Cox Media Group Athens Appoints Russell Lawson as General Sales Manager


ATHENS, GA – April 23, 2013 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Athens has named Russell Lawson as General Sales Manager for the six radio stations serving the Athens and Gainesville, Ga. Market, effective May 13.

“We are excited to have Russell join our team and to be able to tap into CMG’s top internal sales talent,” said Scott Smith, CMG Athens VP and General Manager. “His multi-faceted experience in a variety of radio sales situations, and dedication to his craft, will make him an asset to CMG Athens/ Gainesville.”

Prior to joining CMG Athens/Gainesville, Lawson, a Georgia native, was Account Manager at CMG Jacksonville’s WOKV AM-FM News/Talk where he’s been for the past five years. His 11-year career with CMG began with Jacksonville’s 95.1 WAPE, a heritage CHR station that’s been on-air for more than 50 years.  Additionally, Lawson is a 2012 CMG President’s Circle honoree, a program that recognizes the company’s top sellers.  

“I am glad to be returning to my Georgia roots, and I’ve seen wonderful people and systems in my visit to CMG Athens. My wife and I are thrilled about this opportunity, and I look forward to joining the CMG Athens family,” said Lawson. 

Lawson is a graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.   

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s  operations currently include 19 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 88 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at