Cox Promotes Chris Eagan To VP/Audience & Operations

Cox Media Group has promoted Chris Eagan to VP of Audience and Operations where he will lead the overarching programming strategy, audience development, and multiplatform distribution for CMG Radio and their Digital Content team.

Eagan has been Senior Director of Operations for their Atlanta market cluster since October 2018 and AC/Hot AC Format Leader since 2016. He had programmed AC “B98.5” WSB-FM and Classic Rock “97.1 The River” WSRV from 2012 and previously programmed Cox AC “Star 99.9” WEZN Bridgeport CT from 2008-2012 and was APD at Clear Channel AC “Coast 93.3” WSNE Providence from 2004-2007.

Eagan fills the programming leadership that was held by Steve Smith until his resignation this week.

Cox Media Group (“CMG”) has announced that Chris Eagan has been named VP of Audience and Operations, CMG Radio effective immediately. In this role Eagan will lead the overarching programming strategy, audience development, and multiplatform distribution for CMG Radio. He will also lead the CMG Digital Content team and partnerships to drive innovation for CMG Radio.

Eagan previously served as Senior Director of Operations for CMG Atlanta Radio, where he led the continued evolution of operations, brand presence, and programming for CMG Atlanta radio’s top-rated brands B98.5 (WSB-FM), News Talk WSB (WSB-AM), 97-1 The River (WSRV-FM), and Kiss 104.1 (WALR-FM).

Eagan joined Cox Media Group in 2008 as the program director at WEZN. In 2012, he assumed the role of director of branding and programming, responsible for on-air programming for WSB-FM and WSRV-FM in Atlanta. He also provided expert consultation with six of CMG’s radio markets as AC/Hot AC Format Leader to achieve target ratings in the adult contemporary brand.

“There is nothing we love more than being able to promote internal talent to fill crucial roles such as this one,” said Rob Babin, SVP-Head of Radio. “Chris is an excellent leader who has demonstrated continued success in every role he has held at CMG. He has the unique ability to combine strategic vision, team alignment, and operational execution leading to successful outcomes. His experience partnering across CMG divisions and partners will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

Jaleigh Long, VP and General Manager of Atlanta radio added, “Eagan has been instrumental in recruiting top talent and connecting our premiere brands with the Atlanta audience for the past nine years. It’s remarkable to have him in this role to make a greater impact across CMG.”

A graduate of Emerson College, Eagan began his radio career holding various positions in Boston, Mass. and in Providence, R.I.

“This is an exciting time for our industry and our company, and I am honored to be tapped for this role,” said Eagan. “I look forward to working with our markets on further enhancing our award-winning radio brands and looking to the future for new partnerships and areas where we can grow our audiences”.

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