A highly praised media industry leader with broad knowledge in Operations, Engineering and Technology, Ken Wilkey is known for advancing and re-energizing businesses through innovation, creativity and high-performance team building.
He joined Latino Media Network in March as an Advisor, where he led the due diligence process for the technical, engineering and facility operations preceding the purchase of 18 Univision radio stations in the top US markets. In August, Wilkey was named EVP, Technology and Facilities for LMN. He Is currently developing operational and transition plans for the newly formed media company, which made history with one of the largest single acquisitions as a Latino owned and operated business.
Wilkey has held several senior-level roles including SVP, Technical Operations and Engineering for the Univision Television & Radio stations, where he led the technical staff of 60 TV and 67 radio stations, cross-trained personnel and combined radio and TV operations. He also helped advance the Video Journalist role with the creation of the VJ Van and earned the Local Media Innovation Award.
At NBC’s Telemundo and mun2 networks and TV Stations, where he served as SVP, Operations and Engineering, Wilkey was credited for the design of an innovative sports HD control room and the first HD infrastructure for a US Hispanic network in Prime Time. He oversaw the acquisition and sale of a number of TV stations as SVP, NBC & Telemundo TV Stations Technology and became an industry leader by deploying new technologies, such as enabling file sharing for all stations, which at the time was a first in the country.
As VP, Operations & Engineering for CNBC, he took the network from analog to digital. One of Wilkey’s most notable accomplishments was the build-out of a new facility, implementing a flawless operational transition while training staff, anticipating and mitigating risks, and managing to complete on budget and on time.
With a people first mentality, a unique talent to translate “tech talk” and a mission to find cost efficiencies while delivering growth and revenue, Wilkey has made groundbreaking technology contributions, such as: the first Chicago TV Station deployment of Doppler Radar (CBS2); the first City Cam Network at NBC-4 Los Angeles; and the first LAN based content sharing technology for NBC Stations.
Wilkey is active in the community, giving his time to various charities and mentoring future leaders.