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Cumulus Names New Market Managers In Chicago & New York; Midwest Regional VP

Cumulus Media Chicago New York Kansas City Minneapolis Donna Baker Chad LopezCumulus Media has named new Vice President/Market Managers for its clusters in Chicago and New York and a new Midwest Regional Vice President.

Donna Baker who had been serving as VP/MM for Chicago will transfer to Kansas City as Midwest Regional Vice President where she will oversee Cumulus stations in Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Kansas City. With Bakers promotion, Peter Bowen joins Cumulus to take her place in Chicago. Bowen most recently was SVP/Director of Sales for CBS Los Angeles and previously spent 16 years at CBS Chicago including time as VP/GM of WBBM-FM and WJMK-FM and Director of Sales for the cluster.

Also crossing from CBS to Cumulus is Chad Lopez to fill the vacant VP/MM position in New York. Lopez most recently was General Sales Manager for CBS’ News duo of 880 WCBS and 1010 WINS and Director of Sales for the New York Yankees Radio Network. He replaces Kim Bryant who was promoted to EVP of Westwood One in January.

Cumulus announces that it has appointed New York media executive Chad Lopez to Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus New York. Lopez comes to Cumulus from 14 years at CBS Radio, where he was General Sales Manager, 1010 WINS, CBS-AM. He also served CBS Radio New York as Director of Sales, WCBS-AM/1010 WINS and WFAN/Yankees Baseball. Prior to that, he was Senior Media Buyer for Dom Camera and Associates for five years. Lopez also served as an officer in the United States Navy. 

Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “Chad is a highly talented and experienced sales leader behind several legendary brands in New York City radio.

The relationships he’s built and the respect he has developed with the ad community over the last 15 years are unprecedented. This was clearly the next and natural step in his career. We are extremely excited to have Chad on our team and as a member of the Cumulus family.”

Lopez said: “After 15 years in sales leadership in New York, this was clearly my next step. Cumulus presented me with a tremendous opportunity to further my career and run an iconic group of stations in my hometown. I couldn’t be more excited and ready to take on this challenge.

Cumulus announces that it has promoted Donna Baker to Midwest Regional Vice President. Baker rises from her position as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Chicago. In her new role, Baker will oversee Cumulus’ station operations in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Des Moines, and will be based in Kansas City. Baker has previously served Cumulus as Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s Houston and Kansas City stations.

Lew Dickey, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cumulus said: “Donna is an extremely talented broadcaster and has made a tremendous contribution to our success over the past eight years. We are excited for her to grow with Cumulus as she takes on increased responsibilities in her new role as Midwest Regional Vice President.

Baker said: “Building teams and helping talented people achieve their highest potential is living the dream for me. I appreciate the opportunity Cumulus has given me to grow within the company to the next level of leadership as RVP.”

Cumulus announces that 20-year Chicago radio veteran Peter Bowen has been named Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Chicago. Bowen moves into the role previously held by Donna Baker, who was promoted to Regional Vice President for Cumulus. Bowen joins Cumulus from CBS Radio, where he was Senior Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s six radio stations in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Bowen worked for CBS Radio Chicago for 16 years, serving as Senior Vice President/General Manager of WBBM-FM and WJMK-FM, and as Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio’s Chicago stations.

Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “We promoted our current VP/MM for Chicago, Donna Baker to Regional Vice President, based out of Kansas City. Bringing Peter home to Chicago is a perfect fit as we build upon the strong growth and success we are experiencing in our Chicago cluster. Over the last two decades, Peter has developed deep and important relationships with the advertising community and we are delighted to have him join our team in this important role.”

Bowen said: “I am thrilled to join Cumulus as VP/Market Manager at such an exciting time. I look forward to working alongside some of the best in the business driving our brands and sales efforts in Chicago. I’m coming home.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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