MIAMI – May 2, 2012 – After nearly 40 years as a driving force in radio, Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami VP and Market Manager Jerry Rushin has officially announced that he plans to enter retirement in July, 2012.
“During the course of my career, I have had the great opportunity of being mentored by many exceptional people, and, in turn, the privilege of contributing to the growth of many others,” said Rushin. “My time in Miami radio has been more fulfilling than I could have imagined, and I will always carry deep respect and genuine love for those that have been part of building our brands. While I am sad to be leaving the day-to-day interaction with a remarkable group of people and a business I love, I am excited about this new phase of my life and the opportunity to contribute even more to the Miami community during my retirement.”
In 1973, Rushin began his career at WEDR Radio Communications as “Super Jerry J,” a part-time announcer. Two years later, he became the program/music director and sales rep. In 1980 Jerry was offered the position of general manager, and his leadership since that time has been a hallmark of radio excellence in Miami and around the country.
As the driving force for WEDR, and then later for all four Cox properties in Miami, Rushin’s uncompromising commitment to broadcasting excellence and community involvement combined to help his stations excel at serving the listening audience in a powerful way. Rushin’s career has seen many prestigious milestones, including numerous awards, and his contributions to urban radio in particular have helped to shape the industry.
“I’ve had the great privilege of working with Jerry for more than a decade, and his commitment to the success of his stations, his people and the Miami community has been unmatched, said CMG Group VP Rich Reis. “As a leader, his tireless focus on developing talent has allowed many people to thrive and grow. Professionally, we will miss his dedication, media savvy and tireless efforts on behalf of the community. Personally, I have counted Jerry as a valued friend and will miss the opportunity to work with him on a day-to-day basis. While Jerry’s departure will leave big shoes to fill, we wish him only the greatest happiness as he enters this new phase of his life.”
The search for Rushin’s replacement is underway, and a successor will be named in the coming weeks. CMG Miami operates WFLC 97.3 FM, WHQT 105.1 FM, WEDR 991. FM, and WFEZ 93.1 FM.
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 Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 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 www.coxmediagroup.com.