Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

YOU SHOULD KNOW: DIANA WILKIN; Her Career Is a Made-for-TV Story the Head of the City's Clear Channel Stations Says the Job Is "In My Blood."

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

YOU SHOULD KNOW: DIANA WILKIN; Her Career Is a Made-for-TV Story the Head of the City's Clear Channel Stations Says the Job Is "In My Blood."

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Byline: MARK BASCH

You might say Diana Wilkin is a natural for her new position as vice president and general manager of Clear Channel Television's two Jacksonville stations.

For one thing, Wilkin grew up around the television business, with her father running several stations when she was a child.

"I guess it's just sort of in my blood," she said.

And then there's her experience in the industry, working in various positions for the Fox network and most recently running a CBS affiliate for Clear Channel Television.

So when Clear Channel had an opening for someone to run its Fox (WAWS TV-30) and CBS (WTEV TV-47) affiliates in Jacksonville, Wilkin was an obvious choice.

"I thought she was uniquely qualified. She was the perfect fit for this," said Josh McGraw, Southeast Regional Vice President of Clear Channel Television.

Wilkin actually tried to avoid this path when she started her professional life. After studying business and finance at the University of Southern California, she took a stockbroker job at E.F. Hutton in 1981. But she realized it wasn't for her.

"I just didn't enjoy it," she said.

So she took a sales job in the television industry and eventually landed a position as a sales manager for FoxNet, a cable television network run by Fox Broadcasting Co. That network provided Fox programming to areas that didn't have an over-the-air Fox station in the early days of the network.

As the Fox network grew, Wilkin grew with it, being promoted to several different positions in the company. But she decided to leave Fox after her daughter was born in 1996.

"I did a lot of traveling back then, and it wasn't conducive to raising a family," she said.

Wilkin took a position running a television station in Wilmington, N.C., which allowed her to stay home more. But she was enticed back to Fox in 2000 to become senior vice president of affiliate relations. …

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