SAN ANTONIO – After more than 40 years in the radio industry, Roger Allen, Cox Media Group’s (CMG) director of programming for KONO AM/FM, has announced his desire to retire, effective Jan. 11, 2019.
“Roger Allen operates at the highest level of performance and is manager of a team that seems to defy gravity – a true testament to his industry knowledge, skills and leadership,” said Ben Reed, vice president and general manager for CMG San Antonio. “KONO is among the highest-rated brands and so much of this stations success can be attributed to Roger.”
Allen started his radio career right out of high school at KONO AM in 1981, working in research and weekend overnights. Over the next 17 years, he spread his wings and worked in a variety of roles at stations throughout San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Salt Lake City, including: program director at KQDX-FM (Capital Broadcasting), operations manager/program director at KHFI-FM/KMXX (Rusk Communications), vice president/creative director for The Ross Agency and director of programming for KUBL-FM (Citdel Communications). In 1998, Allen returned to San Antonio and accepted the role of program director for KONO AM/FM.
During his time with CMG, Allen was awarded Radio Ink’s Best Program Directors in Radio in 2011 and NAB Marconi Award Winning Classic Hits Station of the Year in 2015. Under his leadership, KONO was also a finalist at the 2017 NAB Marconi Awards (Classic Hits Station of the Year) and the 2017 NAB Crystal Radio Awards.
“We have an exceptional team at KONO FM and AM – a group that delivers great content with passion and emotion,” said Allen. “It’s been a humbling experience serving the San Antonio community, the Cox family and our loyal listeners. Thank you to Ben Reed and our team for a memorable 20 years.”
CMG is launching a nationwide search for a director of programming. For more information or to express interest in the role, please contact CMG Regional Vice President of Radio Rob Babin at Rob.Babin@coxinc.com.