Friday, February 3, 2017

Tampa Radio: CMG Names Rick Thomas OM For Cluster

Rick Thomas
Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa has named Rick Thomas as Operations Manager for WWRM 94.9 FM Magic 94.9, WSUN 97X FM, WPOIFM HOT 101.5 FM, WHPT 1025 FM The Bone, WDUV 107.3 FM, The Dove, 107.3 The WXGL 107.3 FM The Eagle, and all digital content.

Thomas will also serve as HOT 101.5 WPOI-FM's Director of Branding and Programming.

“CMG is very fortunate to have Rick join our Tampa team,” said Keith Lawless, CMG Tampa’s Vice President and Market Manager. “Rick is a successful and innovative leader in our business with an exceptional track record. I’m proud to partner with Rick and I have no doubt that his contributions will help Tampa compete and win, even more.”

Previously, Thomas served as Program Director of CBS New York City’s 923 Amp Radio. Other programming highlights include successful time at KEarth 101 and 947 The Wave in Los Angeles, as well as Magic 925 and Z90 in San Diego. Rick and family will relocate to Tampa in early March.

"The quality of the people, and the company that one chooses to go to war for are just as important as the yearning for a great competitive challenge.” said Thomas, “As soon as I met Keith Lawless, I realized we would do big things together. I'm so pumped and excited to partner with Keith, CMG CHR format boss JJ Rice, and reuniting with CMG Sr. VP of Programming Steve Smith, whom I have known for three decades, in implementing a high level cluster growth strategy as well developing and curating these key brands for CMG Tampa."

WPOI 101.5 FM (100 Kw)
Smith added, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Rick in one way or another for most of my career. He is a great strategist and a warrior! I am so proud that Rick is joining the strongest programming team and media company in the business"

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