JACKSONVILLE, FL – April 25, 2013 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville TV has named Bill Funke as its new Director of Sales, effective April 29. In this role, Funke will oversee all traditional and digital sales activities for WAWS-TV (Fox) and WTEV-TV (CBS) in Jacksonville.
“Bill is a true professional, who knows that relationships are the key to driving our business in this highly-competitive market,” said CMG Jacksonville TV VP and General Manager Jim Zerwekh. “His years of television sales experience in multiple markets will help continue positioning WAWS and WTEV as Jacksonville’s top TV advertising channels. We are truly fortunate that we can tap into CMG’s vast sales talent pool for this key position.”
Before joining CMG Jacksonville TV, Funke was most recently General Sales Manager for CMG’s WFTV and WFTV.com in Orlando. Funke began his career in television sales in the early 90s as a National Rep with Petry in New York. He then joined Cox as an Account Executive with TeleRep in 1995 where he worked with WFTV, along with other strong TV news and revenue leaders including WSB-Atlanta, WFAA-Dallas, KHOU-Houston and WTTG-Washington. He joined WFTV in 1998 as National Sales Manager and was promoted to Local Sales Manager in 2002.
“I’m thrilled to take on this amazing opportunity to work with the CMG Jacksonville TV team of dedicated sales professionals,” added Funke. “Being one of our newest TV markets, we’ll combine the finest of the WAWS/WTEV brands with the many resources and best practices from across CMG to deliver great results for our customers all along Florida’s ‘first coast.’”
Funke holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University in New York.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 19 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 88 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.