he was hired as Executive Producer of one of his firm’s key clients, Prime Ticket Network, the leading regional sports network in the country. McClenahan was soon promoted to Vice President of Programming and Production when the network became part of the Liberty/Prime Sports family of regional sports networks. When Liberty merged with Fox Sports, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production for Fox Sports Net and was responsible for overseeing the sports production operations for 12 regional sports networks.
McClenahan is actively engaged in leadership roles with a number of community organizations. Since 2001, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Southern California. He also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Sports Council and the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.
McClenahan regularly appears as a guest speaker at local colleges and universities and recently was named Leader in Residence for the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach.
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