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WYFF names broadcast exec, former SC player new GM

Apr 20, 2011 8:04:00 PM - thestate.com
An experienced broadcast executive who used to play football for the University of South Carolina has been named the new president and general manager of WYFF-TV in Greenville.

Hearst Television Inc. announced John R. Soapes' new job Wednesday. He takes over for Michael J. Hayes, who was recently named president and general manager of WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.

Soapes spent the past 10 years as the general sales manager at WKCF-TV in Orlando, Fla.

Soapes played football for the Gamecocks before starting his career as an account executive at WTAT-TV in Charleston. He also worked as national sales manager at WJZY-TV in Charlotte, N.C.

Hearst Television President David J. Barrett calls Soapes an outstanding broadcast executive with great sales credentials who also knows the importance of local news.

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