Author: Fred Deane

eQB Cover Story: Randi West, PD, WMTX/Tampa

Randi West has distinguished herself in many ways throughout her career and has always been eager to take on that next challenge. Arriving in Tampa six years ago, Randi took charge of WTMX, and she arrived with the mission of making “the halls fun and family-like, treating the staff with respect and cultivating a spirit of team unity and purpose.” Sounds like a winning formula by anyone’s standards.

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Buzz Knight, SVP of Program Development, Greater Media

As Buzz Knight’s career has blossomed and expanded at Greater Media over the years, one constant remains perfectly clear…he is and always will be a programmer at heart. However, along with his general programming expertise, he’s become equipped with the knowledge and skills-set of thinking in systemic terms. He’s long been a big believer in innovation and constantly challenging one’s self and his company. But his strongest asset just might be his ability to foster collaborative strategic decision-making efforts with the dozens of programmers and managers he interfaces with on a routine basis. You typically start each year by...

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Tommy Chuck, PD, WIHT/D.C. & WPOC/Baltimore

When iHeartMedia needed a programming ace to take the reins of two of its most valuable assets, they called on Tommy Chuck to tackle the challenge, and after spending eight years at WFLZ/Tampa he was certainly up for the task. So a year after his arrival in D.C., CHR WIHT/HOT 99.5 and Country outlet WPOC/Baltimore are operating in the highly successful manner in which they both have grown accustomed to.  You spent eight years at WFLZ and have such strong bonds with that station that many thought you would never leave Tampa. What were the most compelling factors that...

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Dom Theodore, CEO Radio Animal Media Strategies and VP/Programming for The Blaze Radio Network

We like to check in with Dom Theodore now and again because of all the radio professionals we encounter, Dom ranks up there when it comes to out-of-the-box thinkers and resolute problem solvers. Never one to shy away from any challenge, Dom’s approach to programming is to remain on offense and not lose ground to the macro-competitive environment that envelopes the world of terrestrial radio. More candid advice and solutions abound from Professor Theodore.  When it comes to programming they don’t come more seasoned and polished than Dom Theodore. After all, he’s spent most of his upwardly mobile career...

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Mike “OD” O’Donnell, OM, Entercom – Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA

There’s a certain symmetry that exists between Mike O’Donnell and Entercom that has lead to his nine year stint with the company. The common qualities of dedicated hard work, the art of thinking ahead, and the pragmatism of live and local, seem to have blended well and vastly contributed to this winning combo. OD has become one of Entercom’s most valued OM’s and all it took was a track record. OD’s managed to keep heritage Top 40 giant WKRZ and Country stalwart WGGY at the top of the ratings heap book after book with admirable consistency. After nearly a...

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