Reed started his radio career in 1982 in Birmingham, Ala. with KATZ Broadcasting which became NewCity Communications and then Cox Radio. He has held various positions from Account Manager, Local Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, Market Manager, Regional VP and Group VP.
Reed has served on numerous local broadcast committees, served on the board of directors for the Country Music Association and has served as chairman and board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for Central and South Texas. Ben is a graduate of the University of Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.
Previously, Reed was Group Vice President of Cox Media Group and oversaw San Antonio, Houston, Birmingham and Tulsa radio markets and the Austin American Statesman newspaper
Kidd’s broadcasting career spans more than 27 years. His work began while at college in Jacksonville, FL as a board-op position. Various promotions through the years led Kidd to Chicago and WVAZ-FM (V-103) where he successfully spearheaded the country’s first Black Adult Contemporary music format. As the station’s Operations Manager for five years, Kidd further developed and fine-tuned the format. He left Chicago to join Cox Enterprises as Program Director for WHQT-FM. Within a short period, Kidd moved to Miami to become General Manager of WTMI-FM. Within another short period of time, Kidd was promoted to become Vice-President and General Manager of Cox Radio’s WALR-FM and WFOX Urban Stations in Atlanta, where he is currently serving today as Vice President of Programming of CMG Atlanta Radio.
Since June of 2000, Walt rose from the ranks of a Clear Channel account executive @ WSIX-FM focused on customizing marketing campaigns and promotions for local advertisers to the local sales manager over five radio stations. Walt’s successes w/ Clear Channel Nashville quickly lead to Susquehanna Cincinnati hiring him as the general sales manager for the underperforming WRRM-FM.
When Susquehanna merged w/ Cumulus Broadcasting in 2006, Walt’s love for Nashville and country music brought him back home as the Director of Sales for heritage country station WKDF, sports talk WGFX and Titans Radio Network; the largest NFL radio network consisting of 74x stations. Walt’s dream to work in a top 10 mkt and specifically Atlanta came true on July 19, 2010 as the newest addition to the sales management team @ heritage station and #1 News Talk station in the county News Talk WSB. In his words, “he’s working for the Yankees.”
Walt’s a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the United States Marine Corps. He’s actively involved in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. He’s an avid golfer and enjoys spending his free time in Charleston.
Phillips resides in Atlanta with his wife Laurissa, his son Quinn and their dog Stanley.
Tim McVay has spent his entire 34 year career with Cox Television beginning at WHIO-TV in Dayton as an Account Executive, National Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager. He was LSM at WSB-TV in Atlanta in 1992, and then appointed General Sales Manager in Pittsburgh at WPXI in 1994. McVay returned to Atlanta in 1996 as General Sales Manager of WSB-TV. In 2004, COX Television appointed him to Vice President and General Manager of KTVU in San Francisco. He returned to Atlanta in 2011 as Vice President and General Manager of WSB-TV.
An active, leading member of community and industry organizations, McVay has served on boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Holiday Aid. He has also served on the Sales Advisory Committees for TVB and ABC. He currently serves on the boards of Safe America and the Ad Council.
McVay graduated from Indiana University where he and his wife met. Tim and Cindy live in Atlanta. They have two sons.
Deborah Denechaud – Director Of Sales, WSB-TV
Debbie Denechaud started her a career in television as a news reporter in 1976 At WKRG-TV in Mobile, Alabama. She then moved to a similar role at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky and WDSU-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1979 she switched from news to sales and spent six years at WGNO-TV and three years at WVUE-TV, both in New Orleans. In 1988 Debbie joined the Team at WSB-TV in Atlanta as an account executive. She was promoted to sales manager in 1992 and to general sales manager in 2007. Debbie is married to Tom Slimp, a broker with Morgan Stanley and they have three grown children. Stafford is an account executive with Cox Cross Media, Sheldon is a third year law student at Tulane University and Randall is a sophomore at the University of Alabama. Debbie currently serves as a member of the Sales Advisory Committee with TVB and is a member of the Board of Directors of Genesis Shelter in Atlanta.
Moya came to the AJC from the St. Petersburg Times, where she served as vice president and chief sales officer beginning in 2005. In this role, she lead the advertising and sales division for the St. Petersburg Times, tampabay.com, Tampa Bay Direct and their free daily entertainment publication, tbt*.
Before joining the St. Petersburg Times, Moya held several leadership positions at the Sarasota Herald Tribune, including director of advertising and marketing. She began her career at the Bradenton Herald as a classified outside sales representative, later gaining responsibility for all retail, national and co-op advertising at the daily newspaper.
Moya is active in both the Interactive Advisory and Sales Advisory Councils for the Newspaper National Network (NNN). In addition, Neville is past president of the Florida Newspaper Advertising Marketing Executives, past president of the Florida Newspaper Advertising Network and past vice president of the Newspaper Association of America Display Federation. She earned her bachelors degree in advertising from the University of Florida.
Eric Myers oversees major accounts, recruitment, auto and real estate sales. He most recently served as the advertising director for the St. Petersburg Times. Eric joined the Times in June 1999 as an account executive. In 2002, he began managing the advertising team that launched the Brandon Times, an edition of the St. Petersburg Times. In 2007, Myers was named the advertising manager for the St. Petersburg Times, overseeing many regions and products of the Times, including national/major retail and tbt* Tampa Bay Times.
Before joining the Times, Eric worked for advertising agencies in Wisconsin and Chicago as well as newspaper and magazine publishing organizations in Colorado. He originates from the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.
Robert Lee – Senior Director, AJC Advertising Sales – Local Accounts
Rob Lee is responsible for all local outside sales and for the inside sales call center. He has significant senior leadership experience directing sales efforts for several multimedia organizations. His prior experience includes sales and business development at Gatehouse Media. Rob also spent time at the New York Times Regional Media Group, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and other media companies.
BJ Sweeney leads a team responsible for selling digital solutions on ajc.com as well as other Cox Media Group websites with an Atlanta audience. BJ joined Cox Interactive Media in 2002 and later that year joined AJC. He has held various sales and management positions prior to assuming his current role in 2010. BJ sits on the Board of Advisors for CMGdigital and is an active member of Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AIMA). He has also held sales positions in Atlanta with CNN.com and Weather.com. He is a graduate of SUNY in Oswego, NY.