Cox Media Group Names Keith Hastings as New Rock Music Format Leader

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ATLANTA – Oct. 2, 2013 – Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Keith Hastings as its new Rock Format Leader, effective immediately. In addition to his current role as Program Director for KISS 95.5 FM and KTKX 106.7 FM in San Antonio, Hastings will work closely with Steve Smith, CMG’s VP of Radio Programming, and all of CMG’s rock program directors at the company’s other rock stations – WXXJ 102.9 FM in Jacksonville, Fla.; WBAB 102.3 FM in Long Island; WSUN 97X FM in Tampa; and KJSR Rock 103 FM in Tulsa. 

“We were incredibly fortunate to add Keith Hastings to our programming team earlier this year,” said CMG Executive VP of Radio Kim Guthrie.  “He is a seasoned pro in the rock format, making this a natural step to put his rock instincts to work with all of our Cox Media Group rock stations across the country.”

Hastings has worked for some of the most iconic brands in several variations of the rock format. His career as a rock programmer spans four decades, including Program Director at Greater Media’s WCSX in Detroit, with Entercom’s WAAF in Boston and with Saga Communications’ WHQG and WLZR in Milwaukee, Wis. and WAQY in Springfield, Mass.

 “Keith’s proven track record shines with multiple triumphs across the country,” said Steve Smith.  “We’re extremely lucky to have Keith on our team.  He’s moved KISS in San Antonio back into the top five with adults ages 25 to 54, and we look forward to his many more successes in San Antonio and in working with our talented rock PDs.    

“I’m extremely grateful to Kim Guthrie, Steve Smith, and Dan Lawrie for this opportunity.  To work alongside so many excellent programmers, raising the game for Cox Media rock brands everywhere, is both humbling and an honor. Several in our industry have supported my professional growth over the years, as has my family, and I’m thankful to all of them for affording me the ability to take this next step with a truly amazing group of broadcasters.”  

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 Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 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 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 14 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.