WZMQ 19 has appointed two experienced broadcasters to management positions.

Ben Talarico will become the station’s first news director.

Talarico has extensive background television experience. Ben previously served as a news producer at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, and held a variety of responsibilities at WBUP-TV in Marquette from 2011-2015 and again in 2021.

He holds degrees in English from Northern Michigan University and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Creighton University.

Kenn Baynard joins WZMQ-TV as operations director.

He comes to WZMQ-TV from WBUP-TV, where he has served as Operations Manager since 2008. He began his career as creative services producer at WBUP in 1996 and joined the creative services team at WJCL-TV in Savannah, Georgia, in 2004 before returning to the Upper Peninsula to continue his work in television.

The addition of Ben and Kenn will allow the station to continue to serve the Upper Peninsula with innovative news coverage and special projects and programs.

“We are very pleased to add these two local broadcasters to help lead WZMQ 19 News into the future, working with Executive Producer and anchor Sarah Blakely," said Brian Trauring, executive vice president for Lilly Broadcasting, which owns WZMQ. "Ben, Kenn and Sarah will continue WZMQ’s upward trajectory and expansion."

WZMQ became the Michigan Upper Peninsula’s CBS affiliate in January 2022. The station began broadcasting live and local news weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m. from studios in historic downtown Marquette on Oct. 3.