KING 5 “The Home Team” announce the promotion of Jim Rose to the new position of Vice President and Station Manager. The promotion takes place in a restructure of leadership that includes the promotion of Jason Xydis to Director of Sales, replacing Rose.
Rose will continue to report to Ray Heacox, President of “The Home Team” and will assume responsibilities for Sales, Local Programming, Syndicated Programming, Operations and Human Resources. News, Marketing, Community, Communications and Digital will continue to report directly to Heacox.
“The Seattle Market is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. and with two TV stations, one of the nation’s largest regional cable networks, and a thriving digital business we want to make sure our leadership is structured to take advantage of all the opportunities in front of us” said Mr. Heacox.
“We have several major priorities and projects that need increased focus and I can think of no better leader to help us continue as the dominant media company in Seattle than Jim” said Heacox, “he has done an amazing job with one of the largest and most complex sales organizations in our business and will bring his skills as a leader to his new responsibilities with the intelligence, energy and good humor that have made him so successful.”
The Home Team will also have a new leader at the helm of its sales efforts, Jason Xydis, who will replace Rose as Director of Sales. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jason for many years and he has become a fantastic sales leader” said Rose, “he will step into his new role with ease and take us to even greater success as the top billing property in the market.” “Jason’s background in television and digital sales uniquely position him to lead the ever more complex products we offer and to develop a team that can offer full solutions to our customers” said Heacox.
Jim Rose arrived at KING Broadcasting in 2000. Prior to his current role, Jim held the positions of Local Sales Manager and National Sales Manager for KING5 and KONG-TV. KING5 is the #1 station in Seattle and is considered one of the most successful stations in the country.
Previously, Jim worked as an Account Executive for the Chris-Craft ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City and as Research Manager for Blair TV in New York. Jim started his career in New York with Capital Cities as Promotion Coordinator with WPLJ-FM.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Jim graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communications Media. Jim currently sits on the board of the Seattle Sports Commission and the marketing committee for the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament. He is also heavily involved in the Foster School of Business mentorship program at the University of Washington.
Jim lives in West Seattle with his spouse, Eric, and 12 year-old son, Isaac. Movies, music, tennis and his son’s various sports activities fill up their collective spare time.
Jason Xydis’ journey with the KING 5 Sales Department began in 1998, with an entry level position as a National Sales Coordinator. He held the position for two years, before a promotion to Account Executive in KING 5’s newly-formed Interactive Sales division. In that role he was recognized as the top billing account executive in company’s Interactive Western Region.
Over the next 10 years, Jason’s footprint increased, as he added more tradition television sales, sponsorships and projects to his repertoire. He became Local Sales Manager for KING/KONG Television in 2011, leading a team of account executives through a strong period of revenue growth.
Jason was promoted again in 2013 to Director of Local Sales. He is a trusted leader with highly respected talents in sales, management and talent recruitment. Jason and his wife JoAnn live in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood with their two children.