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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Phil Lane named KPRC 2 Vice President and General Manager

Phil Lane

Phil Lane has been named Vice President and General Manager of KPRC 2 Houston from KSAT San Antonio where he holds the same position. 

Dave Strickland exits KPRC 2

Ashley Parker named KSAT San Antonio general manager

Lane replaces Jerry Martin, who is retiring from KPRC after 11 years as the Graham Media Group Houston station head.

“I'm excited to join a wonderful local television station,” Lane said in a release. “KPRC is enjoying ratings momentum thanks to a talented team of local broadcasters who deliver important, engaging, and enterprising content to their audiences. I'm eager to build on that success while exploring new, innovative ideas for Houston. Now is our opportunity to transform our business so we can connect with and serve our community in exciting new ways. I can't wait to see what we accomplish together!”

“It is impossible to describe Phil Lane and his incredible leadership in just one sentence – to put it simply, he is a unicorn,” said Catherine Badalamente, President and Chief Executive Officer, Graham Media Group.  “While he has had a long and successful career running market-leading television stations, he is also a trailblazer and innovator whose skills are hard to match inside (and outside) of our industry.”

Lane joined KSAT in 2011. According to GMG, under Lane's leadership, KSAT maintained market-leading ratings in news and the number one local media website in San Antonio. 

He launched numerous groundbreaking local programming initiatives including “SA Live,” a daily live lifestyle program, and “Texas Eats,” a local food series now distributed across the state. 

Lane expanded KSAT’s digital initiatives with the streaming news series “KSAT Explains,” the launch of KSAT Plus content stream, mobile and OTT app, KSAT’s Big Game Coverage high school sports streaming network and the creation of Graham Media’s first membership program, KSAT Insiders.  

Prior to joining KSAT, Lane had served as:

- VP and GM of WSPA and WYCW in the Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson, NC, market from 2004 to 2011

- WJBF in Augusta, GA, from 2000 to 2004

- WRBL in Columbus, GA, from 1997 to 2000.  

Lane is a 1987 graduate of Furman University with a BA in History.

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