BendBroadband hires new GM for Zolo Media

BEND, Ore. (Oct. 23, 2014)  BendBroadband today announces the selection of Julie Brinks as general manager of Zolo Media. The company operates KBNZ-TV CBS affiliate, KOHD-TV ABC affiliate, COTV11 and offers multiple video and local advertising options for Central Oregonians.

“Julie has a reputation for evaluating and improving marketing and media effectiveness at media organizations like Zolo,” says Mark Barber, vice president of Cable Operations at TDS Telecom, parent company of BendBroadband. “We have every confidence her focus on hyper-localism and her strong, demonstrated history of success in re-aligning operations at companies like ours will translate into good things here at Zolo.”

In 2011-12, Brinks’ team won the national Edwin R. Murrow award for best TV news website in markets 40+. Under her leadership “The Morning Blend” community/product placement program on KGUN-TV attained a 58 percent ROI in its first year.

Most recently, Brinks was the managing member of Vicinity Media, a consulting firm for media organizations. Previously, she was the vice president and general manager for a combined radio-television group in Tucson, Arizona, which included ABC affiliate KGUN-TV, CW affiliate KWBA-TV, KMXZ-FM, KQTH-FM, KTGV-FM, and KFFN-AM/FM. In this role, Brinks established strategies and execution timelines for new local products, including nine websites, interactive, and e-commerce products.

Brinks began her career with CBS affiliates WWTV-WWUP-TV in Traverse City, Mich., before moving to FOX affiliates WGKI-WGKU-TV in 1992 as an equity partner. She has also worked for several broadcast groups in various roles, including: station manager, operations manager, and creative services manager.

Brinks earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts with a minor in Music from Central Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the NAB Education Foundation’s—Broadcast Leadership program and received a full fellowship grant for her learning pursuits in 2003.

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For more information contact: DeAnne Boegli / Manager – Public Relations / BendBroadband / 608-664-4428 /

BendBroadband a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., employs nearly 300 people. Serving Central Oregon for more than 50 years, the company began offering local cable TV service in 1955. Today, BendBroadband offers broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Through its Zolo Media division, the company operates KBNZ-TV CBS affiliate, KOHD-TV ABC affiliate, COTV11 and offers multiple video advertising, local advertising and viewing options for Central Oregonians. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates BendBroadband, OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Baja Broadband LLC. Combined, the company employs 3,300 people. Visit

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000™ company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 5.8 million customers nationwide through its subsidiaries TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular®. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employs 10,100 people. Visit

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