Aug. 23, 2004 TV2's new general manager has spent most of his professional career working in a location about as different from that of the Virgin Islands weatherwise as it gets — Alaska.
Brent A. Butler has taken over management of the station from Linda Vanterpool, who has returned to her previous job of vice president for creative services at Innovative Communication Corp., TV2's parent company, according to an ICC release.
Butler most recently spent a year as general manager, news director and sales manager-promotions of Alaska Broadcast Communications radio stations KTKN and KGTW in Ketchikan, Alaska.
A graduate of the University of Alaska, he began his career as general manager and program director at the UA cable station in Fairbanks. For three years he was operations supervisor and technical director for the Fairbanks NBC affiliate, and for six years he managed two stations there, KFXF, the Fox network affiliate, and KXD, the CBS affiliate. Under his watch KFXF became the highest-rated Fox affiliate in the nation.
He next spent two years in San Diego managing a development project for a new TV station, XUPN. Then he returned to Fairbanks and established BMC Media, an advertising, marketing and video company. He sold the business in June 2003 to join Alaska Broadcasting.
"Under Butler we look forward to a new phase of growth and development that will continue on the foundation laid by Vanterpool," Jeffrey Prosser, chair and chief executive officer of ICC, said in the release.
Prosser commended Vanterpool for having "done an outstanding job of making TV2 a truly professional television station with quality programming and production." The station this year was the recipient of 14 Silver and 10 Bronze Telly Awards, which recognize outstanding cable TV programs and commercials.
During her years at TV2, Vanterpool said, "we have achieved accomplished all of our objectives. We have trained and cross-trained our staff. And we have become a member of the community … Nothing gives me a bigger thrill than when we are doing a remote broadcast to watch the young children give us the TV2 high sign."
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