February 27th, 2013
Bryan McGruder

Bryan McGruder, who abruptly left WDAF-FOX 4 as its Vice President of News right before the November TV sweeps last year, has been named News Director at WZTV in Nashville.

The Nashville market is the 29th largest TV market in the nation. Kansas City is currently ranked 31.

His first day will be March 4 at the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox affiliate.

“I’m happy to be back in the South and looking forward to helping a great team meet its goals and aspirations” said McGruder.

“Under his watch WDAF grew to one of the strongest FOX stations in the country,” noted WZTV in a statement.

At Fox 4, McGruder, a University of Missouri graduate, managed almost 60 hours per week of live, local news each week during a 10-year career there. His sudden departure led to much speculation that he might land a similar position in Kansas City.

Prior to WDAF, McGruder was VP of news at WHBQ Memphis and was news director at WJCL-WTGS Savannah, Ga. Before becoming a news director, he spent 15 years working as an anchor, reporter, producer and executive producer.

5 Responses

  1. Jennings Cronkite says:

    Nashville is actually a little larger than KC. It’s market 29.

    You must have looked at radio rankings, John, which can be quite different from TV.

    Here’s where you should be looking for TV DMA info:

  2. David says:

    Did you notice you referred to him as “McDonald”? Perhaps you had general manager Cheryl McDonald in mind?

  3. Damon says:

    Happy for Brian. Nashville is a great town.

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