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Fred E. Walker  
President  

Fred E. Walker has spent his entire professional career in broadcasting. He has been involved in radio, television and cable as a group executive, an investor, a consultant and a general manager. Mr. Walker began his television career with Westinghouse Broadcasting, Channel 3 in Philadelphia. Initially in Public Relations and Promotion, Mr. Walker was soon appointed General Manager of radio station WTTM, Trenton, NJ In 1959 he became a group W Sales Manager in Cleveland, followed in 1961 by appointment as General Manager of KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh. Several general manager positions followed: Channel 3 TV in Cleveland, Channel 3 TV in Philadelphia (again), and Channel 5 in San Francisco.

From 1967 to 1969 as Vice President and General Manager of Channel 5 TV in Cincinnati for AVCO Corporation. Mr. Walker was also responsible for the operation of the AVCO TV Network, a regional network that reached four major cities and originated several new concepts in programming, including the Phil Donahue Show . In 1969, Mr. Walker was recruited to become Chief operating Officer of a distressed diversified company. Working with Richard Geismar, former CFO of MetroMedia, the restructuring of the company was successfully accomplished. This project included complete reorganization of the management and marketing organization for two TV stations, four radio stations and cable.

Together Messrs Walker and Geismeir formed Broad Street Communications Corp. in 1971. Mr. Walker served as Chief Operating Officer for all of Broad Street’s broadcast and Cable operations. These CATV properties were successfully divested in 1976 and the stations in Oklahoma City, New Orleans and New Haven were sold in 1984 to Clear Channel Communications.

Following the sale of Broad Street, Mr. Walker was asked to rejoin group W Radio as Vice President in charge of the owned and operated franchises of Muzak, a Group W subsidiary. In his capacity as COO, he was responsible for directing sales strategy for company owned distributors of Muzak programming. The strategic approach to these markets was analogous to radio and TV sales…identification of current and potential subscriber, and comparative cost analyses to prove the efficiency and return of the subscriber’s investment. His success was reflected in the higher than expected selling price, which Westinghouse received when it sold the Muzak subsidiary late in 1986.

Mr. Walker then completed the total structuring and assemblage of Group W radio Division’s new national sales organization. This was accomplished in an extraordinarily short time-span, necessitated by major changes in the outside supplier of this service.

In 1989 Broad Street entered the arena of television station ownership. Broad Street TV was formed to acquire mid-market TV network affiliated TV stations. The last station, KWQC TV, the NBC station in Davenport, Iowa was sold in 1997 to Young Broadcasting Company.

Since then he has served as President of the Broad Street Companies, which consists of consulting radio, television and cable networks. From 1997 to 2006 Mr. Walker worked directly with Lifetime TV in the area of brand extension through the use of radio and other complementary media.

In 2006 he joined Albert T Primo in forming the Education Television Fund, a non-profit organization working to make commercial television news programming more of an integral tool in classroom from K to 12. (See www.educationtelevisionfund.org) Mr. Walker is President of the Fund.

Mr. Walker has served on many industry boards including Chair of Industry Ratings Committee of RAB, the Board of RAB and the Marketing Committee of the NAB. In addition he served for over 20 years on the Board of Call For Action, Washington, D>C., a consumer group that works with radio and TV stations. He was Chairman of that Board from 1990 to 1999. He serves on the Board of Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, a
nationally recognized professional regional theater and was Chair of the Board from 1986 to 1997.He served for twelve years (1972 – 1984) on the Board of Trustees of Connecticut Public radio and TV.
Mr. Walker attended New Jersey College, New York University and is today an Associate Fellow at Berkeley College, Yale University, on an appointment that expires in 2010.

Mr. Walker lives with his wife, Catharine Middleton Sullivan, in Guilford, Connecticut. They have three adult children.

 

 

 
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