People Moves 1/7: Lots Of New Years Comings & Goings
VARTV reports that Mark McKay is out as Program Director of Max Media Country “97.3 The Eagle” WGH-FM and Sports “ESPN 94.1” WVSP Norfolk. McKay had been with WGH since 1999 and added the Program Director duties in 2012.
Former Cumulus Detroit Director of FM Programming Robby Bridges is joining Townsquare Media as Operations Manager for its Portsmouth NH cluster effective February 7. Bridges will serve as Program Director for Country 97.5 WOKQ Portsmouth and “103.7 The Peak” WPKQ North Conway while co-hosting afternoons on Classic Hits “The Shark” 102.1 WSAK Hampton/105.3 WSHK Kittery ME.
iHeartMedia’s “Kiss Country 99.9” WKSF Asheville NC morning host Eddie Foxx is now pulling double duty as he adds afternoons at “B93.9” WNCB Cary/Raleigh. Foxx supplants Scotty Davis who was tracking the daypart from his base at “US 103.5” WFUS Tampa.
Lisa Leonard has exited as midday host of Townsquare Media AC 92.7 WOBM-FM Toms River NJ after 22 years with the station. In a blog post on the station’s site, Leonard explains she wishes to focus on her voiceover business and restoring her health after a previous bout with Lyme Disease.
Also exiting the Townsquare Monmouth/Ocean cluster is longtime morning co-host Marianne Levy at Oldies “Beach Radio” 1160 WOBM Lakewood Township/1310 WADB Asbury Park. Levy joined WOBM in 1997 to join her husband Bob on the station’s morning show. Following Bob Levy’s retirement in December 2015 she moved to a talk show alongside Joel Markel from 8-10am.
Andi Brooks has departed Midwest Family Broadcasting Country “Q106” 106.3 WWQM Madison WI to join Big Machine Label Group based in Nashville. Brooks served as morning co-host alongside Jackson Jones and afternoon host since joining WWQM in July 2016 from Neuhoff Media’s 104.5 WFMB-FM Springfield IL.
Midwest Communications CHR “i106.7” WNFN Franklin/Nashville TN will add Hanna Bee for middays starting January 22. Bee joins WNFN from Entercom’s “Live 101.5” KALV Phoenix where she worked as a weekend/fill-in host.
Beasley Media has created the new position of Chief Digital Content Officer and appointed Lori Burgess to fill the position.
Burgess has been consulting Beasley’s integrated marketing strategy since May 2017. In her new role she will design and oversee the company’s digital content strategy. Burgess spent over two decades in the magazine industry including times as the Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, Seventeen, Elle, Mademoiselle, OK, and Prevention.
Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announces Lori Burgess has been named to the newly created position of Chief Digital Content Officer at the company.
Burgess has been serving as Beasley Media Group’s integrated marketing strategy consultant since May of 2017. In her new role, she will be responsible for designing and overseeing the digital content strategy for the company.
“We are embarking upon an exciting business transformation, one focused on content excellence and proficiency across all media platforms,” said Burgess. “This expansion will allow our on-air talent to enhance their local market presence, fostering deeper and more engaged relationships with audiences and advertisers alike.”
“Lori has proven time and time again since she joined our company that she has what it takes to lead the company’s digital content strategy into the future,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Beasley. “It is a privilege to have her on our team. I look forward to Lori expanding our digital footprint with unique and exciting content opportunities that complement Beasley Media Group’s core business.”
Burgess has earned a stellar reputation as an authority in content and advertising alignment, with a focus on building revenue through creative multi-platform marketing and new media solutions.
Her portfolio includes more than two decades in the publishing industry, providing generation of profit and growth for iconic brands such as The Hollywood Reporter, Prevention Magazine, Conde Nast’s Mademoiselle and House & Garden; Elle Magazine; Seventeen Magazine, and Niche Media.
The media veteran’s national awards span 20 years, however her notable honors in 2016 include: Pixel Award Finalist R3 Summit.com Best Event/ Conference Website; MIN Best of the Web Finalist for R3 Summit.com, Best Custom Website.