When Frank Volpicella stepped down as KVUE’s news director in late April, he said he planned to stay retired “for about 10 minutes.”
He wasn’t far off.
Volpicella, who took a voluntary early retirement package after nearly 16 years at the city’s ABC affiliate, has been named news director at WGCL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.
A number of other KVUE employees also took the buyouts, including chief meteorologist Mark Murray, a 26-year veteran.
At WGCL, Volpicella will be working alongside a longtime friend and mentor, general manager Mark Pimentel. The two previously worked together at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Ala., and at WSB-TV, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate.
Atlanta is the nation’s ninth-largest TV market. Austin ranks 39th.
“I am excited to be back in Atlanta, a city I called home for 10 years earlier in my career,” Volpicella said. “I will be working for a general manager who I’ve known for 28 years. We share the same news philosophy and have the same vision on how to run a news operation.
“When I left KVUE on April 22, I realized that being a news director is in my DNA, and that I had to lead a news department again. I’m blessed to now have that opportunity to lead a station in a top-10 market.”
Volpicella begins work July 11, but is in Atlanta this week meeting with WGCL staffers.
“I will miss Austin tremendously,” he said. “But the friendships I made there will last a lifetime. There will always be a special place in my heart for Austin. I’m not saying goodbye to the city. I’ll be back to visit, and possibly retire there when that day finally comes.”