First Vice President
Bill Ottinger came to KTVK-3TV in 1993 as a writer/producer. In a very short time he was promoted to Creative Services Manager, a position that he holds to this day. During his time with “Arizona’s Family” Bill has helped launch a new station, KASW-CW6, became a mascot for the late news as “Thousand Dollar Bill” where he gave unsuspecting news viewers $1,000 on their own doorsteps, persuaded 2,000 people to partake in a promo for Bruce Haffner, lent his dulcet tones to numerous jingles and appeared in a variety of promos. And he has produced and written about a bazillion promos in his spare time.
Born and raised in the hills of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bill positively bleeds orange. His broadcast career started at the student operated radio station while attending the University of Tennessee in 1982. Later that same year he shifted to a commercial radio station where his new contacts helped him land his first TV gig in 1984.
Bill’s career at WTVK evolved from photog to reporter to morning and weekend weather. He became the host of a weekly feature segment called “Neighbors” and when he relocated to WKXT (now WVLT) the CBS affiliate in 1988, he became “The Tennessee Traveler,” reporting human interest stories in addition to continuing his weather casting duties.
During this time, Bill wrote and produced his own promos. With this new skill set in hand he made a promo reel that landed him the job at KTSP. It was here that Bill earned his first Emmy nomination.
Bill has mentored many producers not only in Creative Services but throughout the KTVK team. Bill’s authority and involvement doesn’t end inside the building. Bill is active in his community, serving as a league director and coach for little league baseball, has coached youth basketball, is President-elect for the East Valley Boys Service Club and is an active member of the Tempe Diablos.