NBC 40 has a new general manager.

J. “Roger” Powe III was named WMGM-TV’s new interim general manager Thursday, he said in a phone interview Tuesday. He has been the station’s general sales manager for the past eight years.

Powe replaced Ron Smith who was appointed as general manager in 2003 when Access 1 Communications purchased the station.

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Smith, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, previously served as WMGM’s general sales manager for 14 years before he took over as general manager. He said Tuesday he has no immediate plans for another venture, saying he plans to “take it easy for a while.”

“I feel very fortunate to have been around for 23 years,” he said. “It’s been very gratifying to see the station grow the way it has and the improvements we’ve been able to make. I certainly wish it a long bright future.”

Powe said the station will continue to grow and has plans to make the programming available on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

“I am ecstatic about the opportunity,” he said. “We’re going to continue to move forward and make sure our content is available wherever and whenever folks want to find it.”

The station’s signature program is its NBC 40 news program that is available at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Powe said the 5 a.m. show started in November and has been well received by the viewers.

“We’re going to continue to hone our product,” he said. “Stay tuned. We’ll get better and better.”

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