Cox Media Group Names Rick Thomas OM For Tampa Cluster
February 3, 2017
Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa has named Rick Thomas as Operations Manager for WWRM-FM Magic 94.9, WSUN-FM 97X, WPOI-FM HOT 101.5, 102.5 The Bone WHPT-FM, 105.5 The Dove WDUV-FM, 107.3 The Eagle WXGL-FM, and all digital content. Thomas will also serve as Top 40 WPOI'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 Radio Top 40 WBMP (923 Amp Radio)/New York. 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 SVP/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."
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"