Cumulus Makes Country Programming Moves
“Kicks 101.5” WKHX Atlanta PD Greg Frey is moving to the Corporate office as Corporate Program Director focusing on the company’s Country portfolio. Replacing him in Atlanta will be Scott Lindy who joined Cumulus as PD of 95.5 WFMS Indianapolis in May. Lindy spent much of his career in Atlanta programming for Clear Channel and Lincoln Financial Media.
Joining Cumulus to program WFMS is Stephen Giuttari from Townsquare Media’s Country Format Leader and Brand Manager for 107.7 WGNA Albany, NY.
INSTANT INSIGHT: The restructuring of Cumulus post-Dickey begins, but the most telling sign in the press release below is any lack of mention of NASH anywhere in regards to Cumulus’ Country holdings.
Cumulus Media announces that Stephen Giuttari has joined the company as Program Director for Country station WFMS 95.5 in Indianapolis, replacing Scott Lindy, who moves to Atlanta as Program Director for Country-formatted WKHX-FM (KICKS 101.5) and as Corporate Program Director for Cumulus. Greg Frey moves from his WKHX Program Director position to Cumulus Corporate, where, as newly named Corporate Program Director, he will focus on Cumulus’ portfolio of Country stations and growing Country product line. Giuttari comes to Cumulus from Townsquare Albany, where he was Country Format Leader and Brand Manager for WGNA.
“This move recognizes Scott’s multiple-platform experience. We are excited to bring him to Atlanta as a Corporate PD and PD of a personality-oriented station like WKHX. Steve Giuttari is a bright programmer whose level of success and maturity made him the perfect choice to lead a heritage station like WFMS.” He added: “Greg has done a great job with WKHX. His focus, as a Corporate PD, now becomes one of building our Country platforms and working to improve our various products.”
Dave Crowl, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati said: “We are excited to welcome Steve and his winning track record to the WFMS/Indianapolis team.”
Giuttari said: “I am honored to be joining a company that truly understands how to connect with the listener in so many ways, and I thank Mike McVay and Dave Crowl for this incredible opportunity. I am very much looking forward to working with the great staff at the legendary WFMS in Indianapolis.”
Lindy said: “It’s rare to be given a chance to lead a team as dedicated as the group of professionals at the legendary 95.5 WFMS. Saying that I will miss working with everyone at WFMS is a vast understatement, only offset by knowing that I can continue to be a resource for them and that they will be working with an extremely talented programmer, Steve Giuttari. My gratitude goes out to Mike McVay for the opportunity to return to Atlanta as a Corporate Program Director and as PD of the award-winning KICKS 101.5.”