The Arizona Broadcasters Association has tapped Chris Kline to serve as president and CEO, beginning in mid-October, the trade association says.
Current President/CEO Art Brooks announced his retirement plans in May. Kline will be the fourth person to hold this leadership position since the association was founded in 1952.
In his new role Kline “will focus on helping member stations identify new business models, changing consumer habits and overall strategies to help the industry thrive,” according to the press release.
“Now is the time to embrace change together, identify new ways to drive revenue and grow our audience bases to take full advantage of our connected society,” Kline said in the announcement, also noting broadcast radio and television “touches more people in our local communities” than any other medium.
Kline most recently served as new and content director for Phoenix’s “ABC15” KNXV(TV). He has been with the station for the past 12 years and previously served as ABC15’s digital director. He also had stints at The Arizona Republic newspaper and CNN’s “Crossfire” in Washington earlier in his career.