Bill Ottinger, Son of Barbara Wichser Ottinger (Class of 1949)

Bill OttingerFirst Vice President
Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Bill serves as Creative Director for Cox Media in Phoenix, Arizona, where he oversees the development of multi-platform advertising solutions for Cox clients.  His career in media is broad with experience in advertising, broadcasting, local news and marketing and promotion.

Before arriving at Cox, Bill served as the Creative Services Manager for KTVK 3TV, KASW CW6 and in Phoenix.  Bill spent 20 years marketing and promoting news and entertainment programming for one of the country’s top-rated independent television stations.

Prior to moving to Arizona, Bill began his career behind a radio microphone in Knoxville, Tennessee.  When WTVK TV came calling, Bill jumped into his first role as a news photographer and later became a reporter and weekend weather anchor.  He was chosen to be the host of a weekly human interest feature segment and relocated to WKXT (now WVLT), the CBS affiliate.  As the “The Tennessee Traveler,” Bill traveled East Tennessee looking for interesting people doing interesting things.

Smaller markets mean everyone does more than one job and Bill took advantage of the opportunity by producing promos for his Traveler segments. With new skills under his belt and a promo reel in hand, Bill landed a writer/producer’s job at KTSP [now KSAZ] in Phoenix. It was there that Bill earned his first Emmy nomination.

Bill is active in his community, serving as the President for the East Valley Boys Service Club and as a member of the Tempe Diablos, a local charity/civic organization in Tempe, AZ.  He has also coached youth baseball and basketball.

Bill positively bleeds orange for his University of Tennessee Volunteers where he graduated with a B.S. in Communications.  Go Vols!

Over the course of his career, Bill has received numerous Rocky Mountain Emmys, Promax awards for television promotion, a Phoenix Addy award and was recently inducted into the Silver Circle of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NATAS.


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