ATLANTA – Sept. 26, 2014 – Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Pete Spriggs, Director of Branding and Programming for News 95-5 FM and AM 750 WSB, as its new News/Talk/Sports Radio Format Leader. In addition, Drew Anderssen, Director of Branding and Programming for Orlando’s WDBO, is News/Talk/Sports Format Coordinator. Spriggs and Anderssen will continue their current roles, but also work closely with Steve Smith, CMG’s VP of Radio Programming, and all of CMG’s News/Talk/Sports program directors in the following markets:
- Athens – WXKT and WGAU News/Talk and WRFC-AM (Sports/Talk)
- Atlanta – News 95-5 FM and AM 750 WSB (News/Talk)
- Dayton – WHIO-AM/FM (News/Talk)
- Jacksonville – WOKV-AM/FM (News/Talk)
- Orlando – WDBO-AM (Sports/Talk); WDBO-FM (News/Talk)
- San Antonio – KONO-AM (Sports/Talk)
- Tulsa – KRMG-AM/FM (News/Talk)
“Pete and Drew are two of our most talented directors of branding and programming and we’re thrilled they will share their skills with the rest of our team,” said CMG Executive VP of Radio Kim Guthrie. “Their natural instincts will help all of our Cox Media Group News/Talk/Sports stations across the country continue to grow and flourish.”
Pete Spriggs has charted his 21-year CMG programming career in Dayton, Orlando, and Atlanta. WSB Radio is the home station for nationally-syndicated hosts Herman Cain and Clark Howard, and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Neal Boortz. During Spriggs’ tenure, WSB Radio has won several AP News Awards, a National Murrow, and several Marconi awards. WSB continues to be the highest-rated News/Talk station in the Top 20 markets in the United States.
“CMG’s News/Talk stations are respected within the broadcast industry like no other, because we have smart, strategic teams working tirelessly on our products in all of our markets,” said Spriggs. “Now we have a tremendous opportunity to convert these superbrands to digital. Drew and I will focus on empowering the great local talent that we have in all of our markets to serve their communities, connect emotionally with the listener, and to use the power of collaboration to turbo-charge our growth. We also have CMG TV in each of our radio News markets, which is an unbeatable one-two punch.”
Anderssen has been with CMG for 16 years, serving previously as the Operations Manager of News/Talk KRMG in Tulsa. Anderssen’s teams have won many regional and national awards, including the national Edward R. Murrow.
“I am thrilled to be able to continue to help CMG with our News/Talk/Sports stations,” said Anderssen. “I’m honored to work alongside Pete Spriggs and am grateful to be able to continue to help and grow our PDs in this format. It is exciting and a challenge for which I’m grateful.”
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 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.