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BYU Broadcasting has a new boss and he's coming (almost) directly from the University of Utah.
Michael A. Dunn, who was the general manager of KUED-Ch. 7 at the U. from 2010-13, has been named the managing director of BYU Broadcasting. He'll oversee BYU's radio, television and digital channels, including BYUtv, KBYU-Ch. 11, and KBYU FM-89.1.
Dunn will replace Derek A. Marquis, who retired as general manager of BYU Broadcasting at the end of 2016.
BYU Broadcasting's new chief won't actually get to work in Provo until April; he's currently the president of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"This is a dream opportunity with a world-class broadcast organization," Dunn said in a prepared statement. "What my colleague Derek and his team have done to build BYU Broadcasting into a major player in the broadcast and digital arena is just remarkable. And between the state-of-the-art facility, the immensely talented staff and, most of all, a mission and purpose to produce content that helps people see the good in the world, you can't help but feel honored and blessed to be asked to be a part of something this noble."
This will be Dunn's second stint working (at least indirectly) for the LDS Church. He
spent eight years as a senior writer and producer for church-owned Bonneville Communications. And before he became KUED's GM, he founded and operated Dunn Communications, Inc., a local advertising agency and film production company.
Dunn a genuinely good guy, in my experience graduated from the University of Utah with both bachelor's and master's degrees in mass communication with a journalism/advertising emphasis.
Oh, and in 1984, he was running in Grand Teton National Park when he was attacked by a grizzly bear, which left him in need of more than 300 stitches. And in 2010, he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle, breaking the same collar bone he'd broken a year earlier when he was attacked by a dog.
Running BYU Broadcasting doing just about anything has to feel easy compared to all of that.