ATLANTA – Nov. 21, 2017 – Cox Media Group (CMG) has named veteran broadcast leaders to take on senior leadership roles in seven CMG markets.
Boston: With Tom Raponi’s upcoming retirement, Joe Pomilla will lead CMG Boston as VP/General Manager for WFXT-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Previously, Pomilla, a 30-year broadcasting veteran, was VP/General Manager for CMG Charlotte. Before joining CMG, he was VP/General Manager at WCBD-TV in Charleston, S.C.
Charlotte: Cedric Thomas has been promoted to CMG Charlotte’s new VP/General Manager for WSOC and WAXN TV stations, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Most recently, Thomas was Director of Sales for CMG Pittsburgh. Thomas joined WPXI from WEWS-TV in Cleveland where he was Director of Sales.
Memphis: Susan Connor has been promoted to VP/General Manager of CMG Memphis for WHBQ-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Connor previously was the Creative Services Director at KIRO-TV in Seattle. She has a 33-year career in broadcast television and served as the Station Manager for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., before joining CMG.
Orlando: In this newly integrated market, Jason Meder has been promoted to General Manager of CMG Orlando, where he will report to Market VP Paul Curran. Meder comes to Orlando from CMG Tampa Radio, where he has spent the last 16 years, most recently as the Director of Sales.
Pittsburgh: We are welcoming Kevin Hayes back to CMG. He will be CMG Pittsburgh’s new General Manager for WPXI-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. From 2010 to 2013, Hayes was the VP/General Manager of WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Penn., a property previously owned by CMG. Most recently, he was General Manager for Sinclair’s KFOX-TV and CBS4 in El Paso, Texas.
Jacksonville: Market VP Dan Lawrie has promoted Bob Longo to work with him on the market’s integration strategy as CMG Jacksonville’s new General Manager. Longo, whose broadcast career began in radio, has most recently been the News Director at Jacksonville’s WFOX and WJAX TV stations. Prior to joining CMG, he spent five years as News Director at WESH in Orlando and nearly 10 years as News Director at WTAE in Pittsburgh.
Miami: Regional VP Rob Babin has promoted Ralph Renzi to General Manager of CMG Miami Radio. Renzi most recently was the Director of Sales for Miami Radio. Prior to joining CMG Miami, Ralph was a member of the sales management team at WTOP Bonneville/Hubbard Radio in Washington D.C.
“I am pleased that we have proven leadership talent at Cox Media Group to fill these critical positions,” said CMG President Kim Guthrie. “We have the best media professionals in the business. Our entire team of proven leaders will take CMG into the future and position us for continued growth and success.”
These new leaders will transition into their roles between now and the end of the year.
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Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and 11 non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.