MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Viewers will recognize him as the man who hosts 2 editorials each week during the WSFA 12 newscasts. We here at WSFA 12 News recognize him simply as the leader of our station, understanding that very few things remain a constant in the rapidly changing news business.
WSFA 12 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi announced to staff Monday that he'll soon be leaving the television station at 12 East Delano Avenue in Montgomery.
Selvaggi will take the reigns at Raycom-owned station WAVE-TV 3 in Louisville, Kentucky on March 21. This is actually Ken's second time to work in Louisville, Ky., having previously held a position as Special Project Producer at WHAS-TV from 1989-1990.
Ken, who has worked at WSFA 12 News since July of 2006, takes nearly 30 years of broadcast experience with him to Kentucky. He's held positions as producer, news director and general manager in markets such as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia; and Topeka, Kansas.
Ken will succeed Steve Langford at WAVE-TV who has decided to retire after a combined 32-years with Raycom Media and Liberty Corp., the company that preceded Raycom.
The rigorous duties of maintaining WSFA 12 News' position at the top of the ratings are a full time job, which means Ken can often be found in his office late into the evening. But when he first arrived in Montgomery in 2006 Ken set out to become a part of the River Region, not a visitor who merely worked here until the next opportunity arrived.
In 5 years Ken has become a common sight at numerous community functions, living up to the station's "Coverage, Community, Commitment" branding. As such, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Montgomery YMCA, the Montgomery Area Council on Aging, the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts.
He also serves on the Board of Control of the Montgomery Area Committee of 100 and chairs the advisory council of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor Bureau and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Montgomery.
"It's going to be tough, really tough" Ken said of leaving all his community positions, adding that he was planning to send personal thank-you notes to each as soon as he can.
Ken finds time to balance all his professional responsibilities with family priorities. He and his wife, Anne, have three children. Ken says he's excited about the new opportunities he has ahead and says his wife is excited to move closer to her family, though they'll miss Montgomery.
The search for Ken's replacement is currently underway.