ATLANTA – Aug. 1, 2011 – Radio industry veteran Steve Smith is joining Cox Media Group (CMG) as its new director of Radio Programming, effective immediately. In this role, Smith, who reports directly to Group Vice President Ben Reed, will provide CMG executives with strategic counsel on all radio programming for CMG’s 85 top-rated radio stations nationwide.
“Our CMG radio teams are lucky to have access to a talent the caliber of Steve Smith,” said Reed. “Steve has been consulting with many of our brands over the years, and now his valued talents come to us full time. We welcome his expertise, creativity and passion to win in this highly-competitive business.”
Smith’s vast broadcasting career experience includes vice president of Programming for Emmis, where he oversaw the No. 1 and No. 2 stations in New York, HOT 97 and WRKS-FM under Rick Cummings. Additionally, he was VP of Programming for AMFM with Steve Rivers and was a senior VP of Programming at Clear Channel.
“Cox Media Group is the greatest radio group in America, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many of the amazing program directors, vice presidents, and executives at CMG in my role as a consultant over the last 17 years. Joining CMG as director of Radio Programming is truly an honor.”
Smith is a 1986 graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law.
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, 85 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.