SEATTLE – June 14, 2012 – Media industry veteran and Cox Media Group (CMG) Group Vice President Jay O’Connor has been named as KIRO 7’s new General Manager, effectively immediately. In addition to this new day-to-day role in Seattle, O’Connor will continue overseeing CMG’s radio and TV operations in El Paso, Texas; Hawaii; Oakland, Calif.; and Reno, Nev. as group VP.
“We met with several qualified candidates – both from within CMG and external to the company – who were attracted to this opportunity to build a career with this great organization, to live in a world-class city like Seattle, and to lead the amazing media professionals at KIRO,” said CMG Executive VP Bill Hoffman. “While in the interview process, it became apparent that there was one individual who stood out from the rest. Their passion for KIRO and CMG and their knowledge of the Seattle market made for the emphatic choice to be Jay O’Connor.”
Hoffman added that O’Connor brings to this position a proven track record of building winning teams and creating a great work culture. “Jay is highly innovative and has made numerous contributions directing our company initiatives in the digital space,” Hoffman said.
“I’m excited and honored to be leading the KIRO team as they continue to inform, entertain, inspire and help improve our community,” said O’Connor. “KIRO is filled with great people, has a great brand and serves one of America’s greatest cities. Having lived in Western Washington over the last three years, I look forward to the opportunity to become more entrenched in this great community.”
O’Connor’s extensive media industry experience includes VP and general manager of radio in Syracuse, NY in the late 1990s; VP and GM of radio in Tampa, Fla.; and regional VP overseeing radio operations in Tampa, Richmond, Va., Louisville, Ky. and Dayton, Ohio from 2001 to 2009.
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.