John Burgess, the longtime general manager of KFTY TV-50 in Santa Rosa, is leaving broadcasting to become a partner in launching Money Matters Sonoma County, a hyper-local business and investments website, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He was news director and then station manager at KFTY, which on Oct. 1 became an affiliate of Azteca America under new ownership. Burgess said his toughest day at the station was on Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, when he carried out instructions by then-owner Clear Channel Communications to shut down the news department and fire the 13-person News 50 team.
Longtime KFTY manager changes careers
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