Cox Combines TV & Radio Leadership In Jacksonville & Tulsa

Cox Media Group Orlando 96.5 WDBO 98.9 WMMO K92.3 WWKA Power 95.3 WPYO Star 94.5 WCFBOn the heels of combining its market leadership in Orlando, Cox Media Group is doing the same at its Jacksonville FL and Tulsa OK operations.

Cathy Gunther, who had overseen Cox’s television properties in Tulsa will now add oversight of the radio stations in the market. Gunther will oversee News/Talk 740 KRMG/102.3 KRMG-FM, Country “K95.5” KWEN, Hot AC “Mix 96” 96.5 KRAV-FM, Classic Rock “103.3 The Eagle” KJSR, Christian AC “Spirit 105.7” K289CC, “Fox 23” KOKI-TV, and “My 41” KMYT-TV. She became Market Vice President for the television stations at the beginning of 2017 after previously spending a little over two years as General Sales Manager for the stations. Her entire broadcasting career has been spent in television with stints at KTVU/KICU San Francisco and stations in Monterey and Santa Barbara CA.

The former head of Cox Media Group’s Tulsa radio stations will head to Jacksonville FL as the Market Vice President overseeing the radio and TV properties there. Dan Lawrie served as Market Manager of Cox Tulsa from 2003-2010 and again since October 2014. In between he served in the same role at Cox Media Group San Antonio. In Jacksonville he will oversee CHR 95.1 WAPE, Classic Hits “96.9 The Eagle” WJGL, Urban AC “Hot 99.5” W258CN, Alternative “X102.9” WXXJ, News/Talk 104.5 WOKV-FM/690 WOKV, Urban “Power 106.1” W291CI, Soft AC “Easy 106.5” WEZI, “Fox 30” WFOX-TV, and “CBS 47” WJAX-TV.

Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Cathy Gunther as Market Vice President for Tulsa, Okla. and Dan Lawrie as Market Vice President for Jacksonville, Fla., effective immediately. These appointments are part of CMG’s converging markets with multiple media platforms to strengthen news, sales and operational collaboration.

“Both Dan and Cathy are successful media veterans and proven leaders on the Cox Media Group leadership team,” said Executive Vice President Bill Hendrich. “We are fortunate to have great leadership within CMG to promote from within for these two new critical roles as we converge our Jacksonville and Tulsa media markets. They will work with our teams in these markets to take our award-winning brands to new heights.”

In her new role, Gunther will oversee the converged Tulsa market of trusted TV and radio brands, including FOX 23 News, My41, and MeTV TV stations and KRMG News102.3 AM740, 103.3 The Eagle, Mix 96.5, K95.5, and Spirit 105.7.

“Our industry is evolving at a rapid pace. Media consumers expect us to deliver local news and entertainment effectively on their platform of choice,” said Gunther. “This strategic alignment will allow our teams to produce and deliver information in a quick efficient manner, giving us a competitive advantage. We are stronger together, and I look forward to leading this effort for the benefit of our team and the Tulsa community.”

Gunther previously was VP/General Manager for Tulsa’s CMG’s FOX23 (KOKI-TV), My41 (KMYT-TV) and MeTV (NOKI-TV) TV stations. For the past year, she has led our Cox Local Solutions efforts in Tulsa combining our TV, Radio and Cox Communications sales teams to create digital marketing solutions for Oklahoma businesses. Her broadcast career includes many years of experience in the sales and business industries, including KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area and KTVU-TV’s duopoly station, KICU-TV. She also worked for the Cowles California Media group in Santa Barbara in various technology and sales positions.

In his new role, Lawrie will lead a converged Jacksonville market of trusted TV and radio brands, including Action News Jax FOX30 and CBS47 TV stations and News 104.5 WOKV, Hot 99.5, Easy 106.5, 95.1 WAPE, The Eagle 96.9 WJGL, Power 106.1 WJGLHD2 and X102.9 WXXJ radio stations.

Lawrie was previously VP/General Manager for CMG’s Tulsa Radio cluster. His career highlights also include being VP and GM for CMG’s San Antonio Radio. Additionally, he previously was VP and GM in Tulsa from 2003 until 2010. Lawrie joined CMG in 1999.

“Converging our Jacksonville TV & Radio properties under one Market Leader makes perfect sense and will allow us to collaborate our resources to better serve the Jacksonville community,” said Lawrie. “I’m excited to help lead a team of dedicated TV and Radio professionals to a new level of excellence.”

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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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