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Beasley Broadcast Group Announces 2013 Annual Operating Award Winners
Naples, FL - Sep 30, 2013 - Beasley Broadcast Group bestowed its Company Operating Awards during its annual management meetings held in Naples, FL. Beasley Broadcast, with corporate offices in Naples since 1988, gathered corporate management and station leadership from the 11 markets in which it operates to celebrate achievements and contributions from individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months. The 2013 honorees include:
■ WXTU-FM - Radio Station of the Year, Philadelphia, PA
■ Tom Humm - General Manager of the Year, Las Vegas, NV
■ Charlie McCoy - Engineer of the Year, Augusta, GA
■ Robin Wood - Business Manager of the Year, Fayetteville, NC
■ Matt Smith - Sales Manager of the Year, WXTU-FM and WRDW-FM, Philadelphia, PA
■ Shelly Easton - Program Director of the Year, WXTU-FM Philadelphia, PA
■ Sam Floyd - CEO Award of Excellence, Executive Vice President
Founder, Chairman and CEO George G. Beasley comments, "Each year, as we honor our Company's highest achievers, I'm reminded of the quality of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast Group. The ladies and gentleman we recognize this year have certainly earned our respect and it is my privilege to acknowledge their accomplishments and congratulate each and every one of them."
WXTU-FM in Philadelphia, PA was selected as Beasley's "Radio Station of the Year" based on solid overall ratings and revenue as well as commendable community service. President Bruce Beasley comments, "We congratulate Vice President and Market Manager Natalie Conner and her incredible WXTU family of radio professionals for their tireless community service and creative promotions, for their ability to control expenses and build meaningful relationships with listeners and advertisers and for a tremendous on-air and digital country radio product that reaches well over 800,000 country music fans in the Philadelphia area." It's been a very good year for WXTU. The radio station and its popular morning show team of Doc, Andie and Crockett are both 2013 finalists in the prestigious Country Music Association Annual Awards (47th Annual CMA Awards to be held in November). They earned a coveted spot as one of five finalists, respectively, in the categories of Radio Station of the Year, Major Market and Broadcast Personality of the Year, Major Market. Additionally, WXTU was a 2013 finalist for Country Radio Seminar's Humanitarian Award.
Vice President and Market Manager Tom Humm is this year's "General Manager of the Year." A Las Vegas native, Humm joined Beasley Broadcast in 2008 and has played an essential role in building a strong and vibrant cluster for the company that now includes KCYE-FM, KDWN-AM, KKLZ-FM, KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM. This is the second time that he has earned Beasley's top manager award. Executive Vice President of Operations Brian Beasley, who oversees the Las Vegas cluster, comments, "Tom's performance has been just stellar this year. From a radio perspective, Las Vegas remains a down market; however, under Tom's strong leadership, Beasley's five stations continue to out-perform the market. Tom Humm is a consummate radio professional who is keenly aware of his community, known by the business leaders, respected by advertisers and esteemed by his staff." Just last month, Humm was awarded the Nevada Broadcasters Association's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winner of this year's "Engineer of the Year" award is Chief Engineer Charlie McCoy, who skillfully oversees the entire technical infrastructure in Beasley's Augusta, GA, cluster, including radio station studios for 7 FMs and 3 AMs, transmitter sites, and IT responsibilities. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mike Cooney comments, "A couple of months ago, Augusta's main studio facility was struck by lightning on two separate occasions - within a two-week period - both times taking all ten radio stations and their streams off the air. An engineer's nightmare! Charlie worked diligently in the immediate aftermath of both strikes bringing all stations back on-air and online in an incredibly short amount of time. Additionally, he spent every weekend at the studios replacing phone systems, consoles, routers, etc. Given this extraordinary amount of work, it's only fitting to name Charlie the top engineer for 2013."
Beasley's 2013 "Business Manager of the Year" is Robin Wood from the company's Fayetteville, NC, cluster. In her role as the market's business manager, Wood handles financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable management, payroll and also human resources responsibilities for six stations and more than 65 employees. She joined the company in 1997 and this is the third time that she has earned accolades as the company's top business manager. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Caroline Beasley explains this year's choice, "Robin has been a loyal and diligent business manager since she started with us 16 years ago. She's responsive to the needs of the corporate financial team and provides excellent work in a consistent and timely manner. There are multiple facets to a business manager's day-at-the-office; a good manager must keep focused and organized despite interruptions and employee requests. Robin possessed those abilities and truly excels in her job."
Matt Smith has been named the "Sales Manager of the Year" for 2013. Smith is director of sales for both WXTU-FM and WRDW-FM in Philadelphia, a position he has held for four years, and this is the second time he has been named the Company's top sales manager. "Matt is a detail-oriented leader with a passion for integrity," explains Executive Vice President of Sales Heather Monahan. "He has driven his team to outpace the market for eleven straight quarters while over-delivering company expectations. Additionally, he commits himself to learning as much as he can about the ever-changing media environment and sharing his knowledge with members of his team, station colleagues and clients."
Beasley bestows an annual "Program Director of the Year" award to recognize the important task of providing creative and compelling content, branding a station both on-the-air and digitally, overseeing and supporting the on-air personalities, encouraging community service and achieving consistent strong ratings. Shelly Easton, program director of WXTU-FM in Philadelphia, has earned this year's top programming honor for the second straight year. Vice President of Programming Justin Chase comments, "In addition to her incredibly busy schedule programming one of the most influential country stations in America, Shelly also takes time to interact personally with WXTU listeners during her top-rated midday on-air shift. WXTU's strong ratings continue to reflect its popularity in the Philadelphia community and Shelly plays a key role in that success." Shelly was recognized by Radio Ink magazine as one of 2013's Top Country Program Directors in America.
From time to time a "CEO Award of Excellence" is bestowed upon a company official during the annual management seminars, allowing Founder, Chairman and CEO George G. Beasley an opportunity to acknowledge and honor a person whom he feels exemplifies a history of quality service and sincere dedication to the Company. This year's winner is Executive Vice President Sam Floyd who is based in Fayetteville, NC. George Beasley and Sam Floyd met by chance while enrolling as freshman at Appalachian State University in 1955. Both were former military, Sam had just completed service in the Marine Corps and George in the Army. They became fast friends and eventually roommates. Sam joined Beasley Broadcast in 1977 as a vice president and has remained a loyal and integral part of the company's management structure. "As our company grew, so did Sam's responsibilities," says George Beasley. "Over the years, he has served in a variety of management capacities and has overseen the planning and construction of numerous broadcast towers and studios. Without hesitation, Sam accomplishes whatever is asked of him, no matter the location or scope of the project. He is a genuine asset to our company and a dear friend to me personally."
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