KSBY general manager moving to Colorado

Evan Pappas is stepping down as president and general management of KSBY after three years with the San Luis Obispo-based television station.

He is moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., to head KOAA-TV. He’ll be replaced by Kathleen Choal, currently station manager at KVOA-TV in Tucson, Ariz.

All three stations are NBC affiliates owned by Cordillera Communications of Duluth, Minn.

“It’s a considerable promotion,” Pappas said Thursday, noting that Colorado Springs is a larger market with about 200,000 more people.

Before joining KSBY, Pappas spent five years as KVOA’s general sales manager. He joined that station in 2003 after more than a decade in the cable and television advertising industries.

Choal started working at KVOA in 2005 as news director. She’s also held management positions with CBS and Post-Newsweek Stations, the broadcasting branch of the Washington Post Company.

Pappas praised his replacement as an “exceptional leader.”

“She has great management experience. She’s smart. She’s genuine,” he said. “It always helps when you have good journalists in the building.”

Pappas and Choal start their new positions April 1, 2011.

-- Sarah Linn