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AGM/Bakersfield Appoints Billy Smith as General Manager


William ''Billy'' Smith
William ''Billy'' Smith

American General Media (AGM) appoints William "Billy" Smith as General Manager of its Bakersfield station group, effective immediately. Smith has worked successfully in both radio and television, most recently in sales management for Hearst Television in Sacramento.

AGM Regional Manager Rich Watson commented, "We were very lucky to have several excellent and well qualified candidates for this rare opening. Billy stood out among those candidates because of his passion for our business along with his experience both in Bakerfield and outside the market. This station group has a deep tradition of dominant audience share, offering highly creative marketing products to our clients, and a commitment to serving Bakerfield and all the communities of Kern County."

AGM President Rogers Brandon noted, "Billy got his start in broadcasting with our Bakersfield station group as an Account Executive 20 years ago. Since leaving our company, he has had several management positions and has evolved as a skilled manager and an innovative leader. It's always gratifying when someone of Billy's skillset rejoins the company; he knows our culture, our mission, and our vision for serving our community."

Smith added, "It's a tremendous honor to be named AGM's General Manager and to be back home in the Bakersfield community and with my immediate family. For many decades, the AGM stations and brands have had a proven commitment to serve Kern County and its surrounding communities. I look forward to the opportunity of leading this organization to new levels of success."

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