From coast-to-coast, he’s had a storied career in TV station management and, before that, in TV station ad sales.
Arnie Kleiner, who has been the president and general manager of ABC’s KABC-TV in Los Angeles for the past 19 years, announced today that he will be retiring at the end of January 2015.
“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” Kleiner, 71, said in a statement. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today. I leave the station in good hands, and they can count on me to be their most loyal viewer.”
Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC-owned television station group, said in a statement, “Through his strong leadership, Arnie has led a team that has built KABC into the number one television station in Los Angeles. We are extremely appreciative of his many years of commitment and dedication to our owned station group, and the great passion that Arnie has brought to KABC. We wish him the best in his retirement — he will be missed.”
According to the statement, here’s a quick summary of Kleiner’s career: “Kleiner has served as President and General Manager of KABC-TV since February 1996. Prior to his appointment at KABC-TV, he served as President and General Manager of KFMB-TV-AM/FM in San Diego, California.
“Mr. Kleiner began his career with Westinghouse Broadcasting in 1968 as an Account Executive at KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh. He moved into its television group in 1969 as an Account Executive at WJZ-TV in Baltimore. This was followed by positions at Group W Television Sales in Chicago and WBZ-TV in Boston.
“Mr. Kleiner subsequently joined Group W Television Sales in New York in 1974 as Sales Manager. In 1975 he returned to WJZ-TV as General Sales Manager. In 1978, he joined WPVI-TV in Philadelphia as Director of Sales. In 1981, Mr. Kleiner was named Vice President and General Manager of WMAR-TV in Baltimore. He remained there until 1993, when he moved to KFMB-TV AM/FM in San Diego, prior to his present position.”
Kleiner has also been involved with many philanthropic activities.