The US99 position has been vacant since last December when Jeff Kapugi was forced out after five years as program director. The move was first reported by Chicago Media writer Robert Feder.
Cavanah will continue in his corporate role and oversee six other CBS Radio Chicago startions.
“Todd is the best in the business and I’m thrilled to have his talent and insight focused on one of our premiere brands,” Tim Pohlman, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Chicago, said in a statement.
“His creativity and excitement for the format will ensure that US99 continues to be Chicago’s country leader for years to come.”
US99 has been under the gun since iHeartMedia launched a country format on WEBG 95.5 FM in 2015.
CBS Radio/Chicago also confirmed Friday that it will seek to hire a new program director for adult album alternative WXRT 93.1 FM and classic hits WJMK FM 104.3. Norm Winer, who resigned in early 2016, was the last program director of WXRT.
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Coinciding with the programming moves this week, CBS Radio Chicago also realigned its sales ranks with the departure of Terry Hardin as general sales manager of B96 and the shift of Paul Agase from director of music sales to Hardin’s former job.