Cox Media Group Ohio Announces Appointments to Lead Two Newly Created Organizations

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DAYTON, OHIO – Jan. 23, 2012 As it continues maximizing the expertise and talents of its industry-leading media professionals across its portfolio of radio, television, publishing and digital businesses, Cox Media Group Ohio (CMG Ohio) has named two of its senior managers to lead newly created organizations. 

James Cosby has been named to the new position of vice president of media sales, Dayton region. Cosby, who has been serving as the vice president of broadcast sales for television and radio, has assumed the additional responsibility for publishing and digital sales. Cosby will be responsible for Dayton and Springfield sales teams representing all Cox Media Group Ohio media platforms. This new sales organization will be responsible for accelerating multi-platform media opportunities to position CMG Ohio and its advertisers and consumers for future growth.

Cosby has nearly 30 years of experience in the media industry, beginning as a sales manager in the television industry. Cosby, who has held a succession of management positions of increasing responsibility, will report to Rob Rohr, senior vice president of sales.

“James has a passion for our clients and our business that is unmatched and now he will be able to lead our market development efforts with the help of our talented Dayton and Springfield multimedia sales teams,” said Julia Wallace, market vice president, CMG Ohio.

Andy Blizzard has been named CMG Ohio’s vice president of audience value. In this new position, Blizzard will be responsible for CMG Ohio’s circulation and consumer product sales, community engagement and event management, as well as publication of CMG Ohio’s specialty print products. Blizzard will also be responsible for strengthening CMG Ohio’s relationship with the Wright Patterson Air Force Base business community.

Blizzard began his career working for Dayton Newspapers, Inc. and has held a number of positions in circulation, advertising sales, and advertising sales management for Cox Ohio Publishing and Cox Media Group Ohio. In his new position, Blizzard will report to Donna Hall, senior vice president of marketing & audience development.

“With over 30 years experience in the Dayton media landscape, Andy’s vast knowledge of our business will be instrumental in growing the relationship CMGO has with its consumer customers,” said Wallace. “This will be even more important as we evolve our print and digital subscription strategies and create new classified advertising marketplaces for our audience to buy and sell goods and publish their information across our products.”

About Cox Media Group Ohio
Cox Media Group Ohio (CMG Ohio) is a fully integrated media enterprise that includes print and online products for the Dayton Daily News, Hamilton JournalNews, Springfield News-Sun, and the Middletown Journal daily newspapers, and The Western Star, Fairfield Echo, The Oxford Press and The Pulse-Journal weekly newspapers; targeted print and online products such as ActiveDayton.com, Skywrighter, DaytonB2B, SpringfieldB2B and CinDayB2B; and broadcast properties that include WHIO-TV, a CBS affiliate, and News Talk Radio WHIO AM 1290 and 95.7FM, K99.1FM and 95.3 The Eagle.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group, Inc. is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With $1.8 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. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com