Interview with the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO: Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NXST)
Perry A. Sook is Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in the broadcasting industry, covering all facets of the business, such as ownership, management, sales, on-air talent and news. Nexstar was formed in 1996 for the purpose of acquiring and operating network affiliated television stations in medium-sized markets. Before Nexstar, Mr. Sook was one of the principals of Superior Communication Group, Inc., owner of KOCB-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and WDKY-TV in Lexington, Kentucky. Before Superior, he was President and CEO of Seaway Communication, Inc., owner of WVII (ABC) in Bangor, Maine, and WJFW (NBC) in Wausau, Wisconsin. Before being recruited to run Seaway, he worked for KXTX-TV as General Sales Manager and acting General Manager. He also was employed by Gaylord owned KTVT-TV as National Sales Manager. Mr. Sook previously had spent five years with Cox Broadcasting, first in local sales at WPXI-TV (NBC) in Pittsburgh, then at Telerep, Inc., as a National Account Executive. Early in his career, Mr. Sook was employed by WOWK-TV (CBS) in Huntington, West Virgina, in local sales, WFIV-AM in Kissimmee, Florida; WATH/WXTQ-FM, Athens, Ohio, and WPME AM/FM in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in radio sales and on-air talent. He also worked briefly as a television news anchor at WDTV-TV (CBS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mr. Sook did his undergraduate work at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and was an adjunct professor at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NAB/BEA Harold E. Follow Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Sook is a board member of The National Association of Broadcasters, The Television Bureau of Advertising and is a board member and Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation. Profile
TWST: Please begin with an overview of the main areas in which Nexstar Broadcasting is active, and highlight what was most significant in the company's recent earnings call.